William Penn Charter School, a co-ed, pre-K-12 independent Quaker day school, seeks a full-time dynamic, energetic, and engaging Health and Human Sexuality Educator to begin in the 2021-2022 school year. This person will serve as the coordinator of the health, wellness, and human sexuality curriculum. Collectively, we aim to develop a curriculum that supports students in exploring and gathering relevant and current information that will help them make informed decisions regarding their health and will support them in living out personal values in daily life. The new hire will partner with colleagues to teach classes Pre-K-12 and support teachers as they enhance current units of study and develop new lessons. The successful candidate will also serve as a teacher-coach to support teachers as they develop their pedagogical practices to teach topics related to both overall health and human sexuality.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion both in their teaching practice and in building meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, administrators, and student caregivers in a manner consistent with the School's mission. They will exhibit flexibility, possess an understanding of and appreciation for teaching students of all ages, and demonstrate an ability to effectively and respectfully respond to student behaviors. Additionally, they will embrace student-centered pedagogy, model curiosity and a desire for professional growth, and exhibit a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues. Familiarity with the principles and practices of Quakerism and Quaker education is highly desirable.
In addition to the responsibilities listed below, this position will also include other duties of a full time faculty member, such as attendance at meetings, advising, comment writing, and recess and/or lunch duties.
Develop and teach inclusive, dynamic, sex positive, health and human sexuality lessons that address the needs of learners at each developmental stage.
Work collaboratively with teachers to plan, schedule, and deliver units of study.
Support all Pre-K-12 health teachers and other faculty members by observing lessons and offering 1:1 coaching and more comprehensive department wide professional development opportunities on topics related to health, wellness, and human sexuality.
Engage in regular professional development and remain up-to-date with current practices and resources in the fields of health and human sexuality education.
Plan and deliver presentations for student assemblies and faculty meetings, and offer education workshops to families.
Teach sections of Middle and Upper school health classes by:
providing interactive and meaningful learning material to students
maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment for active participation of all students
conducting periodic assessments to measure student growth
Support faculty through observations with timely feedback related to pedagogical practices and lesson design.
An undergraduate degree in a related field and/or a combination of education and experience. We recognize that such a position may attract candidates from various fields of study such as nursing, counseling, and other disciplines and we welcome all applicants.
A deep understanding of child and adolescent development.
Demonstrated experience working with school-age children on the topics listed below and an ability to adjust teaching methods to ensure they are developmentally appropriate.
Health education with a focus on health promotion and prevention including but not limited to:
Consent and boundaries; healthy relationships
Human sexuality and sex positivity, gender identity development and gender expression, cultural and social influences on sexual decision-making
Nutrition and body image
Social and emotional well-being
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to quickly adapt to changing group dynamics
About William Penn Charter School
William Penn Charter School is a Quaker, coeducational, PreK-12 day school on a 47 acre campus in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our diverse student body of 968 students travels to Penn Charter from 105 different zip codes. Established in 1689 by William Penn, the school emphasizes academics, the arts, athletics, spiritual awareness and service learning.