TEACHER OF JUDAIC STUDIESMiddle School
TEACHER OF JUDAIC STUDIES
Middle School | Full-Time
About Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School
The world is rapidly changing, and in order for our children to succeed, schools must change too. At KYMS, we are redefining what is possible in Modern Orthodox Yeshiva education by actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry and creative design through empirically supported approaches to academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth.
KYMS is a warm, student-centered, interdisciplinary, multi-age middle school committed to cultivating Bnei and Bnot Torah who think critically and creatively while exuding confidence and compassion. KYMS is devoted to the importance of providing such opportunities equally for both boys and girls while cultivating a culture of mutual respect and spiritual growth in single gender classes.
Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School, a new, educationally progressive, 6-8 Modern Orthodox Day School located in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and talented Rebbe or Morah for the position of Limudei Kodesh teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to subject area expertise in Gemara and / or Tanach, we are looking for an educator who is student-focused, passionate, and excited about adding his or her unique voice to our team. Creativity, flexibility, organization, preparation, and dedication are a must for this position. The Limudei Kodesh teacher will use deep textual knowledge together with knowledge about best practices and instructional strategies to develop small group instruction modules, scaffolding for independent and chavruta study, as well as long-term project based learning units in Torah She-Bichtav and / or Torah She-Ba’al Peh.
The successful candidate will be able to:
- Identify, understand, and deeply relate to the spiritual and religious needs of Modern Orthodox middle school students.
- Lead a mixed-age and ability class along with other teaching team members.
- Work collaboratively with school-based team to design and implement project-based and inquiry-based integrated Limudei Kodesh curriculum.
- Utilize research-based best practices in Limudei Kodesh instruction to create rigorous, dynamic, skill-building learning environments for middle schoolers.
- Demonstrate excellent classroom management skills, and cultivate a classroom culture where students take ownership of their own learning.
- Assess students in a variety of ways, including informal and formal assessment, and use that data to assist student growth and self-reflection.
- Integrate a Design-Thinking methodology into the curriculum to support student-centered instruction.
- Cultivate a positive classroom environment that will engage students in learning and foster creativity through problem-solving and the development of 21st Century skills such as communication and collaboration.
- Utilize dynamic instructional groupings to meet the needs of all learners.
- Determine students’ academic and social emotional learning goals and ensure they’re met.
- Be active in the school community (attend events at Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School, including professional development, open house events, among others).
- Design dynamic learning experiences that incorporate the learning principles of Yeshiva Middle School.
- Communicate learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students on a regular basis.
- Establish and maintain positive, transparent relationships with founding members of the Yeshiva Middle School community.
The successful candidate will have:
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in education.
- A graduate degree in Judaic Studies or semicha.
- Prior experience with creating child-centered learning activities, including classroom teaching experience with middle school students.
- Experience with constructivist pedagogy and a student-centered classroom.
- Ability to set concrete, ambitious goals for students.
- Willingness to work with students outside of their academic content area
- Ability to show a reflective mindset, an intellectual curiosity, and leadership potential.
- Willingness to fully participate in the fast-paced “all-hands-on-deck” culture of a first-year, multi-age, 6-8 Orthodox Day School.
- Interest in co-teaching with colleagues in Judaic Studies, Humanities, and STEAM at the 6-8 grade level so as to create meaningful integration between secular and Judaic Studies curriculum.
- Desire to take risks in an environment where the success and failure of all initiatives will be publically shared so as to advance the field of Jewish Education in North America.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
If you want to be part of a team of passionate and talented educators that are committed to changing the face of Jewish education, please email your resume to Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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