Park Day School offers an outstanding co-educational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland, is rooted in the tenets of progressive education, and reinforces collaborative, interdisciplinary learning in context. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous citizens who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day’s community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students. Our historical and park-like four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Overview of the Position
Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community that ensures that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to ensure that students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Middle School teachers dive into current events with students and arm them with knowledge and help them find their voices to speak out and act when presented with unfair or unjust acts.
The 7th and 8th grade Science teacher is responsible for the Science aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Math, Music, Humanities, Spanish, and Physical Education), including curriculum development, student advising, student assessment and parent communication. The 7th grade science curriculum is Life Science (general biology and human biology), and the 8th grade science curriculum is Physical Science (including chemistry and physical science). In addition to science content, teachers are responsible for focusing on 21st Century Skills, current events, and emergent topics, as well as helping students understand how to think critically, solve problems, think like a scientist, and use the scientific method. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive science program.
Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes each day, support an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), lead advisory meetings/activities for twenty-five minutes each day, function as the liaison between home and school for each advisee, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.
This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 18-20 students. The hiring process will include a screening interview with two administrators, with finalists returning for a second round demonstration lesson and interview with the full hiring committee.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Teach two sections of 7th grade Science and two sections of 8th grade science (roughly 80 students), developing curriculum and differentiating instruction for students.
Continuously develop and examine the science curriculum in conjunction with the Middle School Science Team and K - 5 teachers.
Collaborate with the entire middle school staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically, as well as to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity.
Conduct ongoing student assessment and write narrative progress reports twice a year.
Communicate effectively and collaboratively with staff and parents.
Commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as, teaching electives, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, participating in staff committees, as well as attending staff meetings and other special events.
Teach according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning.
Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.
The qualified candidate will/must:
Have expertise in teaching Science.
Have progressive educational theory and practices.
Be culturally competent.
Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
A love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning.
A degree with a major in education, or subject-specific field.
A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
A collaborative spirit.
Have strong oral and written communication skills.
Organize and manage a positive classroom.
Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.