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K/1st Lead Teacher

School: The Howard School
Available Position: Teacher

Start date on or before 10/30:

Position Purpose: The Lead Teacher is responsible, in collaboration with the teaching team, for creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. He or she must be skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their profile. Training and experience in teaching young children with learning disabilities/differences, particularly in the area of reading, strongly preferred.

Teacher Characteristics:
• Committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests
• Committed to multidisciplinary instruction, encouraging students' creative expression, incorporating student interest and passions, and developing critical thinking
• Curious about the world of ideas across multiple disciplines, and excited to teach across different disciplines.
• Committed to and skilled in differentiation
• Highly collaborative and excited about generating curriculum and assessment ideas in a team setting
• Curious, creative, self-reflective, and willing to take initiative and run with new ideas

Essential Functions
• Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the division’s basic instructional and philosophical standards; provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student and subgroups of students.
• Translates lesson plans into learning experiences to effectively and actively engage students.
• Guides students to know their own profile and to advocate for their learning needs.
• Seeks regular field experience opportunities for students that extend the classroom into the broader community.
• Works collaboratively with the teaching team on behalf of students, and seeks the ideas, feedback or advice of colleagues as an integral part of effective planning.
• Integrates modern technologies, media and other tools into instruction.
• Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior through relationship, positive reinforcement and support.
• Evaluates and documents academic and social growth of students, and keeps required records.
• Communicates regularly and thoroughly with parents or guardians through conferences and other means to discuss student progress.

• Supervises and monitors students in class and during transitions so that students are safe physically and emotionally.
• Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.
• Administers testing in accordance with division testing practices.
• Responsible for supervision of support staff/teacher.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.

• Bachelor’s degree required
• Advanced degree and 3-5 years of classroom experience preferred
• Desire to plan and work collaboratively on a team essential.
• Experience with differentiation, or with students with learning differences with an ability and willingness to adjust to student understanding and misunderstanding
• Flexible teaching background and interest in teaching electives, coaching and/or advising clubs is a plus
• Young child experience (ages 5-8) and reading/LD experience desired. Early Childhood experience also a plus

Contact name: Claudia Ramos
Contact email address:

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