Teaching Responsibilities: As a Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher you will teach both English Language Arts and to a lesser extent, Social Studies. In addition, you will lead an advisory group to foster students’ social and emotional growth, as well as learning outside of the academic areas.

Primary Function: The role of the Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher is to foster student achievement via the established curriculum, instruction, learning environment, and support that is in alignment with the mission, beliefs, Profile of the Graduate and adopted standards of the school.

Duties and Objectives: The Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher will work collaboratively with department members, grade level team members, and house colleagues to plan common and coherent learning experiences for students, as well as assume the following duties and objectives on a continuous basis:

Relationships, Rapport, and Classroom Environment

  • Act as a positive role model for students
  • Provide a safe, supportive, and engaging classroom environment that is conducive to learning
  • Know your students as individual learners that bring an array of talents, ideas, and perspectives to the classroom

Class Instruction, Assessments, and Grading

  • Effectively manage each group of students while providing for a variety of learning preferences, ability levels, readiness, and educational background
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate practices in structuring classroom routines and relaying content and skills during instruction
  • Provide engaging learning experiences for students that foster higher level thinking, problem solving and analytical skills that apply beyond the classroom
  • Engage with students in meaningful activities beyond the classroom which extend learning experiences for students (coaching, organizing field trips, sponsorship of clubs, events, or community service projects, etc.)
  • Employ technology (computer, video, internet, etc.) as appropriate to enhance instruction
  • Individualize the content when necessary to meet each student's learning needs
  • Continuously monitor student learning and make appropriate modifications of goals and strategies to meet students' needs
  • Accurately assess student progress using both formative and summative assessments.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records of student progress and attendance, as well as classroom supplies and materials

Unit Planning and Designing Learning Experiences

  • Plan and prepare throughout the year for effective instruction within the classroom
  • Contribute as a collaborative team member in the development of cohesive, standards-driven curriculum materials and the establishment of instructional goals

Reflective Practitioner and Growth Mindset

  • Keep current in education through personal and school based professional learning
  • Engage with leadership in a committed effort to improve one's own instructional skills

Communication

  • Engage parents and students in the learning process through frequent and meaningful communication about student progress

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, with a valid teaching certificate/license in content area and/or General Education
  • At least two years teaching experience in middle school or related content area preferred
  • Excellent command of the English language, native English speaker preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with K-12 U.S. curriculum and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and balanced domain integration for successful learning experiences
  • Experience in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop with implementing the components of a balanced literacy program (required)
  • Applicants are required to submit an up-to-date criminal background check from country of origin, as well as a police background check from the country where you currently live before being hired

If you are interested…

Applicants should submit the following items in a single PDF attachment to: the Human Resources Coordinator (job_apply@cds.ed.cr), the Middle School Principal (kerri_nolan@cds.ed.cr), and the Director of Learning (katie_matthias@cds.ed.cr).

  • Cover letter explaining your strengths as a teacher and your interest in this opening
  • Resume, maximum two pages, with recent photograph
  • Educational philosophy
  • Scanned copy of your teaching certification
  • Reference list including your current supervisor
  • A maximum of two letters of recommendation that may be in your possession (optional)