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5th Grade Humanities Teacher (Family Leave Substitute)

Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways, we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at

We are seeking an experienced, talented, and energetic Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher to cover a family leave from late November through the end of February. This person is responsible for teaching and overseeing two sections of 5th grade Humanities. The ideal candidate will bring middle school and subject matter expertise, rigor, excellent communication skills, and passion to our academically challenging and socially responsive program. The successful candidate will prepare and inspire all students to be lifelong readers and writers, while developing a critical eye for human history. Children’s Day School uses class novels, Spelling Connections, and “History Alive!” as teaching resources.

The ideal candidate should possess the following skills and qualities:

Work with students

  • An unwavering commitment to middle school students and the community
  • Enthusiasm for the opportunities and challenges inherent in working with middle 
school students
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with students, colleagues and parents
  • Willingness to model professional and ethical standards when working with 
students and the 5/6 Team
  • The desire and ability to contribute to student and community life inside and outside the classroom
  • A commitment to professional development
  • A commitment to social justice and multicultural education

Curricular content and instruction

  • Deep understanding of the writing process as well as form and structure in writing, especially essays, poetry, and short story
  • Ability to lead literature circles and provide guidance in leveled-reading techniques
  • Familiarity with world cultures, specifically India, China and Greece
  • Ability and willingness to differentiate instruction
  • Ability to integrate theory with practice in designing and implementing appropriate 
learning strategies for each student

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Serving as a homeroom teacher
  • Being an advisor of 10-12 students (prior training in Developmental Designs or Responsive Classroom is desired but not necessary)
  • Leading or co-leading an affinity group
related to race/ethnicity, family structure, gender, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of identity
  • Performing lunch, recess, morning, and dismissal duties as assigned
  • Writing narrative reports for all students
  • Maintaining contact with parents

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; academic program focus in literature, history, and/or education-related fields
  • Experience working with middle school or upper elementary students
  • Experience with Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop preferred
  • Teaching credential and/or master’s degree preferred

Your application should include:
Cover letter
Statement of philosophy and beliefs


Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

CDS is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.





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