Lead Advisor, Independence Level 1 (Lower School) for Khan Lab School in Mountain View, CA

Lead Advisor, Independence Level 1 (Lower School)

Khan Lab School - Mountain View, CA - Full time

Khan Lab School - Mountain View, CA - Full time

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Lead Advisor, Independence Level 1 (Lower School)


Khan Lab School is an independent school associated with Khan Academy. Our purpose is to develop new, personalized practices that center around the student. We believe that young people are capable of far more than society currently recognizes, and we create and test learning experiences to share with the world. Many of the core principles and ideas to be developed and tested in our school are outlined in Sal Khan’s book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

We currently serve 140 students ages 5-15+ in Mountain View, California. In keeping with Sal Khan’s One World Schoolhouse philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning, our academic experience is coordinated by a team of Advisors, Content Specialists, and Associate Teachers who guide students through gradually increasing levels of independence.

Our teaching philosophy encourages meaningful inquiry and interdisciplinary work, and we utilize blended learning to meet the needs of each student. Thanks to our association with Khan Academy, we are leveraging the power of technology to humanize the classroom.

To learn more about our Vision & Learning Design, please visit our website: khanlabschool.org.


The IL1 Lead Advisor oversees the academic, social and intellectual well-being of a small group of students generally between 5-7 years old. This role reports to the Head of Lower School. The IL1 Lead Advisor's primary responsibilities are to lead instruction, personalize each student's education, and lead collaborative and interdisciplinary project-based learning. The Advisor is also primarily responsible for:

    • Curate a world-class early-elementary learning experience using best practices, based on experience and research
  • Advisor group:
    • Provide personalized support to each student assigned to the Advisory group; identify and plan for expected learning outcomes
    • Coach and monitor student’s ability to meet the required Independence Level work habits
    • Collect and reflect on student data; adjust instruction accordingly
    • Communicate consistently and frequently with the Head of Lower School, students, and their parents about students’ goals and progress; take in feedback and address any questions or concerns directly, positively, and in a timely manner
    • Develop positive mindsets in students around work, play and project collaboration
    • Support students in developing strong foundational knowledge in core skills (reading, writing and math)
    • Set clear expectations and monitor student behavior, as well as respond appropriately and consistently to misbehavior
    • Model and foster a culture of respect and learning
  • Project-Based Learning:
    • Lead and design experiential, project-based learning activities for the class by using resources to create an experience that’s relevant and real-world for a mixed-age setting
    • Embed competencies in projects (ex: cognitive skills and character strengths)
    • Determine students’ academic and social-emotional learning objectives and ensure that they are met
    • Use the resources of the city and community to create an education that is culturally and personally relevant
    • Organize and prepare resources, field trips, and guest speakers connected to the students’ learning
  • Lead SEL advisory sessions and Independent Work Habit advising sessions for the whole group
  • Collaborate closely with second IL1 Lead Advisor and Associate Teacher on project plans, student progress, and strategic initiatives.
  • Plan and lead beginning reading and writing small group lessons
  • Plan and lead beginning math small group lessons
  • Provide academic support and structure to students during independent work time
  • Supervise & ensure safety of students, including before and after school, during lunch and transition times, and on field trips


  • Experience working with primary school age children
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications are preferred
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
  • Prior experience analyzing student data
  • Desire to teach in a setting that values giving agency to students and allowing students to make mistakes and gain self-motivation through independence
  • Passion for working with and engaging children in student-driven learning experiences
  • Belief in fostering children’s social-emotional capabilities
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and service orientation
  • Flexibility. A LOT of flexibility. We are in startup mode, so every aspect of the Lab School is subject to change.
  • Equal parts self-starter and team player
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills


  • Experience in a multicultural school environment
  • Multilingual and international experience


  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Free lunch, coffee, and snacks
  • Khan Lab School tuition discount


All Khan Lab School employees must undergo criminal background checks and TB risk assessments as mandated by California state law prior to their start dates at Khan Lab School. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that your employment with Khan Lab School would be conditioned on satisfactory background check and completion of the TB risk assessment.


Please be aware that Khan Lab School is generally unable to offer original visa sponsorship at this time.


To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please submit a cover letter that explains why you would be a great fit for this role along with your resume.

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Khan Lab School is an independent school serving 140 students ages 5-15+ We provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning.To learn more: khanlabschool.org.

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