Summary: Integrated Studies (IS) is an interdisciplinary, project-based, and place-based approach to learning requiring students to transfer their understanding to real-world situations. The candidate will be required to teach IS to grades 6–8; lead the IS team in design, implementation, and assessment of all units; drive IS in the Middle School team, and coach faculty regarding the design of units across disciplines; use a variety of teaching methods, in particular, to teach for understanding; ensure students are effectively applying their knowledge and skills; mentor students as their teacher, character educator, and advisor. Full-time, school-year position. Immediate start.
Work Performed: Essential Duties
Displays a strong interest and love for working with students in grades 6–8
Plans lessons that invoke student interest and ownership, incorporates real-life situations where appropriate, and demonstrates an awareness of the needs of the 21st-century learner ensuring students are future-ready
Sets challenging and integrated hands-on, long-term projects for students that are experiential and authentic and give students the opportunity to transfer their knowledge to real-world situations
Effectively integrates 21st-century skills into the classroom, helping students develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, research and communication skills
Works with a wide range of students–helping them feel successful and understand their unlimited potential
Is willing to work effectively in a 1:1 tablet laptop environment, using technology as a tool to enhance learning
Provides daily conferences for students
Handles discipline situations in an effective manner that supports character growth
Actively collaborates with colleagues across levels and departments to support the implementation of cross-curricular and school-wide initiatives
Actively participates in various committee meetings, faculty and parent meetings, and professional development; becomes part of a professional learning community where teachers are continually improving teaching and learning
Communicates effectively with coaches, parents, and houseparents
Supports Middle School activities by chaperoning events and trips
Recognizes that spiritually based character education is as important as the subject matter being taught
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a CliftonStrengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Oral and Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; inspires respect and trust; displays passion and optimism; proven ability to lead teams
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; display positivity and flexibility in responding to new situations and expectations
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent
Initiative - Undertakes self-development activities; demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement including learning basic woodshop skills
Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness
Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
Unfoldment of character
Individual and collective excellence
Citizenship and service
Innovation and continuous improvement
Teaching certification required
Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field; master’s degree preferred
Relevant teaching experience with middle school students in an Integrated Studies/project-based learning setting