Burke's is an independent K-8 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 112-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and 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, academic rigor and joyful learning.
In 2013, a team of Burke’s teachers, technology professionals and administrators set out to create a space that would encourage and empower our girls to take risks and to use a variety of STEM/STEAM skills to design, prototype, and explore. This work brought about The Makery, a pair of flexible classroom spaces designed to engage our girls in both high-tech and low-tech project-based learning. Now seven years old, The Makery has become a leader in the maker education movement, with visitors coming from around the world to see not only our spaces but also our innovative model for project-based learning.
The Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist will work with students, teachers, and administrators to integrate technology and project-based learning into our K-8 curriculum. This role reports to the Director of Curriculum and Program Innovation.
The Makery Facilitator will work primarily with our Upper School students and teachers (Grades 5-8), collaborating with another Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist who works primarily with Lower School students and teachers (Grades K-4). We anticipate that this division of work will evolve over time and are looking for a candidate who is eager to be part of an ongoing dialogue about how our curriculum, pedagogy, and spaces can best meet our instructional goals.
We are looking for an experienced teacher who creates a classroom culture that supports deep thinking and learning. An ideal candidate is dynamic, interested in learning and growing as a professional, eager and able to collaborate with colleagues, and experienced in best practices for project-based learning, maker education, and technology integration.
Collaborate with faculty to creatively and effectively harness a variety of ever-changing educational technologies
Plan, co-plan, teach, and co-teach lessons
Work as part of the Library and Makery team to manage and continue developing the K-8 Makery program, including both curriculum and spaces
Provide support, coaching, and training to faculty to help address identified needs related to educational technologies
Participate in ongoing collaborations with teachers, administrators, and the Makery team related to digital citizenship, project-based learning, and the integration of technology within and across divisions
Train and support faculty in use of learning management software, grading software, and other technologies related to teaching and learning
Author and maintain curriculum and guides for technology integration
Work with the Library team and classroom teachers to develop and coordinate media literacy, research skills, and digital citizenship curricula
Support school-wide equity and inclusivity work through experiences and curriculum that further and foster cultural competency
Collaborate with teachers to create inclusive learning environments
Participate as a member of the Upper School faculty including participating in division meetings, attending assemblies, serving on school-wide committees, chaperoning field trips, and sharing supervisory responsibilities
Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to continuing to build an inclusive educational community and therefore are actively pursuing diversity in our administration, faculty, and student body. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Professional Skills & Experience
Experience as a classroom teacher
Expertise with educational technology and maker education
Experience planning and implementing project-based learning (experience with the “PBL Works” or “Buck Institute for Education” model for PBL strongly preferred)
Proven collaborator with a history of working closely with a variety of colleagues
Forward-thinking vision and a demonstrated interest in exploring ways technology and making can enhance learning
Expertise with Apple technology (OSX and iOS) and Google Apps for Education (G Suite)
Middle-school teaching experience
Understanding and appreciation of the social-emotional development of adolescent girls
Teaching credential and/or National Board Certification
Experience designing curriculum using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework
History of coaching and/or leading faculty professional development
Expertise with Schoology, JupiterGrades, and teaching coding
Culturally responsive educator
Additional Salary Information: Burke’s offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information about the school can be found on the website at www.kdbs.org.
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.