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    Position Description: Caliber Schools Learning Lab Teachers Summer 2013 Caliber Schools is seeking three teachers to help lead our Summer 2013 Learning Lab in
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      Position Description: Caliber Schools Learning Lab Teachers Summer 2013

      Caliber Schools is seeking three teachers to help lead our Summer 2013 Learning Lab in Richmond, CA:


      • a first or second grade teacher

      • a fourth or fifth grade teacher

      • a computer programming teacher


      Strong candidates will be teachers who have helped students make significant academic gains, particularly in urban areas with underserved students. They will have the ability to adapt quickly, innovate eagerly, collaborate easily, and work hard to ensure that our Lab is successful.


      These positions will last five weeks (end of June to early August), with four weeks of instruction (4 days/week + 1 day/week for analysis, adjustment, and documentation), two days of curriculum development, and three days of classroom preparation and professional development. We plan to enroll about 60 students in two grade levels (rising 2nd and 5th graders).


      About Caliber:


      Founded in Fall 2012, Caliber's mission is to equip students with the knowledge, character, and skills they will need to succeed in their future colleges, careers, and communities. We believe that in order to achieve this mission we must significantly redesign the traditional school through innovative staffing, scheduling, and technology. We aren't going to get new results with old ways of thinking.


      We chose Richmond, CA as our first location after meeting with many parents, educators, and community leaders there who shared our belief that Richmond was ripe for a college-preparatory K-8 school that would become a hub of innovation. Our Learning Lab will be an opportunity to help families learn more about Caliber and help Caliber learn more about the most effective ways to help our students.


      Responsibilities:


      • First or Second Grade Teachers:

        • Plan, implement, and innovate on our Common Core-aligned English Language Arts "flex model."

          • The flex model is a variation on the Teachers College Readers and Writers  Workshop, with important modifications: the use of adaptive software and peer tutoring to enhance personalization, and the use of "gateway" assessments to determine competency and allow students to move flexibly along a learning progression tied to a Personalized Learning Plan

        • Plan, implement, and innovate on the "Toolbox" curriculum (see www.dovetaillearning.org) in ways that use team sports and individual goal-setting to help students enhance their executive functioning and collaboration skills

        • Facilitate a "family-style" lunch in which students eat and talk in mixed-age groups alongside their teachers, who guide them to set up and clean up responsibly, in addition to leading discussions about healthy eating and living

        • Analyze student learning data to help improve both day-to-day instruction as well as the overall learning model


      • Fifth or Sixth Grade Teachers:

        • Plan, implement, and innovate on our Common Core-aligned English Language Arts "flex model."

          • The flex model is a variation on the Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop model, with important modifications: the use of adaptive software to enhance personalization, and the use of "gateway" assessments to determine competency and allow students to move flexibly along a learning progression.

          • Part of the "flex model" for older students includes teaching them how to tutor their younger peers—an area of innovation where teachers can pioneer new techniques

          • Part of the "flex model" for older students also includes goal-setting to prepare for independent learning time

        • Plan, implement, and innovate on "independent learning time" for older students, during which time the teacher is available to tutor students one-on-one or in small groups while they are working independently online or offline

        • Facilitate a "family-style" lunch in which students eat and talk in mixed-age groups alongside their teachers, who guide them to set up and clean up responsibly, in addition to leading discussions about healthy eating and living

        • Analyze student learning data to help improve both day-to-day instruction as well as the overall learning model


      • Computer Programming Teachers:

        • Plan, implement, and innovate on a computer programming curriculum for students about to enter first and fifth grade.

        • Serve as a guide and coach for students in the ELA flex model while they are working online. Experience working with special education students a plus.

        • Manage the Summer Learning Lab technology, from hardware security and repair to software procurement and implementation

        • Facilitate a "family-style" lunch in which students eat and talk in mixed-age groups alongside their teachers, who guide them to set up and clean up responsibly, in addition to leading discussions about healthy eating and living

        • Analyze student learning data to help improve both day-to-day instruction as well as the overall learning model


      Qualifications:

      • 2+ years of successful teaching experience, as demonstrated through student learning growth (for 1st/2nd and 5th/6th grade teachers)

      • Experience working with or teaching computer programming curriculum, or the equivalent combination of professional software engineering experience and teaching experience (for computer programming teachers)

      • Experience managing hardware and software setup, implementation, security, and repair (for computer programming teachers)

      • Demonstrable belief that all students, particularly students living in underserved urban communities, can achieve academically when challenged by excellent teachers implementing a rigorous, engaging curriculum

      • Demonstrable dedication to innovating the learning experience and changing the status quo to achieve better results for students

      • Flexible, innovative, and able to achieve excellent results while being someone others love to work with

      • Spanish proficiency preferred


      Compensation:

      Competitive and based on experience


      To Apply:

      Please submit cover letter and resume to careers@...


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