San Diego French-American School in La Jolla, CA (SDFAS) seeks a 7th and 8th grade Humanities teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.
This position consists in teaching two sections of 7th grade and two sections of 8th grade humanities (for each grade level, four 50-minute periods devoted to English and two 50-minute periods devoted to Social Studies), leading the Junior Model United Nations Club, and leading the L.I.V.E. Club (a Leadership, Initiative, Volunteerism Empathy advisor-guided student action club). Coaching a sport is a possible additional role but not required for this position.
The mission of SDFAS is to offer an exceptional bilingual education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible and engaged global citizens. The school's core values are open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, integrity, empathy and resilience. The school current counts around 380 students which includes the middle school of 80 - 85 students depending on the year. The curriculum in middle school is taught 50% in French and 50% in English and includes elective choices, an extended studies project-based learning course at each grade level, and optional sports and clubs. The school has recently begun to implement a new social-emotional learning program school-wide called Responsive Classroom.
The Middle School division is led by a team of 15 highly collaborative teacher-advisors and speciality teachers (ESL, FLE, P.E., Library, Spanish), a director of middle school, a high school placement counselor and SEL coordinator, and a learning support coordinator.
The ideal candidate is excited about teaching both English and History at each grade level in an integrated humanities approach within a bilingual curricular model, one that requires ongoing collaboration with colleagues teaching subjects in French, and an ability to be efficient in the execution of the curriculum in English given that fewer hours are devoted to the Humanities in English each week given that the overall educational program at the Middle School level is taught half of the total available curricular time in each language French and English. Working knowledge of French (even a level that is limited to reading proficiency) is not required for this position but is a plus for candidates. International school experience and/or experience in a bilingual educational setting of any kind is a plus. Being bilingual in English and any other language is a plus. Candidates must display above all adaptability and cultural sensitivity.
Additional ideal candidate attributes:
-be a dynamic self-starter and flexible, engaged team player
-have at least three years experience teaching at the middle or high school level
-have a Bachelor's and an advanced degree in the fields of English and/or History/Social Studies and/or a related field, with strong pedagogical content knowledge
-be passionate about teaching and learning and genuinely enjoy working with young people
-be knowledgeable about and experienced with middle school age children
-support the well-being of all students by developing a connection of mutual respect, support and caring with each one of them
-communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with students and adults using respect, listening skill, honesty and empathy
-collaborate proactively with colleagues to enrich curriculum and instruction
-be a highly competent classroom manager
-be experienced with integrating educational technology in service of an enhanced curriculum and highly effective teaching and learning, preferably within a one-to-one Chromebook program using GoogleClassroom
-favor an approach through which attention to social-emotional skills development is as important as academic learning
-use brain-based approaches and understand how to differentiate instruction and assessment to ensure the growth and success for each student
-engage students in project-based learning, including across disciplines
-develop innovative curriculum in English and Social Studies (Humanities) that is highly relevant to students, develop critical thinking, written and oral confidence and clarity, synthesis and well-supported argumentation, problem solving ability, and make frequent connections to what matters most to students and in today's present and future world.
-learn, model and implement best teaching and learning practices
-lead by example in commitment to the SDFAS mission and core values
To apply, please include as a single PDF scan a cover letter, teaching resume, and at least two letters of professional reference (one from most recent direct supervisor) sent to the attention of Mark Rosenblum, Head of School to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Maximum 1-page statements of teaching philosophy are also welcome.
Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.
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Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive benefits.