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Middle School English Teacher

(Maternity Leave replacement  – April 2014 – November 2014 – with a possibility of a permanent position) 
Bentley School, an independent K-12 school in Oakland and Lafayette, California, seeks a full-time, middle school English teacher, able and eager to teach broad-based eighth grade courses.
Job Summary:
The position will include, but is not limited to:
·         Instruct and implement all planned curriculum for 8th Grade English for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year and the first trimester of the 2014-15 year.
·         Responsible for all aspects of writing and grammar instruction for 8th grade.
·         Assess homework, writing, and project work for both sections of English. 
·         Keep an accurate hardcopy and database copy of grade book.
·         Communicate actively with parents and families about student progress:
o   Produce narrative grade reports for students and families each trimester.
o   Make sure that parents are aware of student assignments and school events by maintaining classroom websites.
·         Participate in advising students in aspects of life at Bentley, such as:
o   Taking daily attendance and alerting the student, family, and Middle School Dean when a student has two unexcused tardies in a trimester.
o   Implement and create daily activities for advisory group that helps build community and cohesiveness within the group.

  • Attending faculty meetings and collaborating with Middle School English and History faculty colleagues.
  • Contributing to curriculum development and refinement.
  • Participating in the admissions process.

The eighth grade English course emphasizes the fundamental skills that prepare students to read challenging material, develop an extensive vocabulary, write fluently, and utilize strategies for comprehension and analysis in reading and writing. Students are exposed to a wide range of culturally diverse materials drawn from classical and contemporary canons, with a strong representation of both male and female authors, and various genres. The program encourages critical thinking skills, such as planning and organization, gathering resources and information, and persevering in problem solving, analysis, and discussion. Students express opinions and ideas through a range of writing genres while textbooks, periodicals, videos, literature, maps, and interactive activities provide the core of the program.
Candidates should possess the ability and willingness to work with students in large and small group settings using multiple teaching methods to reach a broad range of students.  The ideal candidate should also be committed to issues of diversity, leadership, inclusion, and equity.  Candidates who reflect the broad range of diversity of the Bay Area are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful teaching experience in middle school
  • Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s preferred
  • Strong background in writing and in the teaching of writing 

Preferred Qualifications:
·         Advanced degree in English, History or Comparative Literature.
·         A passion for working with young people
·         A desire to collaborate in a dynamic community of teachers
·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
·         Experience in course design, planning, and implementation.
How to apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to and put “Middle School Eighth Grade Humanities” in the subject line.  No calls please.  Bentley School is an equal opportunity employer.

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