The Downtown School, an independent 9-12 coeducational day school located near Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington is currently recruiting for an experienced, dynamic, and collaborative educator who is passionate about teaching physics and math for the 2020-2021 school year.
Requirements and Qualifications
Successful candidates will hold at least a bachelor's degree in physics or a closely related field, with an advanced degree strongly preferred, and have experience teaching physics and math in a high school or college setting.
Experience with standard laboratory and safety techniques, data analysis, and willingness to learn/engage with new technology is required.
Experience with interdisciplinary study and/or teaching is considered an asset.
Candidates should have a passion for helping students explore the physical sciences and contextualizing scientific theories through hands-on learning activities that have real world applications.
A willingness to collaborate and engage in a dialogue about instructional practices with peers, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an interest in taking on administrative leadership at a schoolwide level are essential.
Demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions.
An understanding of different perspectives, the ability to interact respectfully with cultures other than their own and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with people who have different cultural frameworks.
Candidates must satisfactorily complete two criminal background checks.
Curriculum The science program seeks to spark in students a lasting enthusiasm for science. Through exploration of the natural world, students develop a deep sense of curiosity grounded in an understanding of scientific inquiry, process, and content in the life and physical sciences.
Students learn to think like scientists by actually doing science: framing meaningful questions, analyzing data, identifying patterns, and applying their understanding to different situations. In the process, students take intellectual risks by engaging in a process of experimentation and revision. In addition to traditional classroom labs and activities, students have opportunities to learn from Seattle-based scientific institutions and educational organizations, deepening the students’ understandings of career paths in science and the role that science plays in the larger world.
The goal of the math and computational thinking program is to challenge and inspire each student to reach their mathematical potential. Using an approach rooted in contextual, relevant, real-world applications, students learn mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Students learn to trust their mathematical-reasoning ability and combine it with an expanding mathematical toolkit to creatively solve a wide array of quantitative and technical problems.
Students pursue a course of study of Mathematical and Computational Thinking I and II, followed by Precalculus. Seniors choose between Calculus or Statistics, both of which will prepare students for AP-level exams and college mathematics. Additionally, students can take Global Online Academy electives like Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Game Theory, Number Theory, and computer science classes in Java, Python, and game design.
Over the course of four years, students will learn to:
Be curious about their world and develop an interest in exploring it further.
Analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
Hone critical scientific-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Draw connections between different scientific disciplines across different scales and contexts.
Understand science content to the level needed to act as informed, responsible citizens who know how science connects to the larger world.
Use math to interpret data and model phenomena in the world around them.
Think computationally, understanding how algorithms and numerical techniques can be used to solve problems.
Develop strong mastery of key concepts and procedures of algebra II, geometry, and precalculus, as well as either statistics or calculus.
Confidently access and use a wide variety of instructional supports like textbooks, online resources, peers, and instructors.
Use math as a tool to complete projects that are relevant to students.
Generate their own approaches to mathematical, quantitative, and computational problems with curiosity, creativity, and confidence.
Working At The Downtown School The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about working at The Downtown School, please visit our Careers page on the The Downtown School: A Lakeside School website.
The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
About The Downtown School: A Lakeside School
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.