This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.
Science Instructor (possible Science Department Chair), with expertise in BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, or ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE preferred:
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.
Department Chairs receive a 3 course release, and teach 6 courses over the academic year; the release allows them to support individual teachers growth and to oversee implementation of departmental curricular goals. (If interested in being considered for the department chair role, the teacher should also have experience in coaching teachers, STEM integration, curricular development and alignment, change management and developing academic policies.)
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 Biological Sciences or related field
● has significant experience (prefer at least 10 years):
○ teaching all levels of high school science, from foundational courses in biology, chemistry and physics to advanced electives;
○ using a variety of pedagogies and assessment methods, including project-based learning;
○ 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. Deadline for submission is February 3, 2020.
1) Cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as how you anticipate contributing to the school and to the science team. If interested in being considered for the department chair, please indicate the skills and experience you would bring to bear in that role.
3) Reference list with contact information; the list should include 3-5 references, including: current supervisor, one departmental colleague and, if applicable, one supervisee.
Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is a progressive, 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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