Reports To: Lower School Director Position Type: Full-Time, Faculty, Exempt
Bentley School is a K-12 co-educational, independent day school located on two campuses in Oakland (K-8) and Lafayette (9-12), California. Founded in 1920, the Bentley School legacy of excellence in teaching and learning combined with The Bentley Promise maximize student success in college and throughout their lives. Bentley School is an inclusive community that shares a vision of academic achievement, balance, and the cultivation of character.
In a culture of shared leadership where expertise is respected, deans and senior administrators created Bentley’s characteristics of professional excellence to reinforce our values as a community, inspire self-reflection and growth as professionals, and give clear direction as to how we live out the Bentley Promise. With these characteristics as our guide, the faculty at Bentley have a deep knowledge of and passion for their subject, and they continually develop their practice as educators. Engaging in continual reflection, re-assessment, and pursuit of mission-driven pedagogical practices, Bentley faculty members maintain a growth mindset by observing and learning from each other and participating in robust professional development. Teachers are expected to align unequivocally with student growth and success, establishing pedagogical objectives that are consistent with students’ development, reflecting high expectations along with demonstrated flexibility based on student achievement. Beyond the classroom, Bentley faculty members participate meaningfully in aspects of student and campus life serving as role models of compassion, respect, justice, and inclusivity as citizens of the world.
Criteria: Self motivated individuals who want to play an integral role in a dynamic school community.
Responsibilities (including but not limited to) :
Planning and implementing core curriculum as a lead teacher
Working collaboratively with administration, grade level teachers, specialists and teaching associates
Developing and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues, students, and families
Working and communicating effectively with parents in formal and informal conferences, written reports, newsletters, and other school-approved channels
Supporting and following school policies and procedures
Being a positive and contributing member of the Bentley community
Creating a positive learning environment where students thrive academically
Planning, implementing, and assessing grade-level language arts, math, social studies, and science curricula
Designing innovative curricula in which both academic and social-emotional growth are considered
Attending regular faculty and grade-level meetings
Communicating effectively with parents through weekly newsletters, conferences, and report writing
Mentoring a Teaching Associate and supporting them in their professional development
Bachelor’s degree required and master’s degree in elementary education or related field preferred
3-5 years experience in an interdisciplinary elementary environment
Ability and willingness to work with students in large and small group settings using multiple teaching methods to reach a broad range of students
Knowledge of educational technology and remote teaching experience preferred
Experience with Responsive Classroom, Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop as well as inquiry-based instructional practices in math preferred
Desire to continually examine one’s practice with the goal to improve student learning
Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills
Experience in innovative course design, planning, implementation, and assessment
Bentley School is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity among faculty, staff and administration. The School offers competitive compensation and benefits along with ample opportunity for professional growth which is reflected in our commitment to providing ample funds to support the professional development of our faculty.
How to Apply
Please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses both your approach to working with students and how you approach your classroom practice. A list with the names and contact information of three (3) references should also be included. No phone call please.