Founded in 2012, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Forty percent of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This is a nearly unparalleled commitment in the L.A. independent school landscape, which allows ESLA to recruit and enroll an uncommonly diverse student body that reflects the vibrant character of our city—bright, dedicated students from all walks of life. Our model is founded upon the belief that the best educational tool for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, please visit es-la.com.
Who we’re looking for:
ESLA is seeking a Middle School Science Teacher with an unshakable commitment to student success, whose classroom is filled with surprise and delight.
The ideal candidate...
Has an abiding passion and deep knowledge of working with a diverse student body
Has experience designing innovative curricula in their discipline
Leverages technology to enhance student achievements
Has expertise in differentiating instruction for a heterogeneous student body
Demonstrates success in the classroom with different adolescent needs across grades 6–8
Is an expert who combines engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based lessons into a “storyline framework” to create units of study with high levels of challenge
Scaffolds the learning experience to provide guidance and support for all students to reach their highest potential
Guides students in establishing a strong foundation in asking scientific questions that are then supported by evidence-based conclusions
Can connect scientific events, developments, and ideas to events in our city, nation, and world
About the Department:
ESLA’s Science Department contributes to the school’s greater mission by fostering metacognition, self-understanding, critical thinking, and interpretive sophistication in its students. Upon graduating from ESLA, the science student will possess:
The ability to apply scientific thinking, strategies, and skills to unknowns in their world;
Critical analysis and evaluation skills that they can communicate in a variety of methods;
A greater capacity for examining one’s assumptions and assessing the implications of one’s actions; and
The ability to educate oneself, complete self-directed projects, distinguish between the reasonable and unreasonable scientific claims of others and make informed judgments based on their own critical analysis.
Teach at least 5 sections of Middle School science
Prepare course materials—ideally moving away from “cookie cutter” curricular frameworks toward analysis of actual scientific material and texts
Utilize a variety of assessments that relate to what students are learning in class, but can be applied outside of the school
Teach, encourage and support academic skills such as critical reading, writing and thinking, organization, analysis and evaluation
Act as an Advisor to a small group of Middle or Upper School students
Willingness to participate in at least one aspect of the school’s extracurricular life for at least one semester (sports, club, performing arts, teaching a Middle School elective, etc.)
All or most of the following:
Bachelor’s Degree in a Natural, Physical or Life Science, or related field of study.
Experience designing and implementing a challenging, engaging, hands-on curriculum.
A desire to work in a creative, collaborative, innovative environment.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Candidates will preferably have a CA teaching credential or Masters Degree in Secondary Education.
Written statement that includes, at a minimum, answers to the following:
What is your experience teaching Middle School Science? What have you learned from that experience that you would bring to this position?
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This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.