Quad Preparatory School
Upper School Science Teacher (2021-22 Anticipated Openings)
Updated: April 8, 2021
Reports to: Upper School Academic Director
***We’d love to meet you! Please note that this role is an anticipated opening for the 2021-22 school year. Want to learn more? Come to our Career Night!***
The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.
Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:
Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.
We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.
We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.
We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing.
We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”
As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.
As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.
And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
The Quad Preparatory School is looking for an Upper School science teacher who is able to teach grades 8-12. The ideal candidate will be able to teach a wide range of secondary science courses, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, and Physics. Candidates who have a preference for teaching one or more discipline within the science scope and sequence may indicate this in their respective letters of interest. The teacher will provide academic instruction and social-emotional support to students in collaboration with our clinicians. Our classrooms consist of no more than ten students, and some classes are taught one-to-one or in dyads.
Teachers have the opportunity to receive mentorship, coaching, and support from the clinicians as well as academic administrators. A benefit of this position is the amount of professional development one will obtain in working with twice-exceptional youth and in being mentored by veteran special education teachers, academic administrators, and clinicians.
Plan and implement high-quality, engaging, hands-on science lessons and laboratories that are differentiated to meet the learning needs of the students.
Regularly assess the students and the curriculum, adapting content and instruction as appropriate; communicating assessment results to parents.
Subscribe to and implement the school’s philosophy of progressive and personalized education for twice-exceptional children.
Collaborate with the psychosocial teachers in planning and implementing an integrated program for executive functioning within the academic curriculum.
Map and evaluate curriculum.
Collaborate with other members of the science department to ensure a vertically aligned K-12 science program.
Develop and teach electives.
Create and maintain an orderly and aesthetic learning environment that accounts for students’ social, emotional, and executive functioning needs.
Maintain accurate records using both the learning management system Blackbaud as well as carefully managed portfolios of student work to illustrate and record progress and achievement.
Empower students to take charge of their learning by providing all necessary scaffolding, modeling, materials, and resources, and consistently maintaining a high level of expectation for student success.
Collaborate with other academic staff and psychosocial staff members to plan, integrate, and facilitate cross-curricular, inquiry-based projects.
Communicate with parents and guardians to provide feedback on pupils’ academic and social-emotional progress through parent-teacher conferences, written reports, phone calls, and emails.
Follow the professional code and policies of the school and conduct oneself in a way that promotes the mission of the school.
Utilize Google Suite, in particular Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
Attend all faculty and staff meetings and required special events (e.g., open houses, Curriculum Night, Carnivale).
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department Chair Expectations (if you would like to be considered for the department chair role, please indicate interest in your cover letter):
Lead regular meetings with science department staff, including all Upper School science teachers and the Lower School science specialist.
Ensure the documentation of each department meeting and communicate and follow-up on action items in a timely fashion.
Develop, implement, and refine, in collaboration with academic administration and science faculty, the scope and sequence of the science program for grades 2-12.
Establish science standards and, in grades 6-12, criteria for passing and ensure implementation by all members of the science team.
Ensure all Upper School science faculty submit syllabi, pacing guides and rubrics to define mastery.
Develop, in collaboration with the Chief Learning Specialist, enrichment and extension opportunities for academically gifted science students.
Observe and provide meaningful feedback to science teachers.
Serve on any search committee for a science teacher.
Love for working with children
Strong knowledge of and affinity for science
Desire and ability to work with students with special needs
Lesson planning and the ability to provide engaging and differentiated instruction
Ability to connect with school-aged children
Effective oral and written communication
A solid understanding of middle school-aged children’s academic, social, and emotional development
Attention to detail
Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
Time management and the ability to multitask
Teamwork and collaboration
Patience and flexibility
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fifth and sixth floors of a building with an elevator. This role requires working in various locations around the school and occasional travel to the Lower School campus approximately two blocks away.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is active and involves standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fifth or sixth floor. Typing is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time exempt position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Teachers work ten months out of the year according to the academic calendar (late August to late June). Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8:15 A.M.-4:15 P.M.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in science education, special education, science, or a related field.
Minimum one year of experience working with children in grades 8-12.
Preferred Education and Experience:
At least three years experience as a full-time high school science teacher.
Experience teaching AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and/or AP Physics.
Master’s degree in science education, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field.
Special education training, including training in the areas of gifted education and twice-exceptional youth.
Secondary Science and/or Special Education teaching credential.
Experience teaching twice-exceptional youth.
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.