Mark Day School
Independent Co-educational K-8
San Rafael, California
Upper Division History and English Teacher & Community Engagement Associate
Full-Time Position Beginning August 2017
Mark Day School (est. 1980) seeks a collaborative, experienced, and innovative educator with a passion for teaching English and history, implementing community engagement and partnership projects, and supporting student growth in a 21st century, middle-school context.
This full-time role is composed of three opportunities, explained below following the description of Mark DaySchool:
1. Teaching English and history to 7th and 8th grade students
2. Supporting the Director of Cross-Cultural Partnerships and Community Engagement
3. Serving as a student mentor in our 7th and 8th grade mentor program
About Mark Day School
Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, co-educational K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
The upper division (grades 7 & 8) of Mark Day School is a "school within a school" of 88 students characterized by academic excellence, close collaboration between colleagues, a block schedule, a 1:1 laptop program and a balanced pedagogical approach. Teachers nurture, engage and challenge all learners by mixing traditional best practices with innovative, student-centered approaches such as project-based learning, student-centered inquiry and inclusive discussion formats that are responsive to the developmental stages of adolescent learners. Mark Day School's current strategic plan (available on our school website) also calls for the integration and development of our four cross-disciplinary literacies throughout a student's experience: social/emotional literacy, media and information literacy, global and cross-cultural literacy, and ecological literacy.
English and History at Mark Day School
Skills, understandings and attitudes developed throughout seventh and eighth grade English and history include broad metacognitive skills, such as growth mindset, self-advocacy, time management and collaboration, alongside specific content knowledge, understandings and skills associated with English and history. English students critically engage with a wide variety of texts including whole class novels, small group novels and independently selected works. They develop effective and powerful written communication, including analytical, narrative and creative writing. They also build public speaking and group discussion skills. History students learn key information and concepts, develop and apply research skills, think critically and use evidence to support claims, and communicate through a variety of media. They also learn to engage as active citizens and explore history with a eye towards social justice. This role will involve collaborating with current history and English faculty toward common learning objectives.
Cross-Cultural Partnerships and Community Engagement
Students throughout the school build cross-cultural skills and awareness through their participation in a wide range of programs, activities, and long-established partnerships with local organizations and international schools. Students are challenged to reach beyond their own experience and develop habits that both promote personal growth and contribute to the common good. Students develop skills in communicating and working with people from many backgrounds. At the heart of our partnerships lies the idea of reciprocity--everyone involved has something to learn and something to teach, something to give and something to receive.
Each upper division teacher is also a student mentor and serves as the academic, social and emotional advisor to a group of eight seventh and eighth grade students. Mentor groups meet briefly each morning for check-in and announcements and twice a week for more in-depth discussions and activities. The mentor is the primary person with whom each student forms a close bond.
Duties & Responsibilities
English/History Teacher & Mentor
- Collaborate with existing English and history faculty toward common learning objectives.
- Demonstrate academic and multicultural competency in classroom pedagogy, including innovative teaching as well as recognizing and responding to various learning profiles.
- Set high academic and behavioral expectations while maintaining a climate of responsibility, safety, enthusiasm, and fun.
- Form supportive and responsive relationships with students and families.
- Build a strong, positive classroom community in which students advocate for themselves and others.
- Provide constructive, timely feedback that fosters a growth mindset.
- Use available technology to enhance student learning, faculty collaboration and responsive communication. Technologies include: Mac laptops, Google Apps (mail, calendar and Google Classroom), SMART boards, various presentation software and online learning management systems for assigning homework and providing feedback.
- Chaperone on either the fall 7th grade trip to the Yosemite backcountry or the spring 8th grade trip rafting in the southwest.
- Complete recommendation forms for 8th graders applying to independent high schools.
- Participate in committee work related to community-wide school initiatives and attend regular team meetings as applicable.
Community Engagement Associate
- Support programs, activities, and events organized by the Office of Cross-Cultural Partnerships and Community Engagement.
- Support the Director of Cross-Cultural Partnerships and Community Engagement to strengthen relationships with the school’s local and global partners.
- Work with faculty to develop and execute their community engagement and Cross-Cultural Partnerships projects.
- Actively participate in faculty- and student-driven diversity and inclusivity initiatives.
Education, Experience and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Relevant teaching experience
- Proven cultural competence in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice.
- Strong skills with initiative, follow through, organization, collaboration and communication.
- Experience managing projects with significant logistics and multiple stakeholders
More About Mark Day School
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-curricular literacies: Cross-Cultural Literacy, Media and Information Literacy, Ecoliteracy, and Social, Emotional, and Ethical Literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning Media Literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships with the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; a one-to-one laptop program beginning in sixth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day School’s salary and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume via email to email@example.com. We will begin getting in contact with strong candidates immediately upon receiving materials.