Interim Middle and Upper School Dance Teacher (part-time)
The Buckley School
Location: Sherman Oaks, California
Type: Part Time
The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion, and as such, seeks to hire talented teachers with diverse backgrounds.
The Buckley School, Los Angeles’ oldest K-12 all-gender learning institution, has an opening for an interim part-time dance teacher starting in the 2022-2023 school year. Buckley teachers create an educational program and a classroom environment in support of the school’s mission, Portrait of a Graduate, Strategic Plan, and commitment to DEI, based on the belief that student agency and engagement is critical for effective learning. Other responsibilities of this position include collaborating with colleagues, engaging in ongoing professional development, and participating in the life of the school.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
• Teach a variety of courses, including multiple sections of Middle and Upper School dance. • Collaborate with other members of the Performing Arts department to oversee, plan, and facilitate the school’s spring dance show. • Participate in the life of the school by attending assemblies, games, concerts, galas, and other school events. • Provide supervision for lunch, study hall, recess, etc. and other duties as assigned
Instruction: • Plans, organizes and implements appropriate discipline-specific, transdisciplinary, and differentiated educational experiences to fulfill the Portrait of a Graduate, the school’s mission, DEI initiatives and Commitments, and also ensures students find agency, purpose, and relevancy in their learning • Provides differentiated instruction to meet individualized needs by creating meaningful relationships, and practicing growth mindset • Provides for continued student learning during teacher absences from classroom
Curriculum: • Participates in regular review, revision, development and documentation of curriculum by utilizing recent research in neuroscience, education, psychology and futurism • Participates in establishing grade level, departmental and/or school level curriculum goals
Procedural Responsibilities: • Upholds all expectations, policies and practices outlined in the school’s employee handbook, the collective bargaining agreement and other foundational documents • Maintains accurate electronic records for each student
Students/Staff/Community Relations: • Creates warm and uplifting professional relationships with students, families, and all constituencies of the school • Communicates with students, families, and administrators effectively concerning student progress • Serves as an ambassador for the school at all times, on and off campus, for example: upholding the expectations in the employee and family handbooks; speaking positively about the school and its community members; participating in the school’s efforts to recruit and retain new families, faculty and staff; etc.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• Possess the minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, graduate degree and/or teaching credential preferred. • Possess 3-5 years classroom teaching experience of like courses, preferably within an independent school.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Models the highest standards of professionalism and creates warm, uplifting and trusting learning environments and working relationships marked by humor, positivity, humility, empathy, excellent emotional intelligence, extraordinary interpersonal skills, and collaboration. • Demonstrates great individual integrity, initiative, self-awareness, commitment to personal and professional growth, and the ability to receive and apply feedback • Possesses a passion for education, particularly in an independent school environment, conveyed by a solid understanding of educational practice and philosophy grounded in DEIJ • Knowledge of and demonstrated competency in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. • Relishes the joys and challenges of working with k-12 students and possesses a deep understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children • Demonstrates adaptability, dependability, good judgment, strong social skills and the abilities to read, assess, imagine, evaluate, calculate, & make wise decisions • Significant experience implementing instructional programs • Demonstrates strong communication skills in person, in writing, by phone and through other electronic means (such as Zoom).
• Current knowledge of all subject area content • Knowledge of instructional methodologies to support discipline-specific and transdisciplinary learning, and the ability to learn and implement knew instructional practices over time • Knowledge of and ability to implement useful diagnostic and progress assessment measures. • Knowledge and effective use of instructional methods and learning materials • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Blackbaud/Education Edge, Zoom, and the ability to learn new and evolving technology.
Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to email@example.com. In a cover letter/email please explain how you have included diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work with students or colleagues.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The Buckley School proudly carries on the mission of its founder, Dr. Isabelle Buckley, who in 1933 set out to provide students with an education characterized not only by academic excellence, but also a sense of self-esteem, responsibility, and character. An independent, all-gender day school for students in kindergarten through grade 12, providing students with a program based on critical thinking, creative self-expression through arts, physical development, and moral education lies at the heart of Buckley’s ethos.
At The Buckley School, faculty and staff believe in their students, see their capacity for growth, and nurture their ability to create and evaluate. Students are honored for their diverse backgrounds and admired for their ability to lead with empathy and courage. Inspired by its mission, the Portrait of a Graduate, Dr. Buckley’s Four-Fold Plan — education with equal emphasis on Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Moral Education — and the Buckley Commitment of Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, Kindness, Self-Reliance, and Self-Discipline, faculty uplift students, partner with parents, and build community every day.
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.