We're seeking a Lower School teacher who is: passionate, collaborative, and experienced. The ideal candidate has a “roll-up-your-sleeves-do-whatever-is-needed” attitude.
APTITUDES AND INTERESTS
Enthusiasm for supporting, and collaborating with K-2 students.
Interest in working in an innovative school with a focus on project-based learning, and a grounding in an authentically multidisciplinary, team-based approach to education.
Appreciation for, and commitment to, diversity and social justice in multiple forms.
Flexibility and ability to embrace change and adapt to new situations.
Ability to develop curriculum, construct and implement innovative lessons, and share best practices.
Commitment to a growth mindset wherein open, respectful feedback is valued, and professional growth and learning are central to the culture of the school.
Ability to teach differentiated lessons and build projects that are accessible to different kinds of learners.
Enthusiasm for partnering with parents.
Commitment to collaborating closely with colleagues, and to working in a closely-knit team.
Thrives in an open space environment.
Interest in supporting, and developing, performance-based, skill-centered, holistic assessments.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Plan and prepare curriculum, appropriate to the needs, interests, experience and existing knowledge of your students;
Play a full part in curriculum development work undertaking key tasks and responsibilities as agreed within the team of teachers.
Build and maintain cooperative relationships with parents, and to communicate with them about student learning and progress, drawing attention to special skills and talents as well as to problems or difficulties.
Maintain an attractive, stimulating learning environment; to contribute to displays in the school as a whole.
Keep up-to-date with current educational thinking and practice, both by study and by attendance at courses, PD sessions and workshops - reading books, articles, etc.
Participate in PD workshops, meetings, sessions and activities with other members of staff.
Organize displays of children’s work to show recognition and affirmation to the children themselves, and in this way provide stimulus and ideas for colleagues and information for parents.
Participate in periodic reviews of student and class performance in order to monitor progression and determine future priorities
Work with curriculum leaders to ensure that there is continuity across student groups.
5+ Years experience teaching at the Lower School level, with experience in teaching core skills in math and literacy.
Experience working in an interdisciplinary project-based environment desired.
Experience working in a collaborative, open environment valued.
Experience developing middle school curriculum desired.
If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org; we will respond if we wish to pursue your candidacy. Thank you for your interest in Portfolio School.
Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
About Portfolio School
Informed by research from institutions such as Stanford and MIT, Portfolio School is a K-5 independent school in New York City that redefines what is possible in education, actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry and creative design. The school currently serves children grades K-5, and is growing year-by-year to become a K-12.
Immersed in collaborative, interdisciplinary project-based learning, high quality academics, and thoughtful self-reflection, students delve into the sciences and humanities, literature and math, technology and the arts, not just as memorizers, but as thinkers and creators.
Engaging in deep learning with curiosity and passion, Portfolio students develop the abilities, insights, and qualities of character needed to thrive in the ever changing, technological, entrepreneurial and global world which they will inherit.