Middle School Science Teacher

Website The Frances Xavier Warde School

The Frances Xavjer Warde School is a Catholic elementary school jn downtown Chicago that provides an excellent academic, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The Frances Xavier Warde School provides need-based scholarships to thirty percent of its students. The Frances Xavier Warde School partners with its families, nurtures faith development for  its Catholic students, and engages  all its students  to learn about and respect other faith traditions. The Frances Xavier Warde School uses a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will Inherit.

Science Program Description

At The Frances Xavier Warde School, our elementary science program is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences and investigations in life science, physical science and earth science topics at each grade level. The science teacher utilizes inquiry units to facilitate understanding of how science interplays with other disciplines. Through the curriculum students develop skills in observation, measurement, classification and collection of data.

Primary Function

The elementary science teacher is responsible for educating the whole child by providing a quality learning experience to all children in his/her classroom. The teacher must possess the knowledge and theory to instruct in the content area while using age appropriate methods and procedures. The science teacher is also utilized as a resource for lower grade inquiry units completed in the classroom.

Key Relationships

The Intermediate Years Teacher reports to the Principal and is evaluated, supervised and mentored by the Principal and or Assistant Principal. Other key relationships s/he include the Head of School, other FXW faculty members, staff, students and parents.

Qualifications and Requirements A candidate should hold:

  • A Bachelors or Masters Degree in Education with a major or minor in Science
  • A current State of Illinois teaching certificate Type 03/Type 04
  • Endorsement in Science preferred
  • A Masters Degree in the content area is preferred

A candidate will need upon hiring:

  • Compliance with Archdiocese of Chicago Protecting God’s Children guidellnes
  • TB test

A candidate must demonstrate:

  • The ability to establish collaborative relationships with teaching staff
  • Familiarity with ISACS criteria and standards of excellence

What Makes a FXW Teacher Competent and Effective

Educators are hired with the expectation that they possess the necessary knowledge, teaching skills, character, and commitment to be productive members of the FXW community. The following is a list of descriptors:

  • Adheres to the unique Catholic mission and interfaith values of FXW School
    • Articulates a working knowledge of FXW’s value-centered mission and academically rigorous curriculum
    • Participates in spiritual development activities of the school community, including support for student community service projects and initiatives
    • Models the importance of daily prayer and worship through active participation for students
    • Demonstrates a willingness to plan, encourage and participate in community building activities (religious, social and educational)
  • Utilizes effective instructional strategies with students
    • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of subject matter
    • Understands interrelationships of content areas
    • Regularly utilizes formative and summative assessment to guide instruction
    • Employs technology effectively to enhance teaching
    • Presents lessons and instructions in multi-modalities to address students’ various learning styles and abilities
    • Encourages students to become aware of social issues and current events appropriate to their level of understanding
  • Creates and manages the classroom in a positive manner, respecting the dignity of all
    • Respects the right of students as individuals
    • Utilizes positive reinforcement strategies
    • Creates a classroom that is visually stimulating, orderly and safe
    • Mentors students effectively and professionally
  • Completes annual goals and seeks professional development opportunities
    • Demonstrates a sense of professional responsibility by keeping current with recent practice and research in education
    • Collaborates and works with administration to further yearly goals
  • Maintains a positive rapport with all members of the FXW community
    • Accepts feedback and works to show improvement
    • Respects the integrity of fellow staff, students and parents by being discreet and tactful when discussing student and school related issues
    • Demonstrates flexibility and models collegiality
  • Fulfills routine duties and expectations in a dependable manner
    • Demonstrates evidence of prior planning and preparation
    • Creates lesson plans with clear student-centered objectives, incorporating the principles of backwards design, as well as the use of formative and summative assessment
    • Uses instructional time efficiently
    • Evaluates student progress effectively
    • Utilizes correct and appropriate written and oral communication in conversations, reports and meetings
    • Is punctual and effective in supervisory duties such as morning drop off, lunch supervision, after school supervision (homework club}, etc.
    • Willingly uses and integrates technology into the classroom
    • Articulates concepts and writes narrative reports in a timely, professional, and grammatically correct manner
    • Ability to multi-task, complete assignments and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
    • Effectively leads parent/teacher conferences three times a year
    • Maintains an up-to-date Teacher Webpage and Lesson Plans
    • Supports curricular initiatives
    • Actively participates in curriculum meetings when applicable
    • Welcomes clinical students and student teachers into classroom
    • Fulfills additional duties as assigned by Administration

Teacher Evaluation Program


The teacher evaluation program is an ongoing process designed to recognize and encourage the work of a teacher. The process will provide an ongoing opportunity for professional growth and renewal, to recognize strengths and to provide an open climate for new ideas. The overall goals of the evaluation plan are to positively enhance FXW’s instructional program as well as support the teacher’s professional growth. This process will challenge the teacher  to  build on talents; to recognize and reflect upon present practices; to articulate and reflect on difficulties and to seek solutions.

The success of the program Is predicated on the following conditions: conscientious self-evaluation, mutual respect and trust, and confidentiality between teacher and supervisor.

Three part process:

  1. Goal setting is an integral part of professional growth. The setting of goals every year provides the teacher and evaluator  an opportunity to  focus together on areas of  professional growth.  An evaluator may identify a goal for a teacher based on previous year’s evaluation feedback. By the end of October, the teacher and evaluator will meet to discuss the goals. The established goals may be modified or continued at any time throughout  the process by mutual agreement. In the absence of mutual agreement, the goals may be established, modified or continued at the discretion of the evaluator. There will be additional meetings to review the status of the goals throughout the year.
  2. Additionally, teachers will be informally and formally observed and evaluated each year. Informal observations can include classroom visits and observations of the teacher in outside-the-classroom situations. A formal observation will include a pre-observation conference, an observation, and a post-observation conference and a teacher reflection. These will be completed by a mutually agreed upon date. Additional observations with follow-up may occur at the request of the teacher or the prerogative of the evaluator.
  3. A performance review is a summative evaluation of the teacher’s performance as evidenced by formal and informal classroom observation and goal setting. By design, it includes feedback on the areas of teacher competencies and effectiveness listed above. Areas of noted deficiency may be remediated by enacting a Plan of Intensive Assistance and the appropriate measures of further administrative review will take place.

Evidence/Artifacts to support these expectations

  • Adheres to the mission and values of FXW School
    • Involvement in charity drives as well as attendance and active participation in worship services’
    • Active involvement in professional development days
  • Utilizes effective instructional strategies with students
    • Lesson Planning
    • Outreach to other resources
    • Parent contacts
    • Informal/formal observations
    • Assessments analysis
    • Participation In grade-level meetings
  • Creates and manages the classroom in a positive manner respecting the dignity of all
    • Community building activities
    • Parent contacts
    • Selection of students to participate
    • Classroom environment
  • Completes annual goals and seek professional development opportunities
    • Participates in teacher evaluation process
    • Shows evidence on achieving annual goals
    • Is open to feedback and open to make changes
  • Maintains a positive rapport with all members of the FXW community
    • Participates in extracurriculars, events, tutoring, services
    • Attitude and participation on staff days and in meetings
    • Participates in social opportunities
    • Flexible with changes to schedules
  • Fulfills routine duties and expectations in a dependable manner
    • Duties show up and enthusiastic and present
    • Narratives due on time and well written
    • Blogs, assessments, and feedback to parents is ongoing and updated in timely manner

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