Upper School Social-Emotional Learning Teacher/Science of Mind Specialist - 2018-19
The Nueva School
March 14, 2018
San Mateo, California
Full Time - Faculty
Other, School Counseling
4 Year Degree
We are looking for an inspiring teacher with a background in psychology and/or counseling to build on Nueva’s nearly 50-year history pioneering the field of self-science and social-emotional learning in primary and secondary education, as recognized in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 New York Times international best-seller Emotional Intelligence. The successful candidate will: • Plan and lead, along with colleagues, the signature upper school science of mind course that embraces and promotes our mission, values, and school culture. The course will expose students to classic and contemporary research related to social-emotional intelligence as well as bring experts in the field to campus. • Collaborate across divisions as appropriate and with school and division administration, faculty, advisors, counselors, and external experts as necessary to shape a signature advisory program to promote a culture of reflection, honesty, and self-awareness in the Upper School. • Collaborate with upper school administration and academic support teams to assess student academic and social-emotional capacities and needs as required. Collaborate with administration, faculty, advisors, counselors, and parents to recommend and support learning strategies and accommodations as needed. • Lead work with students and parents to shape a healthy, responsive, and supportive school culture (e.g., student life norms, social events and dances, mentoring, retreats) where relationships are valued as integral to the learning process and school culture. • Design parent, teacher, and advisor support and training.
In addition to these content areas, the ideal candidate will have interest and experience in a variety of modes of teaching and be highly skilled at differentiated instruction. The candidate will have taught several years at the high school and/or university level, and will have knowledge of more than one academic discipline, as well as experience in and passion for building integrated, interdisciplinary programs of study. As we continue to build our upper school faculty, we seek dedicated educators who have an interest in collaborating with our current faculty as partners in the ongoing design and implementation of Nueva’s curriculum and programs.
General Responsibilities for Teachers
Develop and teach your courses expertly with the highest standards for each student
Convey enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry and model lifelong learning
Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and real-world problem solving
Collaborate with colleagues in the development and execution of curriculum
Create hands-on, inquiry- and project-based learning experiences
Collaborate effectively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators
Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
Support the well-being of all students
Demonstrate interest and ability to serve as an advisor to students, lead student activities, serve as a club advisor, and contribute beyond the classroom to support school programs and activities
Participate actively in other aspects of the student experience and school functioning: chaperoning trips and events, serving on committees, and developing new programs at the school
Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission: “Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the student’s imaginative mind.”
Demonstrated mastery in psychology and/or counseling and ability to teach within and across academic disciplines
Bachelor's and advanced university degree in psychology and/or counseling
Minimum of three years’ teaching/school-based counseling experience
Successful teaching experience in secondary school and/or university
Excellent oral and written communication skills
A desire to integrate curriculum with other subjects and to teach collaboratively
Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced
A profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area
Interest in teaching a range of age groups and openness to teaching cross-divisionally at the middle-school level
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least three professional references. To address specific questions, please email Hillary Freeman, associate director for hiring, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen Dunn, head of upper school, at email@example.com.
About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves over 800 students PK–12 and expects to grow to over 950 students in the next few years. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties in the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New ...York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”
For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.