Mission Statement On the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish ethical and spiritual values, Milken Community Schools develops students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. We value each member of our pluralistic community while we foster a deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to the Jewish people, and a passionate commitment to the service of humanity and the perfection of God’s world.
Position Overview The Middle School Teacher Librarian is a full-time member of the school faculty, reporting to the Middle School Principal. The Middle School librarian spends half their time at the Middle School and half their time at the Upper School. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment where value is placed on the skills and passions of the disciplinarian within a larger context of school mission and integrative thinking. Primary responsibilities include: co-teaching Middle School X-STREAM classes, serving as a Middle School student advisor, collaborating on school-wide programming as necessary and appropriate, and collaborating with the Upper School Librarian to cultivate and support usage of the collection of library, information, and curriculum resources.
Support the integration of X-Learning across the campus:
Design research and information literacy lessons that are well-sequenced in terms of content and developmental appropriateness
Teach lessons connected to the X-Project in contextual and critical research skills, finding and using resources, understanding the difference between primary and secondary documents, evaluating sources, media literacy.
Create experiences where students have the opportunity to develop and practice interview and networking skills where inquiry, curiosity, and exploration are valued.
Working with individual students to move from selecting a research topic to creating
Lead professional development experiences for teachers in the phases of X-Learning: Identification, Exploration, Purposeful Play and Connection.
Utilize collaborative and individual learning opportunities that support student growth
Demonstrate situational adaptability that balances the needs of social teens, the needs of the lesson/research, and teachable moments
Place a strong emphasis on learning, iteration,and the important natural role mistakes play in learning
Expose students to literature options and create a culture of reading for pleasure by:
Creating reading centers (library nooks) in classrooms that align with departmental needs
Create programs that connect students and faculty to outside an author-of-the-month program
Invite authors to school to meet with or read to students
Plan opportunities for Middle School Students to use the Upper School Library
Create a learning environment where students feel safe and welcome
Engage with students outside the classroom through office hours, extracurricular activities, clubs, and school-wide programming
Collaborate with faculty to increase literacy awareness by:
Working with academic support department in refining and delivering instruction to students in Reading and Writing Workshop (literacy-based skill development program)
Support relevancy of the upper school curriculum by helping teachers to connect course content across academic domains and authentically explore the relationship between course content, the Milken Community Schools mission, and the Portrait of the Graduate
Maintain knowledge in the field and best practices by:
Pursue ongoing professional development in the fields of education, information literacy, research, and library science
Other duties as assigned
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience.
About Milken Community High School
On the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish ethical and spiritual values, Milken Community Schools develops students with sharp minds, generous hearts and kind souls. We value each member of our pluralistic community while we foster a deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to the Jewish people, and a passionate commitment to the service of humanity and the perfection of God's world.
Milken Community Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, place of national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or physical handicap in its employment practices.