Park Day School
Overview of School
Park Day School offers an outstanding co-educational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland, is rooted in the tenets of progressive education, and reinforces collaborative, interdisciplinary learning in context. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous citizens who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day’s community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students. Our historical and park-like four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Overview of the Position
Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community to ensure that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to help students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Our teachers model a growth mindset, direct and heartfelt communication, and a passion for their subject area and for working with middle school students.
The Middle School Spanish teacher is responsible for Spanish instruction for Grades 6 – 8 in a progressive, integrated learning program (alongside Art, Drama, Humanities, Math, Music, Science, and Physical Education). This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with the entire MS staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. A core component of this role is preparing students with a wide range of Spanish proficiency and learning styles for the transition to a high school Spanish program. Furthermore, at Park Day School, Spanish language instruction occurs in the context of the cultures that speak Spanish.
Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes and assess learning each day, facilitate an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), communicate about curriculum objectives and student progress with families, host student clubs, collaborate with colleagues, and have other supervision duties as assigned.
This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Teachers are expected to reflect on their practice, invite feedback, and strategize for continual improvement.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Curriculum and Pedagogy:
- Develop differentiated curriculum for, plan and teach classes of 18-20 students.
- Develop curriculum and differentiate instruction for students who have never been exposed to the language as well as those who already have strong Spanish language skills with an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
- Conduct ongoing student assessment and write narrative progress reports twice a year.
Cultural Competence and Diversity Best Practice:
- Create and maintain a safe space for all community members, using and modeling inclusive language and taking action to repair mistakes in order to gain trust.
- Promote social justice and cultural competence through book choices and curriculum development.
- Collaborate with the entire middle school staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically as well as to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity.
- Continuously develop and examine the Spanish curriculum in conjunction with the other members of the K-8 Spanish Team.
- Communicate effectively, build rapport, and participate positively with staff and parents.
- Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
- Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
- Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.
- Depending on availability and school needs, possibly commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as teaching electives, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, and attend staff meetings.
The qualified candidate will/must:
- Be fluent in Spanish.
- Have a degree with a major in education, or a subject-specific field.
- Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
- Understand progressive educational theory and practices.
- Be committed to cultural competency, modeling and embedding key skills in the classroom and beyond.
- Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
- Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
- Be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
- Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
- Use a supportive and clear tone with students.
- Have strong oral and written communication skills.
- Organize and manage a positive classroom community and advisory, as applicable.
- Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
- A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.
How to Apply
Email your cover letter and resume with 3-5 professional references to: https://form.jotform.com/90749053101147 Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 21, 2020. Once resumes are reviewed, semi-finalists will have a screening interview with an administrator and finalists will visit campus for a demonstration lesson and interviews with the hiring committee and other key faculty and administrators.
Park Day School believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, family-care status, marital status, veteran status, disability or socio-economic background.
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