We seek a candidate with depth of Computer Science experience and demonstrated interest in working with young people in a rich, cross-disciplinary, project-based learning environment. While the ideal candidate will have prior experience teaching at the K-12 and/or university level, we are also open to considering candidates without experience in formal K-12 education and can provide some teacher training support through our Innovative Teachers Program. This is a unique opportunity for a visionary educator or computer scientist to join our team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers as we continue to develop and refine an innovative and world-class PK-12 Computer Science and Design Engineering program, based out of the I-Lab. We are a diverse group of educators with a mix of experiences in both industry and academia, and we are excited to add someone to our team who can complement and broaden our team’s collective skill set.
Nueva is committed to implementing a broad, holistic, and modern computer science program that teaches concepts through a variety of projects, programming languages, libraries, and methodologies. Our aim is for students to view coding as a creative, expressive medium, to understand the diverse ways computer science can be applied in varying contexts, and ultimately, to see computer science as another tool to effect change in the world. The ideal candidate will have interest and experience in a variety of modes of teaching and be highly skilled at differentiating instruction to meet the needs of a variety of students.
As with all classes in our I-Lab program, our Computer Science classes are built upon the pedagogical foundation of experiential learning. As such, you must be highly flexible, agile, and excited by the possibility of leveraging student interests, picking up new technologies, and learning alongside students to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences. Recent elective offerings in Computer Science that have been offered in response to both faculty and student interests have included “Exploring Cryptocurrency”, “Code and Art”, “Coding for the Community”, “Functional Programming”, “Introduction to Machine Learning”, “Mobile App Development”, and “Computer Security”.
This position begins in August 2019, aligns with the Nueva academic calendar, and is a full-time, ten-month position with competitive salary and full benefits.
The General Responsibilities for a Computer Science Teacher are to ...
Develop and teach your courses expertly in a differentiated and student-centered classroom
Collaborate with colleagues to design engaging computer science curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and real-world problem-solving, engages students in hands-on, project-based learning experiences, and aligns with the overall philosophy of the I-Lab program
Convey enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry and model lifelong learning
Partner with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to promote learning in all students
Participate actively as an I-Lab team member, including creating a welcoming and inclusive culture in the I-Lab, ensuring students are being supervised in the shops, and guiding students in safe and responsible use of technology (including software).
Model flexibility in implementing school-wide practices such as standards-based grading
Provide timely feedback to students and parents in the forms of assessments, quarterly written narrative feedback, and student-parent-teacher conferences
Support the social and emotional well-being of all students by partnering with grade-level deans, administrators, and parents
Serve as a grade-level advisor to students, lead student activities, serve as club advisor, and contribute beyond the classroom to support school programs and activities
Participate actively in other aspects of the student experience such as chaperoning trips and events, serving on committees, and developing new programs at the school
Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission: “Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the student’s imaginative mind.”
Other duties as assigned
You would enjoy this role if you have:
Strong interest in PK-12 computer science education and providing students with diverse entry points to computer science
Enthusiasm for learning new technologies quickly and designing curriculum accordingly in order to respond to emergent student interests
Desire to immerse yourself in the many facets of our Computer Science program, including core classes, electives, supporting student projects from other classes (e.g. Design for Social Good), etc.
Desire to learn by doing and to learn with/from others, including students and adults
Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
Profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area.
We are looking for someone with some subset of the following:
Familiarity with some advanced computer science topics, with particular interest in candidates whose areas of specialization complement those of existing I-Lab CS faculty
Ability to explain complex topics succinctly, simply, in a compelling manner, and in varied ways to reach both less-experienced and more-experienced students
Ability to connect computer science concepts and skills to student interests and other academic disciplines
Experience working with young people in different age groups
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of audiences, including students, parents, and colleagues, both in person and in writing
Familiarity and experience with Design Thinking, especially in the realm of computer science and software engineering
Deep interest and willingness to learn and grow in any of the above areas, especially those that are not currently familiar to you
Bachelor's degree, or higher, in computer science or a related field and/or industry experience in software engineering
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information and job title for at least three professional references at https://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply
About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 900 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us i...n the chapter “Average Is Over.”
For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.