Cooperating Teacher - 2018-2019

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency seeks to support the next generation of teachers in building the skill, mindset, and practice to lead a high-quality personalized learning classroom. It is a one year program during which Residents are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters of Arts in Teaching.  The residency program was designed in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE). Residents work alongside a Cooperating Teacher four days a week for the length of the school year.  The residency model uses a gradual release of responsibility approach, so residents begin the school year observing the cooperating teachers and starting to co-plan and co-teach, increasing their responsibility and independence slowly over the course of the fall semester, working up to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.  Residents also participate in school site professional development, including Leadership Team and Grade Level Team meetings, Course Level Team meetings, and ExPD.

Residents receive support from both a Cooperating Teacher and a Mentor.  Research shows how invaluable the Cooperating Teacher is in developing the skills, practices, and mindset of the resident.  The Cooperating Teacher holds the same credential that the Resident is earning, and provides daily support through co-planning, co-teaching, observation, and feedback.  The Cooperating Teacher role is an authentic way to develop and practice skills in instructional leadership and coaching, and to continue to improve teaching practice by working alongside a Resident.  The Manager of Credentialing provides professional development, training, and ongoing support for Cooperating Teachers over the course of the year.

What You’ll Do:

The Cooperating Teacher will have the following responsibilities:

Exemplary Teaching

  • Serve as a model of a high quality, personalized learning classroom.
  • Co-plan, co-teach, and co-assess alongside a Resident for the length of one school year.
  • Support a Resident in the gradual release of responsibility within the classroom, including independent student teaching for one class section beginning as early as January.
  • Support a Resident with coursework that requires implementation within the context of the clinical placement.

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Build strong relationships with Residents.
  • Conduct formal and informal classroom observations of a Resident and provide feedback on instructional practice.
  • Lead coaching conversations to support the growth of a Resident.
  • Respond to the professional and emotional needs of Residents.
  • Reflect on and “think out loud” about their own planning, teaching, and assessment practices with Residents.
  • Participate in quarterly co-assessments with Residents and Summit Learning Teacher Residency Mentors.

Professional Development and Program Support

  • Maintain a deep understanding of the program requirements, performance tasks, and the assessment tools.
  • Participate in trainings, professional development, and team meetings with the Director of Credentialing and/or Manager of Credentialing.
  • Participate in the program evaluation processes to provide feedback to Summit’s credentialing program.

What You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills   

  • Commitment to mentoring and supporting a new teacher into the profession
  • Ability to facilitate high quality, personalized learning instruction, as evidenced by classroom observations and student data
  • Ability to create a high quality, classroom culture, as evidenced through classroom observations
  • Content area expertise in the credential subject area
  • Ability to coach and mentor a new teacher
  • Ability to collaborate effectively
  • Open to giving and receiving honest, actionable, and timely feedback
  • Cultural responsiveness

Who You Are:

About You  

  • Currently teaching English, Social Sciences, Science, Math, Spanish or Special Education at Summit Public Schools or a Summit Learning School
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time teaching experience, preferably in a personalized learning classroom environment
  • Clear California teaching credential in English, History, Mathematics, Spanish, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Special Education
  • Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.

To apply for the role of Cooperating Teacher, please indicate your interest on the Career Matrix survey, and a member from the Summit Learning Teacher Residency team will follow-up with you.

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