Dwight-Englewood Lower School is a place where faculty encourage children to embrace every aspect of childhood development and play, while paying close attention to each students’ growth and progress. Grade levels range from Preschool 3 through Grade 5.
Dwight-Englewood encourages faculty to practice both the art and science of teaching. Our faculty understand the importance of balancing explicit instruction with more open-ended inquiry, and they bring this perspective to their planning and work with students. In addition, faculty understand the importance of observing and assessing students both formally and informally in all subject areas and throughout the day in order to plan instruction for whole groups, small groups and individuals. The desire to continue to grow and learn professionally within our diverse community of learners is essential, and we seek colleagues who will remain excited by the opportunity to do so.
Dwight-Englewood School is seeking a dynamic and experienced Lower School World Language Teacher who will focus on Spanish language instruction. The Lower School Spanish program is a vital component of the Lower School experience. We are currently interviewing candidates interested in teaching children enrolled in Preschool 3 through Grade 2. Collaborating and envisioning with the Grade 3 through Grade 5 Spanish teacher is required, as we strengthen our approach to World Language programming in the Lower School.
Interested candidates should:
Be well organized and have excellent communication skills in order to cultivate equity and understanding in a diverse school community
Exhibit a collaborative approach to teaching that produces and reveals a genuine enthusiasm for working with colleagues by sharing strategies and exploring effective ways to enhance the student experience
Possess a passion for teaching and learning and find joy in working with young children, laying a social-emotional foundation upon which academic excellence may be built
Support and model the spirit of the Mission and Foundation Documents of the Dwight-Englewood School in work with students, faculty, parents and community members.
Demonstrate knowledge of, experience with, the developmental, social, emotional and cognitive issues of the primary grades.
Create differentiated, challenging lessons aligned with school philosophy, standards and curriculum.
Show ability to use immersive language techniques and engage in mind and body awareness activities.
Maintain professional and collaborative collegial relationships that encourage sharing, planning, and working together toward improved instructional skills and student success
Communicate with families about student progress, goals, benchmarks respectfully, openly and showing an ability to ask questions and listen with empathy.
Perform assigned supervisory duties that include, but are not limited to, recess, lunch and dismissal supervision.
Pursue professional growth in content mastery, pedagogical skills, and as a responsible local and global community member.
Terms of Employment:
This is a 10-month teaching position.
Eight-hour workdays as well as attendance at faculty meetings and other school-wide meetings and events.
Professional days are considered workdays and participation in planned activities is mandatory.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Fluent in Spanish
Advanced degree in education or related field
K-12 Spanish or other World Language certification
Specialization in World Languages preferred
Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to, assess proficiency benchmarks for foreign language learning
Demonstrated understanding of child development and curriculum expectations for elementary school students
Ability to teach a range of language learners
Effective classroom management skills
Experience with, and a commitment to, diversity and equity work with young children