The Summit Personalized 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.  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. 

The learning experiences and coursework that the residents engage in follow Summit’s personalized learning model.  Residents demonstrate their learning through authentic projects that can then be implemented directly in their classrooms.  Residents learn content through playlists, allowing them to personalize and self-pace this learning experience.  As a cohort, residents engage in coursework one full day and one afternoon each week; this time is spent in a combination of whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences, depending on the needs of the residents.

Residents receive support from both a cooperating teacher and a mentor.  The Mentor plays the role of both an instructor and a coach.  The Mentor facilitates the weekly learning experiences for all residents, while also providing feedback on and assessing their credentialing coursework.  The Mentor also observes and coaches a small group of residents on a weekly basis.  This dual role allows the Mentor to support the resident in making direct connections between the coursework / projects and the experiences he/she is having in the classroom.  Mentors are part of the Summit Personalized Learning Teacher Residency program faculty and report directly to the Director of Credentialing.  As a team, the Mentors represent a diverse set of expertise, including a wide variety of subject area knowledge, an array of professional backgrounds, and complementary skills.  The team works together to deliver holistic support to residents, honing in on the intersection between personalized learning best practices and core pedagogical theory.

Who we are:

Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 3,000 students. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university. Through the Summit Basecamp Program, we have partnered with over 100 public schools in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and are providing over 20,000 students a truly personalized learning experience. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university.

Driven by our unwavering commitment to our core values, Summit works every day to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education. Summit seeks phenomenal individuals with the talents needed to transform children's lives, as well as those who are interested in working on the cutting edge of education. If you're excited by the prospect of transformative growth for yourself, as well as the students, schools, and communities we serve, Summit may be the place for you!

  • 99 percent of Summit students have been accepted to one or more four-year colleges, and its graduates are completing college at double the national average

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Mentor will have the following responsibilities:

Facilitation of Credentialing Coursework

  • Plan and facilitate project-based coursework and personalized learning experiences for the cohort of residents.
  • Model high quality, personalized learning instructional practices.
  • Provide formative and summative feedback for residents on all coursework and assessments.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the program requirements, performance tasks, and assessment tools.
  • Support residents in successfully meeting the program requirements, including the edTPA. 


  • Support a group of residents on a weekly basis through observation and coaching.
  • Conduct weekly formal and informal classroom observations of residents and provide feedback on their development as teachers.
  • Build strong relationships with residents.
  • Lead coaching conversations to support the growth of residents.
  • Respond to the professional and emotional needs of residents.
  • Build strong relationships and collaborate regularly with cooperating teachers to ensure a coherent, aligned experience and growth trajectory for residents.
  • Maintain open communication and positive relationships with school leaders.

Curriculum Iteration

  • Iterate on and revise credentialing program curriculum, including projects, learning experiences, and playlists.  
  • Work collaboratively with the Manager of Credentialing and team of mentors to provide feedback on credentialing program curriculum and iterations.

Professional Development and Program Improvement

  • Participate in trainings, professional development, individual coaching, and team meetings with the Director of Credentialing.
  • Participate in the 360 review and program evaluation processes to provide feedback to Summit’s credentialing program.

Key Qualities and Skills:

  • Commitment to mentoring and supporting new teachers into the profession
  • Alignment with Summit’s mission, vision, and values
  • Strong background in education theory and pedagogy
  • Firm understanding of the principles of adult learning
  • Ability to facilitate high quality, personalized learning instruction
  • Experience with backwards planning and curriculum creation
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively
  • Open to giving and receiving honest, actionable, and timely feedback
  • Strong communication skills


  • 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, or Chemistry
  • Master’s degree in Education or a related field
  • Experience coaching and/or mentoring new educators
  • Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.


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