About Gravitas: A Global Extension of The Stony Brook School Gravitas is a program within The Stony Brook School that exists to cultivate moral, intellectual, and aesthetic virtue in students around the world so that they may discover their calling, unlock their God-given potential, and bring about the healing and flourishing of their communities.
Gravitas partners with churches, charities, and individual donors to make elite college preparatory and Christian character education accessible to academically talented students of all backgrounds, especially the poor, the oppressed, the orphaned, and the displaced.
Job Description Gravitas, a new online program within The Stony Brook School, is seeking a part-time World History 8 teacher to further develop and then implement its self-paced History program.
This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the country’s most prestigious Christian academic institutions as a member of a talented faculty. All candidates should have demonstrable Christian commitment and an educational philosophy that is consistent with The Stony Brook School’s mission statement.
A Master’s degree in History or in education with a concentration in History
At least three years of teaching experience, including online instruction
Strong organizational skills and ability to meet grading deadlines
Strong work ethic, high energy, and strong ability to connect with teenagers in the online context
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to respond quickly to all communications
Eagerness to serve in a faith-based learning environment that emphasizes faithful Christian scholarship and character formation
High proficiency with technology, including the ability to learn and utilize a learning management system, online software tools like Formative and Canvas LMS, and the ability to create screencasts and simple videos.
Consistent and dependable high speed internet access
Experience working as part of a collaborative team of teachers, openness to providing and receiving feedback as part of a culture of transparency
Ability to interact professionally with parents and school community members
Cultural awareness and sensitivity, as our students come from all over the world
Demonstrated commitment to professional development and lifelong learning
Maturity and stability sufficient for a demanding position
Create asynchronous lessons and assessments
Teach live year-round classes three days a week for 70 minute live sessions via WebEx
Provide synchronous and asynchronous tutoring
Course Description Eighth grade Modern World History focuses on post-WWII non-western history. Using case studies of different countries, the course seeks to create global literacy in the students. Evolving China, post-colonial Africa, tension in the Middle East, and the politics of the Indian subcontinent will be studied while students develop a critical eye towards understanding current events. One of the major themes of the course is, “how is the historical record used or misused for current political purposes?” It is clear that the roots of modern global politics lay in the past; thus, western imperialism, as well as local governance, will also be scrutinized. For example, the history of 19th century China and the Opium Wars will be investigated for its influence on modern Chinese politics, foreign policy, and society. In preparation for skills needed in high school, this course emphasizes reading, writing, and public speaking.