Start Date: Aug 30, 2021 Salary: commensurate with experience
One-year, Full-time Position
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 Kindergarten. Bank Street teachers are responsible for curriculum development, instruction, assessment, parent engagement and communication, professional collaboration, and promoting a positive school culture. We are looking for candidates who will participate in advancing our School for Children strategic plan.
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 the teacher’s 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. In doing so, the teacher creates and prepares materials that serve the curriculum. The teacher should be able to use various forms of technology to enhance student learning.
Work with Curriculum. The teacher is responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that includes both emergent strands and set strands. The curriculum spans all developmental and subject areas and is based on children's developmental capacities and needs as well as current understanding of literacy learning, mathematical learning, and interdisciplinary curriculum development in social studies, science, and the arts. A cultural competency must be reflected in the curriculum that children experience. 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 associate and student teachers and hold weekly supervisory meetings. Teachers meet with the grad student and the advisor from Graduate Programs 3 times per semester.
Staff: An interest in one’s own professional growth is expected. Each teacher meets with their division head and participates in weekly age-group meetings and weekly staff meetings after school. Teachers also collaborate with subject area specialists (art, music, library, 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, and related service providers.
Parents: Teachers and parents work together to increase each other's knowledge of the children. Teachers are required to meet with parents twice yearly for individual conferences and to be available for additional conferences as needed. Teachers write an end-of-the-year comprehensive report about each child.
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 may 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 early childhood level, ideally Kindergarten ? Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity ? 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 thebasis 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 anyother characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other collegeadministered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonableaccommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student bodyreflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups areencouraged to apply.
About Bank Street School for Children
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.