Woodland Schools seeks a full time K-8 SEL Teacher/Counselor beginning in August 2021. Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth grade. We have two sections of each grade level K-8 with class sizes that average 14-18 students.
Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School. Teachers craft meaningful, multi-sensory learning experiences which enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world.
Woodland School’s faculty create a school environment that is as supportive and nurturing as it is challenging, and they embody the core values of the school - respect, integrity, curiosity, resilience, equity, respect, and stewardship. Our teachers apply best practices through collaboration, integrated curriculum, brain-based teaching and learning methods, and continued professional development. Our teachers are themselves, learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by connecting them to the best practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
The ideal K-8 SEL Teacher/Counselor candidate should have strong knowledge of the academic, social, and emotional development of Kindergarten through eighth-grade students. He or she must be highly organized, have excellent verbal and writing skills, understand current education pedagogy, and be adept at working with all constituents of the school community. Strong interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills are essential.
The K-8 SEL Teacher/Counselor is responsible for partnering with teachers, parents, and administrators to support the emotional well-being of students across the grades and designing interventions to support various needs. Woodland School expects that the individual will adhere to the following duties as part of the daily responsibilities:
Partnering with classroom teachers to integrate social emotional learning curricula within ongoing classroom curricula.
Developing classroom and advisory lessons on topics such as friendship, navigating social challenges, wellness, conflict resolution, emotional fluency and communication skills, amongst others.
Providing brief (short-term) social, emotional, and behavioral support for individual students as needed
Leading friendship/social skills groups/discussion groups
Collaborating and consulting with the division directors, teachers, and other school personnel
Communicating with and providing resources/education/training for parents (coffees, referrals, etc.)
Supporting students in the classroom and play settings within the school environment, with an emphasis on “in-the-moment” coaching during recesses
Providing classroom observations with written feedback for teachers, administration, and parents
Facilitating referrals to outside agencies/practitioners as needed
Engaging in the life of the community in order to maintain a visible presence throughout the school and to develop strong relationships with students and faculty alike
California state license in mental health services preferred
Five years of experience working in a school setting, with a focus on social-emotional learning or school
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment
Extensive knowledge of current developmental, cognitive science, and social and emotional learning
research and strategies
Specialized training in intervention programs
Experience teaching in diverse learning communities
Ability to think ahead and plan for effective one-on-one or small group support
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple priorities
Commitment to the school’s mission, values, and vision
Technical/computer skills as required for job performance
About Woodland School
Woodland School is a 290 student preschool through grade 8 independent school located in the beautiful hills of Portola Valley just west of Stanford University. Woodland offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment. Woodland benefits from an open and wooded campus that provides children room to breathe, space to play, and freedom to explore the environment around them — all beneficial to their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.