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The Nueva School Middle School Social Emotional Learning Teacher in Hillsborough, California

The Nueva School

Middle School Social Emotional Learning Teacher

Full Time? 2021-22

Nueva?s Social Emotional Learning Program

As part of Nueva's commitment to nurturing the whole child, our nationally recognized Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program plays an integral role in curriculum and community at every grade level. Students and adults work collaboratively to create a vibrant, safe learning environment in which all members of our Beloved Community are seen, heard, and empowered. The SEL program seeks to develop empathy and resilience in children by supporting them to see multiple perspectives, take calculated risks, and develop tools to overcome challenges.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan curriculum and teach weekly classes for middle school students, supporting the development of social and emotional learning skills, including community building, collaboration, positive communication, respect for others, awareness of different learning styles, and identity development

  • Create responsive, safe spaces for students to discuss social and emotional issues and help students develop strategies for managing themselves and their relationships in a positive and supportive manner

  • Attend weekly faculty/staff and student wellness meetings

  • Supervise recess play and provide recess spaces for students to gather; this may include friendship groups, a wellness club, a kindness club, or affinity groups

  • Collaborate with our Social Justice and Equity team to support students and incorporate an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into teaching practice

  • Support social events such as dances and grade-level social nights

  • Plan parent education events to convey SEL practices, skills, and language to strengthen the school-home partnership

  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate SEL topics and practices into the wider curriculum; support classroom teachers with integrating skills for greater social and emotional awareness across the school

  • Work with grade-level deans to respond to grade-specific SEL issues and support restorative justice efforts when discipline issues arise

  • Collaborate with deans and technology office to create lessons around digital citizenship and work with students on positive on-line behavior

  • Engage in the school?s travel program, including chaperoning field trip and grade-level trips; support grade-level deans in creating travel groups

Job Skills

  • Capacity to engage students in authentic and joyful ways

  • Active listening skills

  • Support positive racial and social development of middle school students

  • Fierce advocate for middle school students

  • Equity-minded with an understanding of intersectionality

  • Willingness to lean into discomfort and create trusting environments where others seek to do so as well ?

  • Ability to foster social and emotional acuity and to manage emotions as well as understand and empathize with the emotions of others ?

  • Nurture and encourage a lifelong love of learning through joyful, authentic, and rich learning experiences ?

  • A profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area

  • Demonstrate an understanding of early adolescence/adolescence development with an emphasis on the gifted

  • Be familiar with the developmental stages of adolescence and have knowledge of or be willing to learn about the particular needs of intellectually gifted children

  • Ability to hold multiple truths and a commitment to valuing and including diverse perspectives and approaches

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or advanced university degree, with a minimum of three years of successful experience working with adolescents

  • Demonstrated mastery in area of study and ability to teach within and across academic disciplines

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

  • A desire to integrate curriculum with other subjects and to teach and work collaboratively

  • Experience with gifted learners or desire to work with gifted students and learn about this population

  • A willingness to travel and support students on extended trips

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information three references at . To address specific questions, please email Scott Bowers, at .

The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer ? we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability or sex. We welcome applications from people of color and those with experience outside the education field.

About The Nueva School

The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 1000 students PreK?12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize?winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter ?Average Is Over.?