Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Based on a 100-year tradition of educational excellence, Burke’s today is one of California’s leading elementary schools. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, and academic rigor.
Fifth/Sixth Grade Science Teacher and Advisor, full-time position beginning August 19, 2014.
In addition to teaching two sections each of hands-on, inquiry-based 5th and 6th grade Science (22 – 25 students per section), responsibilities include advising a group of 12-13 6th graders.
The fifth grade curriculum focuses on biology and ecology, beginning with an introduction to scientific process skills and lab safety. Major topics of study include the structure and function of cells, human anatomy and body systems; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, biodiversity and adaptations; and the relationships between living and non-living things within ecosystems.
The sixth grade curriculum begins with a brief exploration of some basic principles of chemistry and physics, including properties of matter, heat transfer, and density, in preparation for studying the history of our planet and the geological processes that continue to shape its surface. In recent years, the sixth grade curriculum has incorporated a major STEM component, the Toshiba ExploraVision project, during which students learn about design thinking, prototyping, fabrication, and website design.
Classes meet one 50-minute period and two 105-minute blocks in each six-day rotation. Advisories meet daily for homeroom and twice each rotation for discussion and activities; advisors meet in grade-level teams weekly. Routine expectations include supervisory duties and extra-help periods; assessing and reporting in writing on student progress; supporting advisees in student-led parent conferences; communication with parents; accompanying advisees on three-day camping trip.
B.A. and experience teaching science are required, as are demonstrated confidence in differentiation of instruction, cultural competency, and innovative use of technology in instruction. Preferred: middle-school experience and science-related degree.
The school offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please e-mail resume, cover letter explaining why your experience is appropriate for this position, and list of references, in PDF or Word format, to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. The final deadline for applications is April 18, 2014.