La Jolla Country Day School is currently seeking a passionate, collaborative, experienced ELA educator for a sixth-grade teaching position in a Middle School environment. Our aim in the Middle School is to educate the whole child; tonurture the intellectual, ethical, emotional, and physical development of young scholars during their transition from childhood to adolescence.
The Grade 6 English Educator is responsible for planning, developing, and compiling a comprehensive language based educational program for students and delivering quality instructions to students, resulting in their overall development. Because every Grade 6 student is at a different stage of his or her own journey toward reading and writing competence, it is essential that the Grade 6 English Teacher has an approach that can meet the needs of diverse learners. The Grade 6 English Teacher also works collaboratively with the grade-level team to support and foster the growth of students outside of the classroom.
Essential duties will include:
Daily classroom instruction;
Ongoing effective communication and conferences with parents;
Advising and mentoring groups of students;
Conferencing with students and colleagues as required;
Active participation in the curricular improvement of the division/grade level
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter.
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate pupils.
Evaluates pupil academic and social growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports and communicates with parents on individual pupil progress.
Creates, with assistance from pupils, a functional and attractive environment for learning through using displays, bulletin boards and learning centers and assumes responsibility for proper care and use of equipment.
Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities.
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans.
Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences, meetings and various media.
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings as required.
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school.
Performs basic attendance accounting as required.
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required.
Shares in sponsorship of student activities and participates in faculty committees.
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed.
Maintains active participation in the work of the grade level on curriculum development, vision and pedagogy.
Collaborates and communicates effectively with colleagues using norms of collaboration and protocols
The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. Prior teaching experience is expected; preference will be given to candidates with experience at independent schools.
The candidate must have knowledge of age appropriate teaching methods, and appropriate instructional subjects for sixth grade.
Use of Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum to guide instruction
Knowledge of running records to monitor fluency and comprehension
Use of a variety of reading strategies ranging from whole-class novels, to literature circles, to independent reading in the context of a reading workshop
Implementation of process writing that includes planning, revising, and editing student work in the context of a writing workshop.
Demonstrate knowledge of and abilities to use research-based principles of effective instruction and assessment.
Skills to motivate students, and select teaching strategies that emphasizes student involvement.
Provide a variety of classroom techniques and methods to promote high levels of achievement in relation to individual student abilities.
Maintain a positive environment conducive to effective student learning.
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”