Open Window School seeks an intermediate level math teacher for the 2021-22 school year and beyond. We are future focused with this position as we continue to develop and refine our renowned middle school math program. The mission of the OWS mathematics department is to develop problem solvers who see the beauty of mathematics and recognize its power to describe the world around them. This is accomplished through helping students develop four key attributes: curiosity, courage, collaboration, and creativity.
Curiosity. Students will learn to:
Value their natural inquisition and their sense of wonder
Develop their ability to pose, refine, and extend authentic mathematical questions
Courage. Students will learn to:
Embrace productive struggle and persevere to make sense of problems
Recognize that making mistakes is vital to the problem-solving process
Collaboration. Students will learn to:
Work together to tackle difficult problems and co-create mathematical understanding
Communicate conjectures, ideas, reasoning, and arguments
Listen genuinely and provide productive, respectful feedback
Creativity. Students will learn to:
Explore mathematical ideas by combining the spirit of play with rigorous reasoning.
Appreciate and demonstrate resourcefulness, flexibility, and ingenuity in the problem-solving process
About Open Window School:
Open Window is a K-8 school and the only independent school on Seattle’s Eastside dedicated to meeting the needs of intellectually gifted students. Our faculty members enjoy a climate of superb collaboration and professional dialogue that is built on a firm foundation of equity and inclusivity.
Open Window School recognizes that diverse perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our school culture, educational program, and community. Authentic learning occurs best in an environment that includes interactions with others who bring a diverse array of experiences and perspectives to the school.
We embrace both our commonalities and the complex range of differences that enrich our community. In accordance with our Diversity Commitment, Open Window welcomes families and faculty of all backgrounds to participate fully and equitably in the school community.
Faculty members are part of a dynamic team that works together in fulfillment of our school’s Core Values: Teaching, Authenticity, a Love of Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, and Community. Having teachers who “get” students identified as gifted means having a faculty that loves to learn and passes that passion on to their students via the learning experiences they construct.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Teaching a combination of courses (including an accelerated 5th grade math curriculum, pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry 1 &2).
Updating, refining, and expanding the math curriculum within the structure of the courses taught.
Assessing students using multiple measures and communicating with families about student progress.
Serving as an advisor to Middle School Students.
Participating in co-curricular school activities and trips.
Collaborating with colleagues both in the math department and across departments and grade levels.
Maintaining curriculum maps and course documentation.
Successful Candidates will have experience with:
Strong differentiation skills
Implementation of high-leverage pedagogical practices
Use of technology to enhance and deepen learning
Inspiring students with a creative and innovative curriculum
Understanding of and appreciation for the developmental needs of adolescents
Creativity, differentiation, and acceleration with a defined yet flexible curriculum
Combining traditional math instruction with interdisciplinary STEM activities
Strong mathematical content knowledge
Experience developing and practicing cultural competence in teaching, research, and other work.
Authentic love for and curiosity about math
Experience with and appreciation for middle school students
The following are not required, but would enhance a candidate’s application:
Experience with students identified as gifted
Teaching certificate or relevant coursework
Training in Responsive Classroom
Compensation & Benefits:
This is an exempt, faculty position, not eligible for overtime. Work schedule is generally 7:30 AM – 3:50 PM, Tuesdays until 5:00 PM for faculty meetings. Teachers may be requested to attend other events, such as overnight field trips, Saturday Admissions visits, and/or leading or officiating auxiliary program practices, games, or competitions.
This position is eligible for Medical & Dental, Life, LTD, HRA/FSA & retirement benefits.
Pay is commensurate with education and experience.
Please consult the Open Window School Lead Teacher Salary Schedule on the careers page of https://www.openwindowschool.org/about/career-opportunities
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
How would you define diversity?
Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current or prior job. If necessary, candidates can draw upon their experience in community organizations if professional experience is limited.
Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply online, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law. We encourage minority applicants and applicants with non-traditional backgrounds to apply.
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Open Window School, an independent K-8 school serving intellectually gifted students, is is located in Bellevue/Issaquah, Washington and is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Founded in 1983 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is, to use the school’s motto, a place “Where Students Love to Learn.” Current enrollment is 340 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.