6th Grade Lead Teacher
Lead Teacher, 6th Grade (January start date)
o Reports to: Faculty Council, Pedagogical Administrator
o Full-Time Faculty, yearly Contract
o Base salary starts at $60,000, is scaled up commensurate with experience, non-exempt.
o Benefits include medical and dental health insurance coverage, retirement, flexible spending and Metrocards.
About the Brooklyn Waldorf School (BWS)
BWS is a thriving progressive school nestled in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically African-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. Our faculty hails from all over the world and includes both seasoned Waldorf teachers and those new to Waldorf education. Typically, teachers lead a class through multiple grades.
Our curriculum is based on the developmental insights of Waldorf education, but reflects our local urban environment and community values. Equity, cultural pluralism, and caring for the whole human being in the context of a big city inform all our programs. Waldorf education has a deep connection to the arts, so in addition to our main lesson curriculum, students also receive instruction from specialty teachers in Games and Movement, Eurythmy, Chorus, Mandarin and Castellano (Spanish).
BWS serves approximately 160 students from our early childhood programs through grade eight. We are known throughout the Waldorf community as well as the local independent school scene for our dual commitment to the spiritually enlivening Waldorf educational system and contemporary social justice movements. We are involved with our local community in a number of ways, including hosting “Undoing Racism” workshops and partnering with the Lenape nation in a land acknowledgment process. People of color and other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
1. Engage students in a Waldorf curriculum for 6th grade.
a. Plan and deliver Waldorf-style main lessons and skills classes in an engaging, thoughtful manner
b. Use a variety of Waldorf and non-Waldorf resources to create a balanced, equitable classroom environment and curriculum
c. Possess strong classroom management skills
d. Adapt and differentiate teaching styles to student needs and interests, in collaboration with our strong learning support team
2. Engage parents.
a. Write a weekly email updating parents on class activities.
b. Be available to parents for collaboration on student needs, including parent evenings and twice yearly parent-teacher conferences.
c. Write yearly reports on student work in a timely way
3. Collaborate with fellow teachers
a. Work with team of Middle School teachers to strategize middle school main lesson plans before the start of each school year
b. Deliver specialized lessons to other middle school classes (Grades 5-8) according to your area/s of individual expertise and on an as-needed basis, as determined by the full Middle School team
c. Work in partnership with a variety of specialty teachers--math, chorus, orchestra, crafts, and more
4. Participate in the larger school community.
a. Attend weekly faculty meetings and occasional special events (open houses, festivals, fairs).
b. Assist in school governance by sitting on various committees and working groups (after your first year).
Ideal Candidates Will:
o Have a Bachelor’s degree and prior teaching experience--preferably in a Waldorf or other progressive school setting.
o Be willing to engage in Waldorf training over the summer and/or take Waldorf curriculum-development courses within the first few years of employment (professional development funding is available to offset associated costs).
o Be well-rounded in the arts.
o Be committed to leading a class through at least one full Middle School “loop” (Grades 5-8).
o Stand and walk for extended periods of time and significant lengths.
o Sit for extended periods of time, both in chairs and on the floor.
o Use a computer for report-writing, email communication, and simple
o Squat, stoop and/or bend over.
o Escort children up and down staircases.
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