POSITION OPEN: 5th/6th Grade Teacher
The Miquon School is seeking a full-time teacher, committed to Progressive education, to lead one of its 5th/6th grade groups starting September 1, 2017. We are a community that is diverse along ethnic, economic, and religious lines and Miquon seeks applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.
Group (lead) teachers work to support the intellectual and social/emotional development of children as individuals and members of a community in collaboration with our students’ families. Group teachers are responsible for developing and implementing curriculum in mathematics, language arts, and social studies and working collaboratively with an assistant teacher and five specialist teachers (Art, Music, Science, P.E., Library), the language arts coordinators, and other part-time support staff.
Although we have many resources available to our teachers and our own scope and sequences for curricular areas, we do not adhere to a single textbook or published program throughout the school. The opportunity exists to create and implement curriculum that will:
- be soundly based in developmentally-appropriate practice and evolving research on learning and brain function
- embody the values of community, diversity, and democracy that are espoused at Miquon
- make extensive use of Miquon’s natural campus and the environment
Group teachers work collaboratively with an assistant teacher in planning and delivering instruction. At times, that relationship could involve mentoring as well.
Currently, there is a vertical 5th/6th grade group, however following years may shift to a straight 5th grade or straight 6th grade grade group, as necessary to accommodate student needs.
Founded in 1932 in a tradition of Progressive education that is strongly upheld today, Miquon is an independent, coeducational elementary school just outside Philadelphia for children in Nursery (age three) through the 6th grade. The school enrolls approximately 150 students in eight mixed-age groups, typically 18-24 children in size. Each classroom has one lead and one assistant teacher, who are together responsible for providing instruction for their group.
Miquon is dedicated to preserving childhood, using innovative student-centered teaching practices, and developing children's knowledge of and appreciation for the environment. Time spent outside on our 10-acre campus including woods, fields, and creek is an integral part of every child’s Miquon experience. We value independent thinking, varied individual and collaborative approaches to learning, authentic assessment methods, and creative, child-focused approaches to curriculum development.
Please send your statement of educational philosophy, resume, and cover letter addressing your skills and experience in the areas listed above to email@example.com no later than 3/1/17.
The Miquon School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation in the employment of staff, admission of students, granting of financial aid, or the administration of school policies.