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Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school whose Mission is to "develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.” A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
The core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion are widely shared and fostered daily in classrooms, during co-curricular activities, and through the camaraderie of this close-knit community.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 830 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities.
Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education.
Job Title: 6th Grade Humanities Teacher
Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Lead teacher with previous experience teaching history or experience teaching history and English and deep understanding of and interest in the developmental nuances and social and emotional development of this age group.
Chadwick's sixth grade is a departmentalized program. The sixth grade core teachers work closely to create a coherent sixth grade experience that has been designed to build the habits, skills, and attitudes that prepare students for lifelong learning as global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead. Each sixth-grade lead teacher is also a sixth-grade advisor who works closely with a team of advisors to support the social-emotional needs of sixth graders.
Chadwick’s mission-driven program focuses on academic excellence, exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience and is based on the Core Values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility and the Chadwick Core Competencies: critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, character, courage, and cultural competence.
- Teach a 6th-grade history course or a history course and an English course (4 sections, ~80 students).
- Oversee an advisory group of students that meets daily, helping advisees and advisees' parents navigate the sixth-grade experience and facilitate small-group lessons and reflections on a range of topics.
- Create a classroom environment of mutual respect and rapport; incorporate anti-bias and anti-racist practices into the clasroom culture.
- Apply principles of backward design (UbD) to course and unit curriculum.
- Collaborate to plan curriculum around shared learning outcomes, skill sequences, content knowledge, and enduring understandings and essential questions.
- Use a variety of instructional techniques to engage students in active, experiential learning.
- Integrate technology into lessons, including the use of Mac laptops and Google platforms.
- Use Chadwick principles of assessment and grading to assess, record, and provide feedback on student learning and next steps.
- Communicate with parents regarding students' academic progress and social-emotional development, including composing individual student and advisor comments two times a year and meeting with parents for student conferences twice a year.
- Respond to parent emails in a timely manner.
- Create differentiated lessons with attention to students with Individualized Learning Plans.
- Collaborate with grade level colleagues and the student support team, including the school counselor and learning specialist, regarding academic, social, or emotional student issues.
- Use core values to help manage student behavior and teach problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills as relevant.
- Collaborate closely with colleagues on sixth-grade programming, including advisory and community programming (such as Halloween sixth grade celebrations, etc).
- Accompany students on field trips, including up to two outdoor education experiences which range from 2-4 nights away.
- Attend sixth-grade orientation programming (Sandal Camp) before school begins, back-to-school events, and sixth grade family events.
- Engage in assigned weekly duties, such as student supervision on the playground for lunch and recess, study hall, and dismissal.
- Attend planning meetings with the sixth-grade team and departmental curriculum teams.
- Attend faculty meetings and professional development days, including a week of new faculty training and professional development before school begins.
- Engage in Chadwick new faculty orientations and training throughout the year.
- Demonstrate an ability to proactively reflect on and participate in discussions around identity, race, and issues of social justice.
- Assist in sixth-grade admissions events as needed.
- Collaborate with Middle School teachers on the transitional "Bridges" programming to help ensure a smooth transition into the seventh grade.
- Collaborate when relevant with sixth grade colleagues from international Chadwick campuses.
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English
- Previous experience working with this age range (5th-8th grade)
- Deep and broad knowledge of the subject to be taught, including the development of literacy skills
- Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including Mac and Google platforms
- Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; joyful, enthusiastic, and reflective colleague
- Evidence of lifelong learning and professional development
- Knowledge of anti-bias teaching practices, Responsive Classroom, and mindfulness helpful
Screenings: Background check
Note: The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.