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CalWest’s client school, The Bay School, seeks a Biology Instructor for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Bay School uses a rotating 80-minute block schedule. Full-time teachers teach nine courses during the academic year; some of these courses are delivered in a semester format, while others are highly experiential and taught as “Immersives” (one class, 6 hours/day for 3 weeks). We are looking for an experienced science teacher who has a strong commitment to innovative curricular design, progressive pedagogy and social justice--all in service of student learning and growth.
In addition to class preparation and classroom teaching, the instructor is responsible for:
● collaborative curricular development and alignment
● design of skills-based formative and summative assessments
● timely grading and feedback
● regular communication with the student, her/his/their parents, and the student’s advisor regarding the student’s progress
● one-on-one student tutorial as needed
● weekly faculty and course team meetings
All teaching staffulty have additional responsibilities to the student and school, including but not limited to serving as an advisor, attending morning meeting, monitoring a “flex” (study hall) once per week, chaperone at social events, committee member and admissions interviewer/presenter. All of these responsibilities support the wellbeing of our community and the growth of the individual student.
The ideal candidate
● finds resonance with The Bay School mission and philosophy;
● possesses a Master’s degree or Teaching Credential in Biology or related field
● has significant experience (prefer at least 3 years):
○ teaching all levels of high school science, from foundational courses in biology,
to advanced electives;
○ using a variety of pedagogies and assessment methods, including project-based
○ working effectively with a range of students;
○ thinking broadly and innovatively, including through an equity lens, about curriculum and pedagogy
○ working collaboratively in a team of teachers to develop and assess curricula, lesson plans and assessments;
○ addressing cultural competency in all aspects of teaching, from curricular development to classroom environment;
● uses assessment as a means to gauge student learning and effectiveness of teaching;
● values individual learning styles;
● brings a diversity of teaching and life experience to her/his/their work;
● values collegial collaboration and feedback as a means to improve the curriculum and the student experience as well as her/his/their own craft;
● dedicates her/himself/themselves to anti-bias and equity work and understands both culturally responsive pedagogy and the social justice dimensions of education;
● commits to innovation, professional growth and reinvention;
● demonstrates a passion for teaching and learning as well as for the subject matter;
● enjoys working with and inspiring high school learners in all areas of school life.
The school offers a salary commensurate with expertise and experience as well a strong benefits package.
If interested in the position, please send all of the items below:
1) Cover letter describing your pedagogical approach, interest in The Bay School as well as how you anticipate contributing to the school and to the science team.
2) Reference list with contact information; the list should include 3-5 references, including: current supervisor, one departmental colleague and one colleague outside of your department.
Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is an independent, college preparatory high school committed to providing its students with a challenging, innovative curriculum and a collaborative, supportive community. Our staff and faculty members (“staffulty”) foster and model curiosity, critical thinking, intentionality, open dialogue, good humor and a commitment to equity and inclusion within Bay and beyond.
The Bay School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity expression, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to having a faculty, staff and student body that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We strongly encourage those with a demonstrated dedication to social justice, collaboration, innovation and student-centered education to apply.
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