Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead and serve with character, confidence, and compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.” See details below for information about Dexter Southfield’s Virtual Career Open House on February 8, 2021.
Our lower school faculty is made up of talented professionals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing, engaging, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and skills to achieve their education goals. This role offers you the opportunity to share your passion and love of learning in one of the region’s most respected private schools. At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture and community in which both employees and students feel valued and respected.
You are an experienced teacher (PreK-Class 5) with a demonstrated love of teaching and thorough command of elementary school academics and the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach. You have excellent organizational and relationship-building skills and are adept at guiding and supporting students in their academic progress. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do.
To be successful in this role, you must:
Foster a culture of high expectations to allow every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment
Help students gain self-awareness of their learning style, needs, and strategies for academic success
Provide 1:1 academic coaching for students with specific focus on executive functioning skills (e.g., time management, organization, study skills, notetaking, test taking skills, and goal setting)
Write comments that give an accurate reflection of a student’s work and progress, as needed
Lead team meetings to share information regarding learning styles, diagnoses, test scores and meaning, recommended classroom/teaching strategies, and accommodations
Conduct file review and maintenance; read and review psycho-educational and learning evaluations
Collaborate with other faculty to discuss strategies and resources and facilitate academic transitions
Serve as a study skills instructor, introducing key steps to a mastery
Coordinate timely and ongoing communication and feedback to faculty and parents
Identify unique student needs and collaborate with teachers and learning specialist colleagues to effectively address those needs and employ differentiated instruction
Actively support an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, diverse identities and perspectives, and respect for all voices
Demonstrate a commitment to training and professional development to remain current with educational standards, emerging technology, classroom resources, and pedagogy
Actively participate in faculty meetings, in-service programs, and training workshops
Other duties as assigned
Skills and Qualifications
Master’s Degree in related field; degree in special education or speech-language pathology preferred
Orton-Gillingham training and certification highly desirable, preferably at the associate level or above
At least two years of full-time OG teaching experience with target population
At least three months of remote teaching experience highly desirable.
Math teaching experience highly desirable
Demonstrated experience working with 504/independent educational plans
Professional membership in subject-related organizations and/or licensure
Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
Understanding of the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of elementary-aged students
Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
Ability to create and contribute to an engaging and inclusive learning environment and workplace
History of continued education or professional development
Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments
At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We value a diverse and inclusive community in which different identities and perspectives are accepted and respected to create a sense of belonging for all.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Aliber, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com.