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Teacher - 2013/14 school year

Location:Daly City, Redwood City, San Jose, CA
Salary Range:Competitive, with potential for additional, merit-based bonus
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Operations Manager
Description:To become a teacher at Summit Public Schools is to join a pioneering organization that is innovative, fast-moving and highly successful with students. Teaching at Summit Public Schools is not just about subject matter and curriculum, although these are critically important, but also about developing new methods of delivery and radical learning experiences. Each day, in activities across the learning spectrum, SPS teachers support students who will reach deep and substantial understandings in a highly differentiated and personalized environment.

Faculty at Summit Public Schools have more varied experiences than faculty at many schools do. While they have areas of specialization, all members of the faculty are responsible for developing a community of learners. This means that faculty members do a great deal more than running a single classroom. It means faculty teach with each other, teach alone and coach students individually. And it means that they build learning experiences, with technological and academic support from experts within Summit Public Schools.

We are currently looking for Expeditions Teachers who will work across our Daly City area, Redwood City, and San Jose schools.

The Expeditions Teachers will have responsibilities in three main areas:

• Creating a challenging and wide-ranging Expeditions curriculum, that offers multiple access points for students
• Providing teaching and learning experiences throughout the school year
• Completing administration and business tasks necessary to support the Expeditions ED, maintain relationships with external business and non-profit organizations and complete logistics around student enrollment in Expedition courses

To meet these goals, the Expeditions teachers partner with other Expedition team members. The Teachers will also do some collaborative work with the Academics team (and even possibly school teaching faculties) to research and develop a world-class Expeditions curriculum.
Duties:Teaching Expeditions
• Provide an overall student experience of extremely high quality
• 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
• Tutor individual students, and provide student updates to families, where necessary
• Design and implement social & emotional learning experiences as a recurring part of all courses
• Maintain and reinforce Summit’s graduated discipline process

Creating a Curriculum
• Generate core course programs and materials for each Expedition
• Build a library of experiences, and a master rubric, to manage all educational aspects of Expeditions
• Collaborate with other teachers to create student experiences that link to core academic work
• Co-create, and partner around, a Master Expeditions strategy for Summit Public Schools
Qualifications:Candidates should have 2+ years as a teacher, instructor and/or school administrator; experience leading a student-oriented program is also preferred, as is experience in project-based learning or authentic assessment programs.
(A Master's Degree in Education is preferred but not required.)

The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Relevant teaching experience in their field
Ability to work successfully with heterogeneous groups of students
Ability to work closely with an ethnically & economically diverse student body
Ability to work independently as a self-starter in a dynamic organization
Ability to excel as a member of a team

Most importantly, applicants must possess flexibility, curiosity, perseverance, a sense of humor and a burning passion to see students succeed.

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