Lowell School, a co-educational progressive school of approximately 350 students in NW Washington, DC, is looking for a Middle School Art and Design Teacher.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in art education, possess knowledge of the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students, and be well versed in best practices for delivering creative instruction in the visual arts. The Middle School art and design program at Lowell is highly respected, attracting many students with both talent and enthusiasm. This position will require a varied schedule, including occasional evenings and designated special events and performances that occur on weekends and outside of regular school hours. In keeping with the mission of the school, a successful candidate will foster a safe learning environment that promotes individuality, equity, and cultural competency.
The successful candidate will:
Possess a contagious enthusiasm for their craft
Create an engaging environment for teaching and learning
Prepare thoughtful lesson plans for classes
Develop strong, creative curriculum in painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, woodworking, printmaking, photography, and design
Create cross-disciplinary/integration opportunities with our STEAM teams and theater arts and humanities teachers
Include art history and knowledge of influential artists in program
Regularly exhibit student work in the Middle School building
Identify resources, ideas, and strategies to ensure student achievement
Build relationships with arts and other organizations in the region; use the abundance of resources in the area
Regularly assess student achievement and skill mastery
Participate in ongoing professional development
Manage classroom administration and record-keeping, including grades, attendance records, and student progress
Keep up art material inventory, organize space well, and manage budget effectively
Regularly communicate with students and parents to share curriculum, progress, and opportunities
Be familiar with maker spaces and related technology
Possibly serve as a student advisor
Experience with curriculum development, differentiation, constructivist teaching/learning, and assessment strategies, as well as a collaborative spirit and a ready sense of humor, are preferred. Skill in theater design and stagecraft a plus. If you wish to apply for the position, please send a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Debbie Gibbs, head of school, at email@example.com. Letters of reference are highly encouraged.
Lowell School has a longstanding institutional commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusivity. Lowell prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on a person's race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, past or present military service, or any other ground prohibited by federal, District of Columbia, or other applicable law. This policy covers all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotions, termination, pay, and the work environment.
Lowell is a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming school of 300 students from age three through 8th grade. Our philosophy emanates from the work of renowned educators John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Haim Ginott and current educational research. Our curriculum evolves from an understanding of the stages of cognitive, social/emotional, artistic, and physical development. It promotes active, collaborative learnin...g with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding, promoting creative, critical and analytical thinking, and encouraging problem-solving. It facilitates not only the acquisition of strong basic skills, but also deep, conceptual understandings and is, thus, rigorous in the best sense of the word. Lowell's mission is to create an inclusive community of life-long learners in which each child is valued and respected. When provided with a stimulating environment, the guidance of teachers, and parental support, each child can become a motivated learner and a responsible citizen. Children arrive at Lowell as curious three-year-olds and leave as confident community members ready to thrive in our rapidly changing 21st century world. The campus is an eight-acre urban oasis tucked between 16th Street and Rock Creek Park in the Colonial Village neighborhood of Washington, DC. It provides a rich, natural environment for active, hands-on learning, including terraced gardens, tree-filled playgrounds, and a stream.