Lower School Teacher (1 year position)

Faculty / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

About Shady Hill School: 

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 530 students (PreK – Grade 8) and 90+ faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.

A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades 3-8 engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Gradeheads (classroom teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in social studies/history, language arts, and mathematics, working closely with the performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. 

Shady Hill School is also a teacher training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings ~8 apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

About the position: 

Shady Hill School is looking for a Lower School Gradehead for the 2024-2025 school year. This is a full-time, 1 year position. The Lower School Gradehead will co-teach in 1st Grade for the first half of the school year (through Jan or Feb 2025) and then cover other leaves of absence in the Lower School as needed for the remainder of the year. Lower School Gradeheads are responsible for language arts/literature, social studies/history, and mathematics instruction for their classroom. In preK through Grade 1, there are two teachers per classroom and 18 – 22 students. In Grades 2 – 4, there is one teacher per classroom and 15 – 17 students. 

Specific Gradehead Responsibilities:

  • Teach the year-long, grade level assigned Thematic Study / Central Subject which integrates instruction in language and literature, mathematics, science, music and art 
    • Beginners: Topics of Interest
    • Kindergarten: All About Us
    • Grade 1: Community
    • Grade 2: The Charles River
    • Grade 3: Whales and Whaling
    • Grade 4: Ancient Greece
  • Teach mathematics using the Illustrative Math curriculum with a focus on building student understanding
  • Work closely and collaboratively with co-teacher, grade level team, and department teachers to shape and refine curriculum
  • Manage all classroom responsibilities, including implementing curriculum, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, utilizing a variety of approaches to teaching and assessing students
  • Communicate regularly about student progress by writing reports, holding conferences with parents/guardians and meeting with other faculty and administrators to support the needs of individuals
  • Monitor the social and emotional wellbeing, and academic achievement of students
  • Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings and performing weekly recess and dismissal duties, as well as volunteering for coverage duties when needed
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees

Shady Hill School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender