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Teaching Assistant

Redwood Day School is an East Bay leader in developmentally grounded education that prepares students for high school, for college, and for life. Established in 1963, RDS is an independent, diverse K-8 school that combines challenging academics, small classes, differentiated instruction, and a keen awareness of children’s social and emotional development — allowing students to discover and build on their strengths as individual learners. Our learning community is closely connected to our Oakland neighbors through an ethos of service, diversity, and sustainability. Our students develop into self-aware and confident young people who advocate for themselves and others, throughout school and beyond.

Job Description
We are seeking Teaching Assistants for the 2014-2015 academic year to work with a dedicated and diverse group of faculty and students. We employ eight Teaching Assistants (one per classroom in K-3) to work full-time with a mentor teacher, and have openings for the 2014-2015 academic year. Teaching Assistants are hired for one year and may apply for a second year.

Teaching Assistants partner with a mentor teacher to learn about classroom management strategies, curriculum design, project-based instruction, learning differences, progress report writing, differentiated instruction, handling parent/guardian communication, etc. They also assist with clerical duties (copying, set up, clean up, bulletin boards, etc.), participate in recess and lunch duties, parent/guardian-teacher-student conferences, and a few evening events, such as Back-to-School Night, Winter Concert, and Science Fairs. Teaching Assistants help out with several weeks of after-school study hall (3:30-4:30 p.m.) during the year, attend bi-monthly Teaching Assistant meetings (during the school day) and Wednesday faculty meetings (3:45-5:00 p.m.), and participate in school-sponsored professional development days. Teaching Assistants substitute for their mentor teachers, and occasionally other lower school faculty, when they are temporarily absent for illness or other reasons.

Schedule and Hours:
For 2014-2015, the first day of work for Teaching Assistants will be August 15th, 2014; the last day will be June 17th, 2015. Daily hours are: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wed 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Desired Qualifications and Traits:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Enrollment in (or completion of) a professional teacher training program (i.e. BATTI – Bay Area Teachers Training Institute)
• Commitment to working in a multicultural learning environment that necessitates flexibility, professional behavior, positive attitude, and a desire to enhance professional growth.

Redwood Day School offers competitive compensation. Teaching Assistants are eligible for medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

Limitations and Disclaimer:
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers contingent on passing background check and TB test.

To apply:
Please complete an application form and submit it electronically with a cover letter and resume by March 5th HERE to the attention of: Kelly Nelson, Lower School Director.

Non-discrimination Policy:
Redwood Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration.

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