The Buckley School, Los Angeles’s oldest K-12 co-educational learning institution, has an opening for a Second Grade Lead Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Reporting to the Head of the Lower School, the Lead Teacher collaborates with the Associate Teacher to create an educational program and a classroom environment in support of the school’s mission, Portrait of a Graduate, DEIJ initiatives, and Commitments, based on a belief that student agency and engagement is critical for effective learning.
Plans, organizes and implements appropriate discipline-specific, transdisciplinary, and differentiated educational experiences and classroom environment to fulfill the Portrait of a Graduate, the school’s mission, DEIJ initiatives and Commitments, and also ensures students find agency, purpose, and relevancy in their learning
Provides differentiated instruction to meet individualized needs by creating meaningful relationships, and practicing growth mindset
Provides for continued student learning during teacher absences from classroom
Participates in regular review, revision, development and documentation of curriculum by utilizing recent research in neuroscience, education, psychology and futurism
Participates in establishing grade level, departmental and/or school level curriculum goals.
Upholds all expectations, policies and practices outlined in the school’s employee handbook, the collective bargaining agreement and other foundational documents
Maintains accurate electronic records for each student
Creates warm and uplifting professional relationships with students, families, and all constituencies of the school
Communicates with students, families, and administrators effectively concerning student progress
Serves as an ambassador for the school at all times, on and off campus, for example: upholding the expectations in the employee and family handbooks; speaking positively about the school and its community members; participating in the school’s efforts to recruit and retain new families, faculty and staff; etc.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Teach a full load of courses, as defined by the collective bargaining agreement
Serve as an advisor or homeroom teacher, as appropriate
Participate in the life of the school by attending assemblies, games, concerts, galas, and other school events.
Provide supervision for lunch, study hall, recess, etc. and other duties as assigned
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Possess the minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, graduate degree and/or teaching credential preferred.
Possess 3-5 years classroom teaching experience, preferably within an independent school.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Models the highest standards of professionalism and creates warm, uplifting and trusting learning environments and working relationships marked by humor, positivity, humility, empathy, excellent emotional intelligence, extraordinary interpersonal skills, and collaboration.
Demonstrates great individual integrity, initiative, self-awareness, commitment to personal and professional growth, and the ability to receive and apply feedback
Possesses a passion for education, particularly in an independent school environment, conveyed by a solid understanding of educational practice and philosophy grounded in DEIJ
Knowledge of and demonstrated competency in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
Relishes the joys and challenges of working with k-12 students and possesses a deep understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children
Demonstrates adaptability, dependability, good judgment, strong social skills and the abilities to read, assess, imagine, evaluate, calculate, & make wise decisions
Demonstrates strong communication skills in person, in writing, by phone and through other electronic means (such as Zoom).
Current knowledge of all subject area content
Knowledge of instructional methodologies to support discipline-specific and transdisciplinary learning, and the ability to learn and implement knew instructional practices over time
Knowledge of and ability to implement useful diagnostic and progress assessment measures.
Knowledge and effective use of instructional methods and learning materials.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Blackbaud/Education Edge, and the ability to learn new and evolving technology.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent on degree and years of full-time teaching experience.
BENEFITS: Accrue 8 days of personal leave, which can be cashed out at the end of the year; 100% match on contributions to the retirement plan up to 5% of earnings; full medical, dental, vision benefits.
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.