The IDEAL School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.
The IDEAL School of Manhattan is seeking a talented, warm, and creative teacher who believes in and understands how to foster the potential for excellence in all students in Grade 5, equipping them with the academic skills, study habits, and social emotional skills to transition to IDEAL’s Middle School.
Lower School faculty at IDEAL work in an integrated, co-teaching model, which partners a general educator and a learning specialist to provide a rigorous, student-centered, differentiated, collaborative educational experience within the context of an inclusion classroom. The co-teaching model at IDEAL’s Lower School ensures a low student-teacher ratio and allows teachers to organize flexible groups and to challenge, inspire, and support all learners in the classroom. Most classrooms are also assigned one or two associate teachers who facilitate the inclusion experience for a student in the school’s Dylan program, while also playing a supporting role in the larger classroom.
Grade 5 is intentionally structured to provide students with the tools needed to transition smoothly to IDEAL’s Middle School. Within a humanities-based curriculum, students make connections across disciplines, develop essential critical thinking competencies, and build the strong writing, numeracy, and communication skills necessary to excel as global citizens in a diverse society. This position brings with it the opportunity to create and develop a new, interdisciplinary humanities curriculum, steeped in literature, history, and IDEAL’s unique social justice model. Through its emphasis on literature, history, and social justice, the IDEAL fifth grade classroom will cultivate fluency in reading and analysis of both fiction and non-fiction and with the writing process and composition across genres, including personal, expository, and analytical essays, and poetry and short stories.
The IDEAL candidate will
Show a commitment to inclusive education and have the skills and passion to inspire, nurture, and challenge students with a range of interests, experiences, strengths, readiness-levels, and learning styles
Possess the vision, creativity, and content-based skills to develop a truly interdisciplinary, rigorous, differentiated, and project-based humanities curriculum
Have the mathematical thinking skills to teach a range of math levels in flexible groups, ranging foundational math to introductory algebra
Possess the experience to develop a nurturing, scaffolded but rigorous, and inspiring learning community that is responsive to the academic and social-emotional needs of the individual students within their classroom
Be skilled in classroom management, creating a respectful, safe, and nurturing community within the classroom where all students feel comfortable expressing their full identity and are inspired to celebrate the full identity of their peers
Understand and cultivate the co-teaching relationship by prioritizing joint planning and clear communication, ensuring that all students are challenged and supported across disciplines
Show initiative and follow through on work
Seek out contemporary and innovative curricula, texts, and technology for incorporation into instruction
Contribute broadly and fully to the spirit and life of our students, community, and mission
Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with all constituencies, students, faculty, administration, and families
Attend and participate in weekly faculty meetings, team meetings, committee meetings, school functions, and professional development activities during and after school hours as needed, appropriate, and assigned
Uphold the mission, philosophy, principles, policies, and procedures of IDEAL
The IDEAL School of Manhattan is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities for all qualified employees and job applicants and to making all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, caregiver status, gender identity or expression, military status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, demotion, discipline, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Master’s degree in a relevant field required
Minimum of three years experience in an appropriate field preferred
Prior experience in an independent school preferred
Experience with designing humanities-based and other interdisciplinary projects in Grades 4 - 7
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The ability to meet deadlines for progress reports and other work
A growth mindset and collaborative, flexible spirit
A willingness to go above and beyond to ensure students are nurtured, challenged, and inspired in and out of the classroom
About The IDEAL School of Manhattan
The IDEAL School is an independent K - 12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Our team-teaching model, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate instruction based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges students by promoting high academic achievement and social and emotional growth. With an emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment and support through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.