Big Picture Learning is always seeking high-energy, visionary, and dynamic educators to work within our network of schools. We are looking for people who believe that all students are capable of high academic achievement regardless of socioeconomic status, are open to challenging themselves in an innovative learning environment, and who value Big Picture Learning's 'one kid at a time' design.
Posted: January 7, 2014
The Delaware Met c/o Amy Cantymagli
100 West 10th Street, Suite 403
Wilmington, DE 19801
The Delaware Met - Full-Time Teacher (Secondary), Wilmington, Delaware
ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY: Full-Time Teacher (Secondary), All Disciplines, 2014/2015 School Year
The Governing Board of The Delaware Met invites qualified and interested persons to apply for the position of Full-Time Teacher (Secondary, All Disciplines) for the 2014/2015 School Year.
Big Picture Learning is a nationally recognized education model for which The Delaware Met is seeking high–energy, visionary, and dynamic educators to be a member of the founding staff. We are looking for people who believe that all students are capable of high academic achievement regardless of socioeconomic status, are open to challenging themselves in an innovative learning environment, and who value Big Picture Learning’s “one student at a time” design. We are seeking candidates who have the ability to bring relationship, relevance, and rigor to every staff and student encounter. To learn more about Big Picture Learning and its innovative education design visit their website at www.bigpicture.org. Each staff member will be required to attend a multi-week summer intensive training, beginning on August 4, 2014.
Are you COMMITTED to teaching and raising the academic achievement of students in urban schools?
- Active desire to teach “where needed.”
- Believe that all students of all backgrounds can and must learn at high levels.
- Realistic expectation of challenges
- Able to develop and nurture deep connections with all students.
Are you a CONSTANT LEARNER who bases current and future endeavors on lessons drawn from previous experiences?
- Reflect regularly on performance to identify areas of improvement.
- Seek, welcome, and provide feedback.
- Access resources to support self-development.
- Demonstrate willingness to modify approach.
- Recognize and learn from failures.
- Collaborate with staff members on a regular basis.
- Set and meet ambitious goals.
- Take on challenges and seek help, if needed.
Are you a CRITICAL THINKER, continuously analyzing situations thoroughly and generating effective strategies?
- Discern the presence and nature of problems accurately.
- Develop creative solutions.
- Approach difficult situations logically.
- Suggest multiple solutions to a single problem.
- Remain resilient.
Do you CONNECT with and want to be part of the school community?
- Demonstrate interests, teaching styles, and experiences that match The Delaware Met’s culture and needs.
- Interact appropriately with supervisors, colleagues, parents, community members, and students at all times.
- Possess applicable skills that match the needs of The Delaware Met: low-income population, technology, thinking outside of the box
- Excited about learning new information related to all subject areas.
- Possess a Delaware state teaching certificate in age-appropriate levels for assigned instruction responsibilities
- Prefer 2-6 years teaching experience in middle of high school
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
- Understanding of curriculum and methods of instruction
- Experience in test evaluation and measurements of achievement
- Track record of success with diverse children, including those with special needs
- Knowledge and proven ability in positive behavior management
- Ability to work well with parents and community members
- Ability to work effectively as a team member
- Ability to network in the community
- Skilled in the use of internet, email, and Microsoft Office
- Capable of interpreting policy, procedures, and data
- Willingness to be held accountable for student results
- Possession of a class D or equivalent driver’s license
Posted: April 3, 2014
You can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your packet to:
MetWest High School
Attn: Hiring Committee
1100 Third Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606
Teacher / Advisor Position Available for 2013-14, Oakland, California
METWEST HIGH SCHOOL OVERVIEW
MetWest High School is a small Oakland public high school currently serving one hundred sixty students. In conjunction with their advisors, each student studies core academic skills with a cohort of twenty peers, and also designs individualized learning experiences focused on their interests, passions and goals. The core of each student’s learning plan is an internship that gives students a deep sense of how their interests play out in the adult world, and provides an authentic environment and audience for their work. Our curriculum is designed to teach students the academic skills and habits they need to successfully complete rigorous, complex, real world project work. The work is grounded in a theoretical framework that enables our students to analyze history, literature, and the world around them in terms of institutional, interpersonal, and internalized oppression and institutional, community, and personal libratory action.
