Overview of Woodland School
Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through 8th-grade. We have two sections of each grade level K- 8 with class sizes that average from 14-18 per class.
We believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our teachers provide an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that students become active and curious learners – and are both local and global citizens fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.
Woodland School’s faculty embodies the values of academic excellence, a diverse and authentic community, and strong character building. We focus on character building because it takes both strength of mind and heart to live with integrity, to find one’s passions, and to create meaningful change in the world.
Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by introducing them to the latest knowledge and best practice in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
Overview of the Science Department
The graduating Woodland student has deep understanding of how major concepts in science and scientific thinking like patterns, change, cause and effect, structure and function, and systems cycle throughout any content they are discovering whether it be the interactions between atoms or the butterfly cycle. Woodland School also understands that responsible global citizens need the skills not only to explain and explore scientific phenomena, but also to critically think and evaluate large amounts of data and information that can be applied to everyday life in real-world and hands-on ways. With a shift in our society’s ability to gather data, students will need these skills in order to be responsible global citizens. Science students recognize that their ideas are integral to class learning and are expected to challenge their own understandings together.
Woodland School seeks an inspiring science teacher who develops students’ inquiring minds and gives them the hands on science skills. Teachers are encouraged to immerse students in collaborative learning experiences, critical thinking skills, and evidence based explanations. The philosophy of the science department aims to engage the students in real world problems, allows them to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate their own findings.
Science has evolved from a content based focus to a performance based program where students learn science content through interactive inquiry based labs, discussions, activities, and projects. Woodland school teachers are no longer the keepers of knowledge but instead facilitate student-centered learning by engaging them in authentic scientific scholarship through fun and engaging real-world situations.
The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to ten to twelve students, and chaperoning and duties, such as Outdoor Education week, and school dances. Teachers are expected to help twice a week at recess and lunch duty.