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Middle School Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher

Overview of School
Prospect Sierra School, a prominent East Bay independent school, is seeking a full-time Middle School Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher for the 2014-15 school year.
Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed K–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California. Our mission “inspires students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers.” The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recently featured Prospect Sierra as a Model School of the Future, among only seven schools worldwide, in its publication A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future. Please visit our website,, for more information about the school.
Overview of Position
This position is for Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher. The successful candidate will report to the Middle School Division Head. As Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
§  Teach and oversee homeroom section of fifth grade humanities students.
§  Lead a morning meeting activity each morning with students
§  Maintain collaboration with other fifth grade humanities teacher and fifth grade team to ensure a cohesive delivery of the fifth grade program.
§  Work with humanities department colleagues and fifth grade team as well as technology and library departments to implement existing curriculum and ensure quality of overall program.
§  Participate in the fifth grade overnight field trip to Marin Headlands.
§  Oversee “family” of mixed-grade students once a week.
§  Teach two weekly electives.
Major areas of history study include teaching about United States immigration and connecting world geography with significant migrations to the United States. Students explore reasons different peoples have immigrated to America, the contribution of immigrants to American cultural life, and challenges they have faced. Students then follow the emergence of a new nation, from the first meetings between Native Americans, Europeans, the Africans in the New World, to the establishment of the Thirteen Colonies.

Literature study includes texts selected for their connection to major themes. Students read and reflect on stories of cross-cultural experiences in order to further develop awareness of what it means to be a responsible global citizen. Students participate in class discussions, reflection, and sharing, focusing on genre, main idea, vocabulary, setting, plot, characterization, point of view, theme, and other literary devices. Some texts include Feathers and Where the Great Hawk Flies.
Writing curriculum includes connection to major themes. Students gain experience writing in several genres, including personal narrative, poetry, essay and fiction with an emphasis on fluency and clarity in form and expression.
The candidate must have:
§  Three or more years’ teaching experience, preferably at the upper elementary or middle school level
§  Commitment to early adolescent education and social/emotional development
§  Commitment to creating an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
§  Ability and willingness to work in teams
§  Ability to effectively communicate with prospective and current parents
The ideal candidate would also have:
§  Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
§  Sense of humor
§  Flexibility
§  Initiative
§  Strong organizational and record keeping skills
§  Excellent interpersonal skills
§  Demonstrated professional development in equity and justice work
§  Willingness to work with library tech department to integrate various media into curriculum
§  Commitment to diversity and inclusion learning
§  Awareness of differentiated learning and teaching styles
Duties school-wide include:
§  Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
§  Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of middle school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions
Prospect Sierra School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process; people of color and GLBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The salary is competitive.  Benefits included.
How to Apply
Send a resume (including written recommendations and/or contact information for three references) and one page cover letter to:
Heather Rogers, Middle School Head
ATTN:  5th Grade Humanities Teacher
Prospect Sierra School
960 Avis Drive
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Email: (Please put “5th Grade Humanities Teacher” in the subject line).

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