Friends Community School (FCS) is a progressive co-ed Quaker K-8 day school serving a diverse student body from the greater Washington, D.C. area. FCS offers a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity, and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage. Faculty and staff are highly engaged and enjoy flexibility, autonomy, and creativity. FCS’s LEED-certified building is situated on 17 acres surrounded by Greenbelt National Park, nine minutes from the University of Maryland, College Park, and thirty minutes from Washington, D.C. Now in its 35th year, FCS serves 257 students with 54% self-identifying as people of color.
FCS seeks a full-time Third/Fourth Grade Teacher. The qualified candidate should possess and demonstrate an understanding of child development and progressive pedagogy. The Third/Fourth Grade teacher will teach TERC Investigations and Reading and Writing Workshops. We seek an individual who is knowledgeable and experienced with project-based and experiential learning. The qualified candidate will possess strong classroom management skills and the ability to create a welcoming and supportive classroom environment using Responsive Classroom. We seek an individual who respects and understands issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and incorporates them into their practice and the curriculum.
The Third/Fourth Grade Teacher teaches 16-18 students in a multi-disciplinary program of Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. The teacher serves on a teaching team with two Third/Fourth Grade teachers and will collaborate on, design, and create curriculum. The successful candidate should have experience with designing curriculum including units of study and assessment tools.
Possessing and demonstrating optimism toward teaching and student learning
Assessing needs of students and implementing effective lessons using anecdotal observations and formal assessments
Evaluating, assessing, and enhancing curriculum and materials
Providing differentiated instruction and designing project-based and experiential units of study
Creating a safe and respectful learning environment that reflects Quaker values and supports diverse learning styles
Utilizing conflict resolution, Responsive Classroom, and other developmentally appropriate methods of classroom management
Maintaining an attractive, welcoming, and organized classroom environment conducive to learning
Seeking professional development opportunities which will be paid by the school, in order to enhance knowledge and practice of teaching
Organizing and facilitating e classroom field trips related to curriculum and the School traditions
Documenting curriculum annually using Rubicon Atlas (training will be provided)
Supervising lunch and recess for students
Communicating with parents on a regular basis via email, telephone, or in-person
Writing detailed progress reports and conducting two parent-teacher conferences each school year as well as a Back-to-School Night presentation
Qualifications and experience:
4-year college degree; advanced degree(s) preferred
A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience
Familiarity with reading/writing workshop model from Teacher's College and Guided Reading, and Understanding by Design
Strong classroom management skills and knowledge of Responsive Classroom
Effective and strong oral and written communication skills
Knowledgeable and skillful with technology (such as Google Suite, Blackbaud)
To apply, please address a cover letter to Yonnette Moore, Head of Lower School, and submit via email the cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCS is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.