This person needs to be passionate about inquiry-based, student centered learning and be committed to combining the power of forward-thinking skill development with the purposeful integration of research based learning. Knowledge and practice of Understanding by Design teaching framework is preferred. Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.
The Middle School Program at Miami Country Day School is well-respected in our community and nationally. Developmentally sound practices along with personalized learning experiences characterize our approach to instruction. We nurture a passion for lifelong learning, self-confidence and leadership. We strive to make education relevant and to give our students the foundation they need for success beyond life at Miami Country Day School.
To work with a collaborative team designing, organizing and implementing curriculum that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. The position involves teaching five sections of primarily Middle School Spanish, academic advising to a group of 10-13 Middle School students, and actively participating in the World Language Department.
Essential Functions and Tasks:
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning, using the Understanding by Design model of instruction.
Use relevant technology to support and differentiate
Include a variety of of teaching methodologies including multiple modalities of instruction.
Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing community norms that support rules and procedures.
Responsibilities inherent in teaching middle aged children using developmentally appropriate curriculum and fostering positive social skills and community core values.
Work with the Grade Level Team to discuss and plan activities and student progress.
Participate in department, school, and parent meetings.
Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
Observe and evaluate student performance and development, providing timely feedback to students and their parents.
Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
Perform supervisory duties as assigned.
Knowledge and implementation of relevant technology.
Desire to engage in continual professional growth and to be a member of a dynamic community of learners: Miami Country Day School
Knowledge, Skills, and Physical Requirements:
Native fluency in Spanish.
BA or BS in Spanish Education, Education, and/or FL secondary state certification.
Completed or in-progress master’s degree in Spanish or education is preferred but applicants with extensive, successful teaching experience are encouraged to apply.
Teaching experience in Independent Schools, preferably in an Upper School, or relevant classroom experience is recommended.
Knowledge of diverse Spanish Cultures and the Spanish-speaking world
Experience living in a Spanish Speaking Country.
Knowledge of other languages, such as French and Chinese, is desired.
Familiarity with ACTFL standards.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English and Spanish.
Demonstrate the ability to plan lessons using authentic literature, games, and songs.
Demonstrate a willingness to integrate Spanish language instruction with other disciplines.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, and reach with hands and arms.
Work in a fast-paced, stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
May work long hours for extended periods of time.
Be able to lift 20 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
Work in varied and extreme weather conditions, including extreme heat.
The above describes the general nature and level of work. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required as they are ever changing in a dynamic work environment.
About Miami Country Day School
Miami Country Day School is an independent, college-preparatory, day school founded in 1938, dedicated to the development of The Whole Child. The school is committed to providing a uniquely diverse and enriching educational experience that is designed to prepare each student for success in college and to make a difference in life. In rigorous pursuit of excellence, Miami Country Day School provides a caring learning community focused on unleashing the potential of every student, every day.
Location: 601 Northeast 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161
Our Students & Faculty: 900 students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures; Lower School, PreK3 through 5th grade; Middle School, 6th through 8th grade; Upper School, 9th through 12th grade; 123 full-time faculty, 56% hold advanced degrees; 21% represents over thirty-two countries