The Calhoun School, a leading progressive, independent, co-educational day school in Manhattan, seeks a full time Upper School English teacher to begin in August 2018.
English teachers are responsible for the development, implementation, and progression of the Calhoun curriculum, and the success of its students. English department faculty are highly collaborative, and they use classic to contemporary literature and inquiry-based approaches to challenge their students. We inspire students to cultivate a rich interest in fiction and non-fiction, to hone good skills in research and writing, and to demonstrate their learning in meaningful ways. Calhoun’s teachers strive to provide a positive learning environment in which all students can excel.
Applicants should sincerely enjoy working with high school students. They should also be interested in joining an innovative community with a commitment to progressive values, and to being a member of an inclusive, diverse community.
The Upper School English teacher will report to Director of Upper School.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Teaching core Upper School English to ninth graders, including formal grammar instruction, analytical writing, and literary analysis.
Designing and teaching Upper School English electives that explore specialized topics.
Supporting other instructional elements of the Upper School program when possible, including Junior Workshop (junior year capstone projects), independent studies, Senior Work Program, Spring Session (intensive three-day April intersession), etc.
Collaborating with divisional leaders and colleagues in the English department to organize and lead English-related co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
Creating a positive learning environment for students and inspiring students to hold themselves to a high standard of academics and character.
Maintaining anecdotal and assessment records to inform thoughtful, comprehensive narrative reports while assessing students in a rigorous and progressive manner.
Incorporating technology into the practice to support student learning.
Providing differentiated and small group instruction based on the learning modalities of students.
Cultivating a love of English through interactive, joyful learning.
Serving as an advisor to a small group of students.
Documenting attendance, grades and maintaining other pertinent records according to school policies.
Collaborating with colleagues both intra- and cross-departmentally to share best practices and ensure student progress.
Attending faculty meetings and conferences as needed.
Maintaining consistent relationships with families, including phone calls, emails and conferences.
Engaging in the wider life of the Upper School - for example, serving as a faculty advisor to a student club, coaching a sport or chaperoning trips.
Displaying a strong commitment to, belief in, and alignment with Calhoun’s mission and values.
Maintaining a high level of professionalism.
Experience in designing and evaluating curriculum for English instruction.
Interest in working in a progressive and humanistic school with a focus on experiential and place based teaching and learning.
Appreciation for, and commitment to, diversity and social justice in multiple forms.
Demonstration of enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community.
Flexibility and ability to cope with change.
Bachelor’s degree in English or related field required, Master’s degree in English or related field preferred.
High school teaching experience, preferably in English or a related subject.