Middle School Writing and Humanities Teacher – 2020-21

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The Nueva School

The Nueva School

Middle School Writing and Humanities Teacher – 2020-21

The Position

Nueva seeks an experienced educator to teach writing and humanities in the middle school. The writing course emphasizes both creative and expository forms. Fictional and non-fictional mentor texts act as inspiration as students produce pieces in multiple genres. An emphasis on literary analysis builds student fluency and communication skills. The Humanities course focuses on critical and creative thinking, teaching students to use the language of the discipline to understand the human experience with the elements of depth and complexity.

In writing, texts like Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and I Am Malala, serve to inspire integrated creative projects. Poetry and Shakespeare might both be analyzed and experimented with as mentor texts for students to base their own writing upon. Health permitting, a whole-class trip to Ashland Oregon’s Shakespeare Festival or the Chaco Canyon Archeological site pueblos serve as major highlights and organizing principles.

In humanities, students learn the language of the discipline and build the thinking skills of an historian. Students explore topics such as sustainable development, the impacts of colonization, American social movements, and Renaissance European beliefs through discussion and project work.

Teaching with an interdisciplinary lens is valued, as is connecting with faculty in other disciplines, to help students understand how the humanities and language arts are necessarily connected to other fields of study. We look for innovative, energetic, and flexible team players with the ability to work with adults and students in a collegial setting. All full time teachers act as advisors and need to be able to create an advisory experience for. Ability to teach additional electives, lead a weekly literature club, and chaperone off-campus experiences is also required.

Our goal is to teach students who will grow up to make choices to benefit the world. With this in mind, all student learn skills and knowledge connected to Social and Emotional Learning, Design Thinking, and Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion PreK-12. Excellent candidates will have strengths in all three domains. A Nueva education develops a student’s skills to work at the nexus of these three lenses on the world.

General Responsibilities for Teachers in Middle School Division

  • Teach expertly your course of study with the highest standards for each student
  • Convey enthusiasm for content and intellectual inquiry
  • Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaborate with colleagues to enrich curriculum and instruction
  • Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning
  • Create hands-on, project-based learning experiences
  • Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, and parents
  • Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
  • Support the well-being of all students
  • Demonstrate interest and ability to lead student activities, coach, & contribute beyond the classroom
  • Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and advanced university degree, with a minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Successful teaching experience in middle and/or secondary school
  • Demonstrated mastery in area of study and ability to teach within and across academic disciplines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A desire to integrate curriculum with other subjects and to teach collaboratively

To Apply

 Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references at http://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply. To address specific questions, please emailLiza Raynal at lraynal@nuevaschool.org

About The Nueva School

The Nueva School, an internationally-recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 900 students PK-12.  Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

 A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”

To apply for this job email your details to sbowers@nuevaschool.org