Call for Course Proposals 2018-19

Humanities Instructor Wanted and Call for Humanities/Social Sciences Course Proposals

If you had a year to teach any social science or humanities class, what would you teach? Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago is seeking fascinating, out-of-the box course proposals from creative humanities/social science instructors who want to teach interested and interesting homeschooled high school students. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and a passion for sharing their knowledge with teenagers in a course of their own design. See our past programs at The deadline is April 15.

Teen Learning Lab classes explore an overall annual theme; the theme for the 2018-19 year is “Point of View: Seeing Different Perspectives.” The ideal course proposal will focus on an interesting topic in the humanities/social sciences. We are not looking for survey classes or classes that duplicate traditional high school social studies courses. Instead, our model is interesting undergraduate courses, scaled to the college freshman/honors high school level.

Teen Learning Lab classes are held on Fridays at Lakeside Church, 3939 Howard, Skokie. Class meetings are 90 minutes in length. We meet for 27 weeks: 12 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the winter-spring, from September orientation to the first Friday in May. Course content should provide students with about 150 hours of student work over the course of the year, including class meeting times and any field trips. The teaching position is an independent contractor position; instructors are paid directly by parents via an individual course fee set by the instructor. Class sizes are about 18-20 students, and our students are ages 13 and up.

The ideal course proposal will

  • Ask an interesting question that will be explored during the year.
  • Have a title that will appeal to high school students.
  • Present an important phenomenon or topic in national and/or international current events that will be addressed in the course. It should describe subtopics that will be introduced.
  • Include one or two innovative assignments.
  • Explain briefly how the course fits with the theme of “Point of View: Seeing Different Perspectives.”
  • Include a short sample syllabus, including proposed texts, readings.
  • Incorporate new technology/social media.

Please send your cover letter, C.V. and course proposal to

Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.