The Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT is seeking a Social Studies Teacher for the Middle School (full-time, Academic Year). The teacher will teach four sections of History (Grade 6: World history, geography, culture and Grade 8: US History 1865 to present) and two sections of public speaking and presentation.
The successful candidate will challenge and inspire students to be fearless learners and will be part of a close-knit teaching and learning community. A high degree of teamwork, collaboration, and communication are a must; a sense of humor is appreciated. IDS values highly initiative, creativity, and flexibility.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Promote a positive classroom environment and demonstrate strong classroom management skills to create and maintain a learning environment that ensures high levels of learning for all students.
Effectively plan and implement creative, high quality, developmentally appropriate Social Studies curriculum and instruction that encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process and results in high-end learning for all students.
Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a wide variety of students with different learning styles as well as different areas of strength and weakness. Incorporate individualized instructional accommodations as directed.
Utilize assessment and evaluations to guide instructional decisions; maintain accurate, up-to-date records and communicate results to students, parents, and appropriate others in a timely manner with regard to student progress and performance.
Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and administrators to ensure the highest level of learning for all students.
Serve as a Middle School advisor and complete all activities and assignments related to this role.
Communicate the progress and growth of a student in narrative form, using language that is clear and thoughtful, and follows common grammatical expectations.
Work diligently and promptly to maintain positive and productive home-school communication and strong working relationships with parents.
Perform professional duties efficiently, manage resources effectively, and meet deadlines set by the school.
Participate in and support the school’s admissions, development and community events and fulfill expectations for participation in school activities beyond the classroom.
Invest in one’s own professional learning and demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of teaching practice.
Participate as an active, engaged member of the whole school community, reaching across classroom and divisional boundaries to create an enriching, exceptional, synchronized school experience for IDS students.
Perform other duties as assigned. These duties include, but are not limited to, student advising, recess duty, lunch duty, dismissal duty, weekend and evening events, chaperone duty, student supervision, service projects, schoolwide events, etc.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in education or a related field
Successful Social Studies teaching experience, preferably in Middle School. Successful Teaching Practicum considered.
Independent school experience preferred
Thorough knowledge of current Social Studies pedagogy
Excellent oral, written, presentational, collaboration, and communication skills
Proficiency with classroom technology, Google for Education platform
Ability to work as a team member
About The Independent Day School
The Independent Day School is a Pre-K – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.