Environmental Science Teacher

Oakland Unified School District - Oakland, CA - Full time

Oakland Unified School District is hiring talented science educators for the 2016-17 school year! Join a district on the leading edge of Next Generation Science Standards implementation. Our teachers are supported to provide relevant and engaging science curriculum focused on science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. We’re currently looking for teachers for all of the following sciences: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, and Physiology.


All Oakland students will graduate science literate with the skills needed to succeed in college, career and community.


OUSD offers both centralized professional learning and curriculum development to support high quality teaching. Some examples include:

  • Science Professional Learning Workshops – a monthly gathering of all secondary science teachers focused on high quality instruction and planning to address the NGSS.
  • Site-Based Science Teacher Leaders – after working with teacher leaders from other sites, science teacher leaders play a key role as instructional leaders at their sites.
  • OUSD NGSS Science Curriculum –NGSS curricular units for middle school and high school aligned to the new science standards. Curriculum materials are developed and continuously revised by teams of OUSD teachers. Instructional supplies provided.
  • Curriculum Resource Materials – A digital collection is available to all OUSD science teachers to enable high quality planning, literacy development, and classroom protocols.
  • Special Events – Annual events such as Dinner with a Scientist and Science Fair provide amazing opportunities for teachers to showcase and celebrate their students.
  • Partnerships with UC Berkeley, the Exploratorium, WestEd: Through grants the OUSD Science Department is able to expand offerings, opportunities and information brought to our teachers.

Learn more about science in OUSD here: http://science.ousd.org.

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Experience Level

Any experience level

Oakland Unified School District


  • Oakland is a dynamic hub of innovation, art, technology, and thriving business. Oakland is deeply rooted in a history of community-based organizing and rich in cultural, racial, socio-economic, linguistic diversity and inclusivity. OUSD reflects the best of innovation and diversity in our dynamic and growing city, leading equity-centered work in public education nationwide. We are making great strides in social-emotional learning, closing the technology gap, and increasing personalized education in our classrooms.
  • All OUSD teachers are part of the Teacher Growth and Development System (TGDS), our homegrown evaluation system grounded in the context and needs of Oakland’s teachers and students. TGDS supports the continuous growth and development of teachers by providing regular, consistent, evidence-based feedback that improves teachers’ practice for students. Read more about TGDs here: http://www.ousd.org/Domain/3288
  • By joining OUSD, you have an opportunity to be a part of our innovative five-year strategic plan, The Pathway to Excellence. The Pathway to Excellence is our roadmap for the next five years as we ensure that all students find joy in their academic experience while graduating with the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and community. Read more about it here: http://www.ousd.org/domain/3


  • OUSD offers a competitive salary: teachers earn $44,880 - $80,685 annually, based on years of experience and education. We know the Bay Area is an expensive place to live and raise a family, so we are committed to supporting our teachers in every way we can. Last spring, OUSD negotiated a new teachers’ contract that offers teacher the largest salary increase in a decade - nearly a 14% increase over the last two years, with potential for another increase for the 2016-2017 school year. We also offer many leadership and stipend-based work opportunities at school site and district levels.
  • At OUSD, we value our teachers and their families, and offer a premier benefits package at a very low cost. Compared to other districts in the Bay Area, we have one of the best comprehensive plans at one of the lowest costs. Benefits include full medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their families, plus life insurance, long-term disability coverage, and a retirement plan through the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). We also offer Commuter and Health & Dependent Care Tax Free Spending Accounts (FSA). Across Bay Area public school districts, employees pay an average of 42% ($9,000) for family coverage on the least expensive plan. In OUSD, employees can pay much less: just 1.3% for family coverage, or less than $400 annually. (Note that exact amounts depend on which plan is selected.)
  • Read more about benefits here:http://www.ousd.org/Page/11485

We are empowering our city’s next generation by providing our students with the great education they deserve – and we’re looking for talented teachers to help us deliver on that promise.OUSD is looking for teachers who:

  • Believe that all students can learn and are dedicated to an asset-based approach to the educational success of urban students
  • Plan and prepare rigorous, standards-aligned lessons with meaningful and equitable instruction
  • Build a supportive and challenging learning environment for students that promotes respect and a culture of learning, with behavioral expectations and routines that maximize learning time
  • Teach to ensure ownership and mastery for all students, by engaging students in meaningful tasks and fostering communication and collaboration skills
  • Reflect and revise their practice to improve student outcomes
  • Are masters of pedagogy and content knowledge
  • Work collaboratively with peers, and build strong relationships to partner with students, parents, and colleagues

Minimum qualifications:

  • A current California Teaching Credential or out-of-state equivalent (by July 2016) OR active enrollment in a university intern program
  • Authorization to work with English Language Learners (such as CLAD Certification)
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Start by applying here: http://bit.ly/1SxKl63. On Edjoin, you’ll be able to apply for specific job openings as well as our two science eligibility pools: Secondary Science and Middle School Math/Science Core. We will continue posting unique school positions as they arise - please keep checking back on Edjoin, and we will stay in touch with you. You can also learn more about our teaching opportunities and hiring events here: http://www.ousd.org/careers.

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