The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students in grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Pacific Northwest.
Overlake is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, employment, and other school-administered programs.
Upper /Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Full Time - August 2020
To apply for this position, you must have a bachelor's degree in history or a related field and at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience. You must also be able to pass a Washington State background check. Interested candidates are invited to apply online through our website www.overlake.jobs.
The primary purpose of the Social Studies department is citizenship education. We seek through our course offerings and pedagogical methods to build and enhance within Overlake students cultural, historical, geographical, and political literacy in order that they may become well-informed and active participants in a democratic society. The chosen curriculum addresses the needs and demands of the increasingly global community by emphasizing world history, America's evolving historical role in world history, and the inter-relatedness of nations.
We are looking for teachers who…
Have experience teaching Social Studies or History using best pedagogical practices.
Preferably with a strong background in World History, Government, and Politics
We strive to teach students to make meaningful connections between the past and present, stressing authentic application of learned skills and content to current and future world problems.
We seek an educator who is excited about working to build and maintain a classroom that honors civil discourse and diversity of opinion and practice.
Demonstrate a history of an open and collaborative approach to teaching and learning.
All of our teachers work collaboratively in grade level and departmental teams.
There is a wide variety of skill and comfort levels in our student body, and our teachers need to be proficient in differentiated instruction and a variety of assessment styles.
All teachers at Overlake are required to work with our instructional coaches or be a part of a Professional Learning Community.
Demonstrate a growth mindset as a professional.
Our community puts a high premium on collaboration and learning from others. We expect our teachers to demonstrate evidence of ongoing professional development.
We have an established curriculum, but one we are continually growing and developing. We want a teacher who can jump into existing courses and work with the teaching partner(s) and department to continually improve the design of our curriculum.
Possess the cultural competency necessary for working with a diverse population in an inclusive and equitable community.
We have a diverse student body, and we want all our teachers to have the skills necessary to ensure that their classrooms are safe, inclusive places for everyone.
We seek a Social Studies teacher who is aware of the racial, socio-economic, gender, and many other inequities present in the world, and actively works to eliminate them in their classroom.
Can communicate well, both in writing and verbally, with colleagues, students, and families.
Much of our work involves clear, frequent communication with the students and their families on student progress, recommendations, and program information.
We incorporate much student feedback in day to day practice. We use direct feedback during activities, rubrics, assessments, and comments/grades to help them improve.
Model a culture of flexible, continuous learning for students.
We want our teachers to be people who are excited to learn and try new things
We are always looking for ways to strengthen and improve our craft and we want teachers who have a broad background of disciplines and/or interests.
We value teachers who can work with students of different ages, and this position will ask the new teacher for the ability to work well with students of both, the upper school and the middle school and to engage with each group appropriately.
New Overlake teachers do not need to come in as experts in the specific technologies or methods we currently use, but should have the flexibility and ability to learn and improve on them.
This opening is a full-time teaching position with the following major responsibilities:
Teach 4 sections of Social Studies.
Expectations for teachers include course and lesson design in collaboration with department colleagues, communicating with students via our course management system (Canvas), and providing feedback to families via quarterly rubrics and reports.
The position is likely to include Upper School World History classes, as well as one section of 8th grade civics course.
Standard class section size is 15-18 students.
Serve as homeroom advisor for a group of 8-12 students.
Advisors care for students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being, and serve as advocates for their students.
Homerooms provide opportunities for students to learn about themselves and develop as young adults through, for example, discussions and activities in support of our social and emotional learning curriculum.
The advisor also serves as a point of contact between families and the school, and is sometimes called to facilitate meetings between families, students, and teachers.
Be a leader in the school’s co-curricular program by leading clubs.
Clubs are teacher driven, though often in response to student demand or requests.
Clubs provide an opportunity to engage with students outside of the classroom and to model a passion for life-long learning and development of personal interests.
Support the Overlake experiential education program as a Project Week leader.
Every year, Overlake students embark on week-long (or sometimes longer) experiential education experiences during Project Week. Projects include service trips, outdoor hiking and camping, working with our sister school in Cambodia, or learning to sew, scrapbooking, or cuisine appreciation.
All Overlake teachers lead or co-lead a project every year. New teachers often serve as co-leader in an established project with an experienced leader, and develop and lead new projects in the following years.
See our website for more on Project Week, including past and current projects.
About The Overlake School
The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Northwest. Overlake believes that diversity is an integral part of its mission. The school therefore actively fosters a diverse community that contributes to its educational richness.