Founding Observation Teacher (Primary Grades) – Full OR Part-Time

Founding Observation Teacher (Primary Grades) – Full OR Part-Time

Red Bridge Description Red Bridge is an independent K-8 school opening in San Francisco in September 2020. 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 and meet with each student weekly one-on-one 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.Position Overview Red Bridge does not group students by grade level, but by Autonomy Level. Students attend small group lessons in academic areas based on ability rather than grade level. The three core subjects that students attend lessons in are Communication, Computation and Observation. As the Observation instructor you will be responsible for planning experiences that deepen students’ ability to observe the world around them. Observation as a discipline draws from both art and science, and is unique to Red Bridge. The goal is to train the eye to see the world and reflect it back through a variety of media including drawing, sculpting, mathematical analysis, written word, and more.In year one, this position will work with 5-7 year-olds of various abilities. You will work with up to ten students at a time. Responsibilities include small group instruction in Observation, which could include units on observing patterns, change and the passage of time. Responsibilities also include curriculum development, student supervision, parent communication, student assessment and feedback, one-on-one student support and intervention planning as needed. This could be either a full- or part-time position reporting to the Head of School. This role is best suited to someone who is comfortable with ambiguity, and enthusiastic about designing something new.Qualifications Experience Ideal candidates will have:• minimum five years teaching experience in a related position (most likely art or science)• Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, sciences, Fine Art etc.)• experience working with students with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds• experience designing projects and hands-on experiences• a keen awareness of the world around you• an area of passion outside the school settingMindset 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 developmentWork habits 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 colleaguesSteps 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 jobs@redbridgesf.org with your resume and cover letter. Be sure to specify the name of the role you are applying for.Start Date July 2020 (for the 2020-2021 school year)What we offer 
  • Opportunity to be part of a founding team of motivated, intentional, life-long learners
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Stipend for lifelong learning
  • Meaningful opportunities for professional development
 Red Bridge Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Red Bridge Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Red Bridge strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.