Humanities Teacher: Interdisciplinary English and History
Meridian Academy, Boston, MA
Humanities Teacher – Interdisciplinary English and History Position Grades: 6 – 12
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Job Begins: January 3, 2022
Meridian Academy is seeking a dynamic and energetic candidate to join our Humanities department. For all grades at Meridian, history, literature, the social sciences, and the arts are taught in core, integrated Humanities courses.
Meridian’s curriculum is interdisciplinary and investigation-based. Student problem-posing and analyses are the starting point for long-term, original, creative efforts, and research. Classes are typically 90 minutes long to support these in-depth activities.
Meridian Academy is an urban, independent, secondary school in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. We serve an economically and racially diverse student body. All of our classes have 16 or fewer students.
We are seeking to hire a full-time teacher who would be responsible for teaching two sections of our 9th and 10th grade course American Historiography for the rest of the 2021-2022 academic year and two sections of our 6th and 7th grade course Media & Journalism in the 2022-2023 academic year. Subsequent years can follow this same cycle or include other course opportunities. For more information regarding these classes and our Humanities curriculum, please visit www.meridianacademy.org/humanities.
- Teaching 2 integrated 90-minute sections of one class
- Creating activities that help students develop academic skills, make connections between ideas, master essential knowledge, and grow in their curiosity and creativity
- Modeling original research and mentoring students one-on-one with their research
- Communicating effectively with students and their families
- Advising students during scheduled blocks that focus on academic and community efforts and supervising study hall
- Developing and implementing methods of assessment that accurately reflect each student’s progress with skills, content, and habits of mind
- Using the broader resources of Boston and its environs as an extended classroom
Qualifications for any candidate:
- Preferred: Two or more years teaching English, history, or a related subject at the secondary level.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. A M.A.T. or similar degree is preferred.
- A flexible and energetic personality that can work productively in a changing and growing school environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills when working with diverse students and families. Ability to participate in shared decision-making that invites everyone to contribute to the improvement of the school.
- Experience and/or interest in working with both middle and high school-age students.
Meridian recognizes that a range of experiences and backgrounds can support the development of the skills and habits needed for successful teaching. These capacities include:
- Organization – You are able to set long-term goals and make concrete and realistic plans to achieve those goals. You maintain curricular documents in a manner that would allow colleagues to access and understand them.
- Collaboration – You reach out to your colleagues with questions and are willing to offer ideas to the group.
- Analytical – You are able to structure and process information in order to think about ideas in new and multiple ways.
- Flexible – Despite having a set schedule and plan, you are comfortable making changes so as to accommodate unexpected opportunities (yours and others).
- Respect for students and their ideas – You have a deep appreciation for kids aged 11-18 and for their interests. You have fun working with them and believe that each has the ability to improve academically and as a member of a community.
- Culturally Conscious – You are committed to anti-racist teaching and learning. You seek to include diverse voices and ways of thinking into your curriculum.
Salaries are on a scale based on experience and university degrees. Starting salary with a bachelor’s and no experience is $52,500. Benefits include medical coverage, retirement, exciting professional development opportunities, and much more.
Meridian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, handicap, or any other protected class in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, hiring, and other school-administered programs.