Thrival Academy: Oakland Teachers


BACKGROUND

Thrival World Academies is an emerging network of study abroad public high schools providing students from underserved communities access to education abroad through a program grounded in personalized learning and immersive education abroad. By building a national network of publicly funded, credit-bearing study abroad high schools, Thrival World Academies addresses the challenges of equity, accessibility, and scalability in study abroad for students from underrepresented communities. We believe that international education is central to what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century and strive to make it accessible to all students in America, regardless of race or class. Our flagship academy, Thrival Academy: Oakland is an innovative independent study school option in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). The educational program lasts for one full academic year, during which students will engage in rigorous, personalized, fully credit-bearing academics that are embedded in an interdisciplinary curriculum of globally-focused experiential learning activities.

Learn more about the model and our work here: www.thrivalacademies.org
Follow the journeys of our current students here: www.thrivalacademies.org/blog

THE OPPORTUNITY

Help grow a new and innovative school model in Oakland!
Thrival Academy: Oakland is hiring a teacher to help us grow from our first year pilot to a larger cohort, with enrollment from high schools across Oakland Unified School District. We are looking for talented, experienced educators who are interested in a radically new educational model and want to live, learn, and teach abroad for a portion of the school year.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engage in collaborative interdisciplinary lesson planning and grading; Math or science certification strongly preferred; Dual certification or experience teaching multi-subjects strongly preferred
  • Effectively implement purposeful, student-centered, and globally-focused curriculum
  • Create and modify curricular materials on using the Summit Learning Personalized Learning Platform
    Serve as the Advisor for a cohort of 10-15 students, which includes

    • Developing & managing student Personalized Learning Plans; includes academic and non-academic goals
    • Conducting weekly 1:1 advisor meetings
    • Serving as the primary liaison to students’ families
    • Developing a close relationship with all advisees in order to serve as the primary academic and social-emotional support
    • Building community, rituals, and support systems within the advisory group
    • Designing culturally responsive curriculum for the Advisory Seminar course
  • Attend and actively participate in teacher co-planning workshops, professional development activities, and team and staff meetings to improve teaching craft
  • Administer Thrival’s student policies and procedures (i.e. attendance, discipline, etc.)
  • Travel to Thailand with the school for up to 4 months for the immersion phase of the year
  • Incorporate cultural competence throughout the curricula and learning experiences for students
  • Coordinate with local Thai staff to ensure curricular activities in the field in Thailand are implemented effectively and with fidelity
  • Regularly collect, track, measure, and communicate student performance and growth to school leaders, parents and other stakeholders
  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor

QUALIFICATIONS

Professional Experience

  • Highly qualified teacher with a clear California single subject credential; Math or science credential strongly preferred Experience teaching in Oakland public schools and/or dual-certification preferred
  • Proven track-record of student achievement with clear, quantifiable student gains, at least 3 years teaching experience within an urban education environment, preferably Oakland
  • Experience fostering the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize both qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision making
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students and families
  • Willingness to work nonstandard hours and occasional weekends (e.g. for Parent Meetings and during travel)
  • Experience with culturally-responsive, blended learning, competency-based instruction, and/or personalized learning strongly preferred; experience with Summit Basecamp or similar personalized learning a plus
  • Experience with cultural competence training and/or restorative justice practices strongly preferred.
  • Spanish language proficiency/fluency a plus.

Mindsets

  • Embodies the mission, vision and values of Thrival World Academies
  • Committed, in belief and action, to equity, diversity, and public education, with a strong social justice and culturally responsive youth development mindsets
  • Committed, in belief and action, to the Thrival World Academies educational model (i.e. global education; immersive, real world learning; project-based learning; personalized instruction)
  • Understands that that all students are talented and capable of high level academic achievement and cognitive growth given the appropriate supports and resources
  • Displays flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Empathetic, thoughtful, respectful, and responsive to both the Oakland community and to the international community
  • Resourceful in applying unique teaching applications given differing environments and changing circumstances
  • A responsive and adaptive team player; unbound by formal titles and willing to roll up sleeves to ensure student (and staff!) needs are met, particularly during the international portion of the year
  • Constant learner who actively seeks and implements feedback

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

This position requires domestic and international travel. Applicants must be able to spend up to 4 months abroad at our host site in Thailand during each academic year.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Room, board and roundtrip air travel will be provided for international portion of academic year

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We are seeking creative, passionate, committed educators to help grow this innovative new program. We are an equal opportunity employer and we strive for our team to reflect that diversity of the communities that we work with. As a school serving the Oakland community, we particularly welcome applications from Oakland natives. To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in joining our team and your professional qualifications for the position to careers@thrivalacademies.org. In your cover letter, please also describe how you learned about the position and include contact information for 3 references. If you have any questions please contact Emma Hiza at emma@thrivalacademies.org.

We are strongly committed to hiring a multicultural staff that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status and/or disability. In particular, we seek to employ a staff that reflects the diversity of our student body. Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).