Not far from Red Rock Canyon in Southern Nevada sits a mature-for-its-years early childhood to grade 8 independent school with an amazing history behind it and an exciting trajectory in front of it. The Alexander Dawson School, located on 33-acres in the beautiful community of Summerlin—about fifteen minutes west of the Las Vegas airport—has had the financial and operational support of the Alexander Dawson Foundation since its doors opened in 2000. In the last twenty years, the school has embraced all aspects of student-centered education and modern learning as it continues to build and improve upon an exceptional core academic program.
The Lower School:
Guided by the Mission of the school and driven by Alexander Dawson’s strategic plan, the Lower School is a place of joyful learning. The Lower School faculty are caring, creative, and knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about whole-child education. As a modern learning institute and a Challenge Success school, Dawson has teachers who create lessons and learning environments that balance the intersection of academic knowledge, competency skills, and habits of mind. Remaining current on best practices related to competency-based education and project-based learning is a top priority for all Dawson faculty. Lower School teachers, students, and families value the strong sense of community established in grades K-4, and the personalized learning experiences that the school provides through the literacy, math, social studies, science, art, music, world language, health & fitness, STEAM creations, library, and SEL curriculum. The Lower School culture places emphasis on team dynamics and an ongoing commitment to learning from others.
Alexander Dawson School seeks a full-time Lower School Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Working closely with other members of the grade-level team, this educator will be responsible for establishing a foundation and creating an environment in which each student feels an integral part of the school community. The Lower School Teacher will integrate Being a Writer, Being a Reader, Everyday Math, and Daily 5/Cafe programs into daily instruction and assessment practices. In addition to teaching, this teacher will communicate regularly and proactively with students, their families, and colleagues, and contribute positively to the overall school culture while fulfilling duties as assigned (recess and lunch supervision, field trips, etc,) and serving on school committees as requested or desired. Finally, Dawson is looking for a Lower School Teacher who loves to teach students who love to learn and can encourage in them an ability to think critically and creatively, a deep curiosity about the world, and a joy for savoring life.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited, to:
Supports and values social-emotional learning
Creates a dynamic and engaging classroom environment
Redirects students by maintaining mutual respect and dignity
Interacts with students by making genuine connections and demonstrating warmth, care, and respect
Conveys high expectations for student achievement through instructional goals and activities, interactions, and classroom environment
Maintains a learning environment where student voice is encouraged and valued
Establishes effective classroom routines and maximizes instructional times
Involves students in the development of classroom norms
Creates a safe, well-organized classroom environment that reflects student ownership
Exhibits the philosophy that process has as much value as product
Demonstrates an awareness and is responsive to student needs and behavior. Employs relational discipline approach.
Planning and Instruction
Uses high-impact strategies rooted in the School’s Mission and effectively engages students
Asks questions that require higher-order thinking
Communicates focus and purpose of lessons with students in written and/or oral form
Presents activities in a logical and meaningful order
Exhibits student work in process of development and final product
Engages students in the development of learning outcomes
Provides feedback and coaching to students that is timely, specific, realistic, and relevant, and encourages goal setting
Modifies lessons based on student needs
Assigns meaningful and purposeful homework
Utilizes multiple grouping strategies - such as a balance of individual, small group and whole-class activities - in teaching and planning
Provides opportunities for the application and transfer of students’ knowledge and skills
Uses technology to create student experiences that have transformative impacts on learning (SAMR)
Designs authentic assessments and performance tasks to measure student learning
Uses data to make informed curricular and instructional decisions
Attends and actively engages in divisional and school-wide meetings
Critically reflects on teaching and learning
Embraces cultural competency and commits to ongoing growth in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Maintains an effective system for recording student progress where outcomes are continually monitored and assessed
Maintains positive and caring relationships with families, communicates regularly about student progress and is responsive to concerns
Adaptability – Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; able to balance the demands of a robust teaching schedule
Communication –Written and oral communication is clear, concise, and professional; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions
Confidentiality – Maintains confidential information
Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional parent situations; responds promptly to family needs
Dependability – Keeps commitments
Ethics – Treats people with respect; works ethically and with integrity; upholds organizational values
Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
Mindset - Presumes positive intentions and approaches challenges with a growth mindset
Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures
Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently
Problem Solving – Uses reason, even when dealing with emotional topics
Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration, regardless of their status or position
Professional Development - Seeks opportunities for professional development to enhance content knowledge and pedagogical skill
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
Strategic Thinking – Identifies opportunities for school advancement and growth
Teamwork - Prioritizes team over individual; maintains an open mind and collaborates in team, departmental, and divisional decisions to ensure that all students succeed
Time Management – Stays focused and engaged during the completion of time-sensitive tasks; appropriately paces lessons to optimize student learning
Qualifications, Education & Experience:
Minimum three years teaching experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Masters preferred
Experience working with students in the elementary school age group
A strong awareness of current brain research related to the use of technology
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The school is open for in-person learning. Employees must follow COVID-19 protocols including wearing face coverings, social distancing, regular handwashing, and limiting in-person meetings.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coed, preschool to eighth-grade independent school located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Nevada. Close to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and about twenty minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Dawson's Mission, Vision, Diversity Statement, and Core Beliefs are a reflection of the beautiful environment it calls home. A Stanford University Challenge Success School, Dawson has emerged as a beacon school where student voice is the fabric of the culture.
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