Who We Are:
What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a leading charter management organization serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington state. We operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.
Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat, empowering students with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic teachers to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.
Summit’s Expeditions Program:
Summit’s Expeditions program offers site-based electives courses. The Expeditions team seeks teachers with a passion for Arts, Design, & Engineering who can design and execute courses in that cluster such as:
- Visual Art, Drama, Music, Dance, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Architecture, Engineering, or other based on the teacher’s experience and expertise.
Using the Framework for 21st Century Learning, the skills, knowledge, and expertise that students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century in connection with a passion for Arts, Design or Engineering are:
- Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur
- Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
The role of the Expeditions teacher is to empower students to discover and deepen their passions. We believe that connecting to one’s passion is essential for success in college and a career. Students can make better choices about “best fit” colleges based on an understanding of the course of study for possible careers. They can begin college with a career goal in mind that is connected to their passion and can immediately apply their decision-making and self-direction skills to continuously set and achieve goals that are connected to working towards that career.
With your own passion and expertise, you will execute this vision by doing the following:
- Designing and teaching high-quality, challenging, project-based curriculum which guides students towards explorations of potential passions.
- Facilitating learning experiences which lead students through a deep exploration of fields of study connected to potential majors, hobbies, and careers.
- Creating and guiding students through real-life experiences in the field, through guest speakers, field trips, and other connections to community groups.
- Serving as a mentor to a group of approximately twenty students. Mentors coach and advocate for their mentees both inside and outside of the classroom, get to know them deeply and strive to support them as they develop their sense of purpose and become self-directed learners.
What you need:
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
- Teaching Credential in California or another US State (or a commitment to obtain a credential by completing an educator preparation program within 2 years of starting at Summit)
- Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- Clear health and background check
- Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required
- Experience in and ability to design and execute courses in the chosen “cluster”
Who you are:
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of teaching in a heterogeneous community and working to close the achievement gap
- You believe in every student, and can maintain and reinforce Summit's graduated discipline process, recognizing that student growth in all areas—academic, behavioral and community—are an investment and part of the work
- You facilitate learning experiences, using a variety of method: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more
- You are empathetic and culturally competent. You design and implement social and emotional learning experiences in all courses, and you’re open to having hard conversations
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace
- You are a leader, and actively participate as a member of weekly faculty meetings
- You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset
- You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with colleagues to maintain the academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students. You find positivity in share successes
- You use data to track and provide updates on student achievement to faculty, directors, and families
- You're excited to learn Summit’s technology platforms that organize instructional materials and data
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation during the year, and a summer break. We value our teachers’ Summit experience, offering stipends for teachers who have been with us for three or more years and helping teachers grow with us through designated time for paid professional development and regular coaching.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.