2020-21 Middle School History Teacher

Job Description


Middle School History Teacher 

Khan Lab School seeks an instructor with a middle school background to teach middle school history. This is a great opportunity for an educator that would like to join a new school that uses an interdisciplinary approach. Candidates should ideally hold a bachelor of science degree in history or a related field.  Prior teaching experience is required, a curriculum development and online teaching background are a plus, and the ability to bring other student-centered contributions to the community is desirable.  Candidates must be familiar with Khan Academy, Sal Khan’s book The One World Schoolhouse, and should be excited about working in a startup school. The position is year-round and based in Mountain View, CA, beginning summer 2020. 

 

WHO WE ARE

About Khan Lab School


Khan Lab School (KLS) is a non-profit, mastery-based school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to extend Khan Academy’s student-centered philosophy into a physical school environment. Furthering his vision for Khan Academy, Khan wrote and published The One World Schoolhouse, in which he argues for mastery-based, blended, and mixed-age learning coupled with a departure from traditional letter grades. Today the KLS community is bringing that vision to life on its own campus and also sharing knowledge within education more broadly.

In each academic area at KLS, progress is decoupled from age; the time it takes a student to finish a course will vary but the depth of mastery is constant. We believe that students cannot “master” a course by performing well on one assessment. Instead, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of all skills and content before they can obtain foundational credit, thereby reducing the number of “gaps” in their education.   

Every student is assigned to a mixed-age cohort, which they can expect to be part of for two to three years. There are currently six cohorts for students ages 5 to 18+. Students also partner with faculty to explore their passions and deepen their learning. The quality of learning remains high but as a lab school, instructional methods are constantly being reimagined and tested. Learning is supported through weekly 1-1 advising, real-world application, and a culture that fosters student agency. Faculty and students do not simply adhere to the status quo in education. As a lab school, KLS is a model for innovation in education. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL DO

To support our growing program, Khan Lab School seeks a talented educator who possess a thorough knowledge of blended learning environments and understands the vision and goal of our model. By creating an integrated middle school humanities program, candidates should be able to integrate topics from ancient civilizations through modern world history as well as geography that includes an exploration of relevant literature. This person will also be responsible for the overall advising of a cohort of middle school students, all of whom are working at their own pace.
 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Commit to building a community of student-centered educators by making regular contributions to be shared publicly, including curriculum, best practices, and research findings.
  • Collaborate with researchers, designers, technologists, and other educators to design and refine an innovative model for school education.
  • Curate world-class middle school level learning experiences using best practices, based on experience and research.
  • Create and deliver on-line learning through Canvas
  • Provide personalized support to an assigned advisory cohort, working one-on-one or in small groups with students.
  • Meet each student at least once a week to set, monitor, and evaluate progress on goals (e.g. tutoring, mentoring, reflection, feedback, goal setting).
  • Collect and reflect on student data; adjust and advise instruction accordingly.
  • Communicate consistently and frequently with students and their parents and supervisor about students’ goals and progress, take in feedback and address any questions or concerns directly, positively and in a timely manner.
  • Support students in collaboration with their teachers in developing a strong foundational knowledge in core skills (reading, writing, math, foreign language and digital literacy).
  • Lead and design experiential, project-based learning activities for the class by using global resources to create an experience that’s relevant and real-world for a mixed-age setting.
  • Design assessments for learning congruent with instructional and personalized learning goals using the backwards design model, in collaboration with specialists.
  • Embed competencies in projects (e.g., cognitive skills and character strengths, global citizenship, creation, purpose and deeper learning competencies).
  • Determine students’ academic and social emotional learning objectives and ensure that they’re met.
  • Use the resources of the city and community to create an education that is relevant.
  • Organize and prepare resources, field trips, guest speakers connected to the students’ learning.
  • Participate in rotating lunch, recess, and study hall duties.
  • Write progress reports, attend open houses and orientation trips, and participate in other school related events.

 WHAT YOU’LL BRING

Skills and Capabilities

The ideal candidates should possess many of the following qualifications:

  • Five+ years of experience teaching history, or humanities in a middle school or working with middle school students in an out-of-school time environment.
  • Master’s Degree (preferred) or a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Prior experience with developing project-based learning activities.
  • Prior experience teaching in an online environment using Zoom.
  • Prior experience using an LMS in an online environment, preferably Canvas.
  • Prior experience developing curriculum in an online environment,
  • Experience working in best-practices blended learning environments.
  • Prior experience leading or participating in curriculum development.
  • Prior experience with demonstrated academic results incorporating social emotional learning into student experiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with high energy and sense of humor.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and willingness to actively contribute to continuous evolution of the school.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to respond quickly to time sensitive requests.
  • Ability to multitask, provide immediate assistance, and prioritize.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Work collaboratively and independently with little direct supervision.

WHAT WE OFFER

Khan Lab School is a team of educators that have a deep commitment to their work. We get things done and believe that in our highly collaborative environment that anything is possible.  All of our decisions are made through the lens of what is best for our students.  We tackle tough questions without ego, are results oriented, and have high expectations for school and our students.

 Khan Lab School offers a stimulating and unique working environment with a competitive salary. We seek team members who possess a unique skill set since this is a multi-faceted teaching position.  To learn more about our vision & learning design, please visit our website: khanlabschool.org.

Compensation:

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Health, dental, and vision benefits
401(k) with matching
Free lunch and snacks 
Khan Lab School tuition discount

Great colleagues

 

Start Date: August, 2020

Location: Mountain View, CA

Number of Positions to be Filled: 1

 

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To qualify, please provide a resume and a letter of interest. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated familiarity with the Sal Khan’s school model outlined in his book The One World Schoolhouse.

 

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