The School at Columbia University is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003 that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The School is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives that challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.
Teach a class of about 20 students in context of integrated curriculum, possibly with teaching partner
Commit to academic and social mission of School, which encompasses differentiation to meet needs of diverse community
Collaborate in design and implementation of integrated curriculum
Keep careful anecdotal and assessment records and use them to write accurate, comprehensive student reports
Fulfill duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in faculty handbook, “Teaching at The School at Columbia University”
Participate fully in active and rich life of School
Engage in ongoing communication with parents/guardians
All candidates must submit an official application via Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel website.
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer—race/gender/disability/veteran.
A./B.S. or equivalent degree or educational qualification from accredited college or university
At least two years of full-time teaching experience in K–8 public or independent schools beyond student teaching
Strong skills sets in literacy, mathematics, social studies, and meeting social and emotional needs of children
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
Familiarity with new technologies
Advanced degree in related field
Knowledge of Spanish
Internal Number: 985-11650
About The School At Columbia University
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.