MetWest High School is a partnership between the Oakland Unified School District and the Big Picture Learning network based in Providence, RI. For more information on Big Picture Learning, go to: www.bigpicture.org. Our own website can be found at www.metwest.org.
College-Prep through ‘Real World’ Learning: While MetWest is focused in part on students pursuing their passions in the workplace, it is not a vocational school. Rather than training students to follow a particular career path, the internship structure is designed to foster students’ intellectual development through first-hand experience, and to develop habits of initiative-taking in their education. Our students spend two days a week working with a mentor at an internship of their choosing, learning professional expectations, communicating effectively with adults from different backgrounds, and producing real world work. In addition to their integrated coursework at MetWest and their individualized, internship-based projects, many of our students take courses at Laney College. We expect all of our students to continue their education after high school, and internships, projects, and community college experiences are important opportunities for them to envision possible paths for their lives after MetWest.
Our educational philosophyWe learn best in the context of being known well. Real relationships between adults and young people are crucial to their academic development. To this end, each Advisor works with a core group of 20 students for 2 years, and maintains regular contact with their families.
We learn best when we are pursuing our own passions and interests. We design and teach curriculum that is related to students’ experience and that helps them understand the world they are living in. Whether that means investigating the different environmental impacts local freeways have on surrounding neighborhoods, or analyzing Oedipus to make sense of human motivation, we work to connect curricula to students’ lives and experience.
We learn most deeply when we connect “mind” work and “hand” work. High schools in this country have traditionally separated mind learning and hand learning, yet we know that in order to learn things deeply, we need to study and try them out. Our students take this powerful opportunity when they study health and the causes of premature birth while interning at Highland Hospital, or when they study Government while interning with a member of City Council.
We work harder when our work has real meaning and value to others. Two days a week, students are doing real world work that supports their internship site. At the end of each quarter, our students demonstrate their learning through formal public exhibitions. They answer questions and receive feedback from a panel of peers, teachers, parents, mentors, and community members.
Your Weekly ScheduleAs an Advisor, you will teach Advisory class to your 20 students every morning. Unlike “advisory” in most schools’, Advisory at MetWest is an integrated academic class with a humanities focus where students typically earn English, History, and Internship credit. Academic units are designed to teach our school-wide learning objectives and the habits of work required for academic and professional success, as well as community building activities. Our approach to high quality lesson planning includes the expectation that every class is oriented towards clearly defined, explicitly stated learning targets and builds in methods to regularly assess mastery. Most units taught in advisory are focused on literacy, research and critical thinking skills. At times Advisors will teach skills from other academic fields. We welcome candidates with any single subject teaching credential to apply.
After the Academic Advisory Class, the rest of MWF are spent teaching small groups or coaching students individually. You are a teacher, a project manager, an academic counselor and an emotional and social support person for your advisees. You will conduct regular meetings and phone conferences with your students’ family members regarding their progress. You will coordinate academic and internship opportunities for students inside and outside of school for the school year and the summer. This means advising their selection of classes in order to ensure graduation and college requirements are met, teaching them to engage with the community college system, and working with them to network throughout the bay area for workplace and academic opportunities.
Most of Tuesday and Thursday are spent visiting students’ internship sites all over the Bay Area, meeting with them and their mentors to plan, troubleshoot, reflect on and evaluate project work and internship work. You will coach students through the search process, from creating professional resumes, to making phone inquiries, to conducting informational interviews. You will develop, support, and monitor in-depth, multi-disciplinary projects with students and internship mentors.
Supportive professional communityThe staff of MetWest work together 5 ½ hours weekly to create curriculum, reflect on our teaching and our students’ learning, evaluate our results, and plan for school-wide improvement. We plan and implement multi-disciplinary curriculum in teams. We build capacity as we share best practices and teaching dilemmas in a creative, collaborative, supportive environment.
Summer work prepares us for an excellent school year, through home visits to students, student orientations, and 13 days of professional development which includes integration of new staff into our professional learning community, collaborative curriculum planning time, and whole-school focus work (based on our year-long school wide focus). The entire community takes an overnight retreat during the first week of school.
There are many opportunities to take leadership. Our school has been built by a staff of leaders who come with a desire to innovate. Together, we take responsibility for the continued improvement of our school program.
How do I apply?Please send the following to the MetWest Hiring Committee. We’re currently reviewing candidates. Candidates must possess a current California Single Subject (High School) teaching credential.
