Summit Public Schools is searching for a talented educators to join our team as a Site-Based Expeditions teacher at Summit Atlas in Seattle, WA. This is a great opportunity to join a vibrant, growing organization that is dedicated to transforming public education for its students!
Specifically, we are searching for Physical Education or Computer Science/Coding teachers.
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 15 schools serving over 4,500 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:
The areas of study, or clusters, which students can explore include Leadership & Social Change, Health and Wellness, Media Studies, Technology, Business, and Art, Design & Engineering. Over the course of their time at Summit, students have the opportunity to explore passions across these clusters or to craft a pathway of deep study that may lead to an internship or independent study.
In particular, Summit Atlas has a need for teachers who can offer courses in one of the following areas:
- Health Education or Fitness
- Computer Science or Coding
The Expeditions team seeks teachers with a passion for these areas who can design and execute courses in that cluster based on the teacher’s experience and expertise, aimed at middle school students. Using the Framework for 21st Century Learning (P21. 2015, May), students should master the skills, knowledge and expertise that to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.
The role of the Expeditions teacher is to empower students to discover and deepen their passions, as well as serve as a mentor to a group of students they will follow throughout their time in middle school. We believe that connecting to one’s passion is crucial 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 an 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 their own passions and fields of study as expertise, Expeditions teachers execute this vision by doing the following:
- Summit Expeditions teachers design and teach high-quality, challenging, project-based curriculum which guide students towards explorations of potential passions.
- Summit Expeditions teachers facilitate learning experiences which lead students through deep exploration of fields of study connected to potential majors, hobbies and careers.
- Summit Expeditions teachers design and guide students through real-life experiences in the field, through guest speakers, field trips, and other connections to community groups.
- Every teacher serves as a mentor to a group of twenty students who they will coach, counsel through the college process and advocate for through their academic career at Summit. Mentors meet weekly with their mentees to reflect on the week and discuss their goals and plans for the coming week. Mentors push students to become self-directed learners who can set and achieve goals and seek new challenges.
At Summit Public Schools, you are joining a community committed to excellence and continual growth. We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and school leaders. If you are looking for the opportunity to drive trans-formative change in a diverse community of learners and contribute to reimagining what schools should be, we encourage you to apply.
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values and belief that all children deserve a rigorous, college-preparatory education
- A Washington Teaching Credential (or a commitment to obtain one) is preferred
- At least a Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- Experience in and ability to design and execute courses in the relevant “cluster”
Who You Are
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- 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 lead learning experiences, using a variety of methods: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more.
- You are passionate about serving as a mentor and advocate for a group of students that you’ll follow year to year.
- 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 are 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 shared successes.
- You use data to track and provide updates on student achievement to faculty, directors, and families.
- You are 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.
Summit Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to all programs.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
We don't just encourage diversity and inclusion—we believe it's a requirement for us to be successful in our mission of helping all children succeed. Since we serve a diverse community of schools, educators, parents, and students, we need our team members to bring a broad range of lived experiences to the table with them. This is the only way we can ensure we are staying close to the work and building an authentic relationship with the people we serve.