Red Bridge is an independent K-8 school that opened last September 2020 in San Francisco. Red Bridge was founded as a demonstration school for a new model of education designed to foster a sense of agency in every student as the foundation for academic and life success. Student ownership is built into every system and structure of the school, so that students gradually take on more responsibility for their learning. This puts every student on the path to becoming a lifelong learner – so that no matter what the future looks like, they have the capacity to adapt and flourish. Teachers at Red Bridge are models of lifelong learning: collaborating to design meaningful learning experiences for students, closely observing children’s development and needs, and creating and reflecting on new routines and systems. Red Bridge currently has two teaching roles: Learning Guide and Subject Expert. Learning Guides are the in-school advocate for each child. In this role Learning Guides meet weekly one-on-one with each student to discuss their development as learners and community members. Subject Experts are primarily responsible for leading small-group instruction in their area of expertise, and for providing individual support in the subject as needed. Red Bridge has three core subjects: Communication, Computation and Observation.
Red Bridge does not group students by grade level, but by Autonomy Level. Each Autonomy Level spans about three years of age difference. This position is for Autonomy Level II, which generally includes 6- to 8-year-olds. You will work with up to twelve students at a time. Responsibilities in the school’s early years will include small group instruction in core subjects, SEL lessons, work habits instruction, and design of project-based learning experiences. Responsibilities also include student supervision, parent communication, student assessment and feedback. As our first ever Autonomy Level II teacher you will be creating new resources and routines and making revisions to them as necessary. This is a full-time position reporting to the Head of School.
Ideal candidates will have:
• minimum five years teaching experience in a related position
• Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology, Elementary Education, Child Development, etc.)
• experience working with students with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds
• understanding of child development and developmental milestones
• familiarity with student-driven learning models
• an area of passion outside of the classroom
Ideal candidates will believe:
• in high expectations for all students, and have the ability to recognize excellence
• that collaboration yields better results
• that the role of the teacher is not to get students to listen, but to get students to think
• that thoughtful feedback is welcome and helpful for personal development
Ideal candidates will consistently:
• address issues proactively
• take on a variety of tasks flexibly, as necessitated in the school’s early years
• plan lessons intentionally to engage students in learning through conversation and discovery
• demonstrate authentic enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry
• model lifelong learning
• work to create a culture of belonging for students, teachers and colleagues
Steps to Apply
Please make sure you have read all of the materials on our website. Red Bridge is a new model of school, and it’s important that you are excited to be on a founding team where you will be creating brand new systems, projects, documents, resources, etc. and that you are fully aligned with our mission. If you’re interested in applying e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter. Be sure to specify the name of the role you are applying for.
Start Date Summer 2021 (for the 2021-2022 school year)
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