We are seeking a Middle School Humanities Teacher to begin in August, 2020. The Middle School Humanities/Arts Teacher reports to the Head of School, and collaborates closely with the entire faculty and staff.
Plan and prepare curriculum, appropriate to the needs, interests, experience and existing knowledge of middle school students.
Develop, teach, and evaluate interdisciplinary humanities/arts curriculum for middle school students.
Develop and oversee online and blended learning and teaching.
Build and maintain cooperative relationships with parents, and communicate with them about student learning and progress.
Maintain an attractive, stimulating learning environment; contribute to displays in the school as a whole.
Participate in PD workshops, meetings, sessions and activities with other members of staff.
Develop and co-teach making/design in collaboration with our Making/Design Teacher.
Participate in periodic reviews of student and class performance in order to monitor progress and determine future priorities.
Work with colleagues to ensure that there is continuity across student groups.
Serve as an advisor to a small cohort of middle school students, developing their independence and supporting their social-emotional needs and growth.
APTITUDES AND INTERESTS
Enthusiasm for supporting, and collaborating with middle school students.
Interest in working in an innovative school with a focus on project-based learning, and a grounding in an authentically multidisciplinary, team-based approach to education.
Appreciation for, and commitment to, diversity and social justice in multiple forms.
Flexibility and ability to embrace change and adapt to new situations.
Ability to develop curriculum, construct and implement innovative lessons, and share best practices.
Commitment to a growth mindset wherein open, respectful feedback is valued, and professional growth and learning are central to the culture of the school.
Ability to teach differentiated lessons and build projects that are accessible to different kinds of learners.
Enthusiasm for partnering with parents.
Commitment to collaborating closely with colleagues, and to working in a closely-knit team.
Thrives in an open space environment.
Interest in supporting, and developing, performance-based, skill-centered, holistic assessments.
Middle School teaching experience required.
Experience developing and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum desired.
Experience creating and overseeing arts/making/design learning and teaching required.
Experience working in a project-based school desired.
Experience with online and blended learning desired.
Experience working in a collaborative, open environment valued.
Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
Please send a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, and a resume, to Lorenzo Krakowsky, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Portfolio School
Informed by research from institutions such as Stanford and MIT, Portfolio School is a K-6 independent school in New York City that redefines what is possible in education, actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry and creative design. The school currently serves children grades K-6, and is growing year-by-year to become a K-12.
Immersed in collaborative, interdisciplinary project-based learning, high-quality academics, and thoughtful self-reflection, students delve into the sciences and humanities, literature and math, technology and the arts, not just as memorizers, but as thinkers and creators.
Engaging in deep learning with curiosity and passion, Portfolio students develop the abilities, insights, and qualities of character needed to thrive in the ever-changing, technological, entrepreneurial and global world which they will inherit.