The School at Columbia University is an independent K–8 school, founded in 2003, that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The community is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.
Teach a class of about 20 students in the context of an integrated curriculum, possibly with a teaching partner
Teach an integrated mathematics curriculum to middle school students in a K–8 setting
Work to ensure academic excellence by knowing students fully and adapting curricula to meet their needs
Collaborate in the design and implementation of an integrated curriculum
Keep careful anecdotal and assessment records and use them to write accurate, comprehensive student reports
Act as an adviser to a group of middle school students
Commit to the academic and social mission of The School, which requires differentiation to meet the needs of a diverse community
Participate fully in the active and rich life of The School
Mentor a teacher in the Associate Teacher Program (if conditions and schedule allow)
Fulfill duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the “Working at The School at Columbia University” handbook
Engage in ongoing communication with parents/guardians
B.A. or B.S. degree in education, mathematics, or a related field from an accredited college or university
At least two years of full-time teaching experience in K–8 public or independent schools beyond student teaching
At least three years teaching algebra
Teaching experience at the middle school level and demonstrated knowledge of adolescents
Strong skills in developing mathematics curriculum, including problem-solving, number sense, and project-based learning, as well as experience integrating web-based technologies and applications
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
Fluency in Spanish
Knowledge of latest research and thinking about mathematics education
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 985-11929
About Columbia University, The School
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.