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January 11, 2019
Middle School Associate Teacher - Computer Science - 2019-20
Middle School Associate Teacher in Computer Science

The Position

The Nueva School seeks a Middle School Associate Teacher in Computer Science to work with grades 5 to 8 in a cross-disciplinary, project-based learning environment. This is a unique opportunity to join our team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers as we continue to develop and refine an innovative and world-class PK-12 computer science and design engineering program. Nueva is committed to implementing a broad, holistic, and modern computer science program that teaches concepts through a variety of projects, libraries, and methodologies. Our Middle School Computer Science program currently uses JavaScript as the language of choice and our core curriculum exposes students to computer science concepts and builds computational thinking as well as programming skills. Our aim is for students to see coding as a creative, expressive medium and understand the diverse ways computer science can be applied in a variety of contexts. The position begins mid-August 2019 and runs through the 2019-2020 school year. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and full benefits.

Associate Teachers work closely with Mentor Teachers through an apprenticeship model. They spend each day in the classroom, working with students, collaborating with teachers, building curriculum, teaching lessons, and reflecting upon their practice. In addition, Associate Teachers attend weekly professional development workshops as part of a year-long curriculum to explore current topics in teaching and learning.

Associate Teachers are members of the Nueva community of educators, one defined by collaboration, inquiry, reflection and lifelong learning. Associate Teachers participate in all aspects of school life, including serving as co-advisors, preparing parent- teacher conferences, chaperoning school trips, and attending faculty meetings and school events. During their second year, Associate Teachers develop a teaching portfolio, and receive support in applying for positions and/or graduate school, building a resume, and preparing for interviews.
Associate Teachers participate in the Innovative Teacher Program (ITP), a two-year program designed to provide classroom teaching experience, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for new and developing teachers.

Position Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree required; major related to computer science is a plus.
• Knowledge and field experience, either in industry or academic settings, in 2+ programming languages, ideally including Scratch, JavaScript, or Python (the main teaching languages of Nueva’s core Computer Science program)
• Strong interest in computer science education and enthusiasm for providing students with diverse entry points to computer science
• Experience working with young people ages 9-14 preferred and prior experience teaching computer science/programming is a plus.
• Desire to immerse themselves in the many facets of our Computer Science program, including core classes, electives, integrated projects in other disciplines, lunch/after-school programs, etc.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Desire to learn by doing and to learn with/from others, including students and adults
• Desire to teach collaboratively in a team-based environment
• Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
• Profound openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning of practice as well as subject area.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information and job title for at least three professional references to https://nuevaschool.applytojob.com. For questions, please contact Allen Frost, Director of the Innovative Teacher Program, at [email protected] and/or 650.350.4575.

For more information about The Nueva School, please visit our website: www.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 nearly 900 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six 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.”

Allen Frost
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