Start Date: Aug 30, 2021 Salary: commensurate with experience
About the School
A leader in progressive education for more than 100 years, the Bank Street School for Children provides students, from nursery through 8th grade, an education that engages their natural curiosities, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Through a teaching approach that is fundamentally hands-on and child-centered, Bank Street students develop the courage and confidence to think independently, work collaboratively, understand themselves and others more deeply, and possess the compassion to make a positive impact in the world.
General Position Description
The School for Children is seeking applicants for a Head Teacher in Grade 4. Bank Street teachers are responsible for curriculum development, instruction, assessment, parent engagement and communication, professional collaboration, and promoting a positive school culture.
Work with Children. The classroom teacher is responsible for teaching children in all subject areas, planning to meet the needs of the entire group as well as individual children. Enabling the social/emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child is his/her primary responsibility.
Work with Environment and Materials. The teacher is responsible for designing, organizing and maintaining a materials-based classroom that reflects the curriculum and current work of the children. Create and prepare materials that serve the curriculum. The teacher should be able to use various forms of technology to enhance student learning.
Curriculum Development. The teacher is responsible for developing curriculum in all areas based on children's developmental capacities and needs and current understanding of literacy learning, mathematics and interdisciplinary curriculum development in social studies, science and the arts. A cultural competency must be reflected in the curriculum developed for children. Special emphasis is placed on social studies as the core of classroom life and learning.
Work with Adults
Associate Teachers and Student Teachers: As cooperating practitioners for graduate students who are placed in their classrooms, teachers plan cooperatively with students and hold weekly supervisory meetings. Teachers meet with the student and the advisor from Graduate Programs 3 times per semester.
Staff: An interest in his/her/their own professional growth is expected. Each teacher meets often with their curriculum coordinator and participates in weekly age-group meetings and weekly staff meetings after school. Teachers also collaborate with subject area specialists (art, music, library, shop, P.E./movement, Spanish) to design and implement curriculum. As part of a diagnostic team, teachers work with learning specialists, a school psychologist, and meet with parents, tutors and therapists.
Parents: Teachers are required to meet with parents twice yearly for individual conferences and to be available for additional conferences where needed. Teachers and parents work together to increase each other's knowledge of the children. Teachers write two comprehensive reports on children each year.
Visitors: In addition to modeling a Bank Street approach to education by having daily visitors and observers in the classroom, teachers may be asked to speak to visiting groups. They often serve as consultants for other College Divisions as well as for outside groups.
College: Many teachers take responsibility for College-wide committee work and divisional and institutional Program development and evaluation.
A Masters degree in Education
Deep knowledge of, commitment to, and experience with progressive education and schooling
Extensive teaching experience at the elementary level, ideally grade 4, in all subject areas
Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity
Experience and strong abilities in differentiation
Ability to collaborate with a team of teachers
Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Warmth, humor, flexibility, and optimism
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.