Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses spanning the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Founded by a John Dewey-inspired progressive educator more than 100 years ago, we have deep roots in the realm of experiential education.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve established ourselves as an industry leader in progressive education, starting our three-week intensive program and founding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life. Now we’re ready to take our ambitions to scale.
Hawken School is launching a new high school in the University Circle neighborhood in the city of Cleveland, built entirely around mastery -- the audacious notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. We’re designing the The Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:
Courses and programs organized around real-world problem solving.
A mentorship model of instruction, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning.
Mastery-based crediting, a feedback and assessment model that defines and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning.
Committed to strengthening our relationship to the community, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering a significant number of seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland.
As a founding faculty member, you’ll be part of the core design team who makes decisions about every part of how the school is set up in its initial year. We’ll design curriculum, culture, partnerships, and space, and work together to launch this groundbreaking program. In future years, you’ll help onboard and mentor new colleagues. This high school will provide a new model for education, and you will have the opportunity to be a co-author of that new model.
For the 2019-20 school year, you’ll teach classes part-time at our Gates Mills campus while designing the new school for an August 2020 opening.
Wildly enthusiastic about mentoring and teaching adolescents
Committed to working in a deeply collaborative environment, in and out of the classroom Experienced in interdisciplinary and/or team teaching
Intellectually curious, self-directed and motivated learner with a wide range of interests and skills, academic and otherwise
Committed to active ongoing development of cultural competence
Philosophically aligned with the mission of the school
Willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs
Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Within one month, you’ll:
Learn how our project-based model works by training at the Korda Institute for Teaching
Help draft the school’s first set of mastery credits as part of our expanded design team
Meet with our student advisory board to learn about the role of student input in our process
Within three months, you’ll:
Design a problem-based, interdisciplinary pilot course that you’ll co-teach during the 2019-20 school year
Teach 1-2 additional sections in the Upper School as needed for the 2019-20 school year
Learn what we’ve put together so far as a framework for the schedule
Teach us about what you think can be improved about our working draft of the schedule
Plan information sessions for families including hands on workshops
Lead interactive components of information sessions for students
Within six months, you’ll:
Teach a problem-based interdisciplinary pilot course within our Upper School with a colleague from the design team
Finalize the school’s advisory/wayfinding/SEL curriculum
Build connections with key community partners for the initial year
Share your content-area expertise and be a key voice in developing the curriculum in areas related to your background
Identify at least one area of our model where you need assistance or guidance and participate in a professional learning experience
By the end of the 2020 school year, you’ll:
Participate in admissions events to help recruit and admit the first class of students for the school
Refine the curriculum for year 1 and refine your own teaching practice with ongoing support from the Design Team leader and the Korda Institute for Teaching
This position will require participation in our design team work in summer 2019.
About Hawken School - Mastery School
Hawken School seeks teachers comfortable taking risks and embracing a growth mindset. Our faculty members are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students. We desire culturally competent candidates who clearly appreciate a community of teachers and learners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and are committed to equity and social justice.
We are committed to using time differently and want faculty members to expand their definition of a classroom. This means designing learning experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects. If you are a teacher-leader who is committed to the ideals of progressive education, and inspired by this description of our community, we encourage you to read on to learn more about this position and our school.
Founded on the ideal that “the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life,” Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with nearly 1,400 students in preschool through grade 12. We are thrilled to open our fourth locati...on, the Mastery School of Hawken, in the city's cultural center in Fall 2020. To learn more about us, visit www.hawken.edu