Mark Day School seeks a collaborative, innovative educator with a passion for teaching English and history and working with middle school students. Come join us and teach in a community characterized by academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, close collaboration between colleagues, a block schedule, a 1:1 laptop program and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Teachers nurture, engage and challenge all learners by mixing traditional best practices with progressive, student-centered approaches such as project-based learning, student-centered inquiry, and inclusive discussion formats that are responsive to the developmental stages of adolescent learners. Mark Day School's current strategic plan (available on our school website) also calls for the integration and development of our four cross-disciplinary literacies throughout a student's experience: social/emotional literacy, media and information literacy, global and cross-cultural literacy, and ecological literacy.
English and History at Mark Day School
Skills, understandings and attitudes developed throughout seventh and eighth grade English and history include broad metacognitive skills, such as growth mindset, self-advocacy, time management and collaboration, alongside specific content knowledge, understandings and skills associated with English and history. English students critically engage with a wide variety of texts including whole class novels, a Shakespeare play, poetry, small group novels and independently selected works. They develop effective and powerful written communication, including analytical, narrative and creative writing. They also build public speaking and group discussion skills. 7th grade history students study the medieval period through a multi-cultural lens, learn key information and concepts, develop and apply research skills, think critically, use evidence to support claims, and communicate through a variety of media. They also learn to engage as active citizens and explore history with a eye towards social justice. This role will involve collaborating with current history and English faculty toward common learning objectives.
Opportunities and Responsibilities
Teach one section of 8th grade English (22 students), one section of 7th grade history (22 students) and collaborate with existing English and history faculty toward common learning objectives.
Demonstrate academic and multicultural competency in classroom pedagogy, including innovative teaching as well as recognizing and responding to various learning profiles.
Set high academic and behavioral expectations while maintaining a climate of responsibility, safety, enthusiasm, and fun.
Form supportive and responsive relationships with students and families.
Differentiate instruction to challenge every learner.
Build a strong, positive classroom community in which students advocate for themselves and others.
Provide constructive, timely feedback that fosters a growth mindset.
Use available technology to enhance student learning, faculty collaboration and responsive communication. Technologies include: Mac laptops, Google Apps (mail, calendar and Google Classroom), SMART boards, various presentation software and online learning management systems for assigning homework and providing feedback.
Complete recommendation forms for 8th graders applying to independent high schools.
Participate in relevant committee work related to community-wide school initiatives and attend regular team meetings as applicable.
Education, Experience and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience with a minimum of two years preferred
Subject area knowledge in English and history
Proven cultural competence in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice.
Strong skills with initiative, follow through, organization, collaboration and communication.
Experience managing projects with significant logistics and multiple stakeholders
More About Mark Day School
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-curricular literacies: Cross-Cultural Literacy, Media and Information Literacy, Ecoliteracy, and Social, Emotional, and Ethical Literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning Media Literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships with the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; a one-to-one laptop program beginning in sixth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day School’s salary and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
Interested candidates should visit our website and send a letter of interest and resume via email to email@example.com. We will begin getting in contact with strong candidates immediately upon receiving materials.
About Mark Day School
Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, co-educational K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-disciplinary literacies: cross-cultural literacy, media and information literacy, ecoliteracy, and social, emotional, and ethical literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning media literacy program; well-established local and global partnershi...ps with the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; laptops beginning in fifth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
In spring 2016 the school broke ground on a transformative campus project that includes renovation of the quad and amphitheater at the heart of the campus and the construction of a new Learning Commons and Creativity Lab. The new learning spaces will be spacious and agile, designed to support student-centered inquiry, hands-on discovery and tinkering, collaboration, and design thinking.