PK Co-Teaching -Classroom Teacher
Company: Sidwell Friends School
Posted on: January 16, 2022
Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker day school, seeks to
find a full-time classroom teacher for our PK classroom for the
2022-23 school year. It is a co-teaching position, and the
successful candidate will join a co-teacher and 20 PKers.
The PK program is a play-based, Reggio-inspired program, and the
Lower School encourages its youngest learners to explore their
worlds with growing independence, ask big questions, connect with
their "inner teacher" and connect with our Quaker testimonies. The
program builds self-knowledge, self-regulation, empathy,
problem-solving skills, and a joyful approach to learning. As the
teachers say, "they may be little on the outside, but they are big
on the inside" The PK curriculum is flexible, with projects
emerging from the needs and interests of each particular cohort of
learners, and highly structured around well-defined routines and
expectations. Learning experiences include dramatic play, painting,
drawing, and building. Teachers act as coaches and facilitators,
helping each child learn and grow. Outdoor learning and play are
vibrant parts of the PK program.
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a student-centered
approach to teaching and learning, attention to the "whole child,"
strong differentiation skills, a commitment to culturally
responsive pedagogy, experience in early childhood and a strong
grounding in best practices. Risk-taking, collaboration, a positive
community spirit, flexibility, a sense of humor and strong
communication skills are important characteristics for this
Additional responsibilities for all full-time teachers include
supporting student wellbeing, partnering with families, assessing
and evaluating student progress, providing opportunities for parent
education, supporting admissions work, and participating in
Meetings for Worship, faculty meetings, duties, and school events.
Our community is a collaborative environment, and lead teachers
plan with their co-teacher (and other colleagues) to deliver an
innovative, thoughtful program. Familiarity with approaches like
Project Zero and Understanding by Design are assets.
A BA degree in Early Childhood Education (or comparable degree) is
required; advanced degrees preferred, along with a minimum of 3
years of successful early childhood or elementary teaching
As a condition of employment, all employees who are employed with
the school as of August 1, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated
for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination. To make
application for a medical or religious exemption, please contact
the human resources department.
Applicants should upload a resume, cover letter and contact
information for three professional references via our on-line
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