Windward School, a grade 7-12 college-preparatory, independent day school in vibrant West Los Angeles, seeks an experienced educator to join our English Department.Windward faculty and administrative leaders continually seek best practices and educational partnerships to help our students and faculty pursue their passions, engage in cutting edge work, and lead meaningful lives.
Windward’s mission, as a college-preparatory school, is to challenge each student to achieve academic excellence in a nurturing environment. Windward teachers, parents, and administrators work as a team to encourage each student to be responsible, caring, well, informed, ethical and prepared, thus promoting the fullest development of the individual.
The English Department is looking for a dynamic, innovative teacher to join our collaborative team. The successful candidate will have experience with collaborative curriculum design--ideally with a critical knowledge of Understanding by Design--as well as teaching experience at both the middle and upper school levels. Teaching responsibilities will include five sections with at least two preparations.
In the English Department, students and teachers work together to deepen skills and understandings in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We read a variety of challenging texts to promote critical thinking and stimulate reflection, including prose—both fiction and nonfiction—poetry, and drama. In partnership with reading texts closely and writing across a range of genres, students cultivate increasingly dynamic rhetorical skills, particularly as discussion participants. Courses support and challenge students to better understand their own learning processes and to acquire increasingly sophisticated strategies as learners. Teachers should be able to teach grades 7-12.
Summary of Major Responsibilities
Teach five sections of English, predominantly in the upper school
Design and coordinate curriculum with other members of the department and liaise with other departments
Monitor and evaluate students’ progress, prepare for parent conferences, craft narrative feedback for students, etc.
Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research, and topics of importance in language arts education by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis
Participate in regular, purposeful pedagogy meetings and in professional development sessions
Participate actively in the life of the school, through attendance at events, committee membership, and leadership of extracurricular activities
Perform other duties within the scope, spirit, and purpose of the job, as requested by the divisional directors
This position is for the 2019/2020 school year.
All interested candidates should send a resume, three letters of recommendation and a letter of interest to Dr. David Unger, Director of Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.
A bachelor’s degree in English Literature or a closely related field, advanced degree preferred
A minimum of three years’ full-time experience teaching English, six or more years preferred
Readiness to teach five classes
A demonstrable passion for literature and writing
Evidence of significant recent professional development
Excellent technology skills and experience integrating technology into the curriculum
Experience in a school with a similar philosophy, teaching methods, and curricula to those of Windward; knowledge and understanding of independent school communities preferred
Willingness to contribute to school life outside of the classroom
A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people
About Windward School
Windward School is a dynamic grade 7-12 college-preparatory school in vibrant West Los Angeles. Windward’s mission is to challenges each student to achieve excellence in a nurturing, inclusive community. Windward teachers, parents, and administrators work together to inspire our students to be responsible, caring, well informed, ethical, prepared, and well balanced young adults.
Windward School offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. For more information, please visit www.windwardschool.org.