Berkwood Hedge School is seeking excellent candidates for a full-time first grade lead teaching position for the 2019/20 school year.
Berkwood Hedge School’s pedagogy is based on the understanding that children construct their knowledge of the world through hands-on, integrated, and active child-centered learning experiences, their environment needs to be positive and joyful, and; play and creativity are essential to healthy development. The strength of our school is our community. Each individual is valued and significant. We cultivate our children’s creative participation in their own learning. Our teachers support this development across the cognitive, physical, social and moral domains. Our teachers collaborate to make our entire school strong.
The successful candidate will:
Enthusiastically plan and implement all aspects of a project based first grade curriculum
Collaborate effectively with colleagues in all aspects of student learning and school culture
Maintain active and open communication with parents/guardians of the children and with all members of the Berkwood Hedge School community
Wholeheartedly support and manifest the Berkwood Hedge mission of social justice and equity.
Be creative, innovative, agile, flexible, and responsive
Have a sense of humor and a growth mindset
Five years classroom lead teaching experience at the elementary level
Deep understanding and appreciation for progressive education
Teaching credential, master’s degree preferred
Strong communication skills (speaking, writing) with both children and adults
Experience planning and implementing a differentiated project based learning curriculum
Ability to develop and align a constructivism curriculum
Ability to articulate the first grade program
Capacity to focus on the whole child, intentionally developing each individual academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Ability to exercise daily flexibility by wearing many hats, prioritizing and problem solving while maintaining a poised professional demeanor.
Willingness to seek opportunities that grow students’ cultural competency.
Ability to utilize sound and developmentally appropriate educational practices related to technology to enhance teaching and learning
Love of children and understanding of child development
Collaborative, creative, and curious nature
Maturity, professionalism, and good judgment
Willingness and capacity to assume a wide range of responsibilities
Interested in learning new skills and engaged in continuous improvement of practice
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Maintain and support a climate of mutual respect which encourages students to take healthy risks: asking questions, sharing opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learn.
Accurately assess each student's progress; inform student, parents, lead teacher, and the Head of School immediately of any relevant information.
Cultivate each student's creativity, intellectual curiosity, social-emotional development in an academically rich and relevant context.
At Berkwood Hedge, a teacher's engagement includes various activities in addition to teaching and classroom duties, such as giving extra help to students who need it, communicating feedback directly to the Head of School, encouragement of the efforts of colleagues, concern for the appearance of the classroom and of the grounds, promptness in meeting all school obligations and flexibility and cooperation in supporting our school’s advancement. Attendance at school events and activities, such as plays, concerts, festivals, and fairs, staff meetings, and open houses is required.
We look for candidates who thrive on ownership, service, creativity and collaboration. For more information about Berkwood Hedge School, please visit us at berkwood.org. Salary and benefits are competitive. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Interviews will begin immediately. We hope to hire someone immediately so they can begin to get to know our learning community before starting in the fall. Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkwood Hedge School actively seeks to build a diverse student, staff and parent community. We are an avid equal opportunity employer and seek applicants who reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.