Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) is seeking a full-time teacher for The Learning Center (TLC) at ACDS. The specialized curriculum includes language arts, math, social studies, and social-emotional learning, all taught in a multisensory way, meeting the needs of our bright students with language-based learning differences. The successful candidate will demonstrate respect for childhood and will celebrate the talents and strengths of every child he or she teaches.
Teachers in TLC are expected to be able to individualize instruction, and to meet a wide range of student abilities, needs, and readiness levels. Essential to success in TLC at ACDS is patience, precision in instruction, and an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages. Teachers must also deliberately focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.
The successful finalist will want to be part of a working and learning environment in which colleagues collaborate for the benefit of our students and families; we value cooperation and integration. He or she will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication skills, and eagerness to grow as a teacher. Additionally, the successful candidate will collaborate and plan daily after school with the rest of the TLC team.
Ideally, candidates will be trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of instruction. Otherwise, ACDS will cover the costs of this training. Teachers are expected to complete all training with fidelity.
Demonstrated success in teaching children in an elementary or middle school setting; 5 year minimum
Demonstrated success in working with children with language-based learning differences
Experience with multisensory math instruction
Familiarity with current best practices in the context of a developmental learning philosophy
Commitment to teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, and resilience
Aptitude in promoting student inquiry and collaboration
Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow as an educator
Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style
Expertise in classroom management based on positive relationships
Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness, humor, commitment to personal and professional growth
Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all faculty
Knowledge of and experience with project-based learning
Experience facilitating learning in a maker space
Demonstrated experience using adaptive technology
Demonstrated success in integrating technology as an instructional tool
Overview of Almaden Country Day School:
Almaden Country Day School is an independent, preschool through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to “discover the gifts in every child.” ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.
The Learning Center is a program within our school for bright children with language-based learning differences. They are ACDS students, fully-integrated members of our school community. Like all ACDS students, they have a homeroom teacher for language arts, math, social studies, and social-emotional learning. In TLC classes, there is a 4:1 ratio with a master teacher. TLC students join their grade-level peers for science, music, art, PE, and drama. They participate in after-school sports, clubs, and overnight field trips. TLC students enjoy a balanced approach: a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio in academic classes with greater social opportunities in enrichment classes (ratio of 20:1). We see TLC as a transitional program, expecting students to move to general education when they are ready. For more information about TLC, please visit the school website. https://www.almadencountrydayschool.org/the-learning-center/the-tlc-difference
ACDS strives to develop well-rounded young people, with all students taking art, drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and in the middle school, more than 30 choices for elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, a robust integrated technology program, a designated maker space (“The Imaginarium”), and a strong fine and performing arts program all contribute to the emphasis on balanced, whole-child instruction at ACDS. TLC students participate in all of these opportunities, other than foreign language.
Our parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families and work cooperatively with parents at all times. TLC teachers must understand and embrace the unique concerns of our parents.
Almaden Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and qualifications. ACDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Requirements are detailed in the job posting above; special education experience or familiarity with the Orton-Gillingham approach are desired but not required.
Additional Salary Information: Package includes insurances, generous PTO, and 75% tuition remission for all children.