7th and 8th Grade History Teacher and Student Mentor
Full-Time Position Beginning August 2021
Mark Day School seeks a collaborative, innovative educator with a passion for teaching history to middle school students. Join us and teach in a community characterized by academic excellence, student-centered teaching methods, close collaboration between colleagues, a block schedule, a 1:1 laptop program, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The successful applicant for this position will help advance the school’s mission with positive energy, creativity, dedication to a diverse and equitable community, love for children, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to collaborate in partnership with the wider school community.
History students learn to apply knowledge to better understand the present, pose thoughtful questions about the past, present, and future, research and critically evaluate sources, and construct historical arguments and interpretations. They also learn to analyze the impact of bias and injustice in the world and take stands on social justice issues in their everyday lives. 7th graders explore ancient civilizations and their impact on world history through the study of West African Kingdoms, the rise of Islam, Medieval Europe, and Mesoamerica. 8th graders focus on U.S. History and Civics.
Opportunities and Responsibilities
Exhibit a passion for content knowledge and a range of effective pedagogical approaches
Demonstrate commitment to equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices
Cultivate an inclusive, collaborative, and challenging learning environment in which students advocate for themselves and others
Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop integrated and meaningful curriculum and programming
Take advantage of opportunities for professional growth, leadership, and community building
Serve as a mentor (advisor) who is committed to the social and emotional development of students
Collaborate with 7th grade history teacher and lead 8th grade history program
Form supportive and responsive relationships with students and families
Differentiate instruction to challenge every learner and provide constructive, timely feedback that fosters a growth mindset
Use available technology to enhance student learning, faculty collaboration, and responsive communication. Technologies include: 1:1 laptops, Google Suite (mail, drive, calendar, and Google Classroom), Boxlight interactive screens, Zoom video-conferencing, and a variety of applications and learning management tools for assigning tasks, representing learning, and providing feedback
Participate in relevant committee work related to community-wide school initiatives and attend regular team meetings
Help chaperone one outdoor education trip and provide recess and lunch supervision.
Education, Experience, and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience with a minimum of two years preferred
Relevant subject area knowledge in history
Proven track record of working effectively to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in a community committed to diversity, equity, and social justice.
Strong skills with initiative, follow-through, organization, collaboration, and communication.
Experience managing projects with significant logistics and multiple stakeholders
More About Mark Day School
Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day School’s compensation and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
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About Mark Day School
Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, all gender K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-disciplinary literacies: cross-cultural literacy, media and information literacy, ecoliteracy, and social, emotional, and ethical literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning media literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships w...ith the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; laptops beginning in fifth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
In spring 2016 the school broke ground on a transformative campus project that includes renovation of the quad and amphitheater at the heart of the campus and the construction of a new Learning Commons and Creativity Lab. The new learning spaces will be spacious and agile, designed to support student-centered inquiry, hands-on discovery and tinkering, collaboration, and design thinking.