Since 1939, San Francisco’s Town School for Boys has had a rich history as a school specializing in teaching boys. The school is also known for the Town School New Teacher Institute and its commitment to training teachers new to their craft. The school’s goals include teaching boys to be good citizens, to enjoy their childhood, to develop a positive sense of self, to give back to their greater community, and to develop academic and intellectual skills which will serve them well through their lifetimes. The school prizes its growing diversity of background, religion, and race, as well as the diversity of interests which is so noteworthy in its student and alumni bodies. Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding, Town School has been committed to providing the best possible education for boys and is recognized as one of California's leading independent elementary schools.
Town School for Boys seeks a full time Third Grade Head Teacher beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
Duties and Responsibilities of the job include:
This position involves teaching one section of 23 students. There are weekly faculty meetings, lunch, and recess duty obligations. The position also involves conducting daily student morning meetings as well as supervision of daily recess breaks for students. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year.
Desired Qualifications and Skills Include:
This position involves mentoring and training a full time Resident Teacher who is part of Town’s New Teacher Institute. It also includes regular communication about the progress of the Resident Teacher with the Director of the New Teacher Institute. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching and experience working with elementary age students. The candidate will have deep knowledge of the instruction of reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, science and social studies. It is the expectation that all Lower School teachers use the Readers and Writers Workshop Model. Candidates should demonstrate passion for working with Lower School students and be knowledgeable about this developmental stage of growth. The candidate should have a strong background in the area of the social and emotional learning which is as important as the academic curriculum at Town. We ask that candidates are either comfortable with or willing to be trained in the Responsive Classroom approach. The position involves collaborating closely with other grade level colleagues, teachers in other grades, the Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, and the Lower School Head. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. Collaboration with the librarians and educational technologists is also expected. Good communication skills are essential.
Classrooms are equipped with eBeam technology and interactive software which teachers utilize to enhance instruction for students. In addition, all students have access to iPads in the classroom which students use for online resources across the curriculum. Instructional approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit a range of learning levels and styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning, such as using project-based learning, inquiry, and teaching for understanding/understanding by design. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Faculty should frequently communicate with colleagues and with parents about student progress. Faculty are expected to take an active role in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.
Town School for Boys Mission
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
We value learning and academic excellence. We support and encourage each boy to do his best while helping him discover his strengths and talents.
We value programs that balance academic effort, social interaction, physical activity and artistic expression while embracing character education.
We value respect for ourselves and others. We model integrity, honesty and kindness in our daily lives and we take responsibility for our own actions.
We value diversity, which brings the variety of perspectives that are integral to an excellent education and a dynamic community. We believe it is essential that every member of the community is equally valued and included in the life of the school.
We value commitment to community service. We seek opportunities to improve our greater community through volunteer activities sponsored by the school as part of our role as good citizens.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
Since its founding in 1939, Town School for Boys has specialized in educating, nurturing, and celebrating boys. Town provides a rich, challenging, and rigorous educational experience that directly serves the distinctive learning styles, energy levels, and developmental needs of boys in grades K-8. The school cultivates integrity, sensitivity, empathy, and respect in its boys; values diversity, equity, and inclusion; and prepares students to become productive citizens of a constantly evolving world. Town’s faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the school’s mission, philosophy and core values. Distinguishing features of Town School include its engaging curricula, warm faculty and staff, supportive parent network, and the diversity of interests and backgrounds represented in its student and alumni bodies.