Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth. Burke’s is deeply dedicated to the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the entire program from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our DEI commitment is woven into our adult professional development for all constituent groups. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher-level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.
Teaching Institute Program Description
Burke’s Teaching Institute is a two-year program that provides on-campus training for our Associate Teachers. Through regular pedagogical workshops, we provide Associate Teachers with information about teaching methods, curriculum development, assessment, and classroom management skills. Examples of recent Teaching Institute topics and discussions include: Social-Emotional Life of Girls, Exploring Anti-Racist Curriculum and System Inequalities, Supporting Diverse Learning Styles, Responsive Classroom Philosophy and Strategies, and Preparing Resumes and Interview Skills. In addition, each year we choose a book to examine closely. Some titles we have read are Limitless Mind (Boaler), Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain (Hammond), Through Other Eyes (Skolnick, Dulberg & Maestre), and Identity Safe Classrooms (Steele & Cohn-Vargas).
Associate Teachers are partnered with Lead Teachers who play a vital role in helping the Associate develop teaching skills. By observing and working with our experienced teachers and participating in the life of the school, Associates gain valuable experience as well as opportunities to develop their own philosophy and teaching style.
Burke’s has one Associate Teaching position in each Lower School classroom. Having Associate Teachers allows us to increase the small group attention that we offer in our Lower School classrooms and to provide opportunities for people interested in becoming educators to experience working in a K-8 independent school.
To prepare all of our students for participation in an increasingly global community, The Katherine Delmar Burke School is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community with a strong and comprehensive multicultural curriculum. We value diversity as essential for educational excellence. We strive to create a community in which learning from and with others who bring different backgrounds and experiences to our campus and building critical thinking skills by considering information from a variety of perspectives, are the cornerstones for academic success. We emphasize the value of both similarities and differences as central for helping our girls grow beyond their natural tendencies towards conformity, underscoring our conviction that there are “400 ways to be a Burke’s Girl.”
We are dedicated to supporting each of our students and families in order to create a unified and thriving school community in which all individuals are valued for what they bring to the community. We recognize that cultivating a diverse and inclusive community is a complex and challenging process that requires a common framework for understanding as well as openness, awareness, commitment, support and collaboration from all of our school constituents. We actively seek opportunities to learn about, and engage in the practice of honest and respectful dialogue – both with agreement and disagreement – knowing that this practice raises the level of discourse and enriches the learning experience for all of our students, faculty, staff, parents, trustees and alumnae.
We define diversity as a full range of cultures, families, interests, backgrounds, perspectives, learning styles and talents. We strive to provide our students with a broad educational experience in which they will benefit from learning in a strong, equitable and just environment; be prepared for life beyond Burke’s; and be empowered to affect positive change in their world.
In hiring our Associate Teachers we seek responsible, mature, nurturing, enthusiastic, and dedicated people with a strong desire to teach. Associates come to Burke’s ready to collaborate with and learn from a Lead Teacher and to actively participate in the Teaching Institute program. Our Associate Teachers hold a B.A. degree and are expected to be working toward their teaching credential or masters degree within the two years at Burke’s. We look for candidates who possess strength in and commitment to girls’ and social justice education. Prior classroom experience or a background in child development is preferred. We ask for a commitment of two years from each of our Associates. We currently seek applicants who have an interest in kindergarten through fourth grade.
The school offers competitive compensation and opportunities to earn overtime pay. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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