Summit Public Schools is seeking a College Readiness and Expeditions Teacher and Advisor. This position will support two special programs that are key elements to the Summit learning model. We are seeking someone with strong knowledge and commitment to college readiness who also has a passion for students exploring diverse interests with expeditionary learning. In WA, two of our schools Olympus and Sierra will have 11th grade for the first time in the 17-18 school year. While we have a proven track record of success for college acceptance in CA, the person in this role will be responsible for supporting similar outcomes in WA. We are currently seeking two College Readiness Teacher/Advisors - one for Summit Olympus in Tacoma and one for Summit Sierra in Seattle. Each position is full-time based on the designated school site. During the 17-18 school year we will be piloting these positions with the hope of it becoming a permanent position.
Who We Are
Summit Public Schools, a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State, operates ten schools enrolling 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. 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% of Summit graduates have been accepted to one or more four-year colleges, and they 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
Overview of College Readiness Teacher and Advisor
Every school within Summit Public Schools shares the same mission-- to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.
We believe that every student is capable of college and career readiness. We prepare every student to be accepted to a four-year college and to have that option available, even though we know some students will select different career or community college paths. Through the process of preparing to attend a four-year college, our students will benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum and develop skills to be lifelong learners who can succeed in college, career, and life.
The College Readiness Teacher and Advisor’s primary responsibilities will include:
- Teach College Readiness courses:
- Teach 4 90-minutes blocks a week of college readiness course to our 11th graders (Approx 100 students) This course will cover learning about best fit colleges, financial aid and scholarships, Standardized test preparation and application guidance.
- Use a pre-created base curriculum and adjust the current curriculum to fit the needs of WA 11th graders.
- Collaborate with the Director of College Readiness to develop a series of college focused experiences to build awareness in grades 9-12.
- Build relationships with WA colleges and universities
- Research WA college options and requirements
- Build relationships with WA colleges and universities
- In particular, make strong connections with NW colleges that have a strong record of first generation college completion.
- Lead parent and mentor information on College Readiness (Using existing resources already created by our director of college readiness and CA school leaders.)
- Lead differentiated presentations for parents on college readiness including sessions on our in school supports, standardized testing, entrance requirements, financial aid, scholarships and timelines.
- Compile a central bank of user-friendly resources for parents.
- Be the point person for parent questions about the college process
- Plan and execute an annual career day for all students 9-12 and an annual college fair for students in grades 11-12.
Additional Responsibilities: Expeditions
Because our school is only 9th-11th grade currently, the College Readiness Teacher will have an additional prep period per day to also support our expeditions program. Expeditions is a unique approach to electives. Expeditions occurs at Summit Sierra four times throughout the year in two-week intervals and Summit Olympus every Friday Students take a morning and afternoon course every day for two and a half hours each for a daily, immersive experience in the area of study that they would like to explore or already have passion for. The Expeditions faculty is the team of community partners who support a variety of areas of study. The areas of study which students can explore include Arts, Design & Engineering, Health & Wellness, Media Studies, Technology, Leadership & Social Change, and Business.
The College Readiness Teacher’s responsibilities during expeditions will include:
- Coordinate Expeditions Logistics:
- Create systems to ensure that students take the expeditions courses necessary to meet graduation requirements.
- Create expeditions schedules and transportation plans
- Coordinate parent communication and the collection of permission slips
- Build systems and potential partners for SY18-19 internship program
- Support the school directors in maintaining expeditions contracts
- Support Expeditions teachers with student achievement and behavior:
- Be “on call” during expeditions and work with site directors to respond to student and teachers concerns
- Capture best practices and share with the expeditions team
- Support students in getting to on-site and off-site expeditions courses on time
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values and belief that all children deserve a rigorous, college-preparatory education
- A Washington Teaching Credential is preferred but not required for the role
- At least a Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
- 2+ year experience working in college access or college admissions is 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
- Collaborates with colleagues to maintain academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students
- 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