Employment at Park Day School
EMPLOYMENT OVERVIEW
 
Park Day School Mission
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.

The School
At Park Day School, expert teachers and dedicated staff are committed to the enterprise of providing a place where students learn deeply, think creatively, act compassionately, and live fully.
 
Founded in 1976, Park Day offers an outstanding coeducational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. The school is rooted in the tenets of progressive education and reinforces 21st Century learning. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives; our community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students.

Located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, the school is situated on a four-acre campus that has been described as "glorious" and "a jewel" with trees,gardens, and quiet niches as well as outdoor play and athletic facilities; it is a campus for all ages. Park Day has become a leader in developing innovative educational connections between campus and classroom, including our living labs, specialized learning gardens, nature zone, chicken coop, and edible gardens.

POSTING: Full-time 7th and 8th grade Spanish Teacher Sabbatical
Fall semester (August 2017 – January, 2018)

Overview of the Position 
The 7th, and 8th grade Spanish teacher is responsible for the Spanish aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Humanities, Math, Music, Science, and Physical Education), including curriculum development, student advising, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with the entire MS staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. The Middle school teachers work extremely close together to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity. There are two existing grade level curricula (no textbooks) for each grade and the teacher will be responsible for developing materials in response to current events, student interest, and learning styles. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive Spanish program in the context of the cultures that speak Spanish. We seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice.

Qualifications 
Candidates must be fluent in Spanish, progressive educational theory and practices, be culturally competent, and have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. Candidates must have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning. They will be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences. A valid teaching credential is strongly desired. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching. The hiring process will include a demonstration lesson and interview with a hiring committee.

How to Apply: 
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: 
personnel@parkdayschool.org 
Or, mail to: 
Lizette Dolan, Middle School Director
Park Day School 
360  42rd Street 
Oakland, CA 94609 

POSTING: 1st-6th Grade Physical Education Teacher 

Overview of the Position 
The lower school and sixth grade physical education teacher is responsible for all aspects of a progressive classroom, including curriculum development, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with classroom teachers, other specialist teachers, and the middle school physical education teacher. Staff works together to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. The PE position is 80% time, Monday – Friday. The teacher is responsible for utilizing progressive practices to create a balanced physical education program to lower school and sixth grade students. Content focus is eclectic and collaborative, with a focus on non-competitive games and activities that build skills holistically. Some traditional sports and variations thereof are also introduced. Each grade has physical education twice weekly with a set schedule. 

Qualifications 

Candidates must be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices, be culturally competent, and have at least two-five years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. Candidates must have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning. Applicants must be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences. A valid physical education teaching credential is strongly desired. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching. The hiring process will include a screening interview with two administrators followed by a demonstration lesson and interview with the full hiring committee. 

How to Apply: 

E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: 
Personnel@parkdayschool.org 


Or, mail to: 

Personnel

Park Day School 

360  42nd Street 

Oakland, CA 94609 


POSTING: On Call K-8 Substitute Teachers

Overview of the Position and Qualifications
We are seeking individuals with elementary or middle school classroom experience and/or education to work on an on-call basis to substitute teach in lower school self contained classrooms, middle school single subject classrooms and/or arts and physical education programs. An understanding of progressive educational theory and practices is preferred. We also seek candidates who are comfortable working in a diverse learning environment. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students. The substitute teacher will be responsible for implementing the daily lesson plans and adhering to the posted schedule. Interested candidates will undergo a thorough orientation training to understand our progressive and collaborative professional environment. A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.

How to Apply
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 2 professional references to: karen.colaric@parkdayschool.org
Or, mail to: Karen Colaric, Lower School Director, at
                  Park Day School
                  360 42nd Street
                  Oakland, CA 94609
Park Day School actively seeks to build a diverse student, staff and parent community. We are an avid equal opportunity employer and seek applicants who reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, faith or veteran status.

PDS is an EEO employer and follows all applicable employment laws.

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