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Physical Education Teacher (2024-2025)

The Lang School seeks creative, passionate, and dedicated teachers and specialists to support our twice-exceptional (2e) students — gifted students with learning differences — across a variety of grades, subjects, and clinical support areas.

We offer our highly promising learners in grades K-12 a rigorous, learner-centered, empirically validated education with integrated supports that foster independence and self-advocacy.

We are looking for a confident, Physical Education Teacher trained and experienced in working with gifted and/or special needs students to join our team on a full-time basis.

Candidate Preferred Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Physical Education or related disciplines

  • Minimum of three years of experience teaching physical education in a public or private school is required

  • Experience working with students with learning differences or gifted education needs

  • Proficiency with classroom technologies, online learning platforms, and Google Suite

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and does not require sponsorship for an employment visa to work in the U.S. now or in the future

 

Successful candidates:

  • have an authentic connection with our school's mission and our student population of twice-exceptional learners

  • have experience working in gifted and special needs learning spaces, and have deep knowledge in and passion for their area(s) of specialty

  • are grounded in an understanding of progressive, inquiry-based education

  • have the experience of or a desire to teach in a setting that honors the competence, independence, and promise of children so that strengths can be amplified and skills in progress are supported with transferable strategies and tools

  • are creative designers of learning experience who leverage student interests, real-world problems, and professional tools to create a purposeful experience that drives student learning

  • are committed to social justice and equity through action, reflection, and growth and to an examination of the intersection of their identities and the identities of their students and colleagues to support the creation of equitable learning spaces

  • are tenacious and possess a “whatever it takes” attitude to support student learning that derives from adaptability, flexibility, and unwavering kindness and patience

  • are excellent communicators who actively listen and ask probing questions with/of all members of the community and know how to be candid and empathic at the same time

  • are community and collaboration focused, and know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the improvement of our collective work and the building of positive relationships

  • hold their colleagues and students accountable, and are receptive and humble when held accountable

  • are comfortable with ambiguity and not always having or knowing the answers, but are an intellectually curious, growth-focused lifelong learner who picks up new ideas quickly

 

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with colleagues and staff developers to create innovative, rigorous and engaging units, lesson plans, and projects

  • Develop all curricular materials for staff developer and leadership review Create and teach small classes of four to 12 students in a safe, systematic, and organized manner that reinforces clearly expressed expectations, develops skills in the physical fitness domain and integrates student voices

  • Modify instructional methods to fit student needs while — in partnership with Therapy Team — delivering instruction and feedback that advances student skills (physical, social-emotional, behavioral) to the next level

  • Systematically integrate the values of cooperation, integrity, fair play, pride in self-improvement, teamwork, and leadership into physical education classes

  • Infuse classes with information about and lessons in (the utility of) fitness, nutrition, sleep hygiene, brain health, and mindfulness

  • Evaluate student performance and provide feedback aimed at empowering students to improve their performance.

  • Maintain detailed records of curricular successes/failures/adjustments and of student progress and other noticings

  • Consistently provide students with feedback and opportunities to improve their work with research-based supports designed to be faded and adjusted over time

  • Provide student literacy skills and social emotional learning updates to all interested parties on request

  • Proactively identify and work toward resolving student learning challenges, including the integration of appropriate staff partners (doctoral-level school psychologists, reading and writing specialists, OT, SLP, college counselor, and school leadership)

  • Build and maintain strong, trusting relationships with students, colleagues, and parents

  • Classroom Supports for Tier I intervention including but not limited to restorative approaches to behavior, positive behavioral supports, social emotional learning

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging both professionally and when creating culturally responsive curriculum

  • Participate wholeheartedly in all school and grade meetings, and in opportunities for professional development

  • Write progress reports (narrative and numerical) for all Physical Education students, and participate in twice-yearly parent/family-teacher conferences

  • Advisory responsibilities for seven to eight students in a co-led homeroom class

  • Willingness to support with additional tasks or committees as requested by leadership

 

The Lang School (thelangschool.org) is a progressive independent school located in lower Manhattan serving grades K-12. Our high potential and gifted learners also have learning challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, EF difficulties, dyslexia, or autism. These twice-exceptional (“2e”) learners have a unique set of social, emotional, and intellectual needs. We meet students where they are and empower them to achieve their next levels of excellence with research-based supports and a robust Talent Development Program.

Our mission is to create a safe and engaging learning environment for students with an emphasis on creative thinking and assets-based approaches. Our students are both unique and diverse, and we seek out and celebrate diversity in our community — in our identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status), as well as our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.


To Apply:

Please submit a RESUME and COVER LETTER in relation to the specifics of your experience and training and our program and student population to employment@thelangschool.org. We will follow up with promising candidates who align with potential openings. At Lang, we appreciate that people's professional paths aren't necessarily linear and that they can be punctuated by purposeful gaps.

Compensation: Salaries are competitive and based on experience and training. (Salary range $60,000 - $85,000) The Lang School offers a competitive benefits package, including employer-paid health insurance, 401k matching options, and ample professional development opportunities.

The Lang School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Lang does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

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