Woodland School seeks an inspiring Eighth Grade Humanities teacher who develops students’ passions and curiosities and helps them think deeply about the world through various lenses of history, literature, and media. We want our students to find their voices and express their ideas confidently through the spoken and written word. The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to a small cohort of students, and active support of various student life activities.
The Middle School humanities program blends the conceptual learning of history, English, and current events with core literacy skills. The team challenges students to actively take the role of historian and author. The Humanities department consists of four teachers in grades 5-8 collaborating within and across disciplines to build a passion for reading, writing and speaking. These skills are developed through activities that challenge students and inspire them to explore across genres. Woodland School’s teachers are facilitators of student-centered learning. They accomplish this by engaging learners in authentic lessons that connect them through real-world situations. Teachers are encouraged to immerse students in critical thinking, collaborative learning experiences, and evidence-based explanations. Woodland teachers are committed to creating inclusive classrooms where all perspectives are heard and valued.
We seek a dynamic educator who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching, have a love for the Humanities, and possess a solid understanding of the academic, social, and emotional needs of adolescents.
A minimum of two years of teaching experience, preferably at the Middle School level.
Bachelor's degree in English, History or related field. Advanced degree preferred but not required.
Teaching credential preferred but not required.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Knowledge of a variety of pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies.
An understanding of both formative and summative assessments to guide instruction.
Experience integrating themes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the curriculum.
Commitment to differentiated learning in order to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
A deep understanding of the writing process.
A thorough understanding of current technologies and tools for both In-Person and Distance Learning.
Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, outdoor education, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment, and integrity.
Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check, LiveScan fingerprinting, and TB screening.
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.