1) A resume with references
2) Two letters of recommendation (one from a recent supervisor and one from a student or student’s parent)
3) A cover letter that describes:
a) Why you would be a good fit at MetWest
b) How you have supported improved student achievement for African American and Latino students
c) Ways you have participated in a professional learning community
d) Your beliefs about the role of education in social change
Posted: April 3, 2014
How to apply
Please send your cover letter, resume and a copy of certification to: Victoria Nicastro, The Met School, 325 Public Street, Providence, RI 02905, fax (401) 679-0159, or email Victoria.email@example.com
Advisor - Met School (Rhode Island), Providence, Rhode Island
The Met, founded by the non-profit Big Picture Learning, began in 1996 as a groundbreaking new school with a student-teacher ratio of 16:1, high standards and strong family engagement. Now entering our 18th year, the Met has expanded to a network of six small high schools throughout the state of Rhode Island. The Met empowers its students to take charge of their learning, become responsible citizens and life-long learners. Met milestones include internships, individual learning plans, advisories and a breakthrough college transition program.
Start Date: 2014/2015 Academic Year
Employment Status: Full time, permanent
Salary Range: $38,872-$40,718
• Facilitate quarterly learning plan meetings with each student and their family
• Implement, by instruction and action, the BPL philosophy of education
• Forecast the educational needs of each student based on their interests and abilities
- Identify learning opportunities and internships for students
- Facilitate internship searches through phone calls, shadow days and informational interviews to ensure that each student has an internship
• Monitor student internships through site-visits (bi-weekly), phone calls (weekly) and mentor meetings (monthly)
• Report on each student’s educational and social progress in detail through quarterly narratives, phone calls to parents and weekly student meetings
• Run at least two sessions with advisory per day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
• Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly retreats and yearly training sessions
• Facilitate additional educational and health services for each advisee as needed
• Mediate student conflict
• Maintain complete and factual records (transcripts) on each student as required by school and law
• Work with staff on strategies for grade levels, school and network
• Make provisions to be available to students and parents for education-related reasons outside of the school day when necessary
Required Skills and Experience:
• Appropriate State or Rhode Island Teaching Certificate(s)- Secondary Level
• Basic knowledge of all teaching subjects and a specialty in a specific area
• Basic knowledge of pedagogical theories, perspectives and developments within education
• Basic classroom management skills
• Oral and verbal communication skills
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree preferred
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Organizational skills, multi-tasking abilities
- Ability to demonstrate competency in other content areas beyond certification content, particularly in Math, Science and Literacy.
- Resiliency, ability to improvise and work through uncertainties
- A sense of humor
Posted: February 3, 2014
Multiple Positions - Bronx Compass High School, Bronx, New York
The Bronx Compass High School is adding to our All-Star team of creative and innovative educators who love working with young people, and who are courageous risk-takers in the classroom.
The Bronx Compass High School is a small, new school that opened in September 2012. Together, we've designed a new type of high school experience that requires the most creative and forward thinking educators. (We are the only high school in NYC to be selected as an iZone360 school even before opening.) It is our unique vision of personalized teaching and learning that sets us apart. Bronx Compass is an incredible place for young people to design their own futures, and will continue to serve as a model for the next generation of New York City public schools.
We believe students learn best when they are engaged in rich and connected learning experiences that allow them space to think, to create, and to share. Therefore, our courses are linked thematically, supported with longer blocks, and arranged by semester. We also support experiential learning and believe students should leave the school building often for fieldwork, community service, and internships. We also have a 1:1 student to laptop ratio and house a recording studio, game design lab/ STEAM lab, and an art studio.
We have recruited students that are interested in the following themes: Media Art, Music Production, Video Game Design & Software Engineering. To support the exploration of these topics, all Explorers students (9th and 10th grade students) will take one Humanities semester and one STEAM semester each year. All courses are infused with technology and elements of personalization.
For a complete overview of the school and brief interests survey go to: https://docs.google.com/a/bigpicturelearning.org/forms/d/1Z9duqmmR_umpDh8BgKgXVzeh45mybsc-GSQ4NSis3Lc/viewform?sid=197aea2862a0857f&token=xTm9Oj0BAAA.JGMJNCEKY3eqtrQFWPGCMw.bdV3nxg2vK0KofHWzcwiSQ
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