We are seeking a full time teacher of humanities (integrated language arts and history) for 5th grade. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching experience and experience working with students in grade 5. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning, such as using project-based learning, inquiry, and teaching for understanding/understanding by design. Candidates should demonstrate passion for working with middle school students.The candidate will have a deep knowledge of the instruction of writing, grammar, spelling, reading comprehension skills and strategies, and history, with a focus on ancient civilizations. This position involves mentoring and training a full time humanities resident teacher who is part of Town’s New Teacher Institute. It also includes regular communication about the progress of the resident teacher with the Director of the New Teacher Institute. Candidates should be conversant with the reading and writing workshop approach. The position involves collaborating closely with other 5th grade teachers, English teachers in other grades, and the Upper School Director. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. Collaboration with the librarians and educational technologists is also expected.
All students have individual iPads, and students’ use of online resources for writing, reading, spelling, and social studies should be integrated with the rest of the course content. Technology integration support is available for every faculty member. Instructional approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit a range of learning styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. Faculty should frequently communicate with other faculty and with parents about student progress. Weekly online posting of homework as well as other online communication should be kept up to date. Faculty are expected to take an active role in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.
The class involves teaching two sections of approximately 23 students. Each section meets everyday during block periods on a 7-day cycle. There are three weekly faculty meetings, monthly department meetings, and weekly lunch and recess duty obligations. The position also involves conducting student advisory meetings each morning as well as supervision of a daily mid-morning Academic Choice Time (study hall) and snack break for students. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year.
Town School for Boys Mission
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
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Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.