The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.
Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!
ABOUT THE ROLE
Instructionally, lead teachers not only lead their own instruction, but also support junior teachers on their team in developing and executing comprehensive, integrated units across all parts of a student’s day. Specifically, teachers are responsible for:
Annual, weekly, and daily instructional planning tailored to the needs of each child
Instructional delivery in large group, small group, and individualized formats
Regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support
Collaboration with other teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve
Regular meetings with and outreach to families, including daily documentation and notes
Proactive collaboration and frequent engagement withThe Primary School Parent Coaches and staff, and external health practitioners and partners
Participation in reflection and coaching, both 1:1 with Assistant Principal and in group context with colleagues
Active participation in the ongoing design and implementation of the The Primary School model through research, curriculum development, engagement with school and organizational leadership, and focused professional development
You have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a classroom teacher (ideally within two grades of your desired position) and hold deep and diverse instructional competence.
Your work demonstrates a practice of creating transformative classroom culture for all kids. You are committed to social justice and take proactive steps to build an equitable classroom practice.
You enthusiastically utilize data to understand what a student needs and to personalize instruction accordingly.
You have a parent- and family-centered mindset.
You recognize the multidimensional needs of children and families, because in your own way, you’ve been trying to weave education, health, and family support services together for your students.
You get that starting a new school and organization is no easy task and are not scared - in fact, you’re energized - by the idea of putting in the long hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life.
You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences.
You are kind, humble, and collaborative.
Experience and Credentials
Three to five years of teaching or substantial experience working with students in an instructional setting, preferably serving a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
A permit is not required for 1st/2nd Grade teachers.
A Plus If
You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
You speak fluent Spanish.
You are an internal candidate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
HOW TO APPLY
Please learn more and apply through our website: https://www.theprimaryschool.org/current-opportunities/
About The Primary School
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care ...during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In 2018-19, the school will serve children in four grades: Pre-K (3 year-olds); Pre-K (4 year-olds); Kindergarten; and 1st grade.
In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.