Humanities Instructor – Middle School
Berkshire Country Day School, West Stockbridge, MA
Berkshire Country Day School seeks an experienced middle school humanities teacher to design, institute, and lead a Humanities program for students in Fifth through Eighth Grade. This opportunity is ideal for a self motivated, innovative teacher. Berkshire Country Day School serves students in Preschool (beginning at age 2) through Eighth Grade.
Berkshire Country Day School’s intentional approach of inquiry, discovery, and discussion, blends proven methods with emerging best practices to draw fully on the experiences and contributions of our entire school community. Our comprehensive curriculum leverages the talents of our educators and the natural resources of our extraordinary campus to inspire independence, academic excellence, and mutual respect. Students are challenged to think deeply about concepts and ideas, make learning personal and relevant, ask questions, and look for broader truths and understanding. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate an inclusive and equitable, student-centered approach to teaching and learning, skilled in differentiation, classroom management, and assessment. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy, and a firm grounding in best practices.
The successful candidate 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. Berkshire Country Day values high initiative, collaboration, creativity, and flexibility. This position reports to a Division Head and the Associate Head of School.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
Work collaboratively to design and continuously improve the academic program
Design lessons– are comprehensive, age appropriate instruction in history, literature and writing
Create an inclusive classroom environment through regular class meetings, supportive exchanges with students, and clear expectations for community behavior.
View SEL and anti-biased, anti-racist pedagogy as part of the daily approach to interacting with both the student and faculty community
Assess student work and provide meaningful feedback to students regularly and use data to inform decisions about student learning
Use differentiated instruction to teach students and manage the classroom in concert with school philosophy
Nurture and support an advisee group of up to 12 students
Be able to showcase innovation in all classroom practices, both with and without the inclusion of a variety of technologies.
Collaborate with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips and special projects, and solve problems.
Help children with organization, problem-solving, and conflict resolution to support individual needs
Communicate proactively and consistently with students, families, faculty and administrators regarding student growth and development via formal and informal conferences, written reports, emails, and classroom updates
Attend required in-service days, faculty meetings, admissions open houses, back-to-school night, parent conferences, and training sessions as designated
Supervise middle school students outside the classroom as assigned (recess, lunch, etc.)
Respond to parent inquiries promptly and appropriately.
Complete all grading, comments and notes on a timely basis
Adhere to guidelines, procedures, and policies in the Employee Handbook
Successful candidates will have:
Teaching experience at the Middle School level
Understanding of child development and fondness for the mercurial nature of middle school students
Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a dynamic school community
Ability to work in a collegial and highly collaborative environment
A growth mindset, creative approach, and excellent organizational and communication skills
Experience facilitating or co-facilitating an advisory group
Training, demonstrated professional development, or certification in teaching and learning
Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias education and diversity, equity, and inclusion work
Community and Professional Life
We are not only a school, we are a community. Feeling supported in your professional development and personal growth and well-being is one of the greatest benefits we offer our faculty and staff. Of course, we provide traditional and non-traditional benefits including:
A beautiful campus, set on 27 acres including a pond and trails, located across the street from the Stockbridge Bowl
Tuition remission for children of full-time employees
Full portfolio of employee benefits including:
403(b) matching if currently enrolled in a plan
Flexible spending account
Professional development assistance
Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why they would be a good match for this position. Submit to Kate Hillman, (email@example.com), Associate Head of School.