The Head of Lower School Science position (Grades K–3) is ideal for the dynamic, knowledgeable, and collaborative educator who has a strong understanding of child development and grade-appropriate science content and can apply this knowledge to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning. The ideal candidate will enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to build an inclusive community where diverse perspectives are valued, and demonstrate an eye towards innovation and interdisciplinary efforts.
As the lead Science teacher in the Lower School, this position offers an exciting opportunity to spearhead curricular and programmatic innovation, particularly when it comes to the Chapin STEAM program. In the ’21-’22 school year, the Chapin Lower School will move forward with plans for an exciting new Makers Lab. The Head of Lower School Science, in collaboration with the Lower School Technology Integrator, will help determine how to optimally use that space to advance the STEAM curriculum. As well, this person plays a key collaborative role in defining and designing our K-12 science curriculum in partnership with our Middle and Upper School Science Department Heads.
Candidates should be committed to culturally responsive teaching that makes meaningful connections between students’ identities and life experiences and their learning and be invested in the School’s ongoing anti-racist and anti-bias efforts. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a passion for and recognize the importance of an incredible science experience in an all-girls setting. Ideal candidates are reflective about their practice and avail themselves of professional development opportunities. Strong collaboration skills are critical as this position requires working closely with an Associate Teacher, Homeroom Teachers, and other departmental colleagues.
Candidates should have:
Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to education or science
Previous Teaching Experience, preferably in Lower School, Science or STEM
Demonstrated background in science either through coursework or work experience
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Strong candidates would have the following attributes and experiences:
A passion for science and an ability to creatively and joyfully convey complex ideas to students of all ages
Ability to thrive with a great deal of independence and autonomy
A playful, positive attitude and sense of humor
Strong written and oral communication skills
Strong planning and organizational skills
Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas
Experience with the latest educational technology and an interest in implementing new technology initiatives within the science program
Experience with Responsive Classroom
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12.
Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our... articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues.
Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward- focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.