Graland Country Day School is seeking a K-8 visual arts teacher. Other responsibilities may include middle school advisory. In addition to possessing a degree in the visual arts, the successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of both lower and middle school students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively, has innovative ideas, integrates learning and is skilled at working with students, faculty and families. Additionally, the candidate should be experienced at creating a culturally responsive classroom.
The visual arts curriculum at Graland blends best practices in traditional pedagogy with experiential and innovative instructional practices. Graland’s curriculum is scaffolded from year-to-year and often integrates with core classroom curricula. Drawing, painting, multimedia, sculpture, and printmaking dominate the covered concepts. Opportunities to offer specialized courses such as jewelry making and graphic design exist in the ICE (Innovation, Creativity, and Expression) block for seventh and eighth graders.
Graland’s Cross-Division Faculty Members
Teaching across the K-8 landscape requires faculty members to be knowledgeable about the developmental stages of growth, be flexible thinkers and able to transition their focus easily. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to thrive. Being adept at collaborating not only with departmental teams, but also with core classroom teachers and innovation coaches is an expectation. We celebrate collaboration and faculty who support initiatives outside of their immediate realm. Serving as advisors, chaperoning trips, leading middle school clubs and championing student initiatives are often part of the Graland teaching experience.
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Status: Full-time, school year
Graland students are the kind of thinkers who can go anywhere and do anything. Graland's mission is timeless, but our world is constantly changing. New technologies and new discoveries about how children learn are just two examples of why we teach in new-fashioned ways.
Our approach is forward thinking: What skills will this year's preschool class need to be successful when they start careers? It's as much about teaching how to reason, how to question and how to take initiative as it is about knowledge. Graland's rich history began in 1924 when concerned parents and teachers came together to create a school different from others of the era. From its earliest days, Graland's approach to teaching was influenced by the philosophy of educator John Dewey, who believed in "progressive education" and an educational system adapted to the needs of children.
As it was then, Graland's focus today is on the whole child and on the development of a well-balanced individual of strong character who excels intellectually, athletically and creatively. We believe children should be challenged through experiences offered in an atmosphere of encouragement and high expectations. We understand that children taught by energetic, inspiring and creative teachers, who care deeply about each child's progress and development, are more likely to flourish. And, we recognize the importance of offering children the opportunity to thrive in a 21st century learning environment where innovation and technology are front and center.
Graland is a community of outstanding students and teachers working together with families for the benefit of each child. Our small class size allows students and teachers to develop close, enduring relationships - one of the premium advantages of an independent education. Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have 92 faculty members, 68 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Graland’s faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each member is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.
Achieve intellectual excellence,
build strong character,
enrich learning through the arts and athletics,
and prepare our students to be
engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders.
Ascende Omnem Montem
Climb Every Mountain
About Graland’s Middle School
Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade's MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students' experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students' academic and social well-being. The MESH team also serves as advisors within their respective grade levels. Foreign Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and are members of departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety of roles, including coaching sports or an innovation team in the Gates lab, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.
Professional and Personal Qualities
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
- Experience with MIddle School students preferred
- Excellent communication skills
- A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
· Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
· Provides a safe environment for students.
· Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
· Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
· Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
· Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
· Offers support during after-hours as needed.
· Likes to work with people and create solutions.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are to be submitted electronically.
Graland Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of Graland Country Day School to comply fully with all laws barring discrimination against employees, or applicants, for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status or physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, discipline, demotion, rates of pay or other compensation, employee benefits, tuition assistance programs and termination of employment.