Town School for Boys seeks a full-time Kindergarten Co-Teacher beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
Desired Qualifications and Skills Include:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching and experience working with elementary age students and is looking for the opportunity to refine teaching practice and solidify readiness for lead teaching positions in the future. The candidate will have knowledge and experience with the instruction of reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, science and social studies. It is the expectation that all Lower School teachers use the Readers and Writers Workshop Model. Candidates should demonstrate passion for working with students in early childhood and be knowledgeable about this developmental stage of growth. The candidate should have familiarity with social and emotional learning which is as important as the academic curriculum at Town. We ask that candidates are either comfortable with or willing to be trained in the Responsive Classroom approach. The position involves collaborating closely with other grade level colleagues, teachers in other grades, the Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, the Director of Teacher Development and Strategic Initiatives, and the Lower School Head. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. Collaboration with the librarians and educational technologists is also expected. Good communication skills are essential.
Classrooms are equipped with eBeam technology and interactive software which teachers utilize to enhance instruction for students. In addition, all students have access to iPads in the classroom which students use for online resources across the curriculum. Instructional approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit a range of learning levels and styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning, such as using project-based learning, inquiry, and teaching for understanding/understanding by design. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Faculty should frequently communicate with colleagues and with parents about student progress. Faculty are expected to take an active role in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.
Duties and Responsibilities of the job include:
This position involves co-teaching one section of 16 students with a Kindergarten Head Teacher. The Co-Teacher will:
Co-plan and collaborate with the Head Teacher in all areas of the curriculum and management of the classroom
Commit to open communication with the Head Teacher and be willing to receive mentorship and feedback
Implement co-teaching strategies where students can engage with both adults in the classroom
Be included in all of the decision-making for the direction of the class, though the Head Teacher may have the final say
Present a united front with the Head Teacher to the parents and students
Attend all meetings that the Head Teacher attends
Report to the Lower School Head
Town School for Boys Mission
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
Respect: We respect ourselves and others.
We treat others the way they want to be treated.
We practice good listening, compassion and empathy.
Curiosity: We are curious.
We ask questions, think critically and solve problems.
We seek opportunities to reach our highest potential.
Belonging: We all belong.
We embrace and celebrate each of our unique stories and experiences.
We seek to ensure that every member of our community feels an equal sense of inclusion.
Integrity: We act with integrity.
We have the courage to do the right thing even when nobody else is watching.
We always try our best and when we fail, we try again.
Joy: We are joyful.
We make space for play, fun and laughter.
We know joy can be found in hard work, risk-taking and perseverance.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
Since its founding in 1939, Town School for Boys has specialized in educating, nurturing, and celebrating boys. Town provides a rich, challenging, and rigorous educational experience that directly serves the distinctive learning styles, energy levels, and developmental needs of boys in grades K-8. The school cultivates integrity, sensitivity, empathy, and respect in its boys; values diversity, equity, and inclusion; and prepares students to become productive citizens of a constantly evolving world. Town’s faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the school’s mission, philosophy and core values. Distinguishing features of Town School include its engaging curricula, warm faculty and staff, supportive parent network, and the diversity of interests and backgrounds represented in its student and alumni bodies.