Cambridge Friends School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade Quaker School located in Cambridge, Massachusetts is seeking a full-time Lower School Science Specialist to co-teach science classes for grades one through five for the 2021-2022 school year. Cambridge Friends school is a mission-driven school with a commitment to project-based, experiential learning. Guided by the six Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship, Cambridge Friends School focuses on educating the whole child in an environment that best positions the child for success. Guided by our mission, we are dedicated to social justice and equity.
A successful candidate will be knowledgeable in developmentally and grade-appropriate science content and pedagogy, and a collaborative educator who is experienced and committed to inquiry, project based-learning, and the scientific process. 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-bias efforts. The successful candidate will be responsive to student interests and open to ways to incorporate emergent science within the curriculum.
Science in grades 1-5 is taught with the homeroom teachers, and ranges from lead teaching to a co-teaching model (science specialist manages materials and much of planning when co-teaching). The Lower School Science specialist is available to consult with teachers in grades pre-K and K, offering support with curriculum and materials. The Lower School Science Specialist takes an active role in other aspects of school life (some lunch and recess coverage, participation in community events such as weekly Meeting for Worship, assemblies, division and full faculty meetings, report writing, and other duties as assigned.)
Candidates should have:
A Bachelors degree in a field related to education or science, Masters preferred
Previous teaching experience, preferably in Lower School Science
Experience in designing and implementing a wide range of science curriculum for grade 1-5
Demonstrated background in science either through coursework or work experience
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Familiarity with Next Generation Standards (NGSS) philosophy and standards, able to work in the four domains of science at all grade levels (life science, physical science, earth/space science, technology/engineering)
Experienced in designing and implementing a wide range of science curriculum for grades 1-5
Experience with Responsive Classroom preferred but not required
Strengths in working collaboratively with colleagues in the classroom and the wider community
Strong written and communication skills
Strong planning and organizational skills, as well as the ability to manage a wide range of resources
Cambridge Friends School seeks to hire candidates that contribute to the diversity of our community. It is Cambridge Friends School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, pregnancy, identity, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law.
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to:
Cambridge Friends School (CFS), is a Quaker elementary school (grades pre-K – 8), located in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the leading independent schools in Greater Boston, CFS offers an outstanding education guided by Quaker principles and a deep commitment to social justice.
We seek candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community.