Employment

Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, K-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 375 students, is located in Danbury, Connecticut. Wooster educates a diverse population of students in academic ability, socioeconomic background, and ethnicity. The School is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. Wooster is a community of thinkers, learners, and creators. By combining tradition, innovation, and the power of relationships, we produce curious, capable and compassionate learners who possess the skills and dispositions to be successful and fulfilled learners for life.

Middle School Learning Specialist

Wooster School is seeking a Middle School Learning Specialist. This is a full-time position.

The Middle School Learning Specialist works to support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation. The Learning Specialist works with parents, students, and outside professionals. The Learning Specialist’s primary area of responsibility is to ensure that each student may learn and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally in a nurturing and responsive classroom and school environment.

Wooster believes that all students can achieve at their highest levels if they receive specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs. By providing support that builds on their strengths and mitigates their challenges, we strive to create an environment that is engaging and able to spark the desire to learn.

The work of the learning specialist focuses on students with language based learning disabilities, accommodation plans, and the full range of learning needs that students may present.

Specific Learning Specialist responsibilities include (but not limited to)

  • Teach learning support classes for middle school students
  • Write, manage, and communicate about all middle school learning plans
  • Communicate with students, parents, and faculty concerning students progress and learning plans
  • Work in conjunction with the leadership team to recommend tutors, psycho-educational evaluations, etc.
  • Attend weekly grade level meetings
  • Push into content area mainstream classes to support students and faculty
  • Be a part of the middle school faculty team that provides interventions to students in need
  • Teach in the Bridge program as either a content or support instructor
  • Oversee and lead PPT meetings
  • Read admissions files for incoming students and make recommendations to the leadership team
  • Manage accommodations for students with standard testing accommodations and internal assessment practices
  • Act as an advisor to an assigned group of students
  • Participate in Wooster’s extracurricular program as a club leader, coach and/or chaperone
  • Meet with middle school faculty to support best pedagogical practices
  • Manage student support and overview of our assessment tools and systems

Expectations and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Special Education
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience in the classroom
  • Special education certification and Wilson certification preferred
  • Involvement in coursework and staff development related to reading, writing, literacy, curriculum, assessment, technology
  • Experience in leadership roles
  • Ability to model for, work with, plan with, and coach others

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Innovation and Design Coordinator

Wooster School is seeking an Innovation and Design Coordinator. This is a full-time position.

The Innovation and Design Coordinator (IDC) will manage Wooster School’s Makerspace teachers and be responsible for collaborating with faculty on embedding the principles of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) across the curriculum in years K – 12 . This role requires an inspirational educator who can influence, motivate and encourage our learning community through design and making though creating innovative learning projects. Using our two purpose-built Makerspaces the co-ordinator will empower staff and students in using technology and making to develop the creative skills required to thrive beyond school. The coordinator will understand how technology and a connectivist approach to learning inspire and enhance the capacity of all learners in the digital age. A deep understanding of contemporary pedagogy, STEAM principles and the ability to be brave in thinking and empowerment are essential for this position. The IDC will work closely with the leadership team to ensure the spaces and the program provide innovative and transformative opportunities across the divisions.

Skills and Experience

The IDC is an outstanding influencer and leader who has the ability to coach staff and students to reach their full capacity as learners. The IDC is also a transformational teacher. The IDC will build teacher efficacy by providing solutions and promoting effective teaching practices through community engagement. The IDC will have facility with the core concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and can weave the core principles of these disciplines into curriculum. Through cultivating a passion for design and making, the IDC will make others aware of emerging technologies and trends within the STEAM area and be able to bring new and exciting ideas to our community.

Responsibilites

  • Believe deeply in the mission, beliefs and values of Wooster and subscribe to Wooster’s culture of thinking and learning.
  • Teach design, technology, making and/or STEM courses.
  • Develop the skills of staff in using the Makerspace to enhance the learning of students.
  • Develop a culture of making and innovation in STEAM which embeds these principles across all curriculum areas.
  • Develop, implement, and coach staff on Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, and Systems Thinking across years K - 8.
  • Inspire students and staff by fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation in learning.
  • Embed the necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century, including but not limited to Creativity, Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Project Management, Collaboration, and People Management.
  • Build and implement Project-Based Learning strategies across all curriculum areas.
  • Create interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students and staff.
  • Develop and maintain effective tertiary and industry relationships that enhance the delivery of the Makerspace curriculum.
  • Suggest and implement new initiatives and learning opportunities for students and staff.
  • Provide students with exciting learning opportunities with a considered focus of technology.
  • Develop new methodologies of learning: Gamification, PBL, CBL, Flipped classrooms, 20% time, etc.
  • Prepare, implement, and present professional development opportunities.
  • Perform general troubleshooting and required maintenance of Makerspace equipment, furnishings, and software.
  • Support and coach staff with their learning programs on making within the classroom.
  • Prepare, organize, setup, and coordinate various Makerspace fairs that showcase student achievement.
  • Deliver specific classes with a STEAM focus ensuring students make meaningful solutions to identified problems.
  • Work as an active, collaborative member of the learning group, grade‐level , content‐area and school‐wide teams, and doing whatever it takes to ensure our students’ needs are met.
  • Keep students and parents well informed of student progress by providing daily feedback, focused learning intentions and clear success criteria.
  • Participate in school-wide professional development beginning on August 21 and seek continual feedback and coaching to develop as a teacher learner.
  • Be available and committed to ongoing verbal dialogue and conversations with the parents and the Wooster community.
  • Perform necessary duties including but not limited to advisory, after school activities, and chaperoning.

