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Crossroads School is an independent, K-12, coed school of nearly 1,200 students, located in the beach city of Santa Monica, CA. Founded in 1971, Crossroads was founded on five core commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to a student body of social, racial, and economic diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Crossroads has been recognized for decades as an innovative force in education and for the public good. Its progressive philosophy, strong community and culture, emphasis on diversity and inclusion (50% of students and 38% of faculty identify as people of color), and a belief that all domains of school life (arts, athletics, service, etc.) are equally integral to a child’s development and well-being have made it a top choice for families in Los Angeles. It is a particularly exciting time for the School: current initiatives include the fully endowed Equity & Justice Institute, an ambitious 15-point strategic plan and a capital campaign to construct a performing arts complex on the 21st Street campus.
Crossroads School seeks an innovative and dynamic Middle School Science Teacher for the school year. Crossroads offers a variety of opportunities and enriching activities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in. At Crossroads, we strive to develop and nurture each child’s potential, while challenging them to inquire, observe, and think critically about the world around them. The Middle School Science program works on a spiraling curriculum and applicants must be comfortable with Earth, Life, and Physical sciences.
The eighth-grade science curriculum includes the following units of study: Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, and Biology. Textbooks are not used; instead, articles, excerpts from texts, and various lab investigations have been constructed to supplement the material taught throughout the year. Science teachers utilize the principles of project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and experiential education to communicate the subject matter at this progressive institution.
Essential job functions include:
In-depth knowledge of the subject matter, including the Next Generation Science Standards
Provide a motivating and stimulating learning environment for students of all different backgrounds and learning styles
Experience with and an understanding of the unique characteristics of middle school students
The ability to develop, design, and modify science curriculum from year to year, with an emphasis on project and lab-based learning
Comfortable with a variety of assessment styles
Experience or comfort with outdoor environmental education
A collaborative and flexible growth mindset
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
An understanding of and commitment to the Crossroads Philosophy
Education: BS or BA in a Scientific Field required, MA preferred
Years of Experience: 5+ MS years preferred
Specific Skills: (technical/interpersonal)
Licenses or Certifications:
Basic Faculty Expectations
These requirements apply to all Middle School faculty members:
Embody school’s mission and its five basic commitments:
to academic excellence,
to the arts,
to the greater community,
to the development of a student population of social, economic, and racial diversity,
to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Model lifelong learning & engage in professional development.
Collaborate and engage with all constituents in middle school community.
Educate all constituents of developmental needs of adolescents and their families.
Demonstrate that work in the middle school is centered around advocacy for students and the creation of their identity and independence.
This job description is simply intended to identify some of the duties and responsibilities of the position. Duties other than those expressly specified, may be assigned from time to time. The school reserves the right to modify, supplement, delete or augment the duties and responsibilities specified in the job description at the school’s sole and absolute discretion.
One of Crossroads School’s founding commitments is to develop a socially, economically, and racially diverse student body. We are equally committed to a supporting a vibrant and diverse workforce. Crossroads is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer; we do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation. People of color, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.