The Dalton School, a progressive independent K-12 all gender school in Manhattan, New York, is seeking a dynamic Health Educator to teach K-5th grade health classes and organize health initiatives under the supervision of the Director of Health & Wellness. The department currently consists of four full-time health educators.
Dalton’s Health & Wellness K-12 Program is committed to cultivating the student’s authentic self and equipping them with skills to mindfully navigate their social landscape. Reflecting on their community, mental health, sexuality, and nutrition through a social justice and health science lens, students examine their identity, values, and role as an ally to effect change and make healthy decisions that impact the physical, emotional, and social self. Launched in 2012, Dalton has administered comprehensive health education for students, parents, and faculty. Highlights of the program include its sex-positive approach, de-stigmatization of mental health, and a deep understanding of belonging.
Grades K-8 have about 100 students per grade with class sizes of about 20 students. High school has 110 students per grade with class sizes ranging from 5-20.
The First Program (K-3) is the newest division to the Health & Wellness department. Its first year of programming occurred in 2017 with faculty professional development on various health topics. In its second year, parent education workshops and two official health classes in each House were added. Programming this year now includes six health lessons in each House. Several partnerships with some Houses and Departments take place throughout the year. Topics center on body positivity, anatomy, and body agency.
In Middle School, health classes meet once a month in House. Topics center on mindfulness, mental health, nutrition, decision-making, sexual health, love, social identities, equity, and empathy.
The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their own education, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Applicants should note that this role resides in the Health & Wellness Department which is separate from the Physical Education and Science Departments at the school. Social justice is at the core of the health and wellness programming.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs and hiring. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, physical disability, or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.
To apply, interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter that includes their educational philosophy via the online employment portal athttps://www.dalton.org/employment.
Classroom teaching experience with adolescents in elementary school and/or middle school health education or social-emotional education field.
Knowledge in intersectionality, mental health, sexuality, nutrition, and substance abuse prevention
Commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice through professional training, curriculum development, or extracurricular activities
Experience developing lesson plans and curriculum scope and sequence for K through 5th grade students
Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a team setting with other teachers, faculty, and administrators
Comfort, experience, and charisma in public speaking/educational presentations to adults and young people
Skill in facilitating and teaching groups regarding sensitive topics
Flexibility to manage multiple priorities within a very fast-paced environment
Effective communication skills, including timely responses to email
Sense of humor
Additional Salary Information: The Dalton faculty salary scale starts at $67,000. Compensation is based on years of experience plus additional stipend for advanced degree(s), if applicable.
About The Dalton School
The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.
The Dalton School is the innovative leader in developing creative problem solvers who identify issues, grapple with possibilities, and design solutions to global challenges from multiple perspectives.
Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring.
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