Middle School Ethics & Equity Teacher (10 months 1.0 FTE)
Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside faculty are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. Our academic structure places a high value on integrated curriculum and project-based learning, with intentional administrative support. At Westside School we value different backgrounds and ideas and we strive to build an inclusive community. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.
Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 350 students in preschool through eighth grade. 30% of our student body are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Westside’s Middle School serves 150 students in 5th-8th grade, and is organized into 5/6 and 7/8 grade level teams, who collaborate to both implement and design meaningful curriculum.
Westside seeks to find a dynamic individual to teach our Ethics & Equity classes across grades 5-8. We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the school’s focus on diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency. Westside has a fundamental belief that in order to improve our community’s cultural competence, we need to examine our institutional systems and structures, integrate anti-racist/anti-bias education within our curriclum, and provide racial literacy professional development to our employees. Furthermore, we believe we need to prioritize dedicated time within the Middle School experience for Ethics & Equity courses for students in grades 5-8.
Reporting to the Director of Counseling and Social Emotional Learning, the Ethics & Equity Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic, age-appropriate curriculum for instruction in ethics, equity, executive functioning, health, study skills for our 5th-8th grade classes. As this is a new position within our Middle School program, Westside seeks an individual who is confident in building out a dynamic curriculum in partnership with the Middle School leadership team. The Ethics & Equity Teacher works collaboratively with other classroom teachers and participates fully in the life of the school, attending meetings and staff retreats, curriculum nights, school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision, and values of Westside School.
Teach 50-55 minute classes to students in grades 5-8 (8 sections) two times per week.
Promote and advance the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical well-being of students during Ethics & Equity classes.
Implement and adapt Westside’s Social Justice Continua within courses.
Coordinate regularly with classroom teachers about curriculum and classroom areas of study. Meet with classroom teachers as needed to discuss student progress and identified needs.
Regularly assess student learning and present this learning in formal reports and conferences.
Serve as advisor to a small group of middle school students daily.
Work in teams to guide students on domestic outdoor trips.
Facilitate and lead a Social Justice Club.
Communicate with parents as needed.
Collaborate with the Student Support Team on programming to support student health and wellness across all grade levels.
Additional duties as assigned such as dismissal, lunch, snack, and other duties throughout the year.
Maintain and help focus the school mission, vision and values.
Engage in Westside’s continued journey to educate ourselves and embrace issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racist work.
Partner with the Student Support Team and faculty to integrate social justice, ethics, and values education across the Middle School Program.
Work collaboratively with the Student Support Department to refine existing programs and initiate new opportunities for ethical education within the curriculum.
Set annual goals for focus and growth with the Director of Personal Counseling & Social Emotional Learning, participating in a peer support team, and seeking out and participating in staff development opportunities.
Help perpetuate a school-wide culture characterized by highly engaged students and faculty, high expectations, joyful learning, academic success, and a strong sense of community.
Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
Experience working with Middle School in students in educational settings.
Experience designing and implementing social justice, health, and executive functioning curriculum in schools.
Experience leading community conversations on issues of identity, privilege, social justice, and neurodiversity.
Experience examining the difference between equality and equity in relation to students' neurodiversity and identity as a learner.
Skills and experience in differentiating instruction.
Familiarity and facility with current research informing teaching and learning (general classroom instructional methodologies, social and emotional learning, classroom management, learning differences, etc.).
Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice education.
Highly resourceful and ability to work with great autonomy to develop a comprehensive Social Justice course for grades 5-8.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Good understanding of the complexity of pursuing change within a school setting.
Detail-oriented and resourceful. Tactful and discreet. Patient, resilient, with a sense of humor.
Westside School Mission
Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.
Westside Student Support Department Mission
To provide a proactive and comprehensive program to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students, and to identify and address barriers to growth. By partnering with families, staff, and the wider community, we will promote joyful learning and a sense of belonging at Westside School.
Westside School's Diversity Statement
Westside School is committed to promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competence in its education, employment practices, school community, and governance. It views inclusiveness as a fundamental value, diversity as a key element, and cultural competence as a vital skill necessary to prepare students to participate in and contribute to a global society. Westside uses the term diversity broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of individuals, families, and communities.
Start Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Compensation and Benefits:This is a full-time position for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Westside School offers a generous benefits package to full-time employees.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to[email protected]. Westside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Westside School
Westside School serves 330 students in preschool-eighth grade. In the fall 2015, Westside School moved to a permanent campus in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, which supports our mission and values as a progressive, academically rigorous, relationship rich, preschool through eighth grade school with the core values of Academic Excellence, Joyful Learning, and Creating Confident Learners in a Caring Community.