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University Primary School Head 4/5th Grade Teacher


University Primary School; The College of Education Lab School @ The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Start Date: August 16, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Visiting Specialist in Education (Head Teacher) for the combined Fourth/Fifth Grade classroom at University Primary School. The head teacher of the University Primary School combined Fourth/Fifth grade classroom program is responsible for leading and decision-making within the classroom, and contributing to the greater good of the school and University community.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for carrying out the day-to-day educational Reggio Emilia inspired program, implementing the curricular framework of the project approach, incorporating student decision-making, facilitating inquiry activities, promoting the greater good of the school, and individualizing instruction as needed by each child.

Responsible for providing leadership for teaching assistants, student teachers, and student volunteers, and maintaining effective communications with parents.

Responsible for working with researchers and promoting an atmosphere of shared inquiry within the Illinois and greater education community.

Responsible for working closely and making decisions for the classroom with input from graduate assistants and grad or academic hourly employees who may be in the position of co-teachers in the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Required Education, Experience and Qualifications:

BA/BS degree in elementary education, or related field
Teaching experience with children in a school setting.
Willingness to pursue certification should certification become necessary

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate with experience and on par with area schools. University of Illinois benefits package including many high quality benefits and resources befit of a University of Illinois employee.

Application Procedures

Go to:

And follow instructions or email director of school, Dr. Ali Lewis at

Program Description

University Primary School is a school where we believe in learning as serious delight! University Primary School (Uni Primary) is a Prek-5th grade Reggio Emilia inspired lab school where children are engaged in creative, challenging, and meaningful curricular inquiries using The Project Approach alongside Common Core Standards. Our school has been The College of Education\’s Lab School for over 30 years. Located here on campus, we enjoy the intellectual resources of this amazing University. The democratic classroom communities at Uni Primary make effective use of cooperation, negotiation, and choice as a means to foster children\’s curiosity and love of learning. At Uni Primary, children are nurtured to support diverse talents and abilities through differentiated practices attuned to intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

Contact Info

Dr. Ali Lewis

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