Position for 2021-2022 school year. UP Academy is a new progressive elementary school. This position requires experience with curriculum development and building school culture. As a teacher with UP Academy you will be responsible for creating and implementing a project-based and inquiry-based learning curriculum that is age appropriate for a small mixed age classes within TK - 5. We believe in the professionalism and creativity of our educators and this position requires creation of large, cross-curricular projects focused on a theme.
Learning at UP Academy is a differentiated and active experience led by its students and facilitated by it's educators. You will work with students to set goals, create projects and measure progress. We believe in student agency and building the skills necessary for success in a changing world. We focus on social/emotional development, executive function skills, scientific thought and empathetic action as well as achieving academic milestones.
UP Academy is a new lab school for the inclusion of students with physical disabilities. Our ideal classroom has a ratio of 1:8-10 comprised of 70% neuro-typical students and 30% students with physical disabilities. Our fully integrated neurodevelopment program will support classroom learning by all students. You will be a part of the development of a fully integrated method of education to help children of all abilities reach their ultimate potential. We work as an interdisciplinary team through our core values of: Innovation, Empathy and Strength. We create an environment of respect and an atmosphere of joy for kids to do their best learning. We foster career growth while maintaining individual and group accountability.
As a fully inclusive school, you will be required work in conjunction with our team to maintain that all projects and activities are accessible to all students. Our educators work closely together to coordinate differentiated lessons between classes and grade levels to continually meet students where they are and challenge their strengths while supporting their weaknesses. It is a collaborative environment that respects new research and opinions. An open mind, creativity, and curiosity to learn new ways of teaching are necessary. As a well rounded educational team you will have access to mentors and consultants to assist with curriculum development, vetting ideas and personal and professional growth.
Duties: Create and lead age appropriate curriculum
Work with student, family and UP Academy team to create individual learning opportunities that draw on the students interests to promote a love of learning and skill mastery Maintain a high level of integrity, intensity, purpose, communication and transparency Provide a learning environment that stimulates creativity and individuality to support student success Differentiate learning and scaffold projects for each students strengths and challenges. Create an environment of love and joy where students feel free to express themselves, create, learn, and ask questions Promote a healthy self image in students Demonstrate flexibility and enthusiasm in the classroom Develop lesson plans and projects Ability to map and plan year long curriculum and learning goals Knowledge and comfort with curriculum including, but not limited to: Wilson Fundations, Eureka Math, Lucy Caulkins; and online learning materials and resources including, but not limited to: Raz Kids, Prodigy, Zearn, Epic, Brain Pop, Mystery Science, Google Classroom, Zoom, SeeSaw Ability to learn and adapt quickly to changing educational restrictions and structures Curiosity and resourcefulness to develop and create new, engaging material for students Other duties as assigned/necessary KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: • Ability to translate student interest into learning and skill building projects • Ability to write and speak effectively • Provide instructional leadership and assume curriculum development responsibilities when needed • Foster positive professional relationships and ability to work well with students, peers and parents • Use technology to perform professional duties, including support for instruction, student learning, monitoring and communication of pupil achievement • Child Development, Therapeutic knowledge helpful • Bilingual preferred (Spanish and/or Mandarin) EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Demonstrated evidence of effective classroom management, discipline, and direct instruction Employs a variety of instructional techniques Demonstrated initiative and ability to plan and organize Possesses positive personal qualities such as flexibility, patience, and sensitivity Solid understanding of blended learning ideas Bachelor's degree (minimum) – Master's Preferred Teaching credential preferred
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: • TB test and background check • Experience with special education helpful
UP Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to having a faculty, staff and student body that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area.