Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) seeks a passionate educator to teach Health & Human Development to students ages 9-16 in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. The Health & Human Development teacher will help the divisions ensure that all BFS students become equipped with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to understand their bodies, minds, and emotional responses, and how these elements work together to become whole, self-directed, compassionate and socially directed individuals. Our program is also explicitly designed to increase students’ media literacy skills and teach them how and why to question dominant narrative structures around power, access, race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, and gender.
A thriving PreK-12 grade school located in vibrantDowntown Brooklyn, BFS is a community of eager-to-learn and engaged students and highly committed and talented colleagues (BFS uses the all-inclusive term,colleagues, to refer to all rather than one that delineates faculty/staff). Founded in 1867,Brooklyn Friends School’s pillars of social justice, service learning/civic engagement, andQuakerism, serve as guideposts for our action-oriented collective work. Our school’shistory has been illustrious and reflective of the expansive nature of human experiences.Guided by our mission, BFS provides a dynamic, diverse, and robust social/emotionalenvironment and academic program that cultivates compassionate, intellectually curious,and confident changemakers. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but isnot limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity andexpression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physicalability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style.
This position reports to the Head of Middle School in partnership with the Academic Leadership Team.
Works in partnership and collaboration with division heads and colleagues to facilitate the needs and direction of the program.
Practices shared leadership in the classroom with students and in the division with colleagues.
Keeps abreast of, shares, and applies current research on teaching, learning, and human and child development.
Teaches for understanding?using multiple modalities, especially experiential and/or project based learning.
Engages parents through coffee hours and other as-needed conversations
Examines and uses student learner profiles, in particular those for students with learning challenges, and teaches with an understanding of how to differentiate, accommodate, and modify in ways that benefit a?ll? students.
Understands how to actively participate in Professional Learning Communities engaged in the growth of one’s practice.
Demonstrates attention to detail while keeping an eye on departmental and whole-division vision.
REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES
Bachelor of Arts in the field or other area required.
Master of Arts in the field or other area preferred.
Professional dedication to progressive education, the division, and the whole school.
Strong commitment to social justice, anti-bias education, and Quaker values.
Ability to meet and adhere to multiple deadlines and strong organizational skills.
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication.
REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES
Genuine ability and desire to work across differences and be respectful of them (intellectually and socially).
A respect for the life of the child.
Joyful and has a respectful sense of humor.
Compassion, integrity, and open-mindedness in all interactions.
Collegiality, approachability, flexibility, and adaptability.
Interest in and willingness to use new and different educational approaches.
Consistently strong, respectful, and gracious interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to partner and collaborate across professional statuses, i.e., with all staff, administrators, families, student body, local and national independent school community, and neighborhood community.
To apply, please provide the following:
Cover letter addressed to Dr. Glen Pinder, Head of Middle School. The letter should describe your interest and experience.
Statement of educational philosophy.
Resume or curriculum vitae.
List of three references.
Please email the above as attachments to: HR@brooklynfriends.org and put Health and Human Development Teacher in the subject-line.