Teacher High School ELA Teacher
The Lang School is a progressive independent school located in lower Manhattan serving grades K-12. Our high potential and gifted learners also have learning challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, EF difficulties, dyslexia, or high functioning autism. These twice-exceptional (“2e”) learners have a unique set of social-emotional and intellectual needs. We meet students where they are and empower them to achieve their next levels of excellence with research-based support & a robust Talent Development Program.
Our students are both unique and diverse, and we seek out and celebrate diversity in our community — in our identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status), as well as our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
We have a fall 2022 opening for a truly exceptional High School ELA teacher to lead-teach English Language Arts to our 8th through 12th grade students. The right candidate must be able to teach and differentiate for a group of students with unexpected sophistication in their thinking and, at times, significant challenges in executive functions and writing anxiety. Some of our high school students are brilliant at inference and higher level critical thinking, but are dyslexic, as well. We teach all of our students at their intellectual level, and we meet them where they are in terms of their need for supports.
At Lang, we prepare all of our students for a life of the mind that is guided by passion, ethics, hard work, and commitment. Our curricula, pedagogy, and research-driven academic and social-emotional supports all serve this mission in a way that is tailored to meet the needs of each of our twice-exceptional students in partnership with their parents.
All Faculty at The Lang School:
Are committed to examining their work through an equity lens: looking at the intersections of their identities and the identities of their students and colleagues, and reflecting on opportunities to learn and grow in that analysis;
Work collaboratively to ensure that each child’s unique needs are met, that they are challenged, that they are sufficiently supported so they can achieve at a high level, and that they reflect on their accomplishments with a growth mindset;
Have exemplary communication skills, written and spoken;
Have deep knowledge in and passion for their area(s) of specialty.
- Completed MS.Ed.;
- Undergraduate degree in English or Comparative Literature;
- Three+ years of full-time, lead-teaching ELA experience;
- Exceptional classroom management and classroom community-building skills;
- Proficiency with classroom technologies (e.g., SMARTBoard, Google Suite);
- Absolute tenacity — a “whatever it takes” attitude to individual student learning that is proximal (i.e., Vygotsky’s ZPD);
- Genuine appreciation for the perspectives of students, colleagues, and leadership;
- Adaptability, flexibility, and ability to improvise;
- A genuine commitment to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS);
- Dedication to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and practices.
- Training or willingness to undertake training in research-based reading and writing programs to support learning challenges.
- Collaborate with colleagues and staff developers to create rigorous and engaging unit/lesson plans and projects;
- Submit all curricular materials for staff developer and leadership review upon request;
- Maintain detailed records of curricular successes/failures/adjustments;
- Maintain detailed records of student progress and other noticings;
- Consistently provide students with feedback and opportunities to improve their work with research-based supports designed to be faded and adjusted over time;
- Provide student updates to all interested parties on request;
- Proactively identify and work toward resolving student learning challenges, including the integration of appropriate staff partners (doctoral-level school psychologists, reading & writing specialists, OT, SLP, college counselor, staff developers, dir. for education, school leadership);
- Build and maintain strong, trusting relationships with students, colleagues, and parents;
- Participate wholeheartedly in all school and grade meetings, and in opportunities for professional development;
- Write twice-yearly progress reports (narrative & numerical) for all high school ELA students, and participate in twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences;
- Advisory responsibilities for seven to eight students in a co-led homeroom class.
Compensation is competitive and based on credentials and experience. We offer a competitive benefits package, including fully paid health and life insurance, employer-matched 401K, ample PTO, and generous opportunities for paid professional development.
Please submit a resume and cover letter specific to our population and program. All applicants follow the same process for submitting materials, and we review them using the same lens and rubrics.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Pay: $75,000.00 – $150,000.00 per year
All Lang students and staff are expected to get vaccinated and boosted timely (barring medical exclusion) as vaccines become available.