Upper School Social-Emotional Learning Teacher/Science of Mind Specialist – 2018-19

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The Nueva School

Position Overview

We are looking for an inspiring teacher with a background in psychology and/or counseling to build on Nueva’s nearly 50-year history pioneering the field of self-science and social-emotional learning in primary and secondary education, as recognized in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 New York Times international best-seller Emotional Intelligence. The successful candidate will:
• Plan and lead, along with colleagues, the signature upper school science of mind course that embraces and promotes our mission, values, and school culture. The course will expose students to classic and contemporary research related to social-emotional intelligence as well as bring experts in the field to campus.
• Collaborate across divisions as appropriate and with school and division administration, faculty, advisors, counselors, and external experts as necessary to shape a signature advisory program to promote a culture of reflection, honesty, and self-awareness in the Upper School.
• Collaborate with upper school administration and academic support teams to assess student academic and social-emotional capacities and needs as required. Collaborate with administration, faculty, advisors, counselors, and parents to recommend and support learning strategies and accommodations as needed.
• Lead work with students and parents to shape a healthy, responsive, and supportive school culture (e.g., student life norms, social events and dances, mentoring, retreats) where relationships are valued as integral to the learning process and school culture.
• Design parent, teacher, and advisor support and training.

In addition to these content areas, the ideal candidate will have interest and experience in a variety of modes of teaching and be highly skilled at differentiated instruction. The candidate will have taught several years at the high school and/or university level, and will have knowledge of more than one academic discipline, as well as experience in and passion for building integrated, interdisciplinary programs of study. As we continue to build our upper school faculty, we seek dedicated educators who have an interest in collaborating with our current faculty as partners in the ongoing design and implementation of Nueva’s curriculum and programs.

General Responsibilities for Teachers

● Develop and teach your courses expertly with the highest standards for each student
● Convey enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry and model lifelong learning
● Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and real-world problem solving
● Collaborate with colleagues in the development and execution of curriculum
● Create hands-on, inquiry- and project-based learning experiences
● Collaborate effectively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators
● Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
● Support the well-being of all students
● Demonstrate interest and ability to serve as an advisor to students, lead student activities, serve as a club advisor, and contribute beyond the classroom to support school programs and activities
● Participate actively in other aspects of the student experience and school functioning: chaperoning trips and events, serving on committees, and developing new programs at the school
● Lead by example in your commitment to Nueva’s mission: “Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the student’s imaginative mind.”

Position Qualifications

● Demonstrated mastery in psychology and/or counseling and ability to teach within and across academic disciplines
● Bachelor’s and advanced university degree in psychology and/or counseling
● Minimum of three years’ teaching/school-based counseling experience
● Successful teaching experience in secondary school and/or university
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● A desire to integrate curriculum with other subjects and to teach collaboratively
● Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced
● A profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area
● Interest in teaching a range of age groups and openness to teaching cross-divisionally at the middle-school level

To Apply: Please visit http://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply/qCf6LORFK3/Upper-School-SocialEmotional-Learning-TeacherScience-Of-Mind-Specialist-201819?source=COPIS and submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least three professional references. To address specific questions, please email Hillary Freeman, associate director for hiring, at hfreeman@nuevaschool.org or Stephen Dunn, head of upper school, at sdunn@nuevaschool.org.


About The Nueva School

The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves more than 800 students PK–12 and expects to grow to over 950 students in the next few years. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”

Nueva’s Upper School

True to Nueva’s founding principles, our Upper School offers opportunities for deep, rigorous learning that includes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary studies as well as mastery of traditional disciplines.  We offer accelerated and extended experiences where gifted learners design, discover, reflect, and apply their ideas in practical, real-world contexts. The physical proximity and institutional connections to world-renowned universities, cultural organizations, high-tech companies, healthcare institutions, and the can-do spirit of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area offer a dynamic entrepreneurial community for collaborative partnerships.

We prepare our graduates to be leaders in their chosen fields, certain of what drives them, and ready to pioneer new paths to success. We have designed a high school that responds to the pressing social, emotional, and learning needs of today’s teens, preparing them to direct their college educations and live well as responsible human beings and global citizens. Nueva students learn to address difficult challenges with optimism and resiliency. Our community is a personal and curricular partnership, where students encourage each other as they, alongside their teachers, continually think, construct, create, and rethink the best ideas and opportunities to explore their own passions and connect deeply with themselves and others.

Nueva’s Upper School opened in August 2013 after many years of discussion and comprehensive study, demographic analysis, feedback from alumni, consultation with educational and industry thought-leaders, and visits to more than 50 model high schools across the country and around the world. A seminal point of validation came from Nueva’s 2011 Presidents’ Roundtable, during which university presidents and college deans from some of the country’s most respected institutions convened at our Hillsborough campus to discuss the future of education and affirmed the need for a new high school model like ours to better prepare students for this new century. The opportunity of a lifetime, to reimagine high school, is now a reality.  We welcomed our inaugural ninth-grade class of seventy-seven students in 2013.  This year, we have a total of 345 students in ninth through twelfth grades.  Our extraordinary faculty models a spirit of deep inquiry and inspires students to be active and passionate learners.  Teachers serve as mentors, guides, and partners in the learning process, crafting and facilitating experiences through which students deepen their understanding and build transferable skills.

To apply for this job email your details to recruiting@nuevaschool.org