Carrollwood Day School is a non-sectarian, co-educational, independent day school serving students from preschool through high school. Founded as a preschool in 1981, Carrollwood Day School (CDS) has an enrollment of over 1000 students from 2-years-old through 12th grade and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the first school in Florida and sixth in the United States to be authorized to offer PYP, MYP and DP IB Programmes. CDS has finished the construction of the second phase of its master plan. This phase includes the construction of a new gymnasium and athletic fields on its Bearss Avenue campus. Beyond a rigorous academic environment, CDS students are actively involved in interscholastic athletics, the visual and performing arts, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities that enhance their overall educational experience.
The mission of Carrollwood Day School is to create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society. We provide strong character-based education emphasizing problem-solving skills and philanthropic understanding. Our students are prepared to be world leaders using the International Baccalaureate Programmes, cutting-edge technology, creative arts, and competitive athletics. Most importantly, CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally, and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world and themselves.
Carrollwood Day School (CDS) seeks a dedicated and experienced Middle School Language & Literature teacher. CDS is an International Baccalaureate, non-sectarian independent day school serving students from three-years-old through high school. CDS stands out as a leader in its mission to educate the whole child, with a concentration in character education.
Responsibilities will include teaching a well-developed and required 8th grade IB MYP Language & Literature course focused on creating a classroom environment that develops in each student skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing that are fundamental to effective communication and literate citizenship: that develops appreciation of good literature of all types; that motivates students to read widely for information and recreation; that develops standards for critical judgment of written and oral communications transmitted by mass media; and that discovers and develops special talents of students in the field of English.
Our Language & Literature teacher should expect to work together with our Elementary, Middle School, and High School teachers to implement an engaging, innovative, and linear curriculum that builds over time and is developmentally appropriate to our division, including areas such as reading, writing, presentation, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and verbal expression. Teachers need a variety of technology and approaches to learning to meet student needs and differentiate within the classroom. The ideal candidate will include socially relevant and diverse, international themes in their curriculum while embedding the IB Learner Profile traits. Strong classroom management skills, effective communication skills, and the enthusiasm to support an aligned program as a team player is a must.
Competitive candidates should demonstrate an understanding of and affinity for middle school students and show an ability to work with students who vary in ability and learning styles. This teacher should also expect to lead a group of up to 15 students through our character education program as their advisor and act as their parents’ liaison to the school. They should also demonstrate support of student life by being willing to lead clubs or organizations and participate in extracurricular school activities.
Teaches 6 sections of English, ensuring taught content and skills align with the expectations of a rich, college prep curriculum and the expectations of the IB MYP programme.
In collaboration with Department Chair, IB Coordinators, and colleagues, adapts material and methods to develop relevant sequential assignments and unit & lesson plans that guide and challenge students.
Evaluates academic and social growth of students, writes comments, prepares report cards, keeps appropriate records, and utilizes Schoology, our school LMS, to communicate consistently and well with students and families throughout the year.
Encourages students to think independently and to express original ideas.
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive classroom environment and enforces those standards with consistency and respect.
Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff, such as the learning specialist or guidance counselor, in assessing and helping students solve learning, health and attitude problems.
Communicate with parents and school administration and counselors on student progress.
Supervises students in assigned out-of-classroom activities during the working day, such as lunch duty and car-line
Serves as a faculty advisor to a group of 10-15 students within the established advisory & SEL program at CDS.
Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities, occasionally including off-campus field trips and class trips.
Administers and reports assessment in accordance with division practices.
Models non-discriminatory practices in all activities.
Maintains professional competence by attending staff development programs, curriculum development meetings and other professional activities.
Participates in various student and parent activities, which occur during the year, including Open House, student clubs and after-school activities.
Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Head of MS or other appropriate administrator.
Must possess a Bachelor’s in their field, preferably a Master’s degree in English and/or education or a related field. At least 4 years experience in a middle school Language & Literature classroom preferred. Must possess ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents, and the public. IB experience is optimal but not required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to left up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, climb stairs, and reach overhead.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Carrollwood Day School embraces and celebrates the rich diversity of our students, employees, and families from all backgrounds. As an International Baccalaureate continuum school, CDS strives to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where each person is valued. We work to intentionally develop cross-cultural competency and appreciation of differences within all constituents. We value the influence of a wide range of experiences and perspectives in our classrooms, relationships, and interactions as we prepare our students to contribute to a diverse and interconnected world.
About Carrollwood Day School
CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL
Founded in 1981 as an early childhood center, Carrollwood Day School has grown to include elementary, middle school and high school. CDS enjoys a reputation for excellence in academics with an emphasis on character development enriched by a wealth of extra-curricular programs and clubs.
As the only International Baccalaureate World School in the Tampa Bay area to offer the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme, CDS students flourish in a rich continuum of learner-centered education that begins in preschool, continues through high school graduation, and will last a lifetime. Students at all levels are also immersed in CDS's signature STEEM program which combines science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship education to prepare CDS graduates to be the leaders they have the capacity to be.
The mission of Carrollwood Day School is to create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society. We provide strong character-based education emphasizing problem-solving skills and philanthropic understanding. Our students are prepared to be world leaders using the International Baccalaureate Programmes, cutting-e...dge technology, creative arts, and competitive athletics. Most importantly, CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally, and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world and themselves.