Website Presidio Knolls School

English Literacy Teacher (Grades 3-5)

Presidio Knolls School (PKS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Grades 3-5 English Literacy Teacher.

About Presidio Knolls School

PKS was founded on the idea that a progressive educational model can be combined with rigorous Mandarin immersion to create a vibrant, innovative school where children will thrive in a joyful environment. Founded in 2008, we have grown rapidly and established a unique position in the Bay Area’s independent school community. As of the 2018-2019 school year, PKS enrolls 350 students in preschool through sixth grade, and we will continue to add one grade per year until 2020 when there will be a full preschool through eighth grade.

The progressive philosophy of Presidio Knolls School embraces kids as co-collaborators in their education-helping children to shape their own learning journey toward topics of greatest interest. The PKS curriculum is project-based and interdisciplinary; Units of Exploration integrate math, science, social studies, art, drama, and movement around overarching topics of inquiry in English and Chinese, contextualizing all learning through a real-world lens. Critical to this approach is hands-on, experiential instruction. As such, learning often takes place outside of the classroom.

Job Description

The Grade 3-5 English Literacy Teacher will partner with the English-Humanities team, Mandarin homeroom teachers, STEAM and Learning Specialists to provide an engaging, balanced, English Literacy program to our students in grades 3-5. The ideal candidate will understand how to provide rigor and extended learning experiences within the context of a progressive, diverse learning environment.

At PKS, reading, writing, humanities, and science are taught in an integrated way through Units of Exploration. English literacy teaching will be the focus of this position, but the ideal candidate will be able to integrate content from the current Unit of Exploration into literacy work. To be successful, experience teaching and developing curriculum in history, current events, and social studies, as well as integrating social justice into teaching, will be necessary. The successful candidate is knowledgeable about children’s literature and open to learning new content with the grade level team. They will uphold a strong commitment to a balanced literacy approach, instruction and units of study from Lucy Calkins reading and writing program.

Specific Responsibilities

Create a warm and caring classroom community

Collaborate with Chinese-language homeroom teachers as part of a team to create classroom space that is differentiated, engaging, responsive, and beautiful

Teach language arts with links to integrated curriculum to Grades 3, 4, or 5 using center-based learning.

Integrate technology as appropriate, with a focus on Digital Citizenship
Create and prepare lessons in the above areas, including whole group, small group, and individual work

Identify and respond to individual students’ social and emotional needs, including learning differences in collaboration with Learning Specialist and Counselor

Create enrichment and extension opportunities for advanced students
Use a variety of teaching techniques and strategies to engage students in learning

Plan, design, and implement authentic assessment of student progress

Plan and develop curricula and assessments with English-Humanities team

Write progress reports and conference with parents

Participate in reflection and coaching activities

Use documentation to make learning visible to the children and families; contribute to student portfolios

Skills and Qualifications

Willingness to model professional and ethical standards when working with students, teachers, and families. We are a warm and friendly community that works with respect for each other.

A commitment to social justice and multicultural education. As a progressive school, we are growing engaged global citizens equipped with empathy, compassion and practices that position them to thrive in a diverse society.

Teaching Credential or Master’s in Education preferred

Minimum of three years teaching experience

Understanding and experience with student-centered teaching, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment is preferable

Familiarity with integrated learning and planning; ability to teach upper elementary literacy within an integrated curriculum context

Knowledge of and experience with reading and writing programs for Grades 3-5 students, such as Guided Reading, Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop, and Structured Word Inquiry or similar etymology-based word-study program

Ability to screen, monitor progress, and implement small group instruction to support the acquisition of reading and writing

Experience using backwards design for curricula and applying effective and varied ways of assessing students

An ability to collaborate and work comfortably with a team of teachers

Strong interpersonal skills

Strong time management and organizational skills

Experience in an independent school setting helpful

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and Statement of Philosophy and Beliefs by email with the subject line as Grades 3-5 English Literacy Teacher to:

Presidio Knolls School offers equal opportunity to all, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national origin, ethnicity, age, sex or disability or other protected class status under any applicable laws. Employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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