The Curriculum Manager for Expeditions will work as a member of Summit’s Curriculum & Assessment Team, which builds curriculum for Summit Public Schools and partner schools across the country in the Summit Learning Program. The Curriculum Manager will be a visionary and collaborative expeditionary/experiential educator with deep knowledge, skill, and experience with project based curriculum. He/she will primarily collaborate with the Expeditions Directors and will report to the director of Curriculum and Assessment. The work of this team is at the forefront of curriculum and assessment in the nation and will immediately and meaningfully impact thousands of students and educators. This individual will also collaborate with partners external to Summit in the development of curriculum and assessment.
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. Through the Summit Learning 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. We seek 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
- Fast Company named Summit Public Schools a top 10 most innovative organization in education
- Our two flagship schools, Summit Prep and Everest, are named among US News & World Report's Best High Schools of 2015, and also ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post
- Summit has a fully Common Core aligned curriculum and has worked with university, technology, and non-profit partners to continually improve. This curriculum is made available for free to our many Summit Learning partners across the nation and, soon, around the world. You can explore the curriculum here, using the demo code qwbhiscx.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Lead the development of high quality expeditionary curriculum by
- Developing a framework for exploring one’s passions through expeditionary learning.
- Developing courses to flesh out this framework where needed.
- Supporting partner teachers in creating courses on the Summit Learning Platform. Ensuring all Expeditions projects are complete to the highest levels of the Stanford Center for the Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) Performance Task Quality Rubric, the Cognitive Skills Rubric and the Expeditions Project Quality Rubric
- Ensuring all teacher-facing resources are visually appealing, formatted similarly, accessible, and high quality.
- Ensuring all content assessments are representative of the best, most reliable, most valid assessments of knowledge possible within engineering constraints.
- Ensuring completion, excellence, and accessibility of Summit’s Expeditions curricula and assessments (with an expeditionary focus) within and beyond Summit.
- Staying abreast of research and trends involving curriculum and assessment, and particularly expeditionary education and academic literacy.
- Ensuring curricular improvements increase accessibility for Language Learners and students with special needs.
Develop, design, and conduct professional development for teachers and school leaders.
- Train faculty members in building and implementing curricula and assessments.
- Coach teachers and school leaders to effectively implement curricular initiatives.
- Regularly conduct appropriate needs assessments with teachers, students, and leaders, and propose solutions to demonstrated needs.
- Collaborate regularly with the Expeditions Directors.
Support and maintain expeditionary education partnerships beyond Summit.
Serve as a collaborative member of the Schools Team.
- Be a positive and knowledgeable representative of Summit Public Schools, the Schools Team, and the Curriculum and Assessment Team in work related to expeditionary C&A.
- Share best practices in curriculum, assessment, and instruction, particularly in Expeditions, with other Curriculum Managers.
- Report regularly to the Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment.
Key Qualities and Skills:
- Data analysis: Plans to collect, evaluate, and act upon important information
- Strategic planning: Creates a strategic plan, with the support of the team
- Progress monitoring: Continually tracks progress of programs and implementation to inform leadership actions
- Strategic communication: Proactively communicates with all stakeholders
- Planning learning experiences: Models skills-based, personalized instruction
- Providing honest, actionable, and timely feedback: Seeks feedback to improve practice, incorporates feedback to develop, and offers feedback that pushes others towards excellence
- Learning orientation: Driven to improve performance in order to meet high internal standards of excellence
- Initiative: Ready to act and seize opportunities; drives personal growth and takes ownership over work
- Resiliency: Identifies and pursues solutions when faced with setbacks; stays focused on objectives though tactics may require adaptation
- Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.
- Located in the San Francisco/Bay Area.
- At least two years of curriculum design in an expeditionary context.