Lower School Teacher/Advisor 2021-22
Lower School Teacher/Advisor
Khan Lab School (KLS) seeks a full-time Lower School Teacher/Advisor. The goal of the Lower School Teacher/Advisor is to teach a mixed-age group of students and oversee the academic, social, physical, and emotional well-being of the students. The teacher’s primary responsibilities are to mentor students, provide instruction in core subjects and social-emotional learning, advise on study and work habits, and design applied project-based learning experiences as part of a collaborative team covering grades K-5th.
WHO WE ARE
About Khan Lab School
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.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR
The Lower School Teacher/Advisor will provide instruction in core subjects and social-emotional learning, advise on study and work habits, mentor students, and design applied project-based learning experiences as part of a collaborative team covering grades K-5th.
We have found that professional educators who are adept as serving as learners, demonstrating skills of observation and inquiry, and who love to teach and guide children as they learn and play, are well suited for teaching at Khan Lab School. All educator staff are regularly expected to exercise discretion and independent judgement in the performance of their teaching duties. This position reports to the Head of Lower School and includes partnering with a teaching team and wider school community in support of the school’s mission and vision.
Role and Responsibilities
Implement differentiated instructional activities in both small and whole group settings that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and learning needs.
Advise and mentor each student weekly to set, monitor, and evaluate progress on goals (e.g., mentoring, reflection, feedback, goal setting)
Communicate effectively with students, families, teachers, and other professionals on a regular basis
Maintain effective and efficient documentation
Use assessment data effectively to inform and guide learning and to provide ongoing feedback to students and complete progress reports
Use classroom management systems that are effective with students with varying learning needs
Build a positive, safe, inclusive, and fun classroom community
Work in a collaborative professional learning environment
Model professional and ethical standards when working with students, parents, peers, and community
Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, planning, and participating in school events
The ideal candidates should possess many of the following qualifications:
Have at least 5+ years experience teaching elementary school
Possess a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in education, or equivalent
Experience working with students with diverse needs and backgrounds
A clear understanding of child development and milestones in the elementary years
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
Skills, Capabilities, and Mindset:
Successful candidates will have the following skills, capabilities, and mindset:
Passion for working with children in student-driven learning experiences
Ability to engage students in rigorous content and well-planned, well-paced lessons in core subject areas, social and emotional learning, and study and work habits
Prior experience with developing project-based learning activities and integrating educational technology
Prior experience analyzing student data and using a variety of assessment techniques
Prior experience leading or participating in curriculum development
A sense of humor and warmth, and a love of working with children and their families
Flexibility to shift and take on a variety of tasks as the lab school continues to be in the early stages of development and implementation
Creativity in instructional and classroom management strategies
Openness to feedback and continuous growth in a positive way
Entrepreneurial mindset and service orientation
Ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
Equal parts self-starter and team player
WHAT WE OFFER
Khan Lab School is a community of learners empowering every student to navigate their own path. 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. 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.
Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
Health, dental, and vision benefits
401(k) with matching
Free on-campus lunch and snacks
Start Date: August 12, 2021
Location: Mountain View, CA
Number of Positions to be Filled: 1
To qualify, please provide a resume and a letter of interest 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.
To apply for this job please visit khanlabschool.org.