The High School Science Teacher will be responsible for teaching Earth and Space science classes, and Grade 9 and/or 10 Integrated Science aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Science department offers a broad and challenging program anchored in developing proficiency in the investigating, sense-making, and critiquing skills that are key to learning science. With an emphasis on hands-on experiences, the science program seeks to have students think and act like scientists, develop a deep understanding of the core concepts in the discipline, and provide students with the knowledge and tools to address complex social and ethical issues.
Summary of duties
Teach 5 sections of High School Science including Earth and Space science classes, and Grade 9 and/or 10 Integrated NGSS Science
Participate in the HS advisory program
Develop a standards based curriculum with other members of the department
Monitor and evaluate students’ progress, prepare for parent conferences, craft narrative reports, etc.
Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research, and topics of importance in language arts education by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis
Organize and participate in field trips
Participate in regular, purposeful pedagogy meetings and in professional development sessions
Provide continuity of the students’ educational experience to allow a smooth transition from/to the US education system
Participate actively in the life of the School, through attendance at events, committee membership, and leadership of extracurricular activities
Perform other duties within the scope, spirit, and purpose of the job, as requested by the High School Principal
A Bachelor’s degree in science or a related field
Substantive experience teaching High School Science
Openness and desire to teach integrated, NGSS aligned courses in an intensely collaborative and innovative department
Desire to work closely with other teachers to develop and implement teaching and assessment strategies
Experience with standards-based curriculum and assessment
Readiness to teach classes (usually two to three preparations), including Earth and Space science, environmental science, or ecology and Science 9 or 10.
Familiarity with, interest in, and commitment to integrated science—willingness and enthusiasm, if not prior experience
Experience in a school with a similar teaching philosophy to that of ASL, which employs comparable teaching methods and curricula, or to have received training that will adequately prepare the candidate for the American style of teaching required by the School
Evidence of significant recent professional development
Excellent technology skills and experience integrating technology into the curriculum
Experience in a school with a similar philosophy, teaching methods, and curricula to those of ASL
Training and experience in cultural competency initiatives to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, department and workplace
Willingness to contribute to school life outside of the classroom
A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.
Advanced degree preferred
Earth-Space science, environmental science, or ecology specialty area or related experience
Experience in providing experiential or outdoor learning opportunities in ecology or environmental education
Experience of standards based curriculum and assessment practices
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London. Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement here.
About The American School in London
It’s about our entire school community. It’s about the way our students, teachers, parents, staff and friends come together to create an extended, yet focused “family.” Together, we form a dynamic caring community that steers the individual progress of each student.
Like any community, people come and go. Surprisingly, given that we’re the American School in London, people come from all over the world and they leave for all corners of the globe. More than 70 nationalities are represented here, creating an exciting mix of personalities, attitudes and cultures.
Our students are well-traveled with a worldly outlook, and through its mission, the School empowers them to thrive as lifelong learners and courageous global citizens by fostering intellect, creativity, inclusivity and character. In fact, despite their exotic itineraries, they often comment that being here is “more fun than vacation.” Our warm, welcoming spirit helps. Whether we’re a comparatively brief stop on a student’s travels or a long-term destination, we succeed in creating a stable, supportive environment in which students flourish.
The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Co...lleges and Schools and certified by Ofsted. ASL is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Our DEI statement can be found on our website: https://www.asl.org/about/mission-statement/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-statement
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