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 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.
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.
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.
More information about Summit can be found on our Teaching Application Process page.
- 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)
- Must pass health and background check
- Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required
Key Qualities and Characteristics of a Summit Teacher:
- Maintains 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, small group tasks, individual student projects, individual and group writing tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, extended individual students tasks and public performance/presentation
- Serve as a mentor to a group of students including weekly meetings with mentees in group and one-on-one settings
- Collaborates with colleagues to maintain academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students
- Design and implement social and emotional 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
- Ability to learn technology platforms that organize instructional materials and data gathering at Summit
Why you and teachers you know should apply:
We believe passionately in giving innovative, impassioned, high-performing teachers the ability to work personally with students and to help our teachers grow into the reformers and leaders needed for school success. Summit does this by including faculty in our own highly progressive, personalized professional development and by providing a host of leadership opportunities within the organization. If you are a veteran teacher or just starting your teaching career and you have the ability to succeed with a diverse student body, to work independently in a dynamic organization, and to excel as a member of a team, then please apply to Summit Public Schools.