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Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 04/23/2019

At Catlin Gabel School, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work as educators. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, and we know our school's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.

Catlin Gabel's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our curriculum and in our mission. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Applications are welcome from anyone and everyone.

Position Title: Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Department: Middle School

FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)
Reports to: Middle School Head

This position teaches middle school social studies. A Middle School teacher is typically responsible for teaching four classes, as well as working with an advisory group of students. The classes could be in one grade level or across grade levels depending on the needs of the school. We seek applicants who are interested in a dynamic relationship with their colleagues based in positivity and collegiality. In addition to daily formal teaching responsibilities, teachers are expected to participate in, and lead, activities that include but are not limited to extra-curricular, experiential, and community service learning across grade levels. All faculty participate in overnight retreats and trips with students throughout the year. As a progressive school, we expect all employees to embrace whole child education, inquiry-based practices, educating for democracy, and experiential learning pedagogies.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated use of a variety of teaching methods to support different learning styles, academic abilities and genders, as well as have successful experience teaching social studies. Candidates should find excitement in helping all students build self-confidence and understand historical perspectives and how the past informs the present and future as part of their identity formation through exploration and discovery. Candidates should also understand and embrace culturally responsive teaching approaches to learning.

Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school’s life outside the classroom. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be taxing at times, we feel it is both necessary and rewarding.


Teach middle school social studies classes (typically four sections)
Work collaboratively with fellow staff members and administrators in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction as it pertains to specific grade levels and schoolwide program
Engage in culturally responsive ways
Collaborate with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, and execute special projects
Work with students to help them develop curiosity, creativity, teamwork, resilience, empathy, independence, time management, and responsible decision making
Communicate in a clear and timely fashion with parents, students, and colleagues
Have a high collegial quotient and be a committed and dedicated team player
Regularly attend, actively listen, and contribute to meetings
Develop, plan, and lead or co-lead experiential learning activities with a group of students
Pursue professional growth opportunities, and be accountable and responsible for individual professional learning
Actively partner to review, plan, and develop school's curriculum, horizontally and vertically
Coordinate and implement, at the classroom level, appropriate student assessments and utilize assessment results to enhance student learning, including differentiated instruction
Integrate the use of technology to enhance student learning
Create an inclusive classroom environment through regular class meetings, supportive exchanges with students, and clear expectations for classroom behavior
Actively support the school through participation in the variety of activities that make the Catlin Gabel School a vibrant community
Cooperatively work and communicate effectively with parents in conferences and written reports in ways that meet the needs of the students and the school
Support and follow the Employee Handbook for Policies and Procedure and MS Professional Expectations
Be a positive and contributing member of the professional community
Contribute to all teams by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds
Act as middle school advisor
Serve as an active member of a grade level team, including participating on class trips
Other duties as assigned by Middle School Head


BA or BS in social sciences or related field required.
MA or MS in social sciences or related field and/or related experience preferable.
At least three years demonstrated effective teaching experience required. Please do not apply unless you have three years of experience teaching middle school social studies or English.
Experience in curriculum development is a plus.
Experience with Understanding by Design instructional planning a plus.
Demonstrated experience with adolescents is required.
Use of internet, e-mail, and other appropriate technology applications is essential.
Understanding and experience with student-centered teaching, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment is preferable.
Passed fingerprint background check required.
First aid training preferable.

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