Part-Time Special Education Curriculum Specialist, 2021-2022 

Who We Are

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead  a fulfilled life?  This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!

The Summit Model

Summit’s research-backed model makes teaching and learning at a Summit school unlike any other. 

At Summit, our teachers mentor the same group of students each year in advisory groups, which allows them to build strong relationships based on deep trust over multiple years. Mentors meet 1:1 with each student regularly to coach students toward their personal goals, and meet daily as a mentor group.

During Project Time,  teachers teach universal skills through real-world projects - using their subject-area expertise to help students apply their knowledge to the world around them. Through our research-backed curriculum, Summit gives teachers the tools they need so that they can focus on teaching and becoming the best project-based teachers in the world. 

We are deeply committed to continuous improvement at Summit, both as an organization and for our individual faculty. With dedicated days of professional development built into the academic year, regular coaching sessions with a school leader, and a culture of honest, actionable, and timely feedback, we equip our teachers with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues. We also prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and school leaders. 

Summit has intensive collaboration structures built in to our weekly schedules. Teachers collaborate at the grade and subject levels, forming regular communities of practice to support each other in continuously improving as project-based teachers and mentors.

By design, our schools are small communities where every student is known. They are intentionally heterogeneous and reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. As a teacher, this will require being culturally responsive and creating equitable learning pathways for all students.

What you’ll do:

  • Internalize curriculum across all Core (English, History, Science, Math) subjects areas for high school students to understand The design and scope and sequence of the projects as well as core questions and foundational understandings.
  • Modify assignments from given grade level to 3-4 grade levels behind to ensure that students are receiving work at their instructional level, building critical prerequisite skills as well as working on course curriculum. 
  • Create daily student-facing plans tabs within the Summit Learning Platform that present students with modified daily activities to support skill development within a modified curriculum
  • Coordinate implementation of curriculum by meeting with critical stakeholders, including teachers, admin staff, and paraprofessionals to understand course expectations, student learning profiles, and needs.
  • Collect and implement feedback on implementation of modified coursework, improving the quality of student lessons that we put in front of students. 

What You Need

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, and the 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
  • Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred, but not required)
  • Clear health and background check
  • Teaching experience with students on IEPs, but not required

Who You Are

  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with mission-aligned, high-performing colleagues. You find positivity in shared successes.
  • You’re excited to teach Summit’s common curriculum and assessment system, which was designed for teachers and by teachers in partnership with learning scientists. 
  • You care deeply about working in intentionally heterogeneous schools and are ready to support all diverse students to reach a fulfilled life
  • You have a growth mindset and see feedback as a positive

What You Get

Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. 

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