The IDEAL School of Manhattan is seeking a talented, warm, and creative teacher for students in Grade 5. Lower School faculty at IDEAL work in an integrated, co-teaching model, with a general educator and a learning specialist partnering to provide a student-centered, project-based, collaborative, and rigorous educational experience within the context of an inclusion classroom. The co-teaching model of IDEAL’s Lower School ensures a low student-teacher ratio and allows teachers to organize flexible groups and to challenge, inspire, and support all learners in the classroom. Most classrooms also have one or two associate teachers directly supporting a student in the school’s Dylan program and also playing a supporting role in the larger classroom.
Grade 5 is intentionally structured to provide students with the tools needed to transition smoothly to Middle School. Within a humanities-based curriculum guided by IDEAL’s emphasis on social justice, students think across disciplines, develop essential critical thinking; and build strong writing, numeracy, and communication skills with which to move forward in their academic careers.
Possess a commitment to inclusive education and have the skills and passion to inspire, nurture, and challenge students with a range of interests, experiences, abilities, and learning styles
Demonstrate a passion for knowing and growing Lower School students in and out of the classroom
Reflect a commitment to cultivating the curiosity, grit, communication, empathy, and confidence, as well as the academic skills, of young learners
Be skilled in creating a safe and nurturing community within the classroom where all students can express their full identity and celebrate the full identity of their peers
Possess the skills needed to develop students’ ability to read and write critically, form and support opinions, and make intellectual sense of the world
Be skilled in differentiating curriculum and assignments through flexible groupings, formative assessments, scaffolded assignments, and clear goal-setting
Develop rigorous interdisciplinary projects grounded in our schoolwide social justice curriculum
Champion the role of project-based learning within a differentiated framework
Possess a strong understanding of the essential literacy, math, science, and social studies skills for fifth graders
Take initiative and follow through on work
Seek out contemporary and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications for incorporation into instruction
Contribute broadly to the spirit and life of our community and mission
Partner effectively and foster opportunities for collaboration and partnership with colleagues, administrators, and parents
Implement skillful classroom routines, communication, and procedures to ensure a safe, orderly, positive, enjoyable, and productive learning environment
Attend and participate in weekly faculty meetings, committee meetings, school functions, and professional development activities during and after school hours as needed, appropriate, and assigned
Uphold the mission, philosophy, principles, policies, and procedures of IDEAL
Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three years experience in an appropriate field required; master’s degree and prior experience in an independent school preferred
Three years experience as a lead teacher preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The ability to meet deadlines for progress reports and other work
A growth mindset and collaborative, flexible spirit
The IDEAL School of Manhattan is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities for all qualified employees and job applicants and to making all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, caregiver status, gender identity or expression, military status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, demotion, discipline, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
About The IDEAL School of Manhattan
The IDEAL School is an independent K - 12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Our team-teaching model, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate instruction based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges students by promoting high academic achievement and social and emotional growth. With an emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment and support through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.