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Mills College Children’s School, Head Teacher: First Grade

The Mills College Children's School is recruiting for a Head Teacher for 1st Grade/Supervising Teacher of Student Teachers.You can find the actual link here or continue reading below

This wonderfully unique position in the Mills College Children’s School, the oldest laboratory school in the West, will be filled by the individual who shares our commitment to inquiry-centered learning for  both children and adults. The Mills College Children’s School follows a constructivist model of education for infant-toddler through fifth grade programs.  Elementary school Head Teachers work closely with School of Education faculty to plan and supervise an exemplary curriculum for designated grade levels, use a “lesson study” process to analyze and improve instruction, and supervise two to four Mills College student teachers each semester. The successful candidate will be strongly committed to teaching children and adults and leading teacher-led regional improvement of teaching.

Representative Duties

Responsibilities include:
* Curriculum – Plan and implement a curriculum based in the best-available knowledge of children’s learning and linked to the State Department of Education standards and frameworks. Regularly work with faculty of the Children’s School and School of Education to study children’s classroom learning in order continuously to improve instruction at the school and contribute more broadly to the knowledge base of teaching.
* Student Teachers – Supervise, teach, and evaluate student teachers, supporting their integration of learning theory and classroom practice.  This work includes daily evaluation meetings and weekly participation in the Theory and Practice seminar.
* Communication – Maintain active and open communications with parents/guardians of the children and with the other members of the Children’s School staff and School of Education faculty. Elementary school Head Teachers are full members of the school teaching staff and will participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities and support of children and student teachers. This includes home visits, parent/teacher conferences, newsletters, parent meetings, and weekly staff meetings.  Both written and oral communications skills are essential and valued.
* Professionalism – As a teacher in the laboratory school, the successful candidate will be a member of a team committed to advancing knowledge about teaching and to principled practice.  The position is based on the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with professional colleagues, parents, students, and children within a diverse and multicultural environment.
* Perform related duties as needed.



* Three or more years recent successful classroom teaching experience
* Knowledge of and commitment to a constructivist model of education
* Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
* Master’s degree preferred
* California teaching credential or its equivalent
* Ability to exhibit strong service orientation for all levels of College constituencies and members of the public
* Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment


Additional Information:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403b retirement plan, plus 13 paid holidays and 12 sick days annually. Staff also receives free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.  Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period.


Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter specifying job title, a statement of your educational philosophy, and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and accepted until the position is filled.

Mills College Children’s School
Contact Phone Number
510.430.2053 ph