The Upper School Social Studies Teacher is a member of the full time faculty, responsible for instructing students in grades 5 through 8. Current courses delivered by the Upper School History Department include US History, World History 1 and 2 and Global Studies. The Upper School Social Studies Teacher is tasked with creating a flexible and dynamic social studies classroom environment and program favorable to learning and personal growth for highly gifted children; establishing effective rapport with students, parents, and colleagues; nurturing passions and talents of students; developing each child’s skills, attitudes and knowledge needed in a strong foundation for social studies education in accordance with each student’s ability; collaborating and partnering with colleagues and administration to build, assess, and integrate curriculum across disciplines; fostering student success and well-being beyond their classroom.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Plan, prepare and deliver classroom social studies lessons, activities and materials for gifted students under the overall guidance of the Head of the Upper School, Department Chair, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Provide differentiated instruction for multiple learning styles and ability levels
Provide a positive and creative educational climate for students to learn in
Meet course and school-wide student performance goals
Observe and evaluate student academic and social progress, submit grades and report cards in a timely manner according to the established procedures of the school
Accurately complete any required reports requested by school
Demonstrate excellent communications and collaborative skills to work with other teachers and instructional partners throughout all grade levels to strengthen community and student experience
Writing thorough personal/academic recommendations for students as they matriculate to new schools
Maintain up-to-date curriculum documentation through Atlas platform
Utilize creative learning aids and advancing technological tools provided by the school
Demonstrates culturally competent skills in educational program design and delivery
Support the overall social and emotional well-being of students through Responsive Classroom approach
Abide by and uphold the policies, procedures and ethical standards of the school
Demonstrate social skills necessary to manage positive and productive interactions with students, parents, school administration and staff
Participate in and support school community activities, programs, and initiatives
Participate in meetings and professional development activities
Maintain a safe and clean environment that assures the well-being of students
Able to meet the normal hours of work and attendance necessary to provide instruction to students
Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from a four-year college or university
Master’s degree in education preferred
3-5 years of successful teaching as a lead teacher
Independent school experience preferred
Experience with working with highly gifted children preferred
Able to pass state and federal background checks
Clear TB and criminal background check upon hire
Experience working with advanced elementary and/or middle school social studies.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
Ability to communicate, hear and read during the course of normal activities
Able to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time, and to perform teaching responsibilities with patience and professionalism required to effectively work with children
In-person attendance necessary to perform essential job functions in the classroom
Normal exposure to interior heat/air conditioning and interior dust
May be exposed to childhood illnesses
About Mirman School
Mirman School opened its doors to educate gifted children in 1962. Motivated by a deep love and concern for these children, Dr. and Mrs. Norman J. Mirman began the school with nine pioneering students in their West Los Angeles home. Today, with a newly expanded campus serving all dimensions of childhood, Mirman School is a thriving and diverse community home to 330 students. Mirman continues to distinguish itself as one of the few schools in the country devoted to the education of highly gifted children, particularly serving all dimensions of childhood — academic, artistic, kinesthetic, and more.
We cultivate the boundless potential of highly gifted children, nurture their passions and talents, and develop a diverse community of creative and constructive lifelong learners.
Our 6 acre campus is home to both Lower and Upper Schools, beautiful outdoor community spaces including regulation-size athletic fields and basketball courts, handball and Ga-Ga courts, innovative play yards, and office and classroom spaces. A faculty lounge creates a warm convivial space for gathering, collaborating, and all the coffee one could want. Recycling initiatives and fast-fi...ll water stations throughout campus, in addition to energy efficient office spaces, combine to create a greener community.
Mirman is made up of students and their families, a dedicated and passionate Parent Service League, and a Board of Trustees made up of community leaders. In the Lower School, lead teachers are supported by part-time Assistant Teachers, while Upper School teachers specialize in disciplines such as English, science, Latin, Mandarin, History, etc. Dynamic specialists in science, STEM, technology, math, art, music, choir, theatre and more round out the fabric of our faculty. Mirman is also home to a collegial and collaborative group of administrators who work to facilitate the ideal teaching and learning environment.