Expectations and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher and mastery of core subject
  • At least 2 years of successful teaching of design, making, technology, art, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Teacher certification preferred.

Teaching

Full-time Wooster teachers are asked to teach 4 or 5 sections.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Assistant to the Division Directors

Wooster School is seeking an Assistant to the Division Directors. This is a 12-month, non-exempt, staff position reporting directly to the Division Directors.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional, a skilled team player who is able to work effectively with and independently of the Division Directors and its divisional administrators. The successful candidate will have an exemplary work ethic, exhibit a positive and “can do” attitude, maintain a strong capability for flexibility, compassion, and a heightened respect for confidentiality while interacting and managing the ever-varied tasks, activities, and issues facing our students and parents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites

  • Assists in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the staff and activities of the division.
  • Organizes and prioritizes large volumes of information and calls. Schedules appointments and maintains the calendar of the Division Directors.
  • Assists in the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of teacher substitutes.
  • Assists with preparing and managing the division necessities within the approved budget.
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of procedures, policies and programs and recommends changes as needed.
  • Prepares and presents reports to the division head.
  • Attends events and activities as needed or assigned.
  • Schedules and organizes complex activities such as meetings, travel, conferences and department activities for all members of the department.
  • Performs desktop publishing. Creates and develops visual presentations and spreadsheets.
  • Establishes, develops, maintains and updates division filing systems. Retrieves information from files when needed.
  • Drafts written responses or replies by phone or e-mail when necessary. Responds to regularly occurring requests for information
  • Works in cooperation with other assistants.
  • Works independently and within a team on special non-recurring and ongoing projects. Acts as project manager for special projects, at the request of the division head which may include: planning and coordinating multiple presentations or projects, disseminating information, emailings, creating brochures.

Skills/Knowledge/Abilities Required and/or Highly Encouraged

  • A working facility with technology, including Google Drive is essential, a basic knowledge of OnCampus and Blackbaud is helpful, as well as is having a curious, positive, active and collaborative disposition.
  • A proficient command of a variety of office skills, with a high degree of accuracy in maintaining the student records.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Desire to build authentic professional relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, non-exempt position. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance benefits.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School is seeking an Upper School Math Teacher. This is a full-time, 10-month position.

The ideal applicant is someone who has significant experience with and a passion for working with Upper and Middle School students. This person has a curious mind and constantly is looking for ways to engage all students, while developing innovative and progressive curriculum and pedagogy. We seek a candidate who has a persistent disquiet with the status quo and will join us in challenging traditional methodologies for math instruction. While this role is at present for Middle School, this person has the capacity also to teach Upper School students. Having a curious, positive, active, and collaborative disposition is essential.

Candidates should have at least three years teaching experience and preferably possess specific experience teaching geometry and calculus to upper school students. Wooster expects teachers to creatively collaborate across departmental lines and to build and integrate curriculum. A commitment to lifelong learning, building relationships, creating compassion, and developing community are pillars of teaching and learning in this setting.

Math Teacher Expectations

  • Deliver high quality, rigorous, student-centered instruction
  • Lead in the development of math curriculum and innovative pedagogy
  • Collaborate with colleagues, coordinators, and directors
  • Participate in student life and extra curricular activities
  • Act as an advisor to an assigned group of students
  • Chaperone school trips and attend school events (e.g., dances, grade level field trips)
  • Incorporate online or blended strategies into the curriculum

Experience and Qualifications

  • Strength in the upper level math content area.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher and mastery of core subject
  • At least 3 years of successful teaching experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Teacher certification preferred.

Teaching

Full-time Wooster teachers are asked to teach 4 or 5 sections.

Professional Development

Wooster teachers are empowered to take initiative in developing innovative curriculum and best practices in their disciplines. This is likely to include experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning. An understanding of Making Thinking Visible, Harvard Project Zero, metacognition, and John Hattie’s research are important elements of being a teacher at Wooster, and one through which the School supports its teacher-learners. Ongoing learning in your content area, mindfulness, regular reflection, and cognitive science are integral aspects of the teacher-learner story at Wooster.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Bridge Program Teacher

Wooster School is seeking a Bridge Program Teacher. This is a full-time, 10-month position.

