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Middle School Expeditions Teacher - 2021-2022
at Summit Public Schools (View all jobs)
California Bay Area
Who We Are
What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge,
skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the
question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools.
Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a
diverse student population for success in a four-year college and
to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14
schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington
state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit
graduates complete college at double the national average.
We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to
join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life.
Summit's Expeditions Program:
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 and high schools are interested in
teachers who can offer courses in one of the following areas:
Health Education or Fitness
Visual Art or Drama
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 and high
school students. Using the Framework for 21st Century Learning
(P21. 2015, May), students should master the skills, knowledge and
expertise 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 and high school. We believe that connecting to one's passion
is crucial for success in college and a career, as this allows
students to make better choices about "best fit" colleges based on
an understanding of the course of study for possible careers. They
can begin college with a 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. 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 a high-quality,
challenging, project-based curriculum that guides 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.
Collaboration & Professional Development - Twice a week,
teachers participate in all-faculty after-school meetings where
community decisions are made, professional development takes place,
and faculty collaborates as a grade-level team or subject-level
Mentor Time - Build deep relationships and a sense of community
when teachers meet with their small group of mentees daily for
their entire time at Summit. Daily, teachers meet with their mentor
groups, work on Habits of Success as a group, and check in
one-on-one with their mentees. Mentors coach and advocate for their
mentees both inside and outside of the classroom, and strive to
support them as they develop their sense of purpose as they become
See sample teacher schedules here. A student school day is
around 8-8:30am to 3-3:30pm, depending on the specific school.
Teachers stay until 5pm three days per week.
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.
What You Need
Commitment to uphold Summit's values, and the belief that all
children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares
them for college and for life
Teaching Credential in California, Washington or another US
Bachelor's Degree (a Master's Degree in Education is preferred,
but not required)
Clear health and background check
Teaching experience in your subject preferred, but not
Who You Are
You want to be a world-class project-based learning teacher
You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with
mission-aligned, high-performing colleagues. You find positivity in
You're excited to teach Summit's common curriculum and
assessment system, which was designed for teachers and by teachers
in partnership with learning scientists.
You care deeply about working in intentionally heterogeneous
schools and are ready to support all diverse students to reach a
You're eager to engage in professional development and be
developed as a practitioner in a network that is committed to
You have a growth mindset and see feedback as a positive
You are passionate about serving as a mentor and advocate for a
group of students that you'll follow year to year. You're open to
having hard conversations to support students.
What You Get
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for
full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental
and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability
insurance. We have a "take what you need" PTO policy, 11 paid
holidays and 3 weeks of organizational-wide closure during the
Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that
diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with
education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole
selves to work and honor each other's voices across identities,
cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and
encourage applications from individuals who are members of
historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency
is a plus.