Laboratory Schools: Service Learning Teacher - Middle School

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

About the organization

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. 

Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. 

Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. 

The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.


Job Summary: The Service Learning program is responsible for educating students in grades N-12. Service Learning is currently integrated into the Middle School Advisory program and in quarterly classes in 7th and 8th grade. It allows students to participate in community initiatives at various levels through philanthropy, advocacy and direct service. The Service Learning Program pushes students to define what it means to be active citizens by reflecting on values of stewardship, social responsibility and leadership. Middle School students explore the concepts of community building and responsible citizenship in many ways. Examples include: making bagged lunches for community members at a local shelter, volunteering in community gardens, serving meals and playing games with participants in an adult day center, cleaning up public spaces with the park district, packaging newborn supply kits for new mothers, and weatherizing homes for seniors for the winter. 

Middle School students have the opportunity to learn and serve in Ecuador through the Leaders for Change Ecuador Service Learning trip offered in the summer. Service learning is also integrated into academic courses, including science, art, and world languages. All community engagement experiences are enriched through pre- and post-service reflections. 

In the Lower School and Primary/ Kindergarten levels service learning is a class by class endeavor with room for growth into a more cohesive program. 


  • All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018. 
  • Develop curriculum, supervise students both in and out of the classroom and maintain up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience. 
  • To foster a culture of community, teachers will build deep relationships with students, families, and staff. They maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Lab’s mission.
  • We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.​


Additional Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. 


  • A minimum of three years of primary / secondary school classroom experience required. 
  • Previous experience developing and creating service learning initiatives. 
  • Experience developing curriculum strongly preferred. 
  • Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality, preferred. 
  • Experience working with community partners. 
  • Experience supporting project based learning linked to service. 
  • Support student initiatives related to service.

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