Park Day School, an independent school founded in 1976, offers an outstanding progressive K-8 program with 300 students. The school community embraces and serves the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. The program is rooted in the tenets of progressive education and reinforces 21st century pedagogy. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who work to shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives and social justice efforts, and our historical four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Requirements and Qualifications
We seek a dynamic teacher who can infuse lessons with energy and joy, inspire a passion for learning, and anchor curriculum in meaningful contexts for deep understanding. Candidates must be able to successfully differentiate their lessons for students with a range of ability levels and multiple intelligences. The Language Arts teacher will establish and maintain a healthy and mutually respectful learning environment. Candidates should have a proven track record of successfully working as a member of a teaching team and communicating effectively and collaboratively with staff and parents.
We seek candidates who have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience–preferably in a progressive educational setting. Candidates should have a strong interest in working in a multicultural community and should be eager to embrace spirited intellectual challenges in a rewarding academic environment. This position will involve teaching two sections of 7th Language Arts and two sections of 8th grade Language Arts. The Language Arts teacher works closely with the 6th grade Humanities teacher, 7/8 Social Studies teacher, and with the other teachers as a team and across the curriculum to support all students. The Park Day Language Arts program is unique, innovative and rigorous in that it combines the Nancy Atwell’s The Reading Zone and Lucy Calkins practices.
Candidates should be prepared to spend additional time getting to know and help students outside of the classroom. In addition to their classroom responsibilities, Park Day School teachers take a share of other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities, most of them during the 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. school day. Teachers thrive at Park Day School when they partake in the opportunities offered by a rich co-curricular program and a tightly knit, diverse community.
Please send resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or directly to Lizette Dolan, Middle School Director, Park Day School at Lizette.Dolan@parkdayschool.org.
Write your full name and “Language Arts, Spring 2015” in the subject line. Please do not send a fax or a paper copy. For more information about our school, visit our website at www.parkdayschool.org.
Park Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.