One of the nation’s premier boarding schools, Phillips Academy’s Summer Session challenges students in an innovative five-week program, conducted on its picturesque campus just 21 miles north of Boston. More than 60 courses are offered, ranging from computer science to marine biology, from ethics and philosophy to economics. Summer Session students bring the world into the classroom by virtue of their enormous diversity of geographic origin, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. With strong academic records and a serious desire to spend the summer in a residential community, our students enjoy challenging themselves and one another through disciplined study. Every summer Phillips Academy hires a number of visiting teachers to teach, coach, and house counsel in its summer program. A Summer Session faculty member’s experience is rigorous and thoroughly challenging, for Phillips Academy requires superior classroom performance of its teachers, TAs, House Counselors, and students alike. The Summer Session is short, intense, and strongly academic.
About the Role
For Summer 2020, Phillips Academy is seeking a Computer Science teacher to teach two courses - Introduction to Programming, and Programming in Java. Course descriptions are included below:
Introduction to Programming
Grades 9–12 | PERIOD 2
This course provides an introduction to computer programming for students with no previous programming experience. Students explore the basics of computer programming while creating animations, games, and simulations. Topics include object-oriented programming, variables, decisions, events, and the basics of game design in a graphical environment. Students do not need a strong high school math background, making this an ideal course for younger students. Though the course is not taught with a traditional programming language, all concepts can be transferred to other object-oriented languages, such as Java and Visual Basic.
Programming in Java
Grades 9–12 | PERIOD 1
Intended as an introduction to computer programming using traditional coding methods, this course emphasizes methodology, algorithms, data structures, code style, and the Java programming language, as suggested by the College Board for the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science exam. Students learn to design and implement computer-based solutions to a variety of problems. In addition, students design programs that are expandable and understandable, and they learn how and when to write code that is reusable. Although this is not an official AP course, students are exposed to most of the topics covered on the AP Computer Science exam and will learn how to create small, structured programs using the Java language.
Teachers are charged with ensuring that students in their classes have a challenging and academically rigorous summer experience, while also making learning incredibly fun. We see teaching in Summer Session as an opportunity for teachers to innovate and experiment; there is no strict curriculum to which teachers must adhere (outside of following the general guidance provided by the course description). Project-based, hands-on, authentic learning experiences are encouraged, and teachers should be prepared to lead students through an intensive and highly engaging exploration of their chosen content.
Typically, teachers are hired to teach two courses, to house counsel and to coach an afternoon activity. Each course will meet for roughly 1½ hours each day, six days a week. Few exceptions are made to this policy, although unusual circumstances may determine that an applicant’s situation should be handled on an individual basis. Teachers are also expected to chaperone at least one on-campus social event and at least one off-campus trip during the summer.
Teachers’ Responsibilities and Duties
Become familiar with all materials sent in advance for your review.
Complete required pre-employment activities including HR paperwork, background checks/fingerprinting, and completion of online trainings.
Prepare a preliminary course syllabus reflective of the course description in the catalogue.
Note: leave room to innovate and respond to student needs and interests; those who are mentor teachers should also leave room for TAs to plan and deliver lessons.
Place any requests for supplies or texts, as well as academic field trips.
Attend faculty orientation.
Prepare classroom for summer. Ensure the appropriate number of desks, chairs, and books based on class rosters.
Review the results of any pre-summer assessments for students placing into your classes, if available.
Review the student information and files available in Cooley House for the students in your classes.
Administer placement tests (if applicable) and adjust rosters as needed, working in collaboration with the Assistant Director and Dean of Academics.
Identify and communicate any problems with class rosters or student placement to the Assistant Director and Dean of Academics.
Address academic integrity and expectations around avoiding academic dishonesty. Refer to the Blue Book as necessary, and ensure expectations are also outlined on the syllabus.
Plan and teach classes daily according to summer schedule (typical assignment: 2 90-minute courses per day).
Utilize formative assessments to gauge student understanding and mastery.
Promote student voice, engagement, and ownership through pedagogical techniques emphasizing application, projects, and problem-solving.
Provide feedback on assignments regularly, and ensure students know how they are doing in the course.
Have direct conversations with students who are not meeting expectations about their current standing, your concerns, and how they can improve. Ensure steps are actionable and specific.
Refer to centers for extra help if necessary
Take daily attendance and submit green sheets (noting absences, tardies, behavior issues, or student concerns) to interns/deans.
Build relationships with students through regular check-ins, being available for extra support, communicating in person and through email, etc.
Solve student issues and address concerns as they arise, and escalate to deans when necessary.
Maintain a file of course materials (handouts, assessments, etc.) and samples of student work to be submitted to the Assistant Director at the end of the summer, documenting the coursework in detail.
Participate in faculty meetings.
Collaborate with other members of the faculty on within-department alignment and sharing of curricular materials and instructional ideas, or cross-department projects and connections, during time provided.
Write mid-summer Instructor reports and submit estimated grades.
Schedule and hold mid-summer check-in meetings with each student about whom you have concerns, if you have not already done so
Administer a final exam or culminating project.
Write Instructor Reports for each student according to direction provided
Submit a revised syllabus and all accompanying course materials/student work samples to the Assistant Director.
Prepare classrooms for departure and return all school-provided materials and supplies.
Provide feedback to Director via survey and reflection session.
If you should have any questions, please email Jolene Croteau email@example.com
Ideal Candidate Profile
Undergraduate degree required, master’s degree or Teaching Certificate preferred.
Experience teaching grades 9-12 (more than 5 years of teaching experience preferred)
Demonstrated experience and success in collaborative teaching environment
Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced, dynamic environment requiring both the ability to take direction and the readiness to problem-solve
Appreciation of the mission and culture of independent, residential, college-preparatory schools.
Exceptional communication skills (speaking and writing)
Exceptional interpersonal skills
About Andover Summer
Established in 1778, Phillips Academy is a co-educational, boarding secondary school located just north of Boston and which educates students of intelligence and integrity from diverse cultural, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. Our motto, Non sibi, not for self, was forged by Paul Revere into the original seal 240 years ago. The school's residential structure enables faculty to support students in their personal, social and intellectual development. The academic program fosters excellence in all disciplines within the liberal arts tradition. Faculty members guide students in mastering skills, acquiring knowledge and thinking critically, creatively and independently. The school strives to help young people achieve their potential not only intellectually, but also artistically, athletically and morally, so that they may lead responsible and fulfilling lives.
The Academy embraces equity, inclusion, and wellness and is committed to establishing a community that encourages people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to understand and respect one another and to embrace differences of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, national origin..., and religion. In its programs, the school seeks to promote a balance of leadership, cooperation and service, together with a deeper awareness of the global community and the natural world.
Andover's 1778 Constitution charges the academy to prepare "Youth from every quarter" to understand that "goodness without knowledge is weak...yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous." This obligation challenges students, faculty, and staff in mind, body and spirit to see beyond themselves and to go beyond the familiar; to remain committed to developing what is finest in themselves and others, for others and themselves.