BB&N is seeking a full-time Visual Arts teacher for Grades 1-6.
The visual arts program aims to offer children opportunities for self-expression, creativity, innovative thinking, and the development of confidence and pleasure in the creative process. Central to the curriculum are the beliefs that students will develop visual arts literacy in a variety of media as well as have experiences with authentic connections across disciplines with the inclusion of STEM.
The Visual Arts teacher is responsible for teaching Visual Arts classes, creating and maintaining a positive classroom climate, involvement in curriculum development, evaluating each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings, planning and presenting art displays designed to exhibit students’ work for the school community, working closely with other teachers in developing interdisciplinary learning experiences, preparing progress reports and conference with families throughout the year, and performing scheduled campus duties. The Visual Arts teacher is also responsible for planning and leading/co-leading Affinity Lunch.
Some additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, attendance at weekly faculty meetings, ordering of materials, tools, instructional aids, budget management, admissions work, Back to School Night presentation, and any other duties that may be assigned by Administration.
In addition, the Visual Arts teacher is expected to be committed to the following practices:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the curriculum and the community.
Using the visual arts to expand on the thoughts and ideas of the students.
Collaboration between adults in our community that evolves and advances practice.
Documentation and assessment of learning in ways that make the learning visible.
Understanding of Inquiry based-interdisciplinary research projects and the development of authentic and meaningful experiences that results in exemplary work (a student’s best work) and lifelong learning.
Organization and use of materials within different disciplines in skilled and inventive ways to deepen learning.
Installation of organized and aesthetically pleasing learning environments.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of three years teaching experience at the elementary level, an understanding of cognitive and social development for children at this age. The ideal candidate must also have knowledge and skills in 2D and 3D art, including but not limited to: drawing, painting, ceramics, woodworking, and know how to use the machinery that accompanies creating with wood and clay. In addition, candidates should be well-versed in interdisciplinary curriculum, project work, and anti-bias curriculum. A master’s degree within the field of education is preferred.
In addition, the candidate should demonstrate:
Joy working with elementary aged students, and an understanding of child-development for this age group
Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
Knowledge and commitment around diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the classroom climate and curriculum
A desire to continue seeking professional development
Excellent writing skills
Ability to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the curriculum
Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
Curriculum design experience
Ability to receive feedback
High standards of professional conduct
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols
BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community, which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.