The Crowden School seeks a part-time 6th Grade English & History Teacher to begin in Fall 2023.
Crowden is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value an inclusive community of students, parents, faculty and staff, and supporters, celebrating our many differences and uniting in our shared love of music of all kinds and origins. Crowden does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Crowden School, a coeducational day school for grades three through eight, provides a distinguished education with chamber music at the core. Founded in 1983 by Scottish violinist Anne Crowden, The Crowden School is the flagship program of the Crowden Music Center, a non-profit organization that combines music and education to nurture, develop, and inspire students of all ages. Altogether, Crowden serves an annual audience of 12,000 with a rich array of music classes, workshops, events, and concerts.
The Crowden School is seeking a dynamic and collaborative English and History teacher with an understanding of and passion for teaching middle school-age students.
Reporting to the Head of School, the 6th Grade English and History Teacher is responsible for teaching an English and History curriculum appropriate to the needs of intelligent and inquisitive middle schoolers. Expertise and enthusiasm for the subjects and strong classroom management skills are required.
English classes meet 5 times per week and History classes meet 4 times per week in 45-minute class periods per grade. The English and History Teacher also acts as the Homeroom Teacher for 6th grade.
The English program at The Crowden School emphasizes the development of competent and confident readers and writers. Reading selections are chosen for relevant themes, as mentor texts for writing, for effective use of literary devices, to compare and contrast style and meaning, and to broaden our understanding of the world through many perspectives. English classes include novel study, independent reading projects, small book groups, and read-alouds. Narrative, expository, persuasive and descriptive pieces are developed and refined through all stages of the writing process.
The Crowden School follows the guidelines from the New History Social Science Framework, with emphasis on inquiry-based learning prompted with guiding questions. Sixth graders explore prehistory and antiquity through individual and group projects and class discussions.
At Crowden, the study of history examines the origins of social structures, the emergence of belief systems and ideologies, and historical events which are shaped by human influence and intervention, as a means of equipping students with a broader understanding of the modern world. Students begin to understand chronology and synchronicity, cause and effect, choice and voice, power and structure, law and war, land and geography as essential parts of history. Students use primary and secondary source materials to study perspective and interpretation of historical experience.
This is a half-time position. Candidates who are interested in full-time work may be considered for supplementary administrative or teaching duties to create a full-time position.
Schedule will be determined by mutual agreement with the Principal. The position will begin on August 21, 2023.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential duties and responsibilities for the teaching role include, but are not limited to:
· Teach English and History in general alignment with California state standards, in ways appropriate to the learning needs of the students.
· Teach a weekly 6th Grade Homeroom class, engaging students in activities that develop social skills and build community.
· Develop lessons that support and extend the students’ understanding through team activities and whole-class lessons.
· Differentiate instruction as required to teach to a range of intelligences and learning styles, applying a variety of assessments to measure student mastery and progress.
· Create an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment where each voice is celebrated.
· Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
· Employ age-appropriate classroom management techniques.
· Communicate effectively with students and parents.
· Participate actively in department, grade-level, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
· Supervise children during lunch and/or recess, as assigned.
· Maintain up-to-date inventory of instructional materials.
· Maintain professional standards of conduct, respect, and collegiality.
· Other duties as assigned
· Bachelor’s degree in a related subject.
· Teaching credential desired but not required.
· Experience with standards-based curriculum.
· Classroom teaching experience at the middle school level.
· Ability to differentiate instruction to address the needs of all students.
· A passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
· A commitment to collaborating with colleagues to build and sustain the school community
· Excellent communication skills and commitment to keeping parents informed and engaged.
· A sense of humor and a “can-do” attitude
· Employment dependent on satisfactory completion of background check and TB test.
Full-time Equivalency: 50%
$36,261 with the possibility of additional pay for additional duties.
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