Mark Day School seeks a collaborative, innovative educator with passions for teaching physical education and leading a positive, school-wide athletic program. Come join us and teach in a community characterized by academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, close collaboration between colleagues, 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 that are responsive to the developmental stages of K-8 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.
Physical Education at Mark Day School
All students learn to pursue fitness and wellness as part of a healthy, active life. In addition, students learn to exhibit responsible, ethical behavior, develop teamwork and a sense of fair play, appreciate effort, improvement and achievement in themselves and others, learn physical skills, and make healthy nutritional choices. Students have PE class every day, engage in daily running, and learn various physical, athletic, teamwork, and social/emotional skills over the course of each year through game play, fitness routines, organized activities, and a balance of fun and personal challenge. Seasonal intramural sports are offered for all to join.
The athletic program is built on the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance and emphasizes learning, participation, fun, teamwork, and challenge. Students are encouraged to join the many team and individual sports offered throughout the year, and all students who want to come out for a team are included. Our established program has been highly successful in a range of sports over many years, and students compete with local area schools and sometimes travel to compete at higher levels. Seasonal sports include cross country, girls’ and boys’ volleyball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, track & field, and golf. We are also poised to expand our offerings with additional sports such as mountain biking, Ultimate Frisbee, and others.
Opportunities and Responsibilities
Teach daily PE to students in grades 4-8.
Lead and coordinate the schoolwide athletic program and develop additional offerings. Coach sports each season as well as hire and manage coaches for the overall program.
Demonstrate multicultural competency in pedagogy, including innovative teaching methods as well as recognizing and responding to various learning profiles.
Set high learning 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 learning culture in which students advocate for themselves and others.
Provide constructive, timely feedback that fosters a growth mindset.
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
Relevant experience leading athletic programs
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.
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).
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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.