Part-time teaching position (80% FTE) beginning August 2017
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 108-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor and joyful learning.
Our Library’s 40,000 item collection is deep, diverse, and tailored to meet the ever-evolving needs of our students, faculty, and families. Housed in a modern 5,000-square-foot space located at the center of our campus, it serves as a hub for teaching, learning, and community life. Blending the tried and true with innovation, the Burke’s Library supports 21st-century teaching and learning in its own curriculum and throughout the school program.
About the Role
The Library & Digital Media Specialist will work with students, teachers, and administrators to continue to implement a vision for a cutting-edge 21st century library. An ideal candidate is dynamic, committed to learning and growing as a professional, willing and able to collaborate with colleagues, and experienced in educational and library best practices. This role is part of the Library and Makery Team and reports to the Director of Curriculum and Program Innovation.
For the 2017-2018 school year, he/she will work with our Lower School students and teachers (Grades K-4), collaborating with another librarian who works with Upper School students and teachers (Grades 5-8) and with the Makery Facilitators and Technology Integration Specialists (Grades K-8). The division and nature of this work may evolve over time; we are looking for a candidate who is eager to be part of an ongoing dialogue about how our curriculum, pedagogy, schedule, and spaces can best meet our instructional goals.
To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information and ideas.
To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
To provide library service to the Burke’s community, including families and the Board
To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information and ideas
To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the library program is aligned with the school’s goals, objectives, and mission to “Educate, Encourage, and Empower Girls.”
Plan, teach, and co-teach lessons in the library and other classroom spaces
Co-manage the day-to-day operations of the library, including budget, program, collection development, circulation, volunteer training/coordination, and physical space
Assess, document, and report on student learning, including sharing information with other teachers, families, and school leadership
Participate in ongoing dialogues with teachers, administrators, and the Library/Makery team related to the integration of literature, media, technology, and other library resources within and across divisions
Train and support faculty in use of the library, its resources, and academic technology
Work with the Library and Makery Team and classroom teachers to develop and coordinate media literacy, research skills, and digital citizenship curricula
Collaborate with faculty to creatively and effectively harness a variety of ever-changing educational technologies and pedagogies
Participate as a member of the Lower School faculty including participating in division meetings, attending assemblies, serving on school-wide committees, chaperoning field trips, and sharing supervisory responsibilities
Professional Skills & Experience
Master's Degree (MLS, MLIS, or related field strongly preferred)
Library and classroom teaching experience
Vast knowledge of and deep passion for children’s and young adult literature
Experience designing and implementing curriculum that is informed by a deep knowledge of both child literacy and child development
Forward-thinking vision and a demonstrated interest in exploring ways literature, media, technology, and other library resources can transform learning
Proven collaborator with a history of working closely with a variety of colleagues
Expertise with project-based learning and educational technology
Lower-school teaching experience
Teaching credential and/or National Board Certification
Experience designing curriculum using the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework
Knowledge of and experience with the Responsive Classroom model
History of coaching and/or leading faculty professional development
Expertise with Apple technology (OSX and iOS), Google Apps for Education, Follett Destiny, and NoodleTools.
Additional Salary Information: Burke’s offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information about the school can be found on the website at www.kdbs.org . Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We empha...size the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.