Lead Teacher, K-4

Lead Teacher, K-4

Position: Lead Teacher, K-4
Reports to: Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Location: San Francisco, CA
Website: www.newschoolsf.org

The New School of San Francisco opened its doors in August of 2015 with 80 kindergarten and first grade students from communities across San Francisco. We are a K-12 public charter school demonstrating a “hands-on minds-on” approach to learning that harnesses each student’s curiosity and encourages learners to construct their own meaning and knowledge through hands-on experiences. With an extended school day, there is explicit time for community building, play, exploration, arts and Spanish instruction. The model is diverse by design, meaning we not only draw students from all neighborhoods in the city, but we practice equity in all that we do – ensuring every child is able to access and receive an individualized education that builds off their unique strengths, skills and passions. With a thirteen-year commitment to kids and families, our approach will foster a deep love of learning in students and prepare them with the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. To learn more about our school, please visit: newschoolsf.org.

One of the pillars of our school is diversity, and we know how important it is that our staff reflect the diversity of our students and their families. We strongly encourage leaders and teachers of color, LGBTQ and male candidates to apply.

We are looking for leaders who combine the abilities to inspire and educate, to develop academic as well as character skills, and to make an inquiry-based education relevant both now and for the future. We are looking for exceptional teachers who bring their passions, identities, curiosities and quirks into the classroom each day; who are excited to work in a start-up environment; who teach to learn and fuel more learning; who teach to build bridges with students, families and the community; and finally, who teach to change lives and the world around us.

● Bachelor's degree
● Clear California state teaching credential as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, including the following areas:
o Multiple Subject Credential
o K-12 Single Subject K-12 Credential o BCLAD
● Deep commitment to collaboration and equitable teaching and learning pedagogies and approaches, including – but not limited to -- culturally responsive teaching, inclusion, anti-bias education, restorative practices and differentiation
● Three or more years of teaching experience

● Special Education Credential
● Demonstrated success in inquiry-based instruction or project-based learning
● Five or more years of teaching experience
● Bilingual Spanish speaker
● Experience working with children from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs, including – but not limited to – English Language learners, academically high-achieving, special education, academically low-performing and students who have experienced trauma
● Knowledge of social emotional development with young children
● Familiarity with a variety of holistic assessment strategies – for example: exposition, performance, project-based, standardized, anecdotal, etc.

Big Picture
● Passion to build, collaborate and create an exceptional school community
● Bias towards curiosity and comfort with failure; love for learning; awareness of and playfulness with your ignorance

Coaching and Mentoring:
● Inspire students through inquiry practices to develop a lifelong love for learning
● Develop weekly and daily plans that reflect the learning arcs, align to Common Core standards, excite students and meet individualized learning goals
● Assist in development of grade-level inquiry arcs, performance assessments and service learning projects
● Assess student progress consistently through a variety of holistic & standardized approaches
We Believe Every Child is Unique:
● With support from Director of Curriculum & Instruction create, monitor and adjust Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), ensuring all students have ambitious and appropriate academic and social emotional learning goals
● Create and foster a positive learning environment and exhibit positive rapport with students
● Provide individual or small group instruction to meet the differentiated needs of all students
We Celebrate Diversity and Practice Equity:
● Hold and meet high expectations for each student’s learning and social emotional development goals – modeling equity practices
● Model a learning environment that celebrates diversity, practices equity and promotes joy
● Collaborate with Learning Specialist to create and sustain an inclusive environment; partner in the development and support of IEP goals; continue to improve knowledge and implementation of special education best practices
● Strive to live out our school values in all that you do – and, have fun in the process!
We Build Community Through Partnerships:
● Establish and nurture positive, trusting relationships with parents and family members
● Commit to constant professional and personal growth through working closely as part of a team of teachers
● Mentor, collaborate with and support a Resident Teacher’s impact in the classroom and professional growth
● Document, reflect and share your pedagogy and insights with colleagues, visiting educators and the community broadly

● Salary reflects education degrees, years of teaching experience, National Board Certification and special credentials (i.e. SPED, BCLAD)
● Competitive benefits package including health coverage and retirement

Contact hiring@newschoolsf.org with any questions and/or to submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.