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A professional community where you can be yourself & bring your ideas forward.
KO isn’t just a place to work. It’s a vibrant team of collaborative, collegial, and passionate individuals who engage in an ongoing practice of professional growth. Every day is an opportunity to do great work by respecting our different voices and sharing our unique perspectives. It’s an inclusive environment where people are inspired to contribute to their fullest potential. We work hard, have fun, care about each other, and walk the walk. Come join us!
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Hear from our Faculty
Middle School English teacher Anastasia Quinn discusses student equity and what “success” looks like in the classroom.
Upper School English teacher Michele Caswell talks about the Warren Baird Symposium program and how this supports the student-centered experience and her own passion for the English language.
Full-time KO employees are eligible for the following benefits:
Medical Insurance includes the option of three different medical plans (HMO, POS or HDHP in conjunction with an HSA) with your choice of ConnectiCare or Oxford Health Insurance.
Dental Insurance: Choose from two different dental plans (a core plan or a buy-up plan option) with Delta Dental of New Jersey.
Life Insurance with Sun Life Financial, equal to two times the employee’s annual salary paid 100%. Also available is a voluntary group life insurance plan with the option to purchase additional life insurance (up to $500,000). Supplemental dependent insurance is also available.
Long-term Disability Insurance paid 100% by KO with Sun Life Financial.
Pension Benefits: Kingswood Oxford School contributes 4% of employee’s annual salary to a 403(b) plan with Voya
Retirement Services: The school will also match up to an additional 4% of an individual’s contributions. Employees are 100% vested after three years of employment.
KO Tuition Remission: The children of full-time faculty are eligible for tuition remission immediately upon hire. The children of full-time staff are eligible for tuition remission immediately upon hire. The tuition remission benefit is 80% of the cost of tuition.
Educational Assistance allowing full-time employees to continue their education in a related field.
Our Equity Practice
KO is dedicated to creating a climate of belonging for our faculty, staff and students alike. To this end, we actively engage in equity and cultural competency work so that we reach every student. This is ongoing, demanding yet important work. Although the process may be imperfect, we must be compassionate and resilient as we strive to reach our true potential as a fully empathic community.
Located in central Connecticut, Kingswood Oxford’s 33-acre campus is nestled in West Hartford, a charming town of 60,000 dotted with boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. For the fifth year in a row, Niche.com named West Hartford the Best Town to Live in Connecticut. And, it’s easy to see why. Not only is the town (commonly nicknamed WeHa) conveniently situated two hours equidistant from New York City and Boston, but it offers family fun activities in a safe, close-knit, and active community like the Halloween Parade, Holiday Stroll, Park Road Parade, and the 5k Mitten Run. Blue Back Square, across from our campus, is a model of New Urbanism, a mixed-use development of shopping, dining, and events.
The Greater Hartford area offers many activities ranging from the cultural and historical to the out-of-doors. Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum, established in 1842, contains over 50,000 works of art, including an impressive collection of Hudson River School paintings and surrealist works. The Mark Twain House was home to the storied humorist and was once the location for the all-boys Kingswood School in the early 20th century. Real Arts Ways is a contemporary, multi-disciplinary art space celebrating up-and-coming artists and independent films. Additionally, Hartford boasts an active theater scene with The Bushnell, which features many Broadway shows, and the Hartford Stage dedicated to smaller works. If you’re a sports fan, the Hartford Yard Goats, a minor league baseball team and double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, provide a fun and competitive outing, and the Hartford Athletics, Connecticut’s only professional soccer team, showcase outstanding play in a beautifully renovated stadium. Just one town over from West Hartford in Farmington is the Hill-Stead Museum, a perfectly preserved 19th-century home cum museum designed by Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the country’s first female architects, that features Manets, Monets, and Whistlers. Walking tours are available of the colonial era village where many homes were stops along the Underground Railroad. In 1839, abolitionists in the town housed the survivors of the mutinied slave ship La Amistad after their trial and awaiting their return to Africa. You can visit the Congregational Church, where their leader Cinque and his fellow Mende people attended meetings.
If you prefer a wilder side, in terms of nature, Kingswood Oxford is near excellent hiking trails (the Metacomet Trail, Cedar Mountain, and Talcott Mountain), wineries in Granby, and farms in Simsbury.
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Expansive Professional Development
KO teachers readily avail themselves of opportunities to sharpen their skills and bring innovative pedagogy into the classroom. Our teachers often share their own practices with their peers from other institutions as well.
