Khan Lab School (KLS), an independent K-12 school in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeks a full-time High School English & Media Studies Teacher who will teach four sections of English and/or Media Studies (online or in person) beginning in August 2021. This person will also organize all student-led publications, including but not limited to our yearbook. They will also support all student contributions to the school’s website and serve as a grade-level Advisor.
This person will have experience teaching English and media studies at the high school level, as well as a record of working with students to create publications and supporting other communications programs. This role will join a two-person English department committed to discussion-based classes, interdisciplinary thinking, and a commitment to clear writing. KLS faculty are also involved outside the classroom in a variety of ways, including advising, chaperoning trips and events, and participating in other activities.
The successful candidate will take an entrepreneurial approach to making appropriate use of all of the school’s resources and partnerships, and will be comfortable working in a start-up school environment. The candidate should be familiar with and enthusiastic about using Khan Academy or related resources to their fullest potential for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Our teaching philosophy encourages meaningful inquiry and interdisciplinary work, as well as utilizing blended learning to meet the needs of each student.
As a member of the High School teaching team, you will contribute to refining how we can best empower young people to take control over their own learning. Ideally, you will be familiar with Khan Academy and Sal Khan’s book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
WHO WE ARE
About Khan Lab School
KLS is a non-profit, mastery-based school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to extend Khan Academy’s student-centered philosophy into a physical school environment. Furthering his vision for Khan Academy, Khan wrote and published The One World Schoolhouse, in which he argues for mastery-based, blended, and mixed-age learning coupled with a departure from traditional letter grades. Today the KLS community is bringing that vision to life and also sharing knowledge within education more broadly.
In each academic area at KLS, there is a minimum pace our students must meet, but learning is decoupled from age; the time it takes a student to finish a course will vary but the depth of mastery is constant. We believe that students cannot “master” a course by performing well on one assessment. Instead, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of all skills and content before they can obtain foundational credit, thereby removing “gaps” in their education.
Every student is assigned to a mixed-age cohort, which they can expect to be part of for two to three years. There are currently seven cohorts for students ages 5 to 18+. Students also partner with faculty to explore their passions and deepen their learning. The quality of learning remains high but as a lab school, instructional methods are constantly being reimagined and tested. Learning is supported through weekly advising, real-world application, and a culture that fosters student agency. Faculty and students do not simply adhere to the status quo in education. As a lab school, KLS is a model for innovation in education.
The KLS staff and teachers will represent the diversity of the students we intend to serve. We believe that standard hiring practices disproportionately hurt those most marginalized in society — including but not limited to Black and Indigenous people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and trans/gender-nonconforming individuals, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. We believe that these communities must be at the center of the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Our school’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our content.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Khan Lab School seeks a talented High School English and Media Studies Teacher who possesses a thorough knowledge of schools that offer blended learning opportunities, including online environments, and who understands the vision and goals of our model. This person will be responsible for maintaining congruence between the school’s mission and all activities of the admission department. Additionally, candidates should be system-level thinkers that are constantly asking how they can improve and streamline the way learning is done at the school.
This is a full-time position.
Teach up to four classes, including an English Senior Seminar.
Building on existing curricula, prepare and implement effective and inspiring courses in English and Media Studies to develop each student’s critical thinking skills.
Collaborate with other teachers (including Art, English, and Music) and staff (including our school’s Marketing Department) to design curriculum, share resources, and evaluate the effectiveness of approaches.
Explore and propose new creative arts courses in topics such as graphic design, digital photography, videography, and more.
Serve as the lead Advisor for student-led publications in the High School, including the annual KLS Yearbook Committee and student blog contributions to the KLS website, in collaboration with our Director of Marketing.
Attend community events throughout the school year.
Serve as an Advisor to a group of students.
Participate in faculty meetings.
Coordinate the use of art and communications resources and facilities with our community college partner in collaboration with the KLS Marketing Department and KLS Operations & Technology.
A commitment to writing about and sharing our best practices with a wider, public audience; excitement about sharing the KLS story with the broader educator community.
Provide writing / blogging workshops for KLS teachers who need the tools to tell their pedagogical stories.
Write comprehensive narrative reports for each student twice a year.
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
Skills and Capabilities
Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:
At least 5 years of English and media studies teaching experience.
Strong familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and ability to teach English, media studies, and studio art.
A portfolio with samples of work demonstrating mastery of Adobe Creative Suite tools and experience with publications (particularly school publications).
A background working in an online school and collaborating with other teachers on a national scale around best practices in teaching the arts online a plus.
Previous experience as an academic advisor.
An interest in fully engaging in the life of the school, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable community.
WHAT WE OFFER
Khan Lab School is a community of learners and partners that have a deep commitment to their work. We get things done and believe that in our highly collaborative environment that anything is possible. All of our decisions are made through the lens of what is best for our students. We tackle tough questions without ego, are results oriented, and have high expectations for school and our students.
Khan Lab School offers a stimulating and unique working environment with a competitive salary and the flexibility to work and teach from anywhere. We seek team members who possess a unique skill set because this is a multi-faceted teaching and leadership position. To learn more about Khan Lab School or Khan Academy, please visit our websites.
Compensation: Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.
Health, dental, and vision benefits
Start Date: August 2021
Location: Remote through June and will transition to in-person, on-site at our Mountain View/Los Altos Hills Campus location(s) when school reopens.
Number of Positions to be Filled: 1
Employment: Full Time
To qualify, please submit an application using the job link on our school’s Careers webpage. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated familiarity with the Sal Khan’s school model outlined in his book The One World Schoolhouse.
Khan Lab School is an EOE and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, place of national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or physical handicap in its employment practice.
SPECIAL SCHOOL EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
All Khan Lab School employees must undergo criminal background checks and TB risk assessments as mandated by California state law prior to their start dates at Khan Lab School. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that your employment with Khan Lab School would be conditioned on satisfactory background check and completion of the TB risk assessment. While this is a fully-remote opportunity, Khan Lab School must follow guidelines set by the California Department of Health for all employees.
To apply for this job please visit www.khanlabschool.org.