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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.
Teach six grade levels (kindergarten through fifth) of Elementary School Science classes weekly, in a dedicated lab where students engage in lessons and hands-on inquiry. This is a unique opportunity to develop and refine a dynamic program that utilizes labs, projects, explorations and experiments, to inspire students to explore and understand the world around them. Beginning August 16, 2021.
Essential Job Functions:
Teaching weekly, 45-minute science classes to children, ages five-eleven, in kindergarten - fifth grade. Science classes are held back-to-back, in groups of 13-14 students each with the following curriculum:
The science program immerses our students into a world of hands-on exploration and discovery, in order to foster an appreciation of scientific inquiry and develop scientific literacy. Our young scientists are introduced to a broad range of science disciplines and content, while also continuously working to develop their skills in, and understanding of, scientific processes. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are referenced to help design classroom learning experiences that are relevant and stimulate students’ interests in science, promote confidence for the subject, and foster a curiosity and will to learn.
Specific Subjects/Disciplines by grade-
Kindergarten: Five senses, the brain, the human body and major organ systems, nutrition and the life cycles of various organisms such as chickens, ducks, butterflies, tadpoles and mealworms
First Grade:Dinosaurs and fossils, engineering and design thinking projects to introduce students to the various fields of engineering and the process of designing, building and testing, and plant structure and function through the growth of Wisconsin Fast Plants
Second Grade: Electricity and electric circuits, energy and laws of motion, and the physics of sound
Third Grade: Earth and space science, biomes, animal adaptations, animal classification, food chains and webs, trophic levels/ecosystems, and the solar system
Fourth Grade: Engineering and design thinking projects to deepen students’ understanding of engineering and the process of designing, building and testing.
Fifth Grade:Scientific method, chemistry, the molecular nature of matter, physical and chemical changes, and robotics.
All Grades: Children are exposed to scientific current events at the beginning of each class through the “Science News of the Week”. There is one scientific article/event that is discussed all week for all grades in order to encourage conversations at home and around school with peers.
Continue to revise the established K-5 science curriculum and lesson plans that focuses on the utilization of labs, experiments and projects.
Work in collaboration with homeroom teachers and other Specialists including Music, Art and STEAM, to create integrated projects and experiences throughout the year. These collaborations support Life Skills, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the homeroom teachers’ as well as the specialists’ curriculum.
Use relevant technology (Promethean ActivWall and Activinspire software) to support instruction.
Excellent time management and flexibility planning, preparing and delivering instructional materials that facilitate an effective and inspiring learning experience.
Adapt teaching methods and materials to meet varying student needs and interests.
Write thoughtful narrative assessments on each student over the course of the year and thoughtfully communicating with parents and guardians as necessary.
Stay in close communication with homeroom teachers, student support services and administrators regarding students’ emotional, physical and academic well-being.
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Graduate degree in Science is preferred but a Bachelor's degree with experience will be considered.
2 years experience teaching Science at the Elementary School level.
Experience designing and implementing hands-on science curriculum at the Elementary School level.
Strong collaborative, organizational and communication skills and a positive disposition.
Ability to create a nurturing, appropriately challenging learning environment.
Patience, flexibility and an irrepressible sense of humor.
An interest in teaching social responsibility preferred.
This job requires a lot of time on one’s feet engaging with highly energetic children.
Lifting up to 50lbs.
Management and setup/breakdown of supplies and equipment for hands-on student explorations.
Basic Faculty Expectations:
These requirements apply to all Elementary School faculty members:
Embody school’s mission and its five basic commitments:
Model lifelong learning & engage in professional development.
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 the elementary school community.
Educate all constituents of developmental needs of adolescents and their families.
Demonstrate that work in the elementary school is centered around a love of learning and the development of the whole child as a positive, creative member of our community.
One of Crossroads School’s founding commitments is to develop a socially, economically and racially diverse student body. We are equally committed to 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.