The Dalton School, a progressive K-12 gender-inclusive school in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is consistently recognized as one of the preeminent independent day schools in the nation. Known for its child-centered approach and an exceptional, inspiring faculty, Dalton enrolls over 1,300 students with approximately 350 faculty and staff. Guided by the Dalton Plan, the foundation of a Dalton education, our faculty meets each student’s evolving needs, interests, and abilities, and fosters diversity as an integral part of school life. Dalton challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity, curiosity, and a sense of responsibility toward others both within the School and in the broader community.
We are seeking a full-time high school English teacher, starting September 2021, to join an exceptionally collegial and engaged department. English at Dalton is taught in discussion-based seminars, with an emphasis on cultivating a thoughtful, intellectually curious approach to literature that elicits both the joy and the seriousness of literary analysis. We are committed to ongoing curricular and pedagogical anti-racist work, and we seek a candidate who shares that commitment and who can contribute to our efforts. We search out opportunities for professional growth and encourage reflection on our own practices. Our ideal candidate is passionate and knowledgeable about high school students, literature, and writing; and has experience teaching close reading and analytical writing skills across a diverse range of texts, genres and time periods. We would be particularly eager to hear about any interest, background, or expertise in the teaching of drama, and/or non-Western or Asian-American literature.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach four English courses (multiple grade levels)
Serve as a co-House Advisor to a group of approximately 20 students, likely beginning in the 2022-23 academic year
Design engaging curricula and lesson plans, working with others in the department
Engage actively in departmental and school-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts
Work one-on-one with students daily for support and enrichment
Minimum of three years relevant teaching experience; high school teaching and advising experience strongly preferred
Demonstrated commitment to equitable and inclusive practices, with respect to pedagogy, curriculum, literary interests, and/or community engagement
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Facility with and willingness to learn educational technologies and learning management software
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs, and hiring. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, physical disability or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.
The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.
The Dalton School is the innovative leader in developing creative problem solvers who identify issues, grapple with possibilities, and design solutions to global challenges from multiple perspectives.
Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring.