Summit Public Schools is searching for a talented Science Teachers in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. This is a great opportunity to join a vibrant, growing organization that is dedicated to transforming public education for its students!
What you’ll do:
• A student school day is around 8-8:30am to 3-3:30pm, depending on the specific school. Teachers generally arrive around 30 minutes before school. See sample teacher schedules here.
• Project Time: Teach two to three 90-minute blocks per day of project time. Most teach one course for the entire grade (e.g. 9th Grade Biology), and see each section twice per week.
• Interventions and Personalized Learning Time: Lead daily literacy or math interventions during personalized learning time, which don’t involve lesson planning. During this time teachers provide student support, monitor progress and check-in with individuals or groups of students.
• Prep Time: Between teaching blocks, you’ll have prep time which includes meeting with your coach to develop as a teacher-leader, analyzing student data, building lesson plans, supporting school culture, and other personal development activities. Summit teachers plan by deeply understanding student progress through data and determining which group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects. This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills (e.g. hypothesizing) that stretch across all content areas and the habits of success (e.g. perseverance) that allow them to prepare for the world beyond the classroom.
• Mentor Time: Meet daily with a mentor group of around 20 students for a quick check-in. One day a week, teachers meet for most of the day with their mentor groups, work on habits of success as a group, and check in one-on-one with their mentees. Mentors coach and advocate for their mentees both inside and outside of the classroom, get to know them deeply and strive to support them as they develop their sense of purpose and become self-directed learners.
• Professional Development: Twice per week teachers have after-school meetings: community decisions are made, professional development takes place, and faculty collaborates as a grade-level or mentor team. Once per week, teachers offer office hours before or after school. On these days, most teachers leave around 5pm; other days, most teachers leave around 4pm.
• Occasionally, teachers will also participate in back to school nights, open houses, or other community events after school hours.
What you need:
• Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
• Teaching Credential in California or another US State (or a commitment to obtain a credential by completing an educator preparation program within 2 years of starting at Summit)
• Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
• Clear health and background check
• Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, 2 week-long organization closure during the year, and a summer break. We value our teachers’ Summit experience, offering stipends for teachers who have been with us for three or more years and helping teachers grow with us through designated time for paid professional development and regular coaching.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.