The Siena School is seeking a full-time high school English teacher for the 2021-22 school year who is passionate about teaching and an advocate for children with learning differences. We are looking for a highly collaborative teacher committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests and committed to multisensory and differentiated instruction.
Siena's English curriculum focuses on building written and oral language skills. The successful candidate will have experience providing individualized feedback and support during the writing process, and be proficient in providing experiential instruction that builds knowledge as well as skills. Through a seminar-style, discussion-based class, students are taught to interact with the text through annotation and learn to recognize patterns and ask questions while reading. Students complete creative projects, analytical essays, short research projects, and expository and creative writing. Instruction in grammar and vocabulary is embedded within the curriculum. Throughout the year students study at least four literary genres: the novel, the short story, poetry, and drama. History and English courses are connected to create an interdisciplinary experience and field trips to related productions or exhibits are prioritized when they become available in the area. With a passion for their subject, the successful applicant will enjoy working with other educators in a collaborative environment, integrating technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment.
At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners. A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address their individualized needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.
The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment. The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] No phone inquiries please.
Demonstrated career interest in education
Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience preferred
Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills
Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of dyslexic students are essential.
Training or classroom experience with high school students, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.
About The Siena School
The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. With growing enrollment of 130+ students in grades 4-12, including 40% students of color, the school is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia this Fall 2021. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] No phone inquiries please.