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Teacher, The Learning Center

Full-time position
Effective August 2022

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Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) is seeking a full-time elementary teacher for The Learning Center at ACDS. The Learning Center (TLC) is a program within our school for bright children with language-based learning differences. Classes are taught in a ratio of 4:1 with a master teacher. If you want to help change children’s lives and be part of a collaborative, cohesive team, please reach out.

The specialized curriculum in TLC includes language arts, math, social studies, and social-emotional learning, all taught in a multisensory way. We meet the needs of our students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. 

Essential to success in TLC is patience, precision in instruction, and an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages. Teachers must also deliberately focus on collaboration, teamwork, and building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. We are looking for compassionate teachers who are open to learning.

ACDS will cover the costs of training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach of instruction. Teachers are expected to complete all training with fidelity.

Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated success in teaching children in an elementary or middle school setting; 5 years minimum
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow as an educator 
  • Commitment to teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, and resilience
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style 
  • Understand and embrace the unique concerns of our parents 
  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success in working with children with language-based learning differences
  • Experience with multisensory math instruction
  • Experience using the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Aptitude in promoting student inquiry and collaboration 
  • Experience in DEI work

Overview of TLC at Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best in a high-opportunity, low-stress environment, and when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

Like all ACDS students, TLC students have a homeroom teacher for language arts, math, social studies, and social-emotional learning. Elementary students join their grade-level peers for science, music, art, PE, and drama; in Middle School, students are integrated for science, PE, and nearly 50 electives. They participate in after-school sports, clubs, and overnight field trips. Additional work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) contributes to the student and faculty experience. We see TLC as a transitional program, expecting students to move to general education when they are ready. 

For more information about Almaden Country Day School and TLC, candidates are encouraged to visit our website or to reach out to Cecilia Robb.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to crobb@almadencountryday.org 

or

Cecilia Robb, Director of The Learning Center
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

 

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best in a high-opportunity, low-stress environment, and when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 380 students with an average of 20 students per class. Our graduates are prepared for a rigorous high school experience. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 25 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and art, and in the middle school, extensive choices for dozens of elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, and a robust integrated technology program all contribute to our emphasis on whole-child instruction.

ACDS parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

We seek educators who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school. All positions involve additional required duties, such as playground and lunch supervision, chaperoning field trips, and more. Administrators are occasionally called to serve as temporary substitute teachers.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website.

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