Middle School Expeditions Teacher
Richmond, CA and Sunnyvale, CA
Who We Are:
Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in California’s Bay Area and Washington state. During the 2016-2017 academic year, we will operate ten schools serving more than 2,000 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 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.
Summit’s Expeditions Program:
Summit’s Expeditions program is piloting site-based Middle School electives courses in the 2017-2018 school year. The areas of study, or clusters, which students can explore include Leadership & Social Change, Health and Wellness, Media Studies, Technology, Business, and Art, Design & Engineering. Over the course of their time at Summit, students have the opportunity to explore passions across these clusters or to craft a pathway of deep study that may lead to an internship or independent study.
In particular, our middle schools are interested in teachers who can offer courses in one of the following areas:
- Health Education or Fitness
- Computer Science
- Visual Art or Drama
- Spanish Language/Culture
- STEM Education
The Expeditions team seeks teachers with a passion for these areas who can design and execute courses in that cluster based on the teacher’s experience and expertise, aimed at middle school students. Using the Framework for 21st Century Learning (P21. 2015, May), students should master the skills, knowledge and expertise that to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.
The role of the Expeditions teacher is to empower students to discover and deepen their passions, as well as serve as a mentor to a group of students they will follow throughout their time in middle school. We believe that connecting to one’s passion is crucial for success in college and a career. Students can make better choices about “best fit” colleges based on an understanding of the course of study for possible careers. They can begin college with an career goal in mind that is connected to their passion, and can immediately apply their decision-making and self-direction skills to continuously set and achieve goals that are connected to working towards that career. With their own passions and fields of study as expertise, Expeditions teachers execute this vision by doing the following:
- Summit Expeditions teachers design and teach high-quality, challenging, project-based curriculum which guide students towards explorations of potential passions.
- Summit Expeditions teachers facilitate learning experiences which lead students through deep exploration of fields of study connected to potential majors, hobbies and careers.
- Summit Expeditions teachers design and guide students through real-life experiences in the field, through guest speakers, field trips, and other connections to community groups.
- 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.
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. 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, we encourage you to apply.
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values and belief that all children deserve a rigorous, college-preparatory education
- A California or Washington Teaching Credential (or a commitment to obtain one) is preferred but not required for the Expeditions Teacher role
- At least a Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- Experience in and ability to design and execute courses in the relevant “cluster”
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
- 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