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SIXTH GRADE TEACHER - 2018-2019

Rossman School is searching for an experienced educator to assume homeroom responsibilities for its sixth grade for the 2018-2019 academic year. The ideal candidate will be paired with another sixth grade homeroom teacher to form the sixth grade homeroom team.  

Working collaboratively, the sixth grade homeroom team plans and teaches the language arts and mathematics curriculum. The homeroom teaching team will also collaboratively assess student work. The language arts curriculum includes the study of multiple novels, an independent reading program, reading comprehension activities, Wordly Wise, grammar and proofreading skills, spelling and extensive training in writing, focusing on the 6+1 Traits. The mathematics curriculum is based on a two-tiered system of teacher-led Everyday Mathematics and an independent program using Transition Mathematics (both from the Chicago Math Project). 

The sixth grade homeroom team is involved in advising parents on pre-adolescent development. Along with the school’s administration, the sixth grade homeroom team is involved in the secondary school application process. In addition to traditional report card comments, the sixth grade homeroom team collaboratively completes a common recommendation form for each student for secondary school admission and answers specific questions from secondary school admissions teams should they arise.  

The homeroom team is also responsible for character building activities based on the four key tenets of Rossman School: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Kindness. One such activity is a four day rustic camping adventure in the fall that the homeroom teachers experience with the students. Teamwork and personal character building are emphasized on this trip. During the later part of the school year, the homeroom team plans and leads the sixth grade’s graduation from Rossman School.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with pre-adolescent children. He/she will be committed to the notion of collaborative team-teaching and designing effective and challenging curriculum for talented students with another educator. This individual will demonstrate a dedication to honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility — the pillars of Rossman’s character program — in his/her interactions with children and adults. He/she will possess a strong work ethic, a love for teaching, the ability to effectively interact with parents, a good sense of humor, the ability to work closely with a colleague in the classroom, flexibility, adaptability, poise and an overall commitment to a child's academic and social betterment. Experience in an independent school is not required.  Salary and benefits will be commensurate with other area independent schools and an applicant's experience. 

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LOWER SCHOOL DIRECTOR - 2018-2019

Rossman School is seeking an experienced leader for its Lower School (grades JK-2), beginning August 1, 2018. The Lower School Director works closely with the Head of School, the Upper School Director and the senior administrative team to fulfill the school’s mission — Rossman School provides a strong, well-balanced education in a nurturing school community committed to excellence.

The Lower School Director works collaboratively with the Upper School Director to ensure that the school’s curriculum and programs support the school’s mission and standards of excellence. The directors provide leadership for curriculum reviews, maintain the Curriculum Guide, and support the faculty in carrying out the curriculum. Rossman School uses Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (ERB CTP-4) as a tool to assess the progress of individual students and classes as well as the overall academic program. The Upper and Lower School directors carefully analyze school-wide test results on an annual basis and share their findings with the Board, faculty and parent body. They engage in regular professional development in order to stay abreast of current best practices and thoughtfully apply this knowledge to the school’s curriculum.

Strong relations between the Lower School Director and faculty are critical to the school’s continuing growth. The Lower School Director supports homeroom and specialty teachers for JK through second grade as they carry out the curriculum by observing classes and providing consistent feedback. The Upper and Lower School Directors encourage the growth of all faculty members by organizing in-service workshops, leading division meetings, and informing the faculty of external professional development opportunities. They also support teachers new to Rossman School through the New Teacher Program.

Rossman School believes in meeting the needs of individual children. The school’s unique team teaching model supports this goal by lowering student-teacher ratios and enabling teachers to differentiate curriculum on a daily basis. The Upper and Lower School Directors work collaboratively with the faculty to develop productive “team teaching” as defined by the school and maximize differentiation of curriculum. Additionally, the Lower School Director works closely with the Learning Specialist and Lower School faculty to meet more specific needs of individual children. This work includes facilitating student review meetings, communicating with parents, providing a historical perspective of children’s progress, and determining action plans for individual students.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience as an elementary school teacher and possess a love and understanding of lower school children. This individual will demonstrate a dedication to honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility — the pillars of Rossman’s character program — in his/her interactions with children and adults. He/She will have a record of collaborative leadership working with teachers and administrators to further a school’s mission. He/She will possess strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to successfully and wisely navigate student/teacher, parent/teacher and teacher/teacher issues. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong work ethic, flexibility, adaptability, poise, and an overall commitment to a child’s academic and social growth. Experience in an independent school is not required. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with other area independent schools and an applicant’s experience. A master’s degree is preferred.

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