La Jolla Country Day School seeks an engaging and innovative individual to join our community as a science educator for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The science program introduces students to the basic foundations and methods of scientific inquiry and research. After completing a comprehensive curriculum review, the Middle School Science Department is realigning the order of courses to follow theNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These rigorous standards allow students to make connections between four major crosscutting concepts—Earth and space science, physical science, life science and engineering design. All students will build a strong foundation before deepening and applying the knowledge even further. The Middle School curriculum capitalizes on the natural curiosity of middle school students and prepares them for more rigorous scientific study once they move on to the Upper School.
This educator will teach 2 sections of 7th grade (life sciences and its global impact) and 2 sections of 8th grade (environmental chemistry), in addition to serving as an advisor.
Essential expectations include:
Demonstrating the ten essential elements of dignity in daily interactions with all community members
Researching, designing, and implementing science curriculum grounded in current best practices
Differentiating and adapting instructional practices to meet the needs of individual learners
Collaborating with students, parents/guardians, and colleagues through timely and positive cycles of feedback
Actively participating in the work of the grade level, department, division, and larger school community to develop and implement curricular and co-curricular offerings
Continuing a personal commitment to developing and growing one’s own cultural competency
Collaborating and communicating effectively with colleagues using norms of collaboration and protocols
Establishes and maintains standards of behavior and organization for classroom to achieve an inclusive and productive learning environment
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate and engage all students based on their varying needs and identities
Monitors and assesses academic and social/emotional growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports, and communicates with parents/guardians on individual student progress
Creates, with assistance from students, a functional, flexible and attractive environment for learning through using displays, bulletin boards and learning centers and assumes responsibility for proper care and use of equipment
Demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by the school and/or self-selected
Interprets the educational program to parents/guardians and other community members through personal conferences, meetings, and various media
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings as required
Administers and scores assessments and tests as may be required by the school
Performs basic attendance accounting as required
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required
Shares in sponsorship of student activities and participates in faculty committees
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed
The candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree with preference for degrees in science. A master’s degree is preferred, and prior teaching experience is expected.
Expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction and manage daily expectations as a team member is also needed. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Jamboard, etc.) and Microsoft Office, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, Zoom etc.).
The ideal candidates are committed to leading and learning with dignity, with a high level of engagement in anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered, please submit (1) your current CV/resume, (2) a cover letter detailing your interest and experience for this role, (3) your educational philosophy statement, and (4) a sample lesson plan.
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.