Professional Opportunity: Middle School Humanities Teacher
Highlands School is a vibrant leader in independent education in the Birmingham metropolitan region. Highlands School’s whole-child focused academic program – guided by a comprehensive emphasis on physical, social-emotional, creative and intellectual development – educates and inspires students in preschool through 8th grade. The School was founded in 1958 and holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).
The Middle School Humanities teacher teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade humanities. He/she will possess deep conceptual knowledge of history, historical contexts, and the writing process as well as a deep understanding of best practices for educating the adolescent mind. The teacher will also possess a strong intellectual curiosity and the desire to inspire an appreciation of history among students. In addition, this teacher will be a member of the dynamic middle school team which promotes collaborative learning and incorporates project-based units of study to help students develop 21st Century Skills. Highlands School provides a unique opportunity for middle school students to take risks, fail, succeed, and know they are valued all within a joyful classroom community.
Areas of Responsibility:
Highlands Teachers will:
Demonstrate mastery of best practices for teaching Humanities to Middle School students
Plan, supervise, and implement a challenging and developmentally appropriate Humanities program in accordance with the educational philosophy and policies of Highlands School, the curriculum’s scope and sequence, and prescribed student objectives
Create a safe and engaging classroom community and differentiate for students as needed by employing a variety of instructional strategies and materials supported by best educational practices to enhance creative teaching/learning
Maintain a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom
Plan and execute educational field experiences and engage guest lecturers through approved channels
Assess the learning of students frequently and analyze the data to drive instruction, teaching /learning
Maintain current and accurate attendance records, assessment data, and grades to meet the demand for a comprehensive knowledge of each student’s progress
Maintain open, supportive, and consistent communication with parents and administration
Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff to promote a positive learning environment
Attend all staff meetings, required school events, parent/teacher conferences, professional development days and orientations/in-service.
Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
Be involved in the school community at large.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
Degree in secondary Education or History (Master’s level preferred)
Minimum of two years teaching experience preferred in Middle School
A collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth, personal development, and social-emotional learning
Experience with differentiated instruction and appreciation of each child as an individual with diverse needs
Experience integrating technology and applying 21st century learning within the classroom
Highlands School is a vibrant leader in independent education in the Birmingham, AL metropolitan region. Highlands School’s whole-child focused academic program – guided by a comprehensive emphasis on physical, social-emotional, creative and intellectual development – educates and inspires students in preschool through 8th grade. The School was founded in 1958 and holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).