Benefits include professional development, employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance, paid time off for school holidays and school vacations, as well as participation in a retirement plan. Daily free lunch, access to an on-campus workout facility and opportunities based on availability for subsidized on-site child care.
Graland Country Day School is seeking a Middle School English teacher for students in grades 5-8. A successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of Middle School students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at building relationships with students, faculty, and families. Teaching in the Middle School at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. Teachers are responsible for fostering students' love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful.
Middle School math, English, science and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade’s MESH team, whose role, as a group, is to engage students in their discipline while also fostering an inclusive learning experience that is meaningful and takes students beyond the four walls of the classroom. The development of central themes, interdisciplinary units, and common expectations for student work and behavior is a collaboration among the team. Students are placed at the center of learning and the MESH team also serve as grade level advisors who understand that students’ academic needs and social-emotional well being are paramount. Graland Middle School teachers fulfill a variety of roles that may include coaching sports, chaperoning overnight trips, sponsoring clubs, and working with the Gates Innovation Lab.
The Middle School English curriculum at Graland supports students in their development of the life-long critical thinking and communications skills necessary for students to navigate the discourse of any discipline they may pursue. With a focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing, Middle School students are introduced to a variety of genres that expand their literary scholarship by making important text-to-self, text-to-community, text-to-world and text-to-text connections. These connections are demonstrated through a range of assessments that include but are not limited to written essays, oral presentations and group projects.
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Terms: Full-time, school year, starts August 2022
Professional and Personal Qualities
A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who…
Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
Provides a safe environment for students.
Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues growth as a culturally responsive educator.
Represents school in position and in community.
Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
Demonstrates a growth mindset, open to feedback, and new learning.
Supports collective efforts of the school on instructional and non-instructional sides, in addition to team responsibilities.
Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
Believes in an educational approach that is aligned with the Graland mission and philosophy.
Encompasses interpersonal skills and collaboration with colleagues. Has the ability to motivate, support, and lead others.
Builds positive relationships with students by demonstrating respect and care, while creating a safe environment that promotes intellectual risk-taking.
Fosters a learning environment that inspires active student participation, curiosity, and initiative.
Utilizes a variety of instructional approaches to engage students.
Approaches situations with flexibility and creative thinking to identify solutions.
An experienced educator, background with Middle School students preferred.
Have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred.
Possesses strong organization and communication skills.
Maintains effective relationships with students, faculty, administration, and parents/guardians.
Willingness to pursue ongoing professional development opportunities.
Demonstrates ease with technology, adoption of the LMS, as well as other technology programs and tools to engage learners.
Ability to chaperone students on day excursions, as well as overnight trips.
A great school never sits still. It keeps going, growing and evolving. Graland Country Day School is an independent school in Denver that serves students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Since the school’s founding in 1924, Graland has delivered an intellectually robust, character-based educational experience derived from current research about how children learn.
While so much in the world is changing, the school’s focus remains the same: Graland is faithful to the enduring aspects of its mission while seeking new ways to promote character and intellectual excellence. We inspire students to pursue excellence with passion and intent - academically, creatively and in their personal growth as engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders so that they learn to value individual differences and divergent thinking. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our program and keep it relevant for the next generation of students. Guided by our mission, values, Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Philosophy Statement and strategic plan, we go to extraordinary lengths to give children the best education possible.
Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have jus...t over 100 faculty members, 70 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Graland’s faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each member is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.