Thrival Academy: Oakland Humanities Teacher


 

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.

In the fall of 2016, our flagship site opened in Oakland, CA to serve 11 high school juniors, in partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). In the 2017-2018 school year, we expanded to two schools; Thrival Academy: Oakland & Thrival Academy: Indy. Thrival Academy Oakland grew to serve 16 students from both 10th and 11th grade and Thrival Academy Indy launched with a cohort of 20 high school juniors in its’ first pilot year. Next year Thrival Academy Oakland will serve approx 40 students in Oakland and Thrival Academy Indy will serve 60 students throughout Indianapolis as a 1 year innovation school.  Through our globally focused, interdisciplinary curriculum our students are earning all of their required credits and spending 3 months of the school year abroad at our site in Thailand.

Thrival Academy: Oakland is a one-year study abroad public high school program with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). We combine blended learning strategies with cultural immersion in order to produce a community of young globally-minded leaders and learners.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

High School English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher (10th & 11th Grade)

In our third year, Thrival Academy: Oakland is expanding to serve, approximately, 40 students across OUSD. Help us grow our innovative model and provide students with a transformative year of rigorous study. Our school is looking for a talented teacher to join our team. The ideal team member is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our vision of completing a rigorous year of learning and college and career readiness, through the vehicle of global education. Thrival teachers believe that this vision is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. If you are inspired by our mission and vision and want to be a changemaker in students’ lives here in Oakland, then please apply and join us!

You will teach an English & Social Studies class that explores issues of power and justice around the world with an inquiry lens. You will teach CCSS skills and use data to inform instruction, while creating conditions for students to think deeply, use evidence to justify their thinking, and vocalize their claims through various oral and written communication styles. Along with humanities, you will also be responsible for teaching one advisory class and reading intervention block in the Thailand portion of our school year.

Reports To: School Leader, Thrival Academy: Oakland

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engage in lesson planning, unit planning, teaching and grading for humanities subjects (English 10/11 & US History) and Intervention Reading Block (in Thailand)
  • Create, internalize, and adapt curricular materials, lesson plans, and unit plans using the Summit Learning Platform
  • Attend and actively participate in teacher co-planning workshops, professional development activities, and team and staff meetings to improve teaching craft
  • Serve as the Advisor for a cohort of up to 15-20 students, which includes
    • Co-/Facilitate advisory block
    • Developing & managing student Personalized Learning Plans; includes academic goals, non-academic goals, and post secondary plans
    • Conducting weekly 1:1 advisor meetings
    • Serving as the primary liaison to students’ families
    • Developing a trusting relationship with all advisees in order to serve as the primary academic and social-emotional support
  • Regularly collect, track, measure, and communicate student performance and growth to students, parents, and school leader
  • Effectively implement purposeful, student-centered, and globally-focused curriculum
  • Administer Thrival’s student policies and procedures (i.e. attendance, discipline, etc.)
  • Travel to Thailand with the school for 3  months for the immersion phase of the year
  • Incorporate cultural competence throughout the curricula and learning experiences for students
  • Coordinate and co-plan with local Thai staff to ensure curricular activities in the field in Thailand are implemented effectively and with fidelity
  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Professional Experience

  • Highly qualified teacher with a California single subject credential in English or Social Science
  • 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 travel, family meetings, etc.)
  • Experience with culturally-responsive, problem-based, competency-based instruction, and/or personalized learning strongly preferred
  • Experience with digital learning platforms
  • Experience with cultural competence training and/or restorative justice practices strongly preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency/fluency a plus

Mindsets and Core Competencies

  • Promotes growth mindset, action mindset, and objective mindset
  • Builds student confidence
  • Turns mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
  • Inquiry & metacognitive awareness
  • Team player
  • Solution-oriented problem solver
  • Experience with Blending Learning
  • Actively uses and collects authentic data to inform approach and instruction
  • Delivers rigorous academic instruction and content for students, aligned to standards
  • Utilizes feedback and student achievement as sources of data to inform practice
  • Displays flexibility in moments of ambiguity and the unknown
  • Focuses on college and career readiness
  • Reflects and facilitates meaningful student reflection
  • Cultural competency, both with our students and within our global setting
  • Visionary, innovative, and equity-focused urban educator
  • Facilitates deeply engaging student-centered learning
  • Constant learner who actively seeks and implements feedback
  • Strong community builder
  • Collaborative and responsible professional leader

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

This position requires domestic and international travel. Position must be able to spend extensive time 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


TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit required materials  via email to bobby@thrivalacademies.org with subject line Thrival Humanities Teacher.

Required materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to Thrival Academy: Oakland.

People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis. In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

 

Learn more about the model and our work here: www.thrivalacademies.org

Follow the journeys of our current students here: http://thrivalacademies.org/category/oaklandblog/

 

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).