Some recent workshops and experiences include:
40-Hour Workweek Club
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign language)
Broadway Teachers’ Workshop
Educating Good Men for the 21 Century
Facilitative Leadership, Instructional Coaching, and Using Meetings as Learning Opportunities for Academic Departments
Google Boot Camp
Graduate School tuition reimbursement for coursework towards a Masters degree
New England New Teacher Seminars (1.0 and 2.0)
Practices and Principles of SRI’s Equity-Focused Intentional Learning Communities
Study of Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge – (funded by Edith Evans Distinguished Chair in English)
Faculty Collaborative Learning Groups
To pursue the quest for innovation, every teacher has elected to join one of five collaborative learning groups based on his or her interest. Each group is devoted to a different aspect of engaging students in learning and meets several times to generate ideas about curriculum, methods and activities that foster equity, and empower students in their own learning.
The five CLGs address:
Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain
Project-Based Learning & Authentic Application
Mission and Core Values
Without question, KO is committed to providing our students with a world-class education, but equally as important is our dedication to instilling in our students deep respect and empathy for others. Embedded in our culture live our core values that guide our teachers and our students. We ask one another to reflect often on these guideposts, setting goals for ourselves to reach them and assessing how we can do better year after year.
Kingswood Oxford inspires students to excel and to lead lives of integrity and involvement by nourishing their talents in a community of teachers, friends, and families.
To demonstrate honesty, integrity and respect
To care beyond self
To Take personal responsibility
To learn with passion and perseverance
To work hard, take risks, become involved
To embrace intellectual curiosity
Vincit qui se vincit
One conquers by conquering oneself
Transformational Teaching Apprentice Program
The Kingswood Oxford Teaching Apprentice Program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to be an integral part of an independent school community while gaining the skills and experience necessary for their own professional growth. To facilitate experiential learning with time for reflection and mentoring, Apprentices team-teach one to two classes (paired with a veteran faculty member) and increasingly assume the professional independence and responsibility of a Kingswood Oxford faculty member. Apprentices also learn about and practice their craft through involvement in co-curricular activities (including athletics), where, with the help of seasoned faculty members, they learn to manage groups of students, work towards long-term goals, and plan daily activities for student improvement and growth. In addition to weekday lunches, housing, and a stipend, Apprentices receive professional development through participation in a week-long orientation program before the start of school and monthly workshops on various topics.
KO actively seeks to attract and welcome a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff, including differences in race, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. At KO, we believe that a diversity of ideas and perspectives enriches our community and improves our understanding. We continually work to increase equity and access within our learning community and seek candidates who are similarly committed to this work. If you would like to join us in this work, we welcome your application.
Teaching Apprentice candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, but no teaching experience is required, nor is a major in a specific subject area. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at any time, as the school is continuously looking for qualified candidates for this program.
Unique New Teacher Mentoring
Our new faculty program, led by the Coordinator of New Faculty and Mentors, is designed to induct all teachers new to our community. Whether one has no teaching experience or many years in the classroom, each school has its own culture and customs that require acclimation. To that end, each teacher is supported by an experienced KO faculty mentor, with whom they will meet regularly, as well as schedule time to visit each other’s classes. In addition, all new teachers participate in an August Orientation and Monthly Workshops.
Topics Covered during New Faculty Orientation in August:
Daily Life at KO
Academics at KO
Students at KO
Taking place during evening hours, topics at these meetings include upcoming issues and events such as comment writing, parent/curriculum nights, end-of-semester advisee summary reports and/or student surveys. These meetings are also a good opportunity to discuss pedagogical issues, classroom management strategies, assessments, and any general questions or concerns that arise.
What We’re Reading
What We Believe
As a community with a growth mindset, KO continually asks faculty to refine their teaching and adopt best practices in the classroom. Teachers self-select Collaborative Learning Groups (CLG) to join. These groups meet to collaboratively lesson plan and analyze student work with the goal of creating an equitable classroom culture where student ownership is the norm. The five focus areas include a book club related to a summer reading, project-based learning (PLB) and authentic application, how to give feedback to develop independent learners, student-led class discussions to aid in student agency and choice, and collaborative learning.
Teachers constantly engage with this question in their work: “How do we learn deeply together?” This is a vibrant school in which to work, learn and grow.
Attributes of a KO Teacher
Student Learning Attributes
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Kingswood Oxford is a coeducational, independent day school for strong and motivated students in grades 6-12. KO values academic and co-curricular excellence, ethical citizenry, and meaningful relationships with our students and their families. Small classes are taught by exceptional teachers who encourage students to engage both widely and deeply in the liberal arts and sciences. Our graduates are well-rounded and prepared remarkably well for the challenges of highly selective colleges and for success in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Kingswood Oxford School provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, political belief or activity, domestic violence victim status, status as a veteran or any other status protected by law.
The policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Employees who feel they have been treated less favorably on the basis of any protected characteristic should contact the Head of School immediately. Retaliation for making a complaint or otherwise participating in an investigation of potential violations of this policy is prohibited.