Congressional School seeks an English Teacher for grades 7 - 8 for the 2019-2020 school year. The English Teacher is responsible for creating and delivering an innovative English curriculum for seventh and eighth grade students. With a passion for teaching literature, literacy and language arts, the English Teacher will provide activities and opportunities to encourage curiosity, exploration, and critical thinking appropriate to middle school learners. Preferred candidates will have extensive knowledge and experience with the Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop method as developed by Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Qualified candidates will also be knowledgeable about the cognitive and social-emotional development of children this age and will be positive, collaborative, and creative. In addition to the below duties and responsibilities, the Science Teacher will be positive, collaborative, innovative, and passionate.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Further develops, implements, assesses and modifies, as necessary, a dynamic English program for grades seven and eight that aligns with Congressional School’s mission, vision, and values
Serves as middle school advisor
Uses a variety of methods, materials, and techniques to teach literature, writing, and grammar for grades seven and eight
Organizes electronic and physical classroom systems and procedures to support and ensure student success
Manages student behavior to ensure all students are fully engaged and learning
Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all learning activities
Implements instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences
Assesses students’ knowledge for the purposes of refining classroom activities and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding students’ progress, expectations and goals
Actively seeks and engages in opportunities for professional development
Works collaboratively and effectively with peers in support of student achievement and curriculum development
Listens and responds to student and parent concerns in a responsible, constructive and resourceful manner
Prepares student recommendations for high school applications in a timely and collaborative manner
Actively supports the school philosophy, community, and policies
Performs other related duties as required and assigned by the Division Director
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Ideal candidates will have:
Bachelor’s degree in English
Master’s degree in English, education, or related field preferred
Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching middle school English, preferably in an independent school
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in child development and educational practices
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability. Congressional School's campus is a smoke-free work zone.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is an independent, co-ed, day school in Falls Church, Virginia, serving 350 students and 2,000 campers annually through our academic and summer programs. A diverse and caring community, Congressional draws families from all over Northern Virginia and prepares students through a rigorous, but developmentally appropriate, curriculum infused with numerous opportunities for exploration and growth. Our graduates find success in high school and matriculate to local public, private, magnet and faith-based schools, as well as, boarding schools.
We ignite the spark in young learners to become great thinkers and leaders who will positively impact our world.
We provide an inspirational and challenging student-centered educational experience within our diverse and supportive community where children question, collaborate, create, and lead.
We believe that strong character is essential to being a great thinker and leader. These core values reflect our aspirations as individuals and as a community: Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect.