This person needs to be passionate about student centered learning and be committed to combining the power of forward-thinking skill development with the purposeful integration of research based learning. Knowledge and practice of Understanding by Design teaching framework is preferred. Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.
The Lower School Program at Miami Country Day School is well-respected in our community and nationally. Developmentally sound practices along with personalized learning experiences characterize our approach to instruction. We nurture a passion for lifelong learning, self-confidence and leadership. We strive to make education relevant and to give our students the foundation they need for success beyond life at Miami Country Day School.
The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression consistent with school guidelines; to develop aesthetic understandings and appreciations; to discover and develop passions and talents of students in the field of art.
Essential Functions and Tasks:
Maintain an inspiring and appropriately equipped Art classroom.
Collaborate and create with a team of fellow artists and other core curriculum professionals for the enhancement of common artistic goals and educational experiences.
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning, using the Understanding by Design model of instruction.
Use relevant technology to support and differentiate
Include a variety of of teaching methodologies including multiple modalities of instruction.
Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing community norms that support core values and procedures.
Responsibilities inherent in teaching elementary aged children using developmentally appropriate curriculum and fostering positive social skills and community core values.
Work with the Grade Level Teams to discuss and plan activities and student progress.
Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
Communicate effectively verbally, in writing and in person to foster a collegial relationship with all production coordinators and school personnel involved in events, programs and productions.
Attend departmental meetings and participate collegially.
Adapt course of study and training methods to meet student's need and ability.
Help students develop language and skills to visually express themselves.
Teach a variety of media including painting, digital art, and multimedia art.
Encourage students to develop concepts of design, style, and aesthetics through the process of creating and discussing art.
Work with all faculty and teaching artists to develop and project the most positive working environment possible for the betterment of the team and for the students.
Ability to work occasional evenings to help with school happenings, support Arts events, coordinate with faculty/students on promotional materials for exhibitions and lectures.
Observe and evaluate student performance and development, providing timely feedback to students and their parents.
Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
Perform supervisory duties as assigned.
Desire to engage in continual professional growth and to be a member of a dynamic community of learners: Miami Country Day School
Knowledge, Skills, and Physical Requirements:
Three years Art teaching experience, preferably in an independent school.
BFA or BA degree required in Art Education; MFA or MA degree preferred.
Must be an innovator, invigorator, and visionary in working to develop and evolve the Lower School Visual Arts Curriculum.
Must be able to work with other Arts professionals to align curriculum across divisions.
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, and reach with hands and arms.
Work in a fast-paced, stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
May work long hours for extended periods of time.
Be able to lift 20 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
Work in varied and extreme weather conditions, including extreme heat.
The above describes the general nature and level of work. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required as they are ever changing in a dynamic work environment.
If interested in applying for this position, please see MCDS Website for instructions:
Miami Country Day School is an independent, college-preparatory, day school founded in 1938, dedicated to the development of The Whole Child. The school is committed to providing a uniquely diverse and enriching educational experience that is designed to prepare each student for success in college and to make a difference in life. In rigorous pursuit of excellence, Miami Country Day School provides a caring learning community focused on unleashing the potential of every student, every day.
Location: 601 Northeast 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161
Our Students & Faculty: 900 students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures; Lower School, PreK3 through 5th grade; Middle School, 6th through 8th grade; Upper School, 9th through 12th grade; 123 full-time faculty, 56% hold advanced degrees; 21% represents over thirty-two countries