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Independent and progressive preschool through eight grade

Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade school serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice inquiry style teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways, we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at

CDS is located on a beautiful, secluded half-acre in the Mission near Dolores Park. Our after care program employs the use of indoor classrooms, environmental ed. kitchen, wood chips area and climbing structure, farm and garden (featuring eleven chickens and two sheep), and a play yard among the largest of independent schools in the city.

Job Summary

A lower school temporary long term sub will work as part of a grade level team to ensure the continuous development of grade-level curriculum in alignment with the school’s mission and core learning beliefs. Lower school teachers have demonstrated proficiency with leading and managing a classroom as well as collaborative curriculum and unit design and implementation. Each lower school classroom uses a co-teaching model, and this role is partnered with the current third-grade teacher.

Our Lower School Teachers engage in rigorous discussion and developments that align to the growth areas of the school and division. They bring a critical lens to discussions and are solutions orientated, always seeking how to make things possible as well as identifying potential roadblocks that could come up. Our Lower School Teachers are proactive in their approach to learners, families, and team dynamics. Collaboration is key in our co-teaching model so robust communication skills, wanton curiosity, and a desire to lead in a progressive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning are a must.

Primary Responsibilities

Classroom Leader and Curriculum Thought Partner

  • Co-Lead the development and mapping of grade-level curriculum and learning engagements in alignment with clearly articulated learning goals and outcomes as planned by the third grade teaching team.
  • Provide a hands-on, inquiry-based style of teaching; manage collaborative learning groups; integrate technology into the curriculum as appropriate; demonstrates effective and proactive differentiation strategies
  • Nurture a culture of social justice, inclusion, and action in the classroom through the curriculum, conversations, community-based learning, and culture
  • Implement learning assessment with guidance from partner teacher
  • Facilitate the social, emotional, and academic growth of students and actively drives developments within the class and division
  • Demonstrate and model cultural competence; proactively address mistakes and misunderstandings with curiosity and a learner stance; continue ongoing learning about how racism, stereotypes, and bias continue to shape children’s lives and experiences.
  • Foster and encourage the socio-emotional growth of each student, and create a physically and emotionally safe classroom.
  • Manages the day to day operations of the classroom and keeps curriculum documentation up to date.
  • Support timely communication with parents/guardians through calls, emails, classroom blogs, and conferences

Grade Level Developments and Division Thought Partner

  • Partner with the Lower School Division Head, Grade Level Team, Learning Specialists and Counselors to advocate for student learning and well-being.
    Attend weekly division meetings and grade level team meetings
  • Build strong collaborative partnerships with specialist teachers to integrate curriculum and support student learning inside and outside of the classroom.

CDS Team

Engage actively in the CDS professional learning community by forwarding schoolwide initiatives and strategic priorities.
Partner with admissions and advancement as needed to promote the CDS program and mission.
Position Requirements

  • Demonstrated successful experience in working with children and supporting a wide range of development and growth.
  • Demonstrated experience with curriculum development and implementation or willingness to be proactive in supporting lesson planning and instruction.
  • Acumen in 21st-century learning skills and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and habits within whole child learning practices – a focus on core academics and SEL development.
  • A California teaching credential or equivalent, or interest in working towards a CA teaching credential.
  • Spanish speaker encouraged

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to building a learning community where the people, culture, and curriculum reflect the racial, ethnic, economic, and family diversity of San Francisco.
  • Flexibility and nimbleness and a solutions-orientated approach.
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and form effective partnerships with teachers, administrators, and families.
  • Willingness to give and receive effective feedback to and from students and colleagues.
  • Commitment to developing professionally as an educator and supporting the development of others.
  • Passion for working with elementary-age youth.
  • Respectful authority in the classroom.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in technology, and able to facilitate best practice online home learning as needed. Priority platforms include G-Suite, SeeSaw, Zoom, Apple applications.


Hourly compensation will be based on education and experience. $34.38 per hour – $62.64 per hour.

Clearance Required: 

Required Screenings: TB Assessment Clearances: LiveScan background check: E-Verify

CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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