Summer Academy Mentor Teacher
Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. We know that structural racism, poverty and other systemic injustices force our students to face significant obstacles to educational success. We want to change the odds for children in the Durham community. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.
Our Summer Academy staff are excited to facilitate learning and create an environment for students to succeed.
In Summer Academy, we are committed to helping our students feel success and growth by providing thoughtful, intentional academic experiences, and sharing our own excitement around academic content.
Mentor Teachers serve as an important support role in our Summer Academy program. Each mentor will own a part of the instructional day at Student U. This include academic core classes like math, science, English and Global Connect along with Read Fearlessly (small reading groups) and electives (teacher designed courses based on teacher interest). We believe that our curriculum should represent best practices for how adolescents learn and grow, encourage academic rigor, develop critical thinking skills and engage students in becoming change agents in their communities. This role is designed for a person who will enjoy coaching brand-new and novice teachers, developing culturally responsive curriculum and contributing to the overall Student U community.
Pre-Summer Responsibilities (January – May, part-time)
- Attend Mentor Teacher Training, 3 evenings in March - May
- Attend Faculty Dinner on Friday, April 12th, 2019, 6-8pm
- Remain in contact with teachers before Teacher Orientation begins in June through phone calls, emails and in-person meetings
- Collaborative with Program staff to plan and prepare teacher orientation workshops
- Prepare subject specific curriculum for instruction within each grade level mentored
- Build upon previous years of instruction to create 6-week unit plans using project-based learning
- Design a rubric-evaluated, collaborative culminating project for each class
- Create daily lesson plans to fulfill each unit objectives for first eight instructional days
Teacher Orientation Responsibilities (June 10-21, 2019)
- Participate and/or Lead Teacher Orientation sessions (ex. Classroom Management, Race & Identity, Lesson Planning, Engaging Students, etc.)
- Lead subject-specific Teacher Orientation planning sessions
- Introduce Curriculum Guidelines and teaching strategies for content area
- Prepare student teachers to create an effective classroom setting
- Lead training sessions with your departments’ student teachers focused on subject-specific strategies
- Begin to co-plan with teachers for instruction during the summer
Summer Academy Responsibilities (June 24 –July 26, 2019; approximately 25 hours/week)
- Observe classes, provide feedback and coaching regarding classroom management, teaching methods, building positive classroom culture, and curriculum using best practices
- Lead weekly content area meetings with teachers
- Participate in weekly support staff meetings (Monday afternoons, 4-5:30pm)
- Identify needs and help facilitate one weekly professional development session for teachers
- Co-plan with teachers and review teacher-created lesson plans, providing feedback in a timely manner
- Engage in the Student U community, sharing passion for teaching, learning, and leading
- Be available by phone and email to answer questions and offer support to student-teachers
- Compile and modify lesson plan bank of subjet specific lesson plans
- Edit end-of-summer student evaluations written by student teachers
Evaluation Week (July 29– July 31, 2019; part-time)Complete end-of-year survey
- Evaluate curriculum and make recommendations for the upcoming summer
- Prepare an assessment and conduct a end-of-summer conversation for all teachers
Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Equity & Child Safeguarding Policy
- Student U is committed to fostering an inclusive culture within our organization where people from various backgrounds can participate fully and equitably, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission.
- Student U has a commitment to ensuring the safety of our students. All staff will participate in the Darkness to Light Training, which is a child safeguarding training to help them understand why it is necessary to safeguard and protect children and to be fully aware of the procedure for reporting concerns.
- A minimum of two years teaching experience
- Commitment to the Student U model and passion for teaching
- Understanding of and appreciation for the middle school child
- Outstanding knowledge of subject matter
- Ability to work effectively in many different environments with people from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback
- Strong organizational skills
- Belief in Student U’s mission, vision and core values
Compensation: $18/hour (approximately 25 hours/week)
Applications include submitting your resume, cover letter, two professional references, answering the following questions, and a weekly planning outline.
- What role do you believe race and wealth play in the education of children? How do your beliefs influence your education and teacher coaching philosophy?
- From your perspective, what skills and talents do effective teachers possess? How will you ensure that all your teachers have the skills they need to succeed?
**If you are concerned about your ability to fulfill the requirements due to scheduling conflicts, please contact Bettina Umstead at [email protected] or 919-695-3219.**