Upper School Teacher of Innovation Diploma and Humanities
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
June 7, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies
4 Year Degree
The Upper School and Innovation Diploma (iD) Program seek a versatile, dynamic and forward thinking educator to join an outstanding team for the 2018-2019 school year. iD is a student-led transformation design studio that inspires, creates and implements high-impact work now. Through the study of humanities, this individual will guide students on their journey to become active and empathic agents who are prepared to create a positive impact in the world. Additionally, through course development with the current iD Director and Facilitators, you will be a key player in designing an experience that equips students with a broad perspective of how we got to now and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for how to keep moving forward.
As a member of the Upper School Faculty at Mount Vernon, this individual will model what it means to be inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. He/She will be involved in areas of the School beyond the classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School:
We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian Values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Innovation Diploma offers an extraordinary opportunity for Upper School students to be become lead designers of their own learning and lead innovators in the community. As a joint program between the School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI), iD students engage with leaders in various industries to create value through intensive ventures and to build capacity as young innovators.
iD is not your typical class. Each student’s experience unfolds over four years through a variety of experiences, expeditions and partnerships. During their first two years, students earn credit for Humanities 9 and 10, 2D Art, Transformational Leadership, and finally Technology, Engineering and Design through the work they engage within iD. As students progress, they work with partners in our Design Brief network to creatively solve relevant problems. These partnerships range from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations and government agencies. Mount Vernon believe students can be changemakers now, which is why we are passionate about redesigning educational experiences to be more reflective of real life.
This individual will:
Facilitate vigorous design thinking experiences and advanced project-based learning
Collaborate across disciplines to create interdisciplinary learning experiences grounded in real-world problem solving
Have a knowledge of the curriculum (subject-specific if applicable) of courses being taught and of those throughout the program
Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of each student’s performance and progress
Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
Effectively communicate with parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information (through phone calls, newsletters, conferences, and progress reports)
Search out and participate in professional growth opportunities
Create differentiated lessons to match the needs of each student in the classroom
Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (e.g. Creative Thinker, Solution Seeker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, Collaborator, Communicator)
In addition, all iD facilitators:
Provide coaching and input to upperclassmen cohorts as they create plans for ventures and design briefs, including guidance in managing project scope, so that students can reach their fullest potential and be granted numerous opportunities to succeed
Assist in managing multiple projects with multiple teams across multiple industries at any given time
Create and foster a team-like atmosphere with mentors and student learners, acting as both a primary mentor and a liaison between external experts and student learners
Offer students opportunities to pursue passions and contribute meaningfully to the world
Forge partnerships and relationships with community members so that student learners can position themselves to creatively solve real-world problems
Participate in the assessment and feedback cycle for portfolio and project work
Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, English or a related field; teaching experience; and proficiency with technological tools and platforms.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.
About Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Established in 1972, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, MVPS remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).