Park Day School, founded in 1976, offers an outstanding co-educational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland, is rooted in the tenets of progressive education, and reinforces 21st Century pedagogy. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives; our community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students. Our historical and park-like four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Overview of the Art Teacher Position
Reporting to the Lower School Director, the school seeks a vibrant teacher who brings creativity and innovation to their teaching practice and a passion for the arts. The Lower School Art teacher will be responsible for all aspects of the Art curriculum for grades K – 5 with once weekly periods in the art studio for each class. Position includes art program newsletters, progress reports, parent conferences and other duties associated with the daily education of the lower school students. Class size is between 16-18 students with classroom teaching assistants accompanying the K-2 classes to art. The hiring process will include a screening interview with an administrator, with finalists returning for a second round demonstration lesson and interview with the full hiring committee.
In the Lower School Lead Art Teacher is responsible for:
Developing curriculum that incorporates many different forms of media (including paint, paper, fabric, paper mache, clay, metal, etc)
Teaching a variety of techniques and skills for creating art
Incorporating projects and lessons that affirm and celebrate students identities and cultures
Collaborating with the middle school art teacher, lower school music, Spanish, PE & learning garden specialist teachers and lead classroom teachers to create inter-disciplinary projects
Knowing and applying elements of design and principles of art
Organizing the art room and instructing students on appropriate and respectful use of materials
Posting art displays throughout the school during the year
Presenting student work at the annual spring K-8 Art Show
Maintaining an “open” art studio for students during one lunch recess period per week
The ideal candidate will:
Have 3-5 years lead teaching experience in art education in a school setting, a degree in Art and a single subject credential
Be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices and be culturally competent to build an inclusive community.
Have a proven track record of working successfully in a diverse student environment that upholds high values in social justice education and practices.
Possess a working understanding of developmental / constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Have experience meeting a wide range of student learning styles and needs via multiple modalities; facile in differentiating instruction in each subject area.
Have a nurturing, supportive, and clear tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.