Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Teacher

The Advent School, Boston, MA

Accredited by AISNE

The Advent School, located in the Beacon Hill section of Boston, Massachusetts, serves 200 students in pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. A mission-focused school founded in the principles of social justice, Advent has served the students and families of Boston since 1961. Through its Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Advent's faculty deliver authentic, rigorous, and experiential learning opportunities that encourage students to "learn with passion, act with courage, and change the world."

The Advent School seeks a Fifth Grade co-teacher. The Fifth Grade co-teacher is part of the Upper Grades, a program explicitly designed to promote collaborative problem solving and student-directed project work. The Upper Grades at Advent include an advisory model rooted in principles of social justice for the support of social-emotional learning.

The Fifth Grade co-teacher will:

  • Design and facilitate thematic, academically rigorous, student-centered curricula
  • Assess students to determine instructional goals and areas of growth
  • Collaborate with families and colleagues to provide authentic opportunities for learning

The Fifth Grade co-teacher position is a salaried position for the 2021-22 academic year that includes medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, professional development opportunities, and vacation benefits.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Foster a safe, predictable, and supportive environment for students.
  • Demonstrate appropriate planning and preparation for effective instruction, documentation, and assessment of student learning.
  • Interact in a respectful and collegial manner that fosters a healthy faculty culture, working collaboratively with colleagues and administrators. 
  • Communicate regularly with families about the curriculum and their child’s progress, e.g., writing semi-annual student progress reports, conducting conferences with families.
  • Professional Development is the cornerstone of maintaining the highest standards of education that we provide at The Advent School. In that regard each teacher is expected to engage in professional dialogue as a teacher/learner and researcher and to participate in professional development as follows:
    • Authentically engage in self-reflection and annual development as defined by the Faculty Growth and Evaluation Cycle.
    • Participate in Faculty Work Week collaborating with peers on curriculum during a multi-day workweek, as scheduled by the Head of School.
    • Participate in regular meetings with the Head of School and the Department of Teaching and Learning, including Friday Faculty meetings.

Required Skills & Characteristics

The Advent School is a good fit for professionals who believe in the School's mission of education for equity and social justice. Candidates should possess strong personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and be resourceful, responsible, and collaborative.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience teaching thematic or project-based units and extensive knowledge of how to instruct students in the development of literacy and mathematics skills using the workshop model, in addition to being:

  • A lifelong learner
  • An advocate for anti-bias teaching, both for children and adults
  • An enthusiastic, caring practitioner who believes that their students can change the world
  • A strong writer, comfortable communicating with families and colleagues

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter and the names of three references to Gretchen Vice, Dean of Faculty, In your cover letter, please include your connection to the mission of The Advent School.