6th Grade Math Teacher

Palo Alto, CA

The Girls’ Middle School

Imagine a school where each day is alive with learning and the spirit of adventure. Since its founding in 1998, The Girls’ Middle School (GMS) has been committed to progressive education and innovative programming, meeting the needs of a wide range of middle school students who make up our vibrant, inclusive community. Our project-based curriculum encourages creative problem-solving, collaborative teamwork, and independent thought. GMS educates girls* during a pivotal time in their lives. Students develop self-knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills supported by a staff highly attuned to their changing emotional and social needs. GMS encourages girls to find their voices, take risks, and become self-reliant. Learn more about GMS: www.girlsms.org and https://youtu.be/SatUBcjwkxA?feature=shared

*At GMS, “girls” refers to cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth, and any girl-identified youth. 

Mission

The Girls’ Middle School educates girls at a crucial time in life. We create an inclusive environment where academic growth is nourished. A GMS girl discovers her strengths and expresses her voice while respecting the contributions of others.

The Position

The Girls’ Middle School is seeking a passionate middle-school educator to teach four sections of 6th grade math, collaborate closely with the 6th grade level team and math department, serve as an advisor to approximately ten middle school students, and participate in a range of activities that support GMS’s innovative and engaging programming. 

Teaching at GMS

At the core of GMS is our extraordinary faculty. Every teacher at GMS has a passion for working with middle school girls and believes in the fundamental value of the middle school experience. They are attentive to, value, and support every student in the school. The GMS teachers are middle school specialists and subject matter experts, bringing passion to their work and sharing it with the students. Whatever interests a GMS student – from physics to programming, sculpture to skateboarding, musical theatre to metal shop – there is an adult ready to help them advance that interest as far as they can go.

Teaching at GMS means participating in a joyful, inclusive, and respectful community of students and adults. You will be surrounded by passionate, mission-driven faculty who appreciate autonomy in creating learning experiences while thriving in a collaborative environment. Our teachers enjoy opportunities to create multi-faceted, interdisciplinary projects and participate in fun field trips and travel experiences. 

Mathematics at The Girls’ Middle School

In a GMS math class, students work in collaborative, heterogeneous groups as they investigate, construct evidence, analyze critically, and rigorously justify their thinking. Students discover connections between concepts through deep exploration and by creating multiple representations, not through the memorization of algorithms. The curriculum guides the students toward understanding the reasons behind the math. 

At GMS, we compact the CPM Core Connections, Courses 1, 2, and 3 into the two years of sixth and seventh grade math. All students take the same coursework without laning; a GMS math teacher meets a diversity of student needs through differentiating and providing investigative problems that are mathematically accessible with built-in extension opportunities. Together, the students develop their problem-solving, numerical reasoning and fluency, pattern finding, and abstract algebraic understanding. Emphasis is placed on the discovery of mathematical ideas and creating conjectures, much like scientific inquiry.

The CPM Educational Program provides comprehensive, multi-day professional development for teachers new to the CPM curriculum, regardless of an educator’s experience teaching math with other programs. The successful candidate will have prior experience with the CPM Educational Program or will participate in a virtual cohort or in-person professional development within their first year of teaching at GMS.

Key Qualifications

  • Teaching experience with middle school students preferred
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study (STEM fields preferred)

Skills & Qualities

  • Commitment to experiential, project-based learning, narrative assessment, and other progressive pedagogies
  • Enthusiasm for the values and mission of The Girls’ Middle School
  • Demonstrated skill in designing equitable and inclusive educational experiences and learning environments that incorporate themes of diversity and belonging
  • Openness to feedback and a growth mindset
  • Eagerness and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Passion for supporting girls in discovering their strengths and finding their voice
  • A sense of humor and love for the middle-school age
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to manage and leverage parent volunteers in and out of the classroom

Equity, inclusion, and belonging are at the heart of our mission. The Girls’ Middle School was founded on the core belief that diverse and inclusive communities are strong communities. We are committed to creating a school culture that welcomes all aspects of each individual’s identity. We welcome applications from those with experience outside the educational field. We are actively seeking individuals who value equitable education and are committed to fostering an environment of belonging for our diverse student body. 

The Girls’ Middle School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. 

The candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. GMS does not support applications for work visas.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Employee Health Benefits (full medical, dental & vision coverage)
  • Retirement matching
  • Access to engaging and personalized professional development
  • The Girls’ Middle School uses a competitive salary scale. The salary for this position ranges from $76,000 to $130,000, commensurate with experience.