Chinese American International School seeks a Preschool - 3rd Grade Studio Art Teacher (2020-2021). No Chinese language proficiency required. Exempt, full-time position.
Join the vibrant community at the Chinese American International School's Waller and Oak campuses as a Studio Art teacher. Help us to ignite passion and joy for the studio art in our young students. Work closely with a highly collaborative Arts Team on the implementation of our Arts Vision (see below). Become part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate finds resonance with CAIS’s mission to Embrace Chinese, Become Our Best Selves, and Contribute to a Better World. CAIS aims to empower independent, effective, and inspired learners. The arts are essential to a CAIS education as a foundation for critical thinking, collaboration, wonder, and creativity. The candidate will enter an environment that values social emotional learning alongside skills development. The school supports its Studio Art faculty by giving them the freedom to design projects and curriculum that they feel best support the students' growth as artists and individuals.
CAIS offers a dynamic dual culture setting in which faculty are immersed in a culture of language learners. We look for a candidate who will embrace CAIS’s work to create an equitable, inclusive environment where all faculty, students, and families are supported in their individual identities. We welcome all applicants who aim to actively support and participate in our diverse and inclusive community.
ABOUT THE ARTS AT CAIS
The Arts at CAIS (Music, Dance, Visual Art, Design) are a mission-vital component of our overall curriculum. Arts provide the CAIS community with an avenue to Embrace Chinese, Become Their Best Self, and Contribute to a Better World. Through instruction in the arts, curricular integration, collaboration, and community engagement, the Arts program empowers students to develop skills, take risks, make meaning, and enact change.
The Arts at CAIS values Chinese as a lens to explore multiple perspectives, and engages the community through a pedagogy that is experiential and collaborative. The Arts inspire the CAIS community to creatively and critically investigate and respond to the complexity of and exchange between culture and identity, process and product, and the dynamic exchange between contemporary and traditional art forms.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to): ? Facilitate exploratory, engaging, and age appropriate experiences in the arts, building artistic skills in every student while they create, collaborate, and develop personal expression ? Help our youngest students to develop enthusiasm and interest in art and creative expression ? Develop learning experiences that meet the students' varying needs and interests ? Demonstrate teaching excellence, a growth mindset, professionalism, and integrity. ? Develop a positive intellectual, emotional, and social environment within the classroom and a class community in which all children feel valued and a sense of belonging. ? Work collaboratively and maintain standards of respect, courtesy, and mutual consideration with the school community, including students, staff, and parents. ? Communicate effectively, promptly, and proactively with families. ? Prepare grades and progress reports according to school procedures. ? Attend faculty and division meetings including required meetings/events before the beginning of the school year and during the term of employment.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS ? Bachelor degree or higher ? Artistic and studio art teaching experience with demonstrated success ? Early childhood teaching experience and interest in working with young children ? Strong classroom management skills and a positive discipline approach to guiding student behavior ? Interest in arts integration, design, making and tinkering ? Commitment to meeting individual learners’ needs and promoting social and emotional development ? Excellent interpersonal and communication skills ? Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds ? Commitment to school mission, policies, and initiatives
VALUED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes: ? Teaching credential, Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or equivalent ? Early childhood education coursework or credential ? Proficiency and/or interest in Mandarin language ? Personal experience with second language acquisition
As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Pre-K through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. At CAIS we value honest self-assessment, thoughtful self-reflection, intentional planning and focused implementation. We are known as an ambitious school, and we have just embarked on a multi-year vision to reimagine immersion, reimagine our culture of learning, reimagine character and community, and reimagine our learning spaces.
Our three campuses are located in the heart of San Francisco and are accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony, and more. For more information, visit https://www.cais.org/about-us/employment and the CAIS Lower School Website.
CAIS’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission. People of color and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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