Position Description With world-class science labs designed to support thought-provoking, lab-based, hands-on learning experiences, Burke’s seeks an educator who can inspire a passion for science by modeling best practices in teaching and implementing student-centered, inquiry-based lessons that develop skills around scientific thinking, the scientific method, and the process of experimentation. Emphasis is placed on real-world applications, problem-solving, and effectively communicating the results of a scientific investigation through writing. There is also a focus on climate science, and the seventh and eighth grade course sequence uses the Introductory Physical Science curriculum. In addition to teaching laboratory-based 7th and 8th grade science sections, responsibilities include advising a group of students to support social-emotional learning and strong learning habits.
Job Responsibilities include: • Teaching 7th and 8th grade science sections & Advisory; this includes: o Formally assessing and reporting on student progress three times per year using checklist/narrative report cards o Providing extra-help sessions during and after the school day, as needed o Planning and supervising field trips relevant to curriculum o Preparing advisees for and supporting them in two student-led parent conferences per year o Accompanying advisees on outdoor education trips, both day and overnight o Shared mentoring of Science Support Teacher with 5th/6th Science teacher • Communication: o Effective communication with colleagues in support of a collegial and collaborative professional community o Timely and supportive communication with students, parents, and caregivers to foster a strong partnership with families • Collaboration: o Participate in regular team meetings including advising team in addition to attending faculty meetings o Contribute to curriculum development and revision • Supervisory duties as needed
Position Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, preferably science-related • Experience teaching inquiry-based lab science, preferably at middle-school level • Demonstrated confidence in: o differentiation of instruction o cultural competency o project-based learning o innovative use of technology in instruction o Understanding by Design approach to curriculum design (preferred) • Commitment to: o equitable and anti-racist teaching practices o integrating service learning into classroom projects o modeling lifelong learning and professional growth by engaging with professional development opportunities • Understanding of, and appreciation for: o the social-emotional development of adolescent girls o providing opportunities for learning through play by inviting creativity, imagination, curiosity, and tinkering into the classroom • Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards and commitment to teaching climate science
Personal Qualities: • Passion for science and science education • Flexible • Creative • Collaborative • Possessing a growth mindset and openness to feedback
To Apply Interested Candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resumé, and references to burkes.workable.com. No calls or additional emails, please.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation - The school offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information on the school can be found on the website at www.burkes.org. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
About Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth. Burke’s is deeply dedicated to the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the entire program from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our DEI commitment is woven into our adult professional development for all constituent groups. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher-level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.