The New School (TNS) offers high school students a unique opportunity to discover their passions through a blend of rigorous academics and community-engaged learning. Located in the heart of Atlanta, we treat the city as an essential classroom where learning is fueled by students’ curiosity. We are a community of about 90 students in grades 9-12 with 15 faculty members. Now in our 8th year, we are seeking a Lead Science Teacher to continue the work of building our innovative curriculum which blends traditional academic study and community engaged learning, creating opportunities for students to do real-world work that takes them beyond the classroom. The New School is a pioneer of the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) model and has developed a network of 100+ community partners in Atlanta and beyond. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.
The New School seeks a full-time science teacher to teach 3-4 distinct science courses as well as co-lead and assist on major interdisciplinary projects. This teacher will implement a blend of traditional classroom instruction and project-based-learning to create a classroom environment that develops in each student an awareness and appreciation of the role of science and engineering in everyday life and the workplace. As part of the project-based curriculum, the science teacher will also have the opportunity to co-lead or assist with extended interdisciplinary projects outside the classroom in collaboration with other New School teachers and Project Specialists, and integrate science, engineering, modeling, statistics, and data analysis topics relevant to project work into their classroom curriculum. This position is a great fit for a passionate and innovative science instructor who enjoys collaboration with other faculty and the freedom to explore relevant projects and community-engagement opportunities.
Essential Job Functions Below are some of the tasks required of this position:
Develop curriculum in collaboration with TNS math and science faculty and teach 3 or 4 of the following high school classes (academic course load depends on project-based assignments):
Document all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and other curricular materials
Make use of community partners, speakers, mentors, trips, projects and workshops to bring curriculum to life through real-world experiences
Use detailed data analysis of student performance to inform best practices
Co-lead or assist with one section of project-based learning classes—co-develop extended projects which combine the work of multiple disciplines and take students into the city
Faculty Collaboration and Planning
Attend two faculty meetings per month and scheduled faculty work days to allow for collaboration, professional development
Attend summer planning (one week following the end of school and one week before the start of school)
Participate in and attend all recruitment events (e.g., Information Sessions and Open Houses)
Participate in planning and attend all Exhibitions, Curriculum Nights, Parent Events
Serve as an advisor for 8-10 students
Communicate effectively and maintain strong relationships with students, families and colleagues through regular email and conferences
All teachers are expected to embody the following New School values:
The belief that students should be architects of their own learning
A commitment to knowing students well and serving as their guide
A passion for innovation, collaboration and participation in a community of learning
Commitment to the school culture of continuous reflection and growth
Undergraduate degree in math or science
At least two years of high school science teaching preferred, or at least 5 years of demonstrated growth in a math or science related career
About The New School
The New School, an independent high school in Atlanta, offers an innovative curriculum which blends traditional academic study and community-engaged learning, creating opportunities for students to do work that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. The New School uses multiple experiential learning opportunities to supplement a rigorous college prep program equipping students with the competencies they’ll need to thrive. TNS students apply their classroom learning in the real world and in the process, take the passions to the next level. Every student learns to code and build websites, every student goes through a year-long entrepreneurship program, every student takes internships, creativity meets technology and innovation in core classes and enrichment programs. The school day starts with yoga, and reflection and peer review are an integral part of projects and classes. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.