Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker day school, seeks to find a full-time classroom co-teaching position for 4th grade for the 2021-22 school year. All classes are expected to be in-person for the upcoming year. The Lower School program seeks to foster a love of learning and provide children with a firm grounding in the core academic subjects (reading, writing, social studies and math). It is built around rigorous intellectual exploration and joyful discovery. Students are challenged to think deeply about concepts and ideas, to make learning personal and relevant, to ask questions and to look for broader truths and understanding. The fourth grade year is especially important in the lives of lower school students, as it marks the end of their lower school journey. The fourth grade curriculum is centered around the idea of “Letting Your Life Speak,” and students engage in Ethical Leadership Experiences across the year that put into action the Quaker values of justice, community, stewardship and care, while integrating in core academic skills.
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, attention to the “whole child,” strong differentiation skills, a commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy, and a strong grounding in best practices. Risk-taking, collaboration, a positive community spirit, flexibility, a sense of humor and strong communication skills are important characteristics for this position.
Additional responsibilities for all full-time teachers include supporting student wellbeing, partnering with families, assessing and evaluating student progress, providing opportunities for parent education, supporting admissions work, and participating in Meetings for Worship, faculty meetings, duties, and school events. Our community is a collaborative environment, and lead teachers plan with their co-teacher (and other colleagues) to deliver an innovative, thoughtful program. Familiarity with approaches such as reading and writing workshop and Responsive Classroom is an asset.
A BA degree in Elementary Education (or comparable degree) is required; advanced degrees preferred, along with a minimum of 3 years of successful elementary teaching experience.
Interested candidates should upload a resume, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references via our online application.
About Sidwell Friends School
Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1883, the School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
A Sidwell Friends education aims to help students become the leaders of the future. To that end, the School seeks qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ability to enhance the student experience and strengthen our community.
Sidwell Friends maintains a generous salary and benefits package that supports and rewards our employees while helping them to deepen their professional expertise and grow as individuals.
For teaching positions, a master’s degree and teaching experience in the field are preferred; a bachelor’s degree is required. For staff positions, we seek candidates with relevant experience, a commitment to excellence, and an enthusiasm for being a member of our vibrant and diverse community.