The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent day and boarding school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including about 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Northwest School seeks a part-time Upper School Humanities teacher to fill in for a teacher on sabbatical during the third Trimester of the 2019-2020 school year. This is a 0.5FTE for Trimester 3. The time commitment for this position begins in late March and runs through mid-June.
Coverage is for two Humanities 12 electives, one in the social studies track and the other in our writing and literature track. See below for descriptions of each course.
Essential Functions Include: • Teach two sections of Humanities to twelfth-grade students. • Coordinate curricula with other department and grade level teachers. • Cultivate positive family partnerships. • Participate fully in the life of the school which includes collaborating effectively and collegially with a teaching team, grade-level, and department; engage regularly in formal, ongoing professional development beyond school based in- service; support colleagues and the school by substituting for absent teachers; participate in meetings, committees, and community gatherings; and know, understand, and uphold the mission, philosophy and values of the school. All teachers contribute to the school mission and community with activities such as supporting student social-emotional learning, interest groups (clubs), social events, and grade level trips.
Minimum Qualifications: • All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental sustainability, and global perspective. • A bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job. • Experience teaching advanced creative and analytical writing and research skills to high school students. • Demonstrated success with culturally responsive pedagogy. • Experience teaching a diverse student body through a social justice lens.
Preferred Qualifications: • A degree and/or background in creative writing and literature. • A degree in race and ethnic studies and/or a background in anti-racist pedagogy and anti-racist activism. Experience teaching from an intersectional lens especially related to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class. • Experience in curriculum development based on culturally responsive and racial justice teaching models.
Compensation: Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience and includes all professional responsibilities of a teacher, both in the classroom and community contributions. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
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Below are the course descriptions and list of topics to be covered in Trimester 3
Humanities 12 Writing Seminar: Identity, Joy, Justice, and Action
This is a reading, creative writing, discussion, and project-centered course that challenges students to consider the power of diction to construct and obstruct meaning, identity, awareness, justice, and change. A few of the questions that we will explore include: How do words shape who we are and how we encounter the world? What pleasure or new understandings can be derived by reading or writing lines of prose, poetry, and other genres? How do individual and institutional uses of language uphold systemic inequities, and how can this be changed? We will examine contemporary literature to develop an awareness of diverse perspectives. Units of the course include: observation and identity; 20th and 21st Century literature from communities of color and activists in the feminist and queer communities; and using humor and film as tools to encounter, expose, and educate. Designed for students who wish to become better readers and writers, this course will also expose students to a variety of writing styles and genres—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, humor, the media, and film—to support the process of becoming a better writer and critic. As we study each genre, you will write your own creative pieces in that genre, develop skills to constructively critique the work of others through workshops, and learn to produce your own distinctive voice on the page. We will also engage in activism projects in The Northwest School and broader communities.
• Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me unit - Relevant readings from Baldwin, Rankine, C. West, and others - Writing options: 1) write an epistle 2) write a manifesto 3) write a book review (if need to practice literary analysis) • Creative nonfiction/personal essay unit - Read personal essays - Encounter personal narrative through the lens of humor (watch stand up - Hasan Minhaj, Hannah Gadsby) - Write a personal/narrative essay (focus on creative nonfiction and the craft of the narrative essay); alternatively, write a humor piece in the style of stand up • Final portfolio - revise 5-6 pieces from the year
Humanities 12 Social Studies: Social Justice
What does it mean to believe in social justice? Why do social justice movements still need to exist? How can we act our values and engage in social change? This course roots students in a historical and contemporary understanding of the individual, institutional, and systemic underpinnings of oppression. We will examine race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of identity, power, privilege, and oppression through primary sources, historical analysis, literary excerpts, research, and other classic and contemporary texts on social justice. We will also examine how the rule of law upholds systemic oppression through the U.S. Constitution and subsequent legislation and decisions, and we will apply the lenses of critical race theory and intersectional feminism, among others. Self-awareness and understanding about our own positions as targets and agents of oppression are critical to this work; to this end, we will develop the knowledge and skills to uproot oppression from the inside out. This course will offer ample opportunities for student input and co-creation of units, such as partnering with local organizations and activists. Ultimately, students will encounter how theory translates into action and engage in their own advocacy work.
• Intersectional Gender and Sexuality Diversity/Activism Unit - Students particularly wanted to learn more about trans/GNC folx (of color) and the connections to other forms of intersectional oppression. - Currently expanding the unit to be more global and not just US focused as in previous years. - Discussion of ERA and other womxn's rights policies and practices in US and abroad, particularly those that are on the docket right this winter/spring. • Research Paper - By the end of T2, students will have found most of their resources, completed the requirements for the Annotated Works Cited List, and started building an outline. - In the spring, students will expand the outline, write and revise drafts of the paper, and prepare and deliver a presentation on their findings. • Intersectional class unit - TBD : based on where the students feel like they have gaps in their understanding and knowledge.
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About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.