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Middle School Humanities Teacher

Bridges Academy – Studio City, CA​

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

Position description

Bridges Academy is a small independent school specializing in the twice exceptional population. (2e) These are students are gifted or above average in ability and/or potential, and also have learning differences. Class sizes run between 8 – 12 students.

he Middle School Humanities curriculum imbeds content, processes and analytical approaches from a broad array of disciples: history, law arts archeology and others typically comprising a rich humanities approach. Writing is emphasized and all ELA skills, standards, content are imbedded in the Humanities curriculum designed by faculty and students. The primary themes of middle school humanities include American History -contemporary topics and Inquiries into world cultures past and present. Courses are taught through general lenses of interest to our students. Recent examples include America through the Arts, The American Experience, a social history, The Great Debates, and Real to Reel exploring how history is portrayed in movies.

Classes are limited to 9 students with one teacher and an intern. A typical teacher schedule includes 2-3 sections of Humanities, a small advisory group and a semester long enrichment cluster project/problem-based learning course designed around interest.

Position Responsibilities:

    • Commit to ongoing professional development in the discipline and 2e principles and practices.
    • Provide a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
    • Facilitate activities and projects that incorporate communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
    • Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of the 2e students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and other special needs.
    • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.
    • Collaborate with administration and peers to enhance the instructional environment.
    • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and community, and meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating with colleagues, etc.
    • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

Skills and Qualifications:

    • Expert level knowledge in their field and competency in related fields.
    • Experience in project, problem-based models for gifted and LD. Training will be provided
    • Background in gifted and/or learning disabilities is desirable.
    • Training will be provided.
    • Capable of facilitating the development of a broad range of skills tracking Blooms taxonomy.
    • Fact/knowledge acquisition, understanding, application, analysis/evaluation and novel organization and use.
    • Differentiated methods for developing presentation and writing skills to: improve written work and communication of their ideas; to assist students in finding their voice; and to learn to enjoy and take pride in the process as well as outcome.
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple tasks and activities
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and an ability to keep multiple stakeholder groups, including parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers informed of critical issues, activities and schedules.
    • Demonstrate an ability and enthusiasm for promoting the school and its mission to a broad and diverse group of people.

Deciding to Apply

At minimum, applicants should have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Relevant, recent experience
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Deciding to Apply

At minimum, applicants should have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Relevant, recent experience
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

CalWest and our partner schools are unable to respond to all applicants.

Candidates may be submitted to multiple positions during their time with CalWest. Also, candidates may not be chosen to move forward in the search they initially expressed interest in pursuing. Our client schools make the final decisions.

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