Park Day School, founded in 1976, offers an outstanding co-educational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland, is rooted in the tenets of progressive education, and reinforces 21st Century pedagogy. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives; our community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students. Our historical and park-like four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Overview of the Position
Reporting to the Lower School Director, the school seeks a vibrant teacher who brings creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. Class size is between 16-18 students, 2.5 to 3 days per week. There is a part-time Assistant Teacher in the classroom with the Teacher. The hiring process will include a screening interview, with finalists returning for a second interview with the full hiring committee and will submit other supporting documents. The position is 60% time.
In the Lower School self-contained classroom the lead Teaching team will be responsible for:
Partnering closely with co-teacher to provide consistent and clear expectations, communication, and curricular alignment so students receive a high quality, predictable experience.
Coordinating all aspects of the academic curriculum including social-emotional learning, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and project based work.
Conducting ongoing formative student assessment to guide and plan instruction so that students reach their full potential.
Collaborating with the grade level partner teacher and teaching assistant to ensure as much cohort cohesiveness and continuity as possible.
Communicating proactively and routinely to families: writing newsletters, conferencing with families twice yearly as well as when additional needs arise and writing progress reports each semester.
Teaming with administrators, learning specialists, and specialist teachers to support students throughout the day.
Managing classroom budget for supplies, equipment and books to stay within allotted budget.
Supervising recess and lunch according to duty schedules.
The ideal candidate will:
Have at least five years of exemplary lead classroom teaching experience and a valid California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.
Be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices and be culturally competent to build an inclusive community.
Have a nurturing, supportive, and clear tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching.
Have a proven track record of working successfully in a diverse student environment that upholds high values in social justice education and practices.
Possess a working understanding of developmental / constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Have experience meeting a wide range of student learning styles and needs via multiple modalities; facile in differentiating instruction in each subject area.
How to Apply
Please apply for this position by filling out the Park Day Employment application at PDS Application and attaching a cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references.
Park Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate based on age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.