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6th Grade Humanities Teacher and Advisor

January 4, 2024

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8th school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become more than great students, but great people. 

Overview of Position

This position is for a 6th grade advisor and humanities teacher, beginning August 2024. This teacher will report to the Middle School Division Head and will work in close collaboration with the 6th grade team and the humanities department. This is a full-time teaching position.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, deliver, and evaluate daily lessons for 6th grade humanities classes – approximately two groups of 18 students.
  • Work closely with the other 6th grade humanities teacher to ensure all 6th grade students have a similar experience and meet the same benchmarks. 
  • Create meaningful relationships and an inclusive classroom community. 
  • Conduct ongoing effective communication with a diverse group of parents.
  • Organize and facilitate student-led conferences. 
  • Write narrative reports twice a year.
  • Lead a 6th grade advisory: plan and lead daily morning meetings, communicate with families directly, provide academic and social-emotional support for each individual, and partner with other teachers and staff as needed to support each advisee in their overall success at school. 
  • Collaborate with the 6th grade team to ensure cohesive delivery of subject and advisory curriculum and coordinated support of the 6th grade needs and challenges.
  • Chaperone an overnight field trip.
  • Proctor study hall. 
  • Teach a weekly elective. 
  • Support the admissions team in admitting new 6th graders into our middle school by engaging in special events, screening, committee work, etc. 

Required Qualifications

  • A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
  • Appreciation for and desire to work with middle school students
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices in middle school education 
  • Ability to learn and deliver a dynamic curriculum 
  • Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
  • Ability to use and learn how to use various tech platforms such as Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Forms), Slack, Parentsquare, Classkick, etc. 
  • Ability and desire to co-create new curriculum that is aligned with the mission of the school 
  • Ability to design, facilitate, and assess project-based learning
  • Ability to guide students through a multi-step writing process from ideas to revision and in a variety of formats (expository, thesis-driven, literary analysis, creative) 
  • Ability to guide students through the research process using books, interviews with experts, and online resources
  • Ability to create and deliver lessons focused on DEI/social justice issues and ideas 
  • Awareness of differentiated learning and teaching styles and ability to work with Learning Specialists to support a diverse student body
  • Ability and willingness to support students with learning differences by modifying assignments and making accommodations
  • Knowledge of the essential role social-emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in the application of SEL within the educational setting 
  • Ability to take initiative, take on leadership roles as needed, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to foster strong parent connections to support students and curriculum
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational skills 
  • A nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
  • Knowledge of identity-safe and anti-bias educational practices and the ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected

In addition to the required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:

  • Master’s degree in education, or relevant coursework or certification indicating advanced knowledge in areas related to the responsibilities of the job
  • Training in or familiarity with using 6+1 Traits of Writing 
  • Training in or familiarity with Project Based Learning 
  • Training in or familiarity with Responsive Classroom 

School-wide Duties

  • Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
  • Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of middle school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, chaperoning school trips, committee work, recess duties, etc. 

Salary

Salary is competitive. Benefits are included. See pay scale here.

How to Apply

Email a resume, a one-page cover letter, and a list of three references with contact information to:

Nathan Tanaka, Middle School Division Head
Email: avisjobs@prospectsierra.org (include “6th Grade Humanities Teacher and Advisor” in the subject line)

Prospect Sierra School is an equal-opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

To apply for this job email your details to avisjobs@prospectsierra.org