Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses spanning the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Founded by James A. Hawken, a John Dewey-inspired progressive educator, more than 100 years ago, we’ve returned to our progressive roots in the last decade and established ourselves as an industry leader in progressive education, including founding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life. Now, we’re taking our ambitions to scale.
In August 2020, Hawken School is launching a new high school in the University Circle neighborhood in the city of Cleveland. We’re designing the The Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:
Learning experiences are organized around real-world problem-solving, where students learn while working on challenges with community partners.
We use new methods of teaching designed around individual growth, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning.
Our mastery assessment model emphasizes feedback for growth and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning using mastery credits.
Committed to strengthening our relationship to our city, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering a significant number of seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland.
We are seeking a dynamic, curious, collaborative individual to join the faculty of the Mastery School of Hawken. As a faculty member, you’ll join a highly collaborative team that has been working together to design, build, and implement every aspect of a new school in its first year. At the heart of our model is the idea that you learn while doing - so you’ll learn how to teach in a very different way while you collaborate with existing members of the team and get coaching and support. You’ll also bring your unique set of strengths to all aspects of school life, in the classroom, in our wayfinding program, and in co-curriculars.
You’ll join our design process at the moment when our plans are scaling to become reality. As you onboard and learn our methods and approaches, you’ll take increasing responsibility for program elements over the first year and prepare to take on lead designer responsibilities by the second year. Together, we’ll create a high school that provides a new model for education.
Wildly enthusiastic about mentoring and teaching adolescents
Skilled communicator and listener who enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment
Intellectually curious, self-directed and motivated learner with a wide range of interests and skills, academic and otherwise
Experienced in interdisciplinary and/or team teaching
Committed to active ongoing development of cultural competence
Philosophically aligned with the mission of the Mastery School
Willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs
Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Computational Thinking and Coding
Humanities, History and/or Social Sciences
Within one month, you’ll:
Learn how our model of teaching & learning works by participating in a three-day workshop through the Korda Institute for Teaching
Gain hands-on training to support your work in counseling and advising students
Participate in our New Faculty Retreat and onboarding designed to give you introduce you to Hawken, Cleveland, and the cohort of faculty across Hawken’s four campuses
Within three months, you’ll:
Help design and implement onboarding activities for students for the first few weeks and months of the school year
Design and teach learning experiences as a micros teacher and/or a macro co-teacher
Take leadership of one or more co-curricular offerings for students
Collaborate closely with colleagues on all aspects of year 1 program implementation, jumping in to help as needed
Within six months, you’ll:
Plan & implement your first pilot using the Korda Institute’s teaching methods
Build initial connections with key community partners
Engage and reflect with colleagues on an ongoing basis about your learning, growth, and development
Plan and lead sessions for students and families in our admissions process, including hands on workshops
By the end of the 2020-2021 school year, you’ll:
Refine your instructional practice with ongoing coaching from the Korda Institute for Teaching and the Director of the Mastery School
Help recruit and select the new class of students for the Mastery School
Design and plan to take on a lead designer role in new year 2 macros and micros as the school continues to scale
This position will require training and participation in design team work in summer 2020.
Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.
About Mastery School of Hawken
Hawken School seeks teachers comfortable taking risks and embracing a growth mindset. Our faculty members are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students. We are committed to using time differently and want faculty members to expand their definition of a classroom. This means designing learning experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects.
We desire culturally competent candidates who clearly appreciate a community of teachers and learners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and are committed to equity and social justice. If you are a teacher who is committed to the ideals of progressive education, we encourage you to read on to learn more about this position and our school.
Founded on the ideal that “the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life,” Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with 1,400 students in toddler through grade 12. Our four campuses within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland and an urban extension center in the city’s museu...m district provide a demanding and integrated course of study in a diverse and dynamic environment.
To learn more, visit www.hawken.edu
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