The Wooster School Bridge Program believes that students with language-based learning disabilities can achieve at high levels through specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs, support that builds on their strengths and mitigate their challenges, and an environment that is engaging and sparks their desire to learn. Wooster believes that students’ learning experiences must be tailored to their individual needs, skills, and interests, and enable them to take ownership of their learning.

This Bridge Program Teacher will work with our 10th grade student cohort to: support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; support teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom; work with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students with special needs, and collaborate with colleagues to support students’ learning.. The educator’s broad area of responsibility is to ensure that each student may learn and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally in a nurturing and responsive classroom and school environment.

Bridge Program Teacher Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Prepares, implements, and monitors, and documents data concerning a strategic plan for ongoing intervention and remediation.
  • Teaches both literacy lessons and STEM support sessions with a small group instruction model.
  • Participates in a class push-in and collaborative consultant model with content area teachers.
  • Possesses a deep understanding of the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities, including how to support students’ executive functioning challenges.
  • Establishes and maintains frequent communication with parents, administration, and teachers about students’ academic, social, and emotional progress and needs. Holds parent meetings as needed concerning student progress and transition plans for the following year.
  • Supports efforts to ensure that the planning and implementation of services seamlessly meet the needs of students with disabilities, reduce the stigma of special education, and maximize accessibility to enable students with disabilities to meet high standards.
  • Assist classroom teachers in the implementations of learning accommodations.
  • Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional practice and research. This includes engaging in regular and strategic professional development to advance the role of the Learning Specialist.
  • Uses Bridge Success Criteria to assess and analyze student strengths and needs.
  • Performs necessary duties including but not limited to advisory, after school activities and chaperoning.

Professional Development

Wooster teachers are empowered to take initiative in developing innovative curriculum and best practices in their disciplines. This is likely to include experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning. An understanding of Making Thinking Visible, Harvard Project Zero, metacognition, and John Hattie’s research are important elements of being a teacher at Wooster, and one through which the School supports its teacher-learners. Ongoing learning in your content area, mindfulness, regular reflection, and cognitive science are integral aspects of the teacher-learner story at Wooster.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Valid Teacher Certification preferred
  • Masters Degree in Special Education or closely related field required
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience in the classroom, working with students with learning disabilities
  • Familiarity with Orton-Gillingham, multisensory approaches to learning
  • Capacity to support students towards gaining independence in high school level math, sciences, and humanities coursework.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Middle School Math Teacher

Wooster School is seeking a Middle School Math Teacher. This is a full-time, 10-month position.

The ideal applicant is someone who has significant experience with and a passion for working with Middle School students. This person has a curious mind and constantly is looking for ways to engage all students, while developing innovative and progressive curriculum and pedagogy. We seek a candidate who has a persistent disquiet with the status quo and will join us in challenging traditional methodologies for math instruction. While this role is at present for Middle School, this person has the capacity also to teach Upper School students. Familiarity with Singapore Math, which our Lower School uses, is a positive. An understanding of personalized learning models and also the Mastery Based Consortium is encouraged. Having a curious, positive, active, and collaborative disposition is essential.

Candidates should have at least two years teaching experience and preferably possess specific experience teaching pre-algebra and algebra to Middle Schoolers. Wooster expects teachers to creatively collaborate across departmental lines and to build and integrate curriculum. A commitment to lifelong learning, building relationships, creating compassion, and developing community are pillars of teaching and learning in this setting.

Math Teacher Expectations

  • Deliver high quality, rigorous, student-centered instruction
  • Lead in the development of math curriculum and innovative pedagogy and personalized learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues, coordinators, and directors
  • Participate in student life and extra curricular activities
  • Act as an advisor to an assigned group of students
  • Chaperone school trips and attend school events (e.g., dances, grade level field trips)
  • Incorporate online or blended strategies into the curriculum

Teaching

Full-time Wooster teachers are asked to teach 4 or 5 sections.

Professional Development

Wooster teachers are empowered to take initiative in developing innovative curriculum and best practices in their disciplines. This is likely to include experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning. An understanding of Making Thinking Visible, Harvard Project Zero, metacognition, and John Hattie’s research are important elements of being a teacher at Wooster, and one through which the School supports its teacher-learners. Ongoing learning in your content area, mindfulness, regular reflection, and cognitive science are integral aspects of the teacher-learner story at Wooster.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Wooster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we provide a work environment that welcomes diversity. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long term disability and life insurance benefits.

All employees are subject to a criminal background check before any contractual offer is final.

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