Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Based on a 100-year tradition of educational excellence, Burke’s today is one of California’s leading elementary schools. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, and academic rigor.
In addition to teaching two sections each of hands-on, inquiry-based 5th and 6th grade Science (22 - 23 students per section), responsibilities include advising a group of 11-12 6th graders.
The fifth grade curriculum focuses on life science through the lens of systems, from the cell to the human body to the universe, with a focus on model building, inquiry, experimentation, and real-world connections. Students hone their observation, data collection, and evaluation skills and expand their laboratory and microscope skills.
The sixth grade curriculum, “Engineering for a Dynamic Planet”, uses inquiry and design engineering to explore how climate change affects Earth’s systems and problem-solving skills to explore how technologies can meet evolving human needs. Students engage in hands-on, in-depth interdisciplinary learning, beginning with a brief exploration of some basic principles of chemistry and physics, including properties of matter, heat transfer, and density, in preparation for studying the history of our planet, the geological processes that continue to shape its surface, and the impact of climate change. In recent years, the sixth grade curriculum has incorporated a major STEM component, the Toshiba ExploraVision project, during which students learn about design thinking, prototyping, fabrication, and website design.
Classes currently meet one 50-minute period and two 105-minute blocks in each six-day rotation. Advisories meet daily for homeroom and twice each rotation for discussion and activities; advisors meet in grade-level teams weekly.
Job Responsibilities include:
assessing and reporting in writing on student progress, 3 checklist/narrative report cards per year
preparing advisees for and supporting them in two student-led parent conferences per year
communication with parents as needed
planning and supervising field trips relevant to curriculum
accompanying advisees on three-day fall camping trip
shared mentoring of Science Support Teacher with 7/8 Science teacher
regular meetings with advising and science teams and weekly faculty meetings
B.A., preferably science-related
2+ years experience teaching inquiry-based lab science, preferably at middle-school level
demonstrated confidence in
differentiation of instruction
innovative use of technology in instruction
UbD approach to curriculum design
understanding and appreciation of the social-emotional development of early adolescent girls
experience and comfort with, or openness to, leading mindfulness with students
experience with or interest in integrating service learning into classroom projects
experience providing opportunities for learning through play and inviting creativity, imagination, curiosity, and tinkering into the classroom
Possessing a growth mindse
About Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth. Burke’s is deeply dedicated to the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the entire program from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our DEI commitment is woven into our adult professional development for all constituent groups. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher-level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.