Meridian Academy is seeking dynamic and energetic candidates to join our Humanities department. For all grades at Meridian, the subjects of history, literature, the English language, the social sciences, and the arts are taught in core, integrated Humanities courses.
Meridian’s curriculum is interdisciplinary and investigation-based. Student problem-posing and analyses are the starting point for long-term, original, creative efforts and research. Classes are typically 90 minutes long to support these in-depth activities.
Meridian Academy is an urban, independent, secondary school in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. We serve an economically and racially diverse student body. Our classes have 16 or fewer students.
We are seeking to hire a full-time teacher who would be responsible for teaching two sections of a 9th/10th grade course on American history, literature, and culture during the 2021-22 academic year and two sections of Europe and Africa Through Each Other’s Eyes in the following year. In future years, there would be opportunities to teach other middle and high school classes and topics. For more information regarding our Humanities curriculum, please visit www.meridianacademy.org/humanities.
Teaching 2 integrated 90-minute sections of one class
Advising students during scheduled blocks and proctoring study hall
Creating activities that help students develop academic skills, make connections between ideas, master essential knowledge, and grow in their curiosity and creativity
Modeling original research and mentoring students one-on-one with their research
Communicating effectively with students and their families
Developing and implementing methods of assessment that accurately reflect each student's progress with skills, content, and habits of mind
Using the broader resources of Boston and its environs as an extended classroom
Qualifications for any candidate:
Meridian recognizes that a range of experiences and backgrounds can support the development of the skills and habits needed for successful teaching. These capacities include:
Culturally Conscious - You are committed to anti-racist, anti-oppressive teaching and learning. You seek to include diverse voices and ways of thinking into your curriculum. You do not shy away from discomfort and are willing to explore your own biases.
Creativity - You are excited to adapt existing curriculum and develop new activities for students to engage with complex content.
Growth mindset - You seek out feedback and can effectively incorporate it into your practice.
Organization - You are able to set long-term goals and make concrete and realistic plans to achieve those goals. You maintain curricular documents in a manner that would allow colleagues to access and understand them.
Collaboration - You reach out to your colleagues with questions and are willing to offer ideas to the group.
Analytical - You are able to structure and process information in order to think about ideas in new and multiple ways.
Flexible - Despite having a set schedule and plan, you are comfortable making changes so as to accommodate unexpected opportunities (yours and others).
Respect for students and their ideas - You have a deep appreciation for kids aged 11-18 and for their interests. You have fun working with them and believe that each has the ability to improve academically and as a member of a community.
How to Apply
Consult our website to learn more about the school, our goals, and our philosophy.
Send a résumé and cover letter describing your teaching philosophy with a discussion of some of your work with students to Joshua Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: Strong Benefits: professional development support including travel, 100% individual health care coverage, long-term disability, retirement (6% match), life insurance, and more.
About Meridian Academy
Meridian Academy is a project-based, interdisciplinary, intentionally small, urban, independent secondary school in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. Meridian serves an economically and racially diverse student-body in grades 6 through 12 contributing 38% of our budget to tuition reductions and access (three times the national average).