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PK Co-Teaching -Classroom Teacher

Company: Sidwell Friends School
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

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 position.

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 experience.

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 application.

Keywords: Sidwell Friends School, Bethesda , PK Co-Teaching -Classroom Teacher, Education / Teaching , Bethesda, Maryland

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