FLES Spanish @ The Blake School, Mpls

07 Nov 2014 11:45 AM | Anonymous

The Blake School (located in Minneapolis, MN) is looking for two bright and energetic Lower School Spanish teachers to join our outstanding and increasingly diverse faculty for the 2015-16 school year. This will be the second year of a proficiency-based, foreign language in the elementary school (FLES), program. Our instruction emphasizes oral communication and is part of a well-articulated Spanish sequence from PK to 12th grade. We are looking to hire two full time faculty members who would be capable of developing a meaningful curriculum that will engage students in relevant, age-appropriate communicative tasks, and that will allow learners to advance to the highest possible levels of Spanish proficiency within a FLES program.

This position requires teaching several grades, from PK to grade 5. Other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished teacher of Spanish with student-centered pedagogy and successful classroom experience in the Lower School. This position requires collaborative work with faculty (in and out of the Modern and Classical Languages Department), excellent interpersonal skills and strong organizational skills. Candidates need to be ready to engage fully with the community-based experience of an independent school. We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic, and proactive educator, with a passion for working with lower school children and supporting them in developing a high level of proficiency in Spanish.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

100% use of target language in the classroom
Experience using multiple strategies for Comprehensible Input
Curriculum design and instruction driven by ACTFL standards and language proficiency targets
Orientation to an oral proficiency approach
Varied, and creative pedagogical approaches
Constructive teamwork
Proven student results
Training and teaching experience at the lower school level
Training in the teaching of a world language and knowledge of essential concepts of Second Language Acquisition
Native or near native language skills
Knowledge of Latino/Hispanic cultures, preferably from meaningful experiences living abroad
Experience designing effective lower school language curriculum and assessments that are meaningful, engaging, cognitively challenging, and that are driven by proficiency targets
Involvement in ongoing professional development
The search committee will begin to review resumes on November 3. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
For full consideration, please visit www.blakeschool.org to apply online. 

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