Date Posted: January 2022
Starting Date: Fall 2022
Reporting to: Lower School Director
BB&N is seeking a full-time Beginner Homeroom teacher. The BB&N Lower School consists of Beginners through Grade 6.
The Beginner Team consists of two classrooms of 16 children each with two lead teachers in each classroom. Beginners, an inquiry-based program, is designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of young children (4’s and 5’s) through an integrated approach that follows emerging ideas from the community of children as they construct knowledge and meaning from their local and expanding global communities. Core skill sets are embedded and practiced as the Beginner teaching team facilitates project-based learning in the indoor and outdoor classroom environments. Cognitive skills are heightened as teachers introduce provocations to deepen the thinking and problem-solving skills of the children.
In addition, teachers are expected to be committed to the following practices:
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the curriculum and the community.
- Social-emotional learning
- Using the visual arts to expand on the thoughts and ideas of the students.
- Collaboration between adults in our community that evolves and advances practice.
- Documentation and assessment of learning in ways that make the learning visible.
- Understanding of Inquiry based-interdisciplinary research projects and the development of authentic and meaningful experiences that results in exemplary work (a student’s best work) and lifelong learning.
- Organization and use of materials within different disciplines in skilled and inventive ways to deepen learning.
- Installation of organized and aesthetically pleasing learning environments.
The ideal candidate should have teaching experience in emergent, child-centered preschool/early childhood education. Significant knowledge of child development and a strong understanding of the facilitation and practice of emergent negotiated early childhood curriculum is required. A candidate should have experience in daily observation and documentation in the classroom. A Master’s degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education is preferred.
Since this is a co-teaching position, qualifications include experience with team teaching and the ability to collaborate, share classroom responsibilities, and be flexible in working with a co-teacher. Three years of lead classroom teaching experience required. Creativity, love of children, knowledge of child development, experience with emergent curriculum and inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching practice are skill sets we are seeking for this position.
In addition, the candidate should demonstrate:
- Joy working with elementary-aged students, and an understanding of child development for this age group
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
- Knowledge and commitment around diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the classroom climate and curriculum
- A desire to continue seeking professional development
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the curriculum
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
- Curriculum design and assessment experience
- Ability to receive feedback
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school that engages students in grades Pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop those strengths to the fullest. The curriculum is challenging, forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible, designed to help qualified students, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of talents and interests, reach new levels of accomplishment. Co-curricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and other areas add important dimensions to students’ learning. Students learn on three age and developmentally appropriate campuses. At every grade, BB&N takes full advantage of the range of opportunities its locations afford.
BB&N is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. This commitment is integral to the mission and vision of the School. BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. At BB&N, we value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all. The different perspectives and experiences of our students define the fabric of our community and contribute to the growth of the individuals who call BB&N their alma mater and shape the classroom and extracurricular experiences. To have classmates and friends who are different from oneself, to come to truly know the background, experiences, and beliefs of a new friend is to learn more deeply about oneself and our world. There is no more important attribute in the preparation for global citizenship.
The vibrancy and vitality we feel in the classrooms, hallways, stages and playing fields of BB&N derive from the people who are here. At its root are the varied interests and experiences, the different backgrounds, cultures, religions, views, and perspectives that our students and faculty bring to their classes and families bring to myriad activities. Each of us adds to the richness of another’s experience. Working and playing together teaches us lifelong lessons about appreciating, knowing and understanding, and learning from each other.
Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, Personal Statement and/or Teaching Philosophy and Reference List. Please include your connection to BB&N’s mission and values in your cover letter.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols Schools takes the health and safety of its community members very seriously. Because we serve students, many of whom are not eligible for vaccination due to their age, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment. Documentation showing vaccination status will be required.