Marble Surface

Inclusion Teacher

JOB DESCRIPTION

Location(s):                     Menlo Park

Reports To:                      Executive Director, Associate Director

Consults With:                Staff Coach

Pay:                                  $75-$95K, depending on experience

Work Status:                   Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary

The Education team is at the forefront of pioneering the Open Mind School model. Our
educators, in collaboration with families and outside providers, create a comprehensive group of
experts in students' learning. Open Mind School educators are supported as they develop
personalized activities in addition to teaching standard based learning curriculum, emphasizing
both academic rigor and social emotional learning. Educators are also part of a network of
professionals who provide regular support, feedback, and opportunities for collaboration.
Building a revolutionary educational model translates to year-round work, flexibility in creativity
and leadership opportunities and modern technology to enhance and empower teaching. We
also rely on our educators' critical input on the direction and development of Open Mind School.
We are seeking confident educators who love curriculum, have an internal drive to positively
impact policy and community, and who are compassionate working with a multitude of learners.

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Lead small mixed-age classes with a small student-teacher ratio of no more than 5:1; along with other classroom support professionals

  • Design experiential, project-based learning activities for the class by using local resources to create an experience that's relevant and real-world

  • Curate individual learning activities for personalized learning time based on each student's abilities, needs, and learning style

  • Determine students' academic and social emotional learning objectives and ensure that they're met

  • Commit to building a community of child-centered educators by mentoring other educators, making regular contributions to the network, including contributing curriculum as well as sharing best practices and research findings, etc.

  • Collaborate with researchers, designers, technologists, and other educators to design and refine an innovative model for education

  • Communicate learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students

  • Partner with parents in optimizing and evolving their student's whole child, personalized learning experience throughout the year

  • Use the resources of the city and community to create an education that is relevant and real

  • Be a role model for on-site team of educators to positively contribute to the culture, schedule processes, and procedures

  • Nurture the professional development of the school site team members

  • Build and maintain positive, transparent relationships with the school’s parents, and support other educators to do the same

  • Implement strong behavior support management systems and foster strong student advocacy in social emotional growth

  • Hold ultimate responsibility for your classroom’s performance

Qualifications

Basic

  • Presume competence in all students

  • 5+ years prior classroom lead teaching experience

  • Must have experience curriculum planning and implementation

  • 3+ years prior experience incorporating social emotional learning into student experiences

  • 3+ years prior team management experience

  • Prior experience working with multiple grade levels

  • Passion for working with and engaging children in student driven learning experiences

  • Belief in fostering children's social emotional capabilities

  • Commitment to continuous improvement

  • Experience working with the students with disabilities, preferably those who have an Autism and Apraxia

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and customer service orientation

Preferred

  • Credential in special education

  • Content knowledge in the subject being taught

  • Prior experience as a founding teacher for a new school or new school site

  • Experience and/ or openness in different methodologies (ABA, DIR, RDI, PRT, RPM)

Compensation and Benefits

 

OMS is proud to offer a very generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and dependents

  • Flexible spending account, 401K 

  • Paid federal holidays, sick days, and vacation days

  • Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement

ADA Specifications

This position is largely sedentary in nature. However, one must possess the ability to speak, hear, write, use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Ongoing local and/or national travel periodically required.

About Open Mind School

Open Minds, Silicon Valley is a leader in inclusion and accessibility working with public, private,
nonpublic schools and businesses around the SF Bay Area and beyond. Open Minds, Silicon
Valley operates Open Mind School, a small k-12 nonprofit pilot model school in Menlo Park. Our
world-class team of educators, entrepreneurs, and specialized service providers are working
together to use data analytics to make informed decision making on school learning
environments. We're dedicated to creating and providing a child-centered, personalized
experience that leverages local experiential learning opportunities. Open Mind School's mission
is for all students to access high quality education, enrichment opportunities, and social
experiences in an inclusive and supportive environment. Open Mind School is a public benefit
corporation and nonprofit organization which requires us to meet rigorous standards of social
and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

OMS is an equal opportunity employer.

 

OMS hires employees regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other protected statuses as required by applicable law.