2018-19 Manhattan Middle School Humanities Educator
January 30, 2018
Manhattan, New York
Contract - Faculty
4 Year Degree
AltSchool’s mission is to enable all children to reach their potential. We are a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, bringing together a unique partnership of educators, engineers, and researchers to create a proprietary learning platform guided by the most comprehensive body of current educational research. AltSchool’s platform is designed to empower schools everywhere to offer personalized, whole-child learning for each student, and to enable teachers to truly understand each child—both deep and wide—so they can develop a learner-centric environment that helps each child thrive.
Headquartered in San Francisco, AltSchool operates a network of schools in California and New York, which serve as learning labs for ongoing research and development. Starting fall 2017, that network of schools expanded to include the first cohort of pilot partner schools using the AltSchool platform of products and services. We are backed by many key investors, including Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, and Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan’s donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, who are committed to help achieve the goal of making the best education the most accessible.
Educators at AltSchool lead work to define and refine innovative pedagogy, model impactful practices with learners, contribute to the development of the personalized learning platform, and expand impact by working with partner schools. The education team works collaboratively to craft learner-centered environments that are enabled by our platform.
Our educators view themselves as learning facilitators who are committed to deeply understanding who each learner is and what they need to reach their full potential. With this understanding, our team guides student learning through a project-based approach. We support our learners in developing a deep sense of self and ownership of their learning. Our educators focus their efforts on both academic and social emotional learning while also attending to individual growth in essential skills. They are part of a network of professionals across our lab and partner schools that share best practices, regularly provide feedback to one another and engage in continuous collaboration. In addition, our educators engage with engineers and learning designers in co-development of our tools so we can better leverage technology in support of our practices. Finally, our educators collaborate with partner schools who are similarly committed to transforming the learner experience.
AltSchool is a unique and exciting place to teach that affords educators the opportunity to make a broader impact in education, and their daily experience reflects the distinct nature of the organization. They teach in collaborative, dynamic classrooms while also being part of a broader team of technologists, educators, and experts working on AltSchool’s bigger purpose. Thus, AltSchool educators are teachers, pioneers, and platform designers.
Lead a mixed-age and ability class along with your teaching team members:
Design or customize experiential, project-based learning arcs for the class to create activities that are relevant and real-world
Curate individual learning experiences based on each student’s abilities, needs, and learning approach to construct and exhibit core competencies
Utilize dynamic instructional grouping to meet the needs of all learners
Determine students’ academic and social emotional learning goals and ensure that they’re met
Use the resources of the city and community to create an education that is relevant and real
Communicate learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students on a regular basis
Engage in bi-weekly coaching with a subset of your students to support student self-reflection and agency
Lead an advisory group with curated activities throughout the school year
Collect and use data to collaboratively identify goals, assess effectiveness, and promote organizational learning alongside colleagues
Commit to building a community of child-centered educators by mentoring other educators and making regular contributions to the network, including sharing materials, best practices, research findings, etc.
Build and maintain positive, transparent partnerships with the school’s families by engaging with the community through frequent and rich communication
Collaborate with researchers, designers, technologists, and other educators to devise, participate in, and provide feedback on pilot experiments related to class design, pedagogical approach, scheduling, classroom tools and more
Collaborate with our Personalization Leads to support all learners
Accelerate the collective progress of educators engaged in similar efforts: connect and collaborate with educators at Partner Schools; serve as a thought leader who reflects and shares about the journey to create learner-centered experiences
Prompt and regular attendance on all school and work days
Prior experience with creating child-centered learning activities, including classroom humanities teaching experience with grades 5-8 students
Prior experience with demonstrated academic results and/or incorporating social emotional learning into student experiences
Passion for working with and engaging children in student driven learning experiences
Belief in fostering children’s social emotional capabilities
Commitment to continuous improvement and willingness to share lessons learned
Entrepreneurial mindset and customer service orientation
Undergraduate or graduate degree in education
Prior experience mentoring other educators
Prior experience leading curriculum development
Prior experience partnering with other school staff members
Internal Number: 3
About AltSchool, Inc
AltSchool is an interdisciplinary team of educators, technologists and entrepreneurs building a network of schools that prepare students for our changing world. Each individual school is able to adapt to the needs of students, families and the surrounding community; the larger network connects everyone together and enables a far greater impact in our efforts to improve education. Underlying it all is a platform and curriculum that is personalized to each individual child.
Our team has come together because we all believe that more is possible. AltSchool provides a rich and personally meaningful education that is built for our children’s future.