• Employment at Park Day School
    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: 6th Grade Spanish Teacher 
    Overview of the Position
    The 6th 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). The position will be between 8 - 10 hours per week.

    Park Day 6th grade Spanish is designed to accommodate students who are new to the Spanish language, as well as those who have been exposed to Spanish in elementary school or in their home community. In this class, students will be guided and supported to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish. The overarching goal is for students to engage with the Spanish language in both receptive and productive manners. The curriculum is rich and varied, and classes include verbal activities, written work, songs, games, and projects. Latin American culture will be explored through an in-depth focus on Spanish-speaking countries, the Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S., as well as a particular study of the United Farmworker movement in the United States. We seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice.

    • Teach two sections of 6th grade Spanish (roughly 40 students), developing curriculum and differentiating instruction for students who have never been exposed to the language as well as those who already have strong Spanish language skills. 
    • Continuously develop and examine the Spanish curriculum in conjunction with the K-8 Spanish Team.
    • Collaborate with the entire middle school staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically as well as to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity
    • Conduct ongoing student assessment and write narrative progress reports twice a year.
    • Communicate effectively and collaboratively with staff and parents.
    • Depending on availability and school needs, possibly commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as, teaching electives, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, and attend staff meetings.
    Candidates should:
    • Be fluent in Spanish
    • Be fluent in progressive educational theory and practices, be culturally competent, and have at least three years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. 
    • Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning. 
    • Be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and with multiple intelligences. 
    • Have a nurturing and supportive tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching. Infuse lessons with energy and joy, inspire a passion for learning, and anchor curriculum in meaningful contexts for deep understanding. 
    • Establish and maintain a healthy and mutually respectful learning environment. 
    • Have a proven track record of successfully working as a member of a teaching team.
    • Be culturally competent
    A valid teaching credential is strongly desired. 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
    PLEASE SPECIFY "6th Grade Spanish Teacher" IN THE SUBJECT LINE 
  • 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.