Mark Day School seeks an experienced and collaborative 6th grade English and history teacher. The successful applicant for this position will help advance the school’s mission with positive energy, creativity, dedication to a diverse community, love for children, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to collaborate in partnership with the 6th grade team and the wider school community.
This teacher will be responsible for one section of 6th grade English and one section of 6th grade history (18 students each). Each section meets three days a week, once for 45 minutes and twice for 75 minutes in our modified block schedule. Skills, understandings, and attitudes developed throughout the middle school include broad metacognitive skills, such as growth mindset, self-advocacy, time management, and collaboration. English students in 6th grade critically engage with a wide variety of texts including whole class novels, poetry, small group novels and independently selected books. They develop effective and powerful written communication, including analytical, narrative and creative writing. They also build public speaking and group discussion skills. History students engage actively in a challenging, inquiry-based course in which they learn to apply knowledge to better understand the present, pose thoughtful questions about the past, present, and future, research and critically evaluate sources, and construct historical arguments and interpretations. They also learn to analyze the impact of bias and injustice in the world, and take stands on social justice issues in their lives. Topics include early humans and ancient civilizations with historical thinking skills woven throughout.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Challenge all students with high academic and behavioral expectations while maintaining a climate of responsibility, safety, kindness, enthusiasm, and fun.
Model personal standards of excellence: warmth, clarity of expectations, consistency, and accountability.
Demonstrate equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices.
Apply a wide range of highly effective teaching approaches balancing enduring and innovative best practices.
Engage in ongoing professional development.
Form supportive and responsive relationships with students and families.
Differentiate instruction to challenge every learner.
Build a strong, positive classroom community in which students advocate for themselves and others.
Provide constructive, timely, specific feedback that fosters a growth mindset.
Use available technology to enhance student learning, collaboration, and responsive communication.
Work with learning specialists and parents when necessary to design individualized programs for students who require specialized support.
Collaborate with the wider community to enhance the students’ experience, including specialists in technology, information literacy, drama, art, music, P.E., world language, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and counseling, global education, sustainability, service-learning, and diversity.
Observe, evaluate, encourage and monitor students’ academic and social development and progress.
Communicate regularly with students, parents, and colleagues regarding students’ progress and needs.
Additional Responsibilities Include:
Back to School Night
Parent information evenings
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience
Proven cultural competence in a community committed to diversity, equity, and social justice.
Subject area knowledge in English and history
Knowledge of and experience with relevant technology
More About Mark Day School
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-curricular literacies: Cross-Cultural Literacy, Media and Information Literacy, Ecoliteracy, and Social, Emotional, and Ethical Literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning Media Literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships including with Kliptown Youth Program and eSibonisweni School in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; class sets of laptops in fifth grade and a one-to-one laptop program beginning in sixth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day School’s salary and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
Interested candidates should visit our website and send a letter of interest and resume via email to email@example.com. We will begin getting in contact with strong candidates immediately upon receiving materials.
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About Mark Day School
Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, all gender K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-disciplinary literacies: cross-cultural literacy, media and information literacy, ecoliteracy, and social, emotional, and ethical literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning media literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships w...ith the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; laptops beginning in fifth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
In spring 2016 the school broke ground on a transformative campus project that includes renovation of the quad and amphitheater at the heart of the campus and the construction of a new Learning Commons and Creativity Lab. The new learning spaces will be spacious and agile, designed to support student-centered inquiry, hands-on discovery and tinkering, collaboration, and design thinking.