The Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT is seeking a passionate, and innovative elementary science and technology (STEM) teacher for the 2019-20 academic year to develop and implement a science and technology curriculum that encourages creativity, a sense of wonder, and scientific inquiry through developmentally appropriate exploration.
The successful candidate will challenge and inspire students to be fearless learners and will be part of a close-knit teaching and learning community. A proven ability to incorporate experiential learning into the teaching of science and technology to students in Grades K-6, and a willingness to work in collaboration with homeroom teachers and other specialist teachers to create an integrated approach to learning is essential.
An interest in using the school’s expansive outdoor spaces to include nature trails, a garden, and a freshwater pond to create a vibrant environmental science curriculum and a desire to lead the school’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through curricular activities and school-wide programs would be beneficial.
Strong background knowledge of both science and educational technology, and an appreciation for the importance of building strong relationships with students, parents, and colleagues is essential. A commitment to social-emotional learning is central to the teaching philosophy at IDS and prior experience with Responsive Classroom practices would be valuable.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Promote a positive classroom environment and demonstrate strong classroom management skills in order to create and maintain a learning environment that ensures high levels of learning for all students.
Effectively plan and implement quality instruction that encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process. Thematic units are central to the Early Childhood and Lower School curriculum.
Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a wide variety of students with different learning styles as well as different areas of strength and weakness. Incorporate individualized instructional accommodations as directed.
Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and administrators to ensure the highest level of learning for all students.
Utilize assessment and evaluations to guide instructional decisions; maintain accurate, up-to-date records and communicate results to students, parents, and appropriate others in a timely manner with regard to student progress and performance.
Communicate the progress and growth of a student in narrative form, using language that is clear and thoughtful, and follows common grammatical expectations.
Work diligently and promptly to maintain positive and productive home-school communication and strong working relationships with parents.
Perform professional duties efficiently, manage resources effectively, and meet deadlines set by the school. Coordinate with Learning Center personnel as needed.
Participate in and support the school’s admissions, development, and community events and fulfill expectations for participation in school activities beyond the classroom.
Invest in one’s own professional learning and demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of teaching practice.
Participate as an active, engaged member of the whole school community, reaching across classroom and divisional boundaries to create an enriching, exceptional, synchronized school experience for IDS students.
Perform other duties as assigned. These duties include, but are not limited to, recess duty, lunch duty, dismissal duty, weekend and evening events, chaperone duty, schoolwide events, etc.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in elementary education, science education or educational technology (or related field)
A minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience in the grade K – 6 range
Independent school experience preferred
Excellent oral, written, and presentational skills
Proficient with classroom technology
Ability to work as a team member
Commitment to teaching and learning in a school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion
The Independent Day School is a Preschool – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate Rosemary Hall, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.
Quick facts about IDS: Co-ed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school. Student enrollment for 2018-19: 160. Students come to IDS from 29 Connecticut towns. Dedicated, highly educated faculty. Students of color represent 23% of the enrollment. 33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens. Parent participation is encouraged