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Middle School American Government Teacher

  • 25 Jan 2024 3:29 PM
    Message # 13306073

    Brentwood School inspires every student to: Think critically and creatively.

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    Middle School American Government Teacher

    Brentwood School, a vibrant and diverse K-12 independent school, is looking for a Middle School

    American Government teacher to begin in August of 2024. We are seeking an experienced, innovative teacher to join our collaborative team. The successful candidate will embrace collaborative curriculum design and work closely as part of a teaching team to create and continuously refine curriculum. Ideally, applicants will be experienced practitioners of backward design based on clearly defined curricular understandings and have experience developing curriculum variations to challenge all learners. This year-long civics course introduces students to the various institutions, groups, documents, and ideas that animate American democracy. Beginning with a focus on historical and philosophical foundations, the course develops an understanding of the Constitution and of the political process in the context of real life events. In the second semester students will participate in simulations to give them a first-hand experience of political decision-making. Lessons in American culture and media analysis are also woven into the course. Principal resources include news media, supplemented by the textbook and primary source documents.

    Individuals from independent, public, private, or charter schools, with prior experience in and a passion for teaching Middle School students are encouraged to apply. A minimum of a college bachelor’s degree is required; however, a master’s degree is preferred.

    It is expected that a successful candidate will:

         Teach four sections of 8th grade American Government to students

         Design and coordinate curriculum with other members of the department and within teaching teams for each assigned course and liaise with other departments and centers to build cross disciplinary experiences

         Monitor and evaluate students’ progress and communicate with parents and Middle School teams regarding student progress

         Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research, and topics of importance in history pedagogy by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis

         Participate in regular, purposeful pedagogy meetings and professional development sessions

         Engage and support students of varied identities, lifestyles, and beliefs

         Create an environment that fosters open discussion with the freedom to express varied points of view

         Create lessons and projects that are inclusive of the diversity and multiculturalism in our community

         Communicate effectively, with students, parents/guardians, and colleagues

         Engage in professional and personal development and commit to growth in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion

         Participate and initiate opportunities that demonstrate one's growth, knowledge, and skills

         Engage in professional and personal development and commit to growth in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion

         Participate and initiate opportunities that demonstrate one's growth, knowledge, and skills

         Perform additional duties and participate in the life of the school

    In addition, a candidate should possess the following personal qualities:

         Commitment to professional growth and to high professional standards


         Sense of humor, warmth of personality, and energy

         An interest in and openness to professional growth and development

         A commitment to diversity and inclusion

         Strong collaboration and cross-cultural competency

    While being vaccinated for COVID-19 is not required, it is strongly recommended.

    COMPENSATION: Brentwood School's diverse and talented faculty ranges widely in experience level, from those new to teaching to veterans who are experts in their respective disciplines with 30+ years of experience. Our salary range, of $72,000 to $120,000, includes all levels of experience. Salaries are determined based on years of experience, education, full- or part-time status, and number of months worked per school year. Salary ranges do not include benefits i.e. 403b retirement matching, paid lunch time, free breakfast and lunch, free parking, subsidy toward medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D plans, and generous time off. The pay range is an estimate and is not guaranteed. If hired, your actual base salary will be determined by your education, experience, and schedule.

    Brentwood School is dedicated to the creation of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and the city of Los Angeles. Information about our school can be found at

    Please submit a letter of interest and a resume electronically to the contact person listed below. In your letter, highlight your education and experience specifically related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Dr. Jill Bergeron      

    Middle School Director

    Brentwood School

    100 S. Barrington Place

    Los Angeles, CA 90049


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