Middle School History Teacher (Grade 8)

Brooklyn, NY

Poly Prep seeks applicants for the position of Middle School History Teacher for the 2024-2025 academic year who are excited to teach our 8th grade course and engage students in the process of research as they learn to ask thoughtful historical questions about the 20th century world and the United States’ role as an imperial and cultural power. The students in this course read challenging and thought-provoking primary and secondary sources about diverse regions of the world, and at year’s end present a capstone project of their own research, inspired by their curiosity and willingness to question the historical roots of events whose resonance we see today. This course currently has a strong and effective structure that scaffolds the research process using case studies from around the world, but also presents an opportunity to develop an innovative curriculum depending on the expertise of the teacher and interests of the students

We seek an individual who is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and empowering all of our students by fostering extensive cultural competencies, life-long love of learning, and the commitment to improving their communities. The ideal candidate for this role is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with knowledge and practice in 20th century historical developments, foundational research skills, creative and analytical approaches to assessment, and student-centered, interdisciplinary pedagogy. Qualified applicants will have experience teaching at the middle school level, differentiating instruction for a wide range of learners in our diverse school community, and incorporating technology appropriately in the classroom. They will exhibit a passion for teaching history, dedication to ongoing professional growth, high levels of professionalism, and personal integrity and collegiality that will enrich a high-achieving, collaborative department.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Teaching:

  • Teach 4 sections of middle school history
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date online gradebook, effectively and supportively communicate with students and families in a timely manner, and provide written and oral feedback on student progress
  • Work with students on an individual basis, as need be
  • Work collaboratively with a teaching team to develop challenging and meaningful curricula

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assume role as an advisor for a group of students (approximately 7)
  • Advise a club, affinity group, or activity, and supervise periodic study hall
  • Demonstrate energetic responsiveness to feedback and commitment to professional development
  • Attend and actively contribute to all-school, department, division, and team meetings
  • Accompany students on occasional curricular trips
  • Attend community events throughout the school year

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history or related disciplines is required, Master’s degree preferred

Experience: Two years of teaching experience in middle school history or social sciences

Requirement: All employees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of their full COVID 19 vaccination.

Salary Range: $71,563 - $98,915

Poly Prep strives to be an equitable, just, and diverse community, one proud of and deeply committed to empowering students to discover who they are and what they want to be. In keeping with the country day school philosophy, we seek community members who will share a passion for learning in and out of the classroom.

We offer a supportive environment, with a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a generous match on our 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability, flexible spending account, pre-tax commute benefit, and free lunch).

How to Apply: Click [Apply for this position] to submit your resume, cover letter, and specific evidence of qualifications to Virginia Dillon, History Department Chair.

Poly Prep is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.