Winchester Thurston School (WT), an innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, announces a search for a Middle School Social Studies teacher for the 2018-19 school year. WT faculty members are expected to actively engage students through a rigorous curriculum, which includes developmentally appropriate experiential learning programs in connection with the dynamic resources of the region, through a nationally recognized initiative called City as Our Campus. Our faculty members lead the way in educational innovation, rigorous academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world in the twenty-first century.
Full-time Middle School faculty members are responsible for the educational experience and oversight of students ranging from grades six through eight. Middle School faculty members understand and respond to the unique needs of young adolescents, fostering in each student a sense of confidence, ethics, responsibility, and respect for others. The following are essential responsibilities of this position:
Teach up to five sections of Middle School social studies, or the equivalent of five sections in the event that the position requires elective courses or other non-course responsibilities
Be prepared to teach following a block schedule on a six-day rotation
Plan and execute lessons using varied methods of instruction and assessment that are in accord with the History & Social Studies Department’s curriculum and the School’s educational philosophy
Maintain an updated web presence through the School’s website that includes the course syllabus and homework postings that are updated weekly at a minimum
Work as a team member with teaching colleagues and administrators by attending all department meetings, Middle School faculty meetings, in-service days, and serving on committees as needed
Commit to ongoing professional growth and play an active role in the formative development process, which includes, but is not limited to, participating in goal setting, engaging in constant reflection with the Dean of Faculty and the Middle School Division Director about teaching, participation and contribution to Critical Friends Groups, participating in the peer observation process, and conducting student surveys of courses
Communicate regularly with parents in an effective and timely manner through a variety of means, including email, telephone, student progress reports, and parent notices
Assist the admission process by meeting with prospective families, attending admission events, and helping screen prospective candidates for admission
Create and maintain an appropriate classroom environment and help enforce school expectations
Serve as an advisor as needed
Complete student assessment reports (i.e., grades reports, interim comments, etc.) following guidelines and in accordance with deadlines established by the Director of Middle School
Fulfill duties that are connected with non-academic responsibilities, i.e. taking attendance, covering break and lunch duties, chaperoning class trips and evening activities as needed, and other assigned duties, etc.
Applicants for the Middle School Social Studies Faculty member position must have the following credentials:
Bachelor’s degree (History preferred)
3-5 years of Middle School teaching experience preferred
Independent school experience preferred
Educational philosophy consistent with that of the School
About Winchester Thurston School
Nationally recognized for innovative
teaching, Winchester Thurston is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school providing a
rigorous college preparatory program that
prepares students for the challenges of a
changing world. Situated within Pittsburgh’s university and cultural center, WT offers exceptional learning experiences in partnership with surrounding resources. Learn more at www.winchesterthurston.org.
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