Since opening its doors in 1981, San Francisco Day School has prided itself on the high caliber of its teachers. Integral to the excellent teaching is our Teaching Fellowship Program. The philosophy of the program is that, through observing and participating in the life of the School and under the guidance master teachers, educators early in their careers will gain invaluable practical and theoretical experience as well as opportunities to develop their own philosophy.
The Program provides new teachers with professional development, mentorship, and classroom experience. Teaching fellows acquire skills and develop craft in classrooms led by master teachers. Fellows study teaching methods in weekly seminars and through instructional rounds. After two to three years, teachers leave confident and prepared to begin as lead teachers in classrooms of their own.
Teaching fellows take part in all aspects of faculty life at San Francisco Day School. They receive mentorship through weekly cohort meetings, regular conversations with colleagues, and observation and feedback sessions with the program director and lead teachers. In the second year, teaching fellows are guided in and supported in the pursuit of teaching positions in independent and public schools. We encourage fellows to take on leadership in activities and programs outside of the classrooms in which they teach.
The teaching fellows engage in the full range of teaching responsibilities, which include:
Planning and implementing instruction and curriculum units.
Contributing to the continuous revision and development of the curriculum, classroom procedures, and general classroom community ethic established by the school and its teachers.
Preparing progress reports and participating in parent/teacher conferences and Parents’ Night.
Assessing student learning and planning and engaging in appropriate communication with parents.
Working with special subject teachers to plan and implement complimentary lessons.
Participating in ongoing professional development.
All candidates for the Teaching Fellowship Program have must have a Bachelor’s Degree and significant experience working with children. Formal experience teaching in a classroom is not required, but we expect all Teaching Fellows to possess a desire to begin a career in teaching. Fellows commit to two years of teaching at San Francisco Day School, with employment beginning in mid-August and continuing through mid-June. Positions are full-time, and offer a competitive salary with full medical and dental benefits.
A teaching credential is not required for the Teaching Fellowship Program. Many teaching fellows, however, come with teaching credentials or choose to pursue them through local universities or BATTI (The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute).
Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted beginning of January 2019. Your resume should include your experience in teaching and/or work with children. Also include a one-page (approximately 300 words) written statement with this application that considers the following: What would you bring to the San Francisco Day School? What do you hope to gain from your experience at SFDS? How does an experience at San Francisco Day School fit your future plans and goals?
Please complete the online application by following this link:
SFDS is an independent, co-educational, K-8 school. SFDS educates, nurtures and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, to embrace ethical values and to become active contributors to their communities. San Francisco Day School welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in the Bay Area. The school values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of the community and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity and special character of the community as a whole. Therefore, San Francisco Day School encourages people of color and LGBT applicants to apply.