Isidore Newman School, founded in 1903, is a nationally recognized, Pre-k through twelve, college preparatory, day school with over 900 students. Located in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana on an eleven acre campus, Newman enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts. Upon graduation Newman students matriculate to selective colleges and universities around the country.
Students, teachers, and coaches at Newman believe strongly in the School and work collaboratively, always striving for excellence in a challenging and supportive academic environment. Across the school and across constituencies there is a focus on building strong relationships and delivering rigorous programs. The core values of the School -honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility - are visibly integrated into every aspect of school life. A community of high achieving and motivated students and teachers focused on intellectual inquiry and engagement, Newman is committed to best practice in elementary and secondary education. A leading and forward-thinking independent school, Newman is deeply rooted in both tradition and innovation.
The Lower School Innovation and Design Thinking Teacher is responsible for envisioning, designing and executing a continuous curriculum for PK through 5th grade. Design thinking is the process of identifying and solving problems for others, so elementary lessons are designed around empathy and perspective. Creative confidence, persistence, and collaboration are among the skills/mindsets constantly reinforced in the Innovation Lab. To this end, building is an integral part of the process. The innovation and design thinking teacher must feel comfortable teaching and monitoring the safe use of tools, working alongside students to troubleshoot, and encouraging students to stick with projects, even when things aren't going as planned. Group projects are typical, particularly in grades 3-5, so the intentional practice of teamwork is an important use of class time.
The successful applicant will possess a demonstrated embrace of the mindsets of design thinking: empathy, an attitude of prototyping, collaboration, iteration and feedback. He or she will also feel perfectly comfortable guiding students through projects for which the outcome is unknown.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Planning for and teaching innovation and design thinking classes PK-5th grades
Maintaining a budget for tools, materials, and curricular resources
Overseeing the Innovation Lab to ensure a safe, developmentally appropriate workplace for students across all elementary grades
Coordinating with Lower School teachers to develop cross-curricular projects
Keeping up with current trends in design thinking and the maker movement in education
Serving as a resource for teachers' professional development across all grade levels PK-12th
Continuing to grow professionally by working with instructional coaches and administration, accepting feedback throughout the evaluation process, attending in-service and professional development/training in and outside of the school, reading professionally, and actively participating in faculty meetings
Communicating openly and effectively with parents
Participating in field trips, special traditions and activities of the Lower School
Modeling appropriate presence daily and ensure that students adhere to Lower School behavioral expectations
Completing Lower School duties and responsibilities as assigned
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
A variety of experiences working with children
Previous design thinking experience or a commitment to learning the process deeply
A high level of comfort trying new things
Experience designing age-appropriate lessons to achieve stated goals
Evidence of positive professional relationships with parents, students, and colleagues
Strong communication and organizational skills
The successful applicant will:
Possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills
Demonstrate strong instructional and classroom management skills
Be technologically savvy and computer literate
Have an abiding interest in helping students to experience academic and social growth
Be successful in working with teams
Be willing to contribute to school activities outside of the assigned classroom
Possess strong understanding of the developmental level of the students they teach
Genuinely love to work with children and educators at the elementary level
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Internal Number: 757297
About Isidore Newman School
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.