Middle School Social Studies Position

The Park School of Baltimore is seeking a full-time Middle School Social Studies teacher for the Fall of 2018.

The Position

We are seeking a full-time Social Studies teacher for Park’s Middle School. We anticipate that the candidate who is hired will likely teach a total of four sections of sixth and seventh grade Social Studies. Sixth grade Social Studies examines the theme of community, which students approach by studying how communities in the world have defined themselves historically, geographically, and culturally. Meanwhile, seventh grade explores the concept of identity in American Society. The course approaches this theme by examining the creation of American identity and the different ways in which individuals and groups have struggled, and continue to struggle, to promote justice and the rights of all citizens. All of the Middle School Social Studies courses are designed to further student progress in the departmental habits of mind which are: historical thinking skills, global mindedness, valuing diverse perspectives and developing empathy, and active citizenship. The faculty member will also be a part of the grade level team, which necessitates the ability to collaborate with others in order to craft valuable interdisciplinary learning experiences. In addition to teaching, the faculty member will serve as an advisor to a group of students and will be a full participant in the life of the Middle School.

Qualifications

For all Park School positions, quality of mind, passion for teaching and working with students are essential qualifications. While new faculty come from a variety of independent and public school backgrounds, commitment to educational approaches compatible with Park’s progressive philosophy is essential. Finally, we seek teachers who will engage fully in this professional role, with ongoing involvement in collaborative work to develop and assess curriculum, and to meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. In addition, we seek the following qualifications for this specific position:

  • Commitment to working with adolescents and to teaching in the middle school
  • Formal training in History/Social Studies and/or experience teaching middle school students (3+ years preferred) (B.A. minimum)
  • Expertise and experience teaching World History and U.S. History
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn to teach outside of one’s expertise
  • Experience with curriculum design
  • Experience with differentiating instruction
  • Experience teaching students with a variety of learning profiles
  • Experience using technology in the classroom (e.g., Google applications, NoodleTools, etc.)
  • Experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and school community. Demonstrated commitment to social justice education
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply

Context

Park’s Middle School has 209 students in grades six through eight. Each grade level in the Middle School has a theme: the sixth grade theme is community, seventh grade explores identity, and the eighth grade theme is advocacy. Thematic connections are made across disciplines at all grade levels. The Middle School faculty has engaged in significant professional development work in differentiating instruction, adolescent cognitive development, and diversity and inclusivity. 

SALARY & BENEFITS

Park salary and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.

In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:

Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process.

Tuition Remission

Under current policy, employees who have been at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Send letter of interest, personal statement, and resume. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.

Contact Person

Priscilla Morales, Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4152
FAX: (410) 339-4125
academicresources@parkschool.net

The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identify and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.