Teaching at Summit is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and areas for growth of each of their students. By design, our schools are small communities where every student is known. Every teacher serves as a mentor to a group of 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.
The role of the teacher is to empower students to own their learning. Teachers at Summit plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects. This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills (e.g. argumentative writing, hypothesizing) that stretch across all content areas and the habits of success (e.g. perseverance) that allow them to prepare for the world beyond the classroom. Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge but instead as facilitators and coaches to their students.
In addition to serving as a mentor and teaching their course, our faculty understand the value of collaboration. They share best practices across the network, observe one another in the classroom, and work as a team to provide their students with high-quality education. Teachers have the opportunity to take on a variety of leadership roles within these collaborative structures at Summit.
Who we are:
Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the Bay Area and Washington state. Our network operates ten schools serving almost 3,000 students. At Summit, we are expanding a model of schools that puts students in the driver’s seat, equipping them with the powerful and enduring skills necessary for success in the 21st century workforce. We believe all students deserve schools that are designed to prepare them for the demands of our diverse, connected and ever-changing world. We are working hard to make education student-centered and engaging and we’re seeking great teachers to join our growing team.
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. With 45 days of professional development built-in the academic year, our teachers are equipped with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues for which there is no pre-written playbook. If you are looking for the opportunity to drive transformative change in a diverse community of learners and contribute to reimagining what schools should be, ultimately creating a richer learning experience that empowers every child to realize his or her highest potential, we encourage you to apply.
Summary of Responsibilities:
The Education Specialist is responsible for acting as a full faculty member, across all school systems (such as grade level teams and weekly faculty meetings) by inputting advice, student status updates and personal opinions and ideas. In addition, the Education Specialist will have sole responsibility for, and be expected to:
- Implement curriculum, instruction and assessment to address the individualized education goals for students receiving special education.
- Provide case-management for a caseload of students:
- Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in the each student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
- Consult with general education teachers to adjust core curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the unique learning needs and styles of a caseload of students.
- Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of a caseload of students in order to review and adjust educational plans at least annually.
- Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of students receiving special education, including facilitating the IEP meetings.
- Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine learners’ strengths and areas of need for initial, and triennial assessments.
- Create and maintain notifications, records, files and reports as required by federal, state and local regulations.
- Maintain knowledge of current regulations pertaining to special education.
- Serve on a professional development team with other Education Specialists across the Summit network to share and develop best practices.
- Provide support to students in office hours before and/or after school one day each week according to site schedule.
- Utilize an instructional coach to develop educator skills and apply new practices to support students with exceptional needs and mentees.
Key Qualities and Skills:
- Maintain high expectations for all students and believes all students can be successful in college
- Facilitate learning experiences, using a variety of methods including: direct instruction, project-based learning, computer-based learning, small group tasks, individual and group writing tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, extended individual student tasks and public performance/presentation
- Serve as a mentor to a group of students including weekly meetings with caseload mentees in group and one-on-one settings
- Collaborate with colleagues to maintain academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students
- Design and implement social, emotional and behavioral learning experiences as a recurring part of all courses
- Actively participate and suggest proposals as a member of weekly faculty team meetings
- Track and provide updates on student achievement to faculty, directors and families
- Maintain and reinforce Summit's graduated discipline process
- Learn organizational-wide technology platforms that organize instructional materials and data gathering at Summit
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values and belief that all children deserve a rigorous, college-preparatory education
- A Washington Teaching certificate (or a commitment to obtain one)
- At least a Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required
- Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.