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Second Grade Teacher

Title
Second Grade Teacher
Description
Berkwood Hedge School is seeking excellent candidates for a full-time Second Grade Lead Teacher for the 2021/22 school year, starting immediately.

Berkwood Hedge School’s pedagogy is based on the understanding that children construct their knowledge of the world through hands-on, integrated, and active child-centered learning experiences, their environment needs to be positive and joyful, and; play and creativity are essential to healthy development. The strength of our school is our community. Each individual is valued and significant. We cultivate our children’s creative participation in their own learning. Our teachers support this development across the cognitive, physical, social, and moral domains. Our teachers collaborate to make our entire school strong.

We seek someone to support social emotional learning, social justice, and to plan all aspects of a dynamic project-based second grade curriculum, and:
- Communicate effectively with students, parents and colleagues
- Perform additional duties and participate in the life of the school
- Collaborate effectively with colleagues in all aspects of student learning and school culture
- Maintain active and open communication with parents/guardians of the children and with all members of the Berkwood Hedge School community
- Wholeheartedly support and manifest the Berkwood Hedge mission of social justice and equity
- Be creative, innovative, agile, flexible, and responsive
- Have a sense of humor and a growth mindset

REQUIRED SKILLS
- Experience in Readers and Writers Workshop, guided reading and phonics instruction
- Proficiency with conceptual mathematics teaching and learning
- Capacity to create lessons and projects that integrate social justice, nature and environmental awareness, creativity, and service learning
- Experience planning and implementing a differentiated project-based learning
- Ability to develop and align a constructivism curriculum
- Ability to articulate the second grade program
- Capacity to focus on the whole child, intentionally developing each individual academically, physically, emotionally, and socially
- Ability to exercise daily flexibility by wearing many hats, prioritizing, and problem-solving while maintaining a poised professional demeanor
- Willingness to seek opportunities that grow students’ cultural competency
- Ability to utilize sound and developmentally appropriate educational practices related to technology to enhance teaching and learning
- Strong communication skills with both children and adults
- Willingness to embrace global thinking and learning by seeking geographic and cultural opportunities that grow students’ cultural competency.
- Ability to provide families with frequent, engaging, and informative communications.
- Capacity to focus on the whole child, intentionally developing each individual academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
- Ability to exercise daily flexibility by wearing many hats, prioritizing, and problem-solving while maintaining a poised professional demeanor.
- Ability to utilize sound and developmentally appropriate educational practices related to technology.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain and support a climate of mutual respect that encourages students to take healthy risks: asking questions, sharing opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learn.
- Accurately assess each student's progress; inform student, parents, lead teacher, and the Head of School immediately of any relevant information.
- Cultivate each student's creativity, intellectual curiosity, social-emotional development in an academically rich and relevant context.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Three years of elementary teaching experience
- Deep understanding of and appreciation for progressive education
- Strong communication skills with both children and adults
- Bachelor's Degree is required and a teaching credential and/or Masters Degree is preferred
- A commitment to cultural competency, antiracist pedagogy, and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community

At Berkwood Hedge, a teacher's engagement includes various activities in addition to teaching and classroom duties, such as giving extra help to students who need it, communicating feedback directly to the Head of School, encouragement of the efforts of colleagues, concern for the appearance of the classroom and of the grounds, promptness in meeting all school obligations and flexibility and cooperation in supporting our school’s advancement. Attendance at school events and activities, such as plays, concerts, festivals, and fairs, staff meetings, and open houses is required.

We look for candidates who thrive on ownership, service, creativity, and collaboration. For more information about Berkwood Hedge School, please visit us at berkwood.org. Salary and benefits are competitive. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@berkwood.org.

Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Berkwood Hedge School actively seeks to build a diverse student, staff, and parent community. We are an avid equal opportunity employer and seek applicants who reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Contact Love Weinstock
Phone:
Fax:
employment@berkwood.org
1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703