CalWest's client school, Pilgrim School is seeking a thoughtful, experienced, and skilled educator to join our Social Studies Department in teaching in the middle school. This position offers an excellent opportunity to join a highly collaborative team of educators with a focus on innovation in teaching and learning. Pilgrim School teachers are involved in all aspects of student life and are expected to be active members of our community.
Mission Statement and Values
The mission of Pilgrim School is to nurture the mind, spirit, and moral awareness of our students.
In fulfilling our mission, we are committed to:
Enriching the mind:
• By developing strong academic and critical thinking skills
• By using tools and technologies to expand innovative thinking
• Through personal attention and support for each student
Nurturing the spirit:
• By offering participation for all students in the fine, visual, and performance arts, as well as team sports through our “no-cut” policy for athletics.
• By cultivating a climate of appreciation for the diverse contributions of people of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
Enabling thoughtful moral choices for the 21st century:
• Through the extraordinary diversity of our school, students of all backgrounds and beliefs study, work, and play in a context of mutual respect, preparing them to be global citizens and ethical leaders.
• By participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including community service, students learn the benefits of teamwork, cooperation, and shared experiences.
About Pilgrim School
Pilgrim School, founded in 1958, is an independent, co-educational school for students in Preschool through Grade 12 that includes an international high school boarding program. The school is cradled in Wilshire Center, 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and attracts a student body as varied as the city's population. Pilgrim is the only accredited K-12 independent school within Los Angeles’s urban core, and has a population of 400 students and more than 100 faculty and staff members. The Secondary School at Pilgrim consists of the Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12), with about 100 students in each.
Principles of Learning
The following principles articulate our core beliefs about learning, both for students and for faculty:
1. Everyone is capable of learning.
2. Learners actively create their own meaning and knowledge.
3. Learning is a personal process that takes patience and time.
4. Learners engage best when they see value and purpose in what they are learning.
5. Learners thrive in a safe and stimulating environment where the opportunity to grow from mistakes is valued.
6. Learners benefit from opportunities to learn with and through others.
7. Learners succeed when they are empowered to make decisions about their own learning.
8. Learning is deepened when learners have multiple opportunities to reflect, self-assess, and use feedback to improve.
Essential Qualities and Qualifications:
• Must love kids, especially middle school students!
• Demonstrated success in the design of interactive and inquiry-based Social Studies lessons, units, and assessments to ensure that all students can access and excel in the curriculum.
• Demonstrated ability to give strong feedback to students and parents about student learning.
• Strong desire for sustained professional learning in the teaching and learning of Social Studies and mastery-based (or standards-based) learning.
• Highly collaborative spirit and willingness to be a part of a team-oriented approach to learning across the school.
• Experience in mastery-based or standards-based grading and assessment methodologies is highly desired.
• Experience in teaching middle school level Social Studies are preferred.
• Single subject teaching credential in Social Studies and/or a Master’s degree in Social Studies education is preferred.
• Experience teaching in an independent school is preferred.
To be fully considered for this and all current and anticipated openings, we encourage you to upload your cover letter and resume to our website here: https://calwestlogin.com/apply?o=33fc2f84761ca0c835ea0083218aa5d8 (Current CalWest candidates need not apply here. Please email us at mysearch@CalWestEducators.com)
Please note: While we appreciate your interest, due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to all applicants or give individual application status updates; candidates selected for an interview will be notified.