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Upper Division Science Teacher (7-12th)
Bridges Academy, Seattle

Bridges Academy is looking for a full-time 7th to 12th-grade science teacher with immediate availability.

The current teaching schedule is as follows:
2 periods each day of 7/8th science
1 period each day of HS biology (or another science class, not physics)
1 period each day of 7/8 pre-algebra/algebra
2 periods per week of 7/8 lab (general academic support)
7 prep periods per week

Bridges Academy, the premier school for gifted students with learning differences, is growing in Seattle. For over 25 years, Bridges has educated a unique population of students with learning differences and unique personalities who are amazingly bright, outside-the-box-thinkers, and capable of developing expertise at a very young age in any number of fields – from robotics to religion, string theory to Sanskrit, and politics to poetry. We refer to these students as twice-exceptional or 2e.

Our strengths-based approach leverages students’ gifts, talents, and areas of interest to cultivate their academic, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. We also prioritize exploration, inter and transdisciplinary learning activities, and student agency. The Bridges team approach allows us to explore the many internal and external variables that impact the educational experience. Children share many similarities and demonstrate profound differences. We celebrate and honor their complexity and design environments, programs, and curriculum to both challenge and support their journey.

Bridges teachers are experts in their field and have a broad worldview with significant exposure to human diversity. They have a wealth of rich life experiences (hobbies and interests), as well as an open-minded personality and even temperament. We are looking for smart, articulate teachers who have a passion and love for their subject area. The ideal candidates will appreciate and thrive in a 2e educational environment and enjoy being a part of a team charged with building a positive, energetic, learning dynamic.

Bridges classes are typically limited to 9 students. In grades 4-8 teachers are supported by an intern, teaching assistant, or regular teacher in a team-teaching support role. A full-time schedule may include a combination of lead teaching in core courses, electives, advisory, and team teaching with other faculty in a supporting role, along with prep and lunch built into the schedule.

Learn more and apply for the job here.

Open until October 31, 2023

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Title: Upper Division Director

Reports to: Head of School, Bridges Academy Seattle

Work Days/Hours: This position is full-time and based on a 12-month schedule. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This position requires flexibility and some after-school, evening, and weekend work.

Start date: November 1, 2023

Salary: $80,000-$100,000

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, vacation, and retirement

About Bridges

Bridges Academy, the premier school for gifted students with learning differences, is growing in Seattle. For over 25 years, Bridges has educated a unique population of students with learning differences and unique personalities who are amazingly bright, outside-the-box-thinkers, and capable of developing expertise at a very young age in any number of fields – from robotics to religion, string theory to Sanskrit, and politics to poetry. We refer to these students as twice-exceptional or 2e.

Our strength-based approach leverages students’ gifts, talents, and areas of interest to cultivate their academic, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. We also prioritize exploration, inter and transdisciplinary learning activities, and student agency. The Bridges team approach allows us to explore the many internal and external variables that impact the educational experience. Children share many similarities and demonstrate profound differences. We celebrate and honor their complexity and design environments, programs, and curriculum to challenge and support their journey.

Bridges teachers are experts in their field and have a broad worldview with significant exposure to human diversity. They have a wealth of rich life experiences (hobbies and interests), as well as an open-minded personality and even temperament. We are looking for smart, articulate teachers who have a passion and love for their subject area. The ideal candidates will appreciate and thrive in a 2e educational environment and enjoy being a part of a team charged with building a positive, energetic, learning dynamic.

Summary

The Upper Division Director is responsible for ensuring the Bridges teaching pedagogy is implemented and the curriculum is enacted, as determined by the Head of School. The Upper Division Director may teach or assist in classes as needed.

Key Responsibilities

●Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Upper Division, with a visible presence in all areas of the school

●Ensures that the Upper Division academic program, instructional activities, and routines, are carried out according to the Bridges philosophy and school expectations

●Creates and provides a supportive and engaging environment that is conducive to learning

●Works with the Head of School, Assistant Head, and Student Support Team to identify the educational, physical, social, and emotional needs of students and collaboratively develops plans for meeting these needs within the context of the Upper Division

●Creates the Upper Division timetable and ensures alignment with the master schedule

●Ensures students are on track to graduate with the necessary courses and credits

●Proactively engages in problem-solving and keeps the Head of School informed

●Works collaboratively with the Head of School to recruit, screen, interview, and onboard new faculty and staff

●Visits classrooms daily, monitors the effectiveness of teaching and learning, oversees progress reporting, facilitates and attends parent conferences, and meets regularly with faculty and staff to provide feedback and support

●Facilitates strength-based, student-centered, and productive Upper Division team meetings

●Develops and leads professional development for faculty and staff

●Provides direct student behavior support communicates with families, and works collaboratively with the Student Support Team

●Assists students and families in ensuring appropriate accommodations for PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing; schedules testing for students; prepares forms necessary for college such as letters of recommendation and transcripts; and actively supports students and families in the college planning and admissions process

●Interacts professionally with a sophisticated parent body and partners with them in their children’s education in a manner that is developmentally appropriate

●Articulates the value of our educational model

●Attends marketing events and prepares marketing and fundraising materials

●Recruits and retains students

●Attends ongoing professional development

●Supervises students and ensures the health, safety, and well-being of faculty, staff, and students

●Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

●Master’s degree

●Minimum of three years of teaching experience at the middle and/or high school level

●A record of success as a school administrator

●Knowledgable about the social and emotional development of children

●Experienced in providing co-regulation and de-escalation support to students

●Positive and collaborative leadership style

●Superior interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to establish authentic relationships with all stakeholders in the community

●Connects with students, parents, and colleagues with warmth and confidence, particularly when difficult conversations and building harmony are required

●Excellent written and verbal communication skills

●Confidence tempered by humility

●Experienced in supporting and evaluating teachers, as well as providing professional development and coaching support

●Clean driving record and valid driver’s license

●Open-minded, flexible, and has a tolerance for asynchrony

●Embraces the Bridges philosophy and mission and is passionate about our approach to educating twice-exceptional students and their families

Physical Requirements

●Able to traverse campus and assure the safety of children (e.g. moving between buildings multiple times throughout the workday, bending, squatting, stooping, walking up and down stairs, and kneeling)

●Able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds

●Able to drive faculty, staff, and students on field trips or overnight camps

●Able to participate in a wide variety of outdoor and overnight activities on and off campus

Personal Traits

●Student-centered

●Energetic, flexible, self-directed leader

●Strong work ethic

●Driven to achieve goals, solve problems, and meet deadlines

●Intellectually curious

●Positive, resilient mindset

●Understands the nature of a start-up and is able to embrace change and tolerate ambiguity

●Passionate about neurodivergent learners and leveraging the strengths of students, faculty, and staff

●Highly organized with effective time management skills

●Eager to learn and grow in understanding and implementing best practices for gifted and twice-exceptional students

●Supportive of a strength-based, talent-focused approach to teaching and learning

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current resumé or curriculum vitae, a statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references.

Learn more & apply here.

Open until October 31, 2023

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