Laurel School seeks talented faculty who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who thrive on being engaged participants in our community. The most successful candidates see opportunities before problems, can laugh at themselves and succeed in a fast paced, forward-thinking educational environment. We are particularly interested in attracting teachers who have lived internationally, who have experience in residential settings, who view themselves as entrepreneurial, flexible, curious and creative. Laurel lives the mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to dream, dare, and do.
We are seeking an experienced History Department Chair devoted to assessing and developing history curriculum and leading outstanding teachers through collaboration and relationship-building. Laurel Department Chairs are part of a forward-thinking curricular team that examines best practices, leadership strategies, and curricular issues. Laurel Chairs work with Division Directors as part of the evaluative process for department members. They are responsible for the pedagogical approach of their departments, including the shaping of curricular design, scope, and sequence; the implementation of our curricular philosophy; the use of the Butler Campus; and the integration of LCRG research and equity and inclusion skills. They also have oversight of the professional development needs of their departments. We expect that, as a curricular leader at Laurel, a Department Chair will also be excited about working with students outside of the classroom, particularly through our signature programs such as Capstone, LifeSkills, and Dream, Dare, Do programming.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Preparation and implementation of daily lessons
Delivery of assignments and timely evaluation of all relevant class work and student progress
Design and implementation of appropriate, authentic assessments and support of individual student learning styles
Timely and proactive communication with parents about student progress
Advising of a small group of students
Collaboration with other members of the faculty, administration and staff on experiential, interdisciplinary and community-based opportunities that add to the school community
Active participation in all faculty and staff meetings
Effective and timely communication with varied school constituencies in person and through email and voice mail
Support of divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate
Instruction of students as a Dream, Dare, Do or LifeSkills facilitator
Supervision and/or participation in non-academic activities, including lunch, study halls, dances, class trips, etc
The successful candidate should be eager to teach both Middle and/or Upper School history and should have at least seven years of teaching experience. Previous experience with World History and United States History at both the College Prep and AP levels and/or Women’s Studies is a particular asset. Potential candidates ideally hold an advanced degree in history, political science, humanities, or educational leadership and should demonstrate a track record of innovative curricular thinking and design and a passion for implementing pedagogy best suited to a variety of learners. Successful candidates will possess a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skills, strong organizational skills, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate. The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty
Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school with a co-ed pre-primary division, where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion; we actively seek a culturally diverse faculty and staff.
Laurel teachers are committed to:
the study of research on girls’ education
integrating this knowledge into classroom practice
working with each girl to fulfill her promise
flexibility and openness to new ideas
the academic and social development of girls
involving parents as partners in the educational process
the creation of a classroom community
the integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
equity and inclusion
outdoor education and sustainability
Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.
Additional Salary Information: Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.