Mentor for Summit Learning Teacher Residency

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, California - Full time

Mentor for Summit Learning Teacher Residency

Who We Are:

Marshall Street Initiatives:

Marshall Street at Summit Public Schools (“Marshall”) is a team of educators working to expand opportunities for all students. While our initiatives focus on different groups—teachers, principals, parents, graduates, and K-12 students—they are united by their focus on equitable access to education. Together with a broad group of engaged partners, we’re building towards a world in which every student is equipped to live a life defined by financial independence, community, strong relationships, health, and purpose.

Summit Public Schools:

Summit is a network of public schools that prepares all students to be the best versions of themselves, to be successful through college and in the fullest ways possible—so they can each live a fulfilled life. This includes a life filled with financial security, purposeful work, strong relationships, meaningful community, and personal health. Today, Summit operates 15 public middle and high schools whose students reflect their diverse communities in California and Washington. Summit schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. All Summit students graduate prepared for a four-year college and our graduates complete college at twice the national average.

The Summit Learning Environment:

Teaching at Summit is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and growth areas for each student. We empower students to own their learning.

By design, our schools are small communities where every student is known. Our schools are intentionally heterogeneous, and reflect the diverse demographics of the communities they are a part of. As a teacher, this will require being culturally responsive and creating equitable learning pathways for all students.

Summit teachers plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects.

This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills (e.g. hypothesizing) that stretch across all content areas and the habits of success (e.g. self-direction) that allow them to prepare for the world beyond the classroom.

Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge but instead as facilitators and coaches to their students.

We are committed to continual growth at Summit. We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and school leaders. With dedicated days of professional development built into the academic year, we equip teachers with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues.

Position Overview:

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency seeks to support the next generation of teachers in building the skill, mindset, and practice to lead a high-quality personalized learning classroom. It is a one year program during which residents are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential. The residency program was designed in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE). Residents work alongside a cooperating teacher four days a week for the length of the school year. The residency model uses a gradual release of responsibility approach, working up to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.

The learning experiences and coursework that the residents engage in follow Summit’s personalized learning model. Residents demonstrate their learning through authentic projects that can then be implemented directly in their classrooms. Residents learn content through playlists, allowing them to personalize and self-pace this learning experience. As a cohort, residents engage in coursework one full day and one afternoon each week; this time is spent in a combination of whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences, depending on the needs of the residents.

Residents receive support from both a cooperating teacher and a mentor. The Mentor plays the role of both an instructor and a coach. The Mentor facilitates the weekly learning experiences for all residents, while also providing feedback on and assessing their credentialing coursework. The Mentor also observes and coaches a small group of residents every other week. This dual role allows the Mentor to support the resident in making direct connections between the coursework / projects and the experiences he/she is having in the classroom. Mentors are part of the Summit Learning Teacher Residency program faculty and report directly to the Program Director. As a team, the Mentors represent a diverse set of expertise, including a wide variety of subject area knowledge, an array of professional backgrounds, and complementary skills. The team works together to deliver holistic support to residents, honing in on the intersection between personalized learning best practices and core pedagogical theory.

What you’ll do:

Facilitation of Credentialing Coursework

  • Plan and facilitate project-based coursework and personalized learning experiences for the cohort of residents.
  • Model high quality, personalized learning instructional practices.
  • Provide formative and summative feedback for residents on all coursework and assessments.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the program requirements, performance tasks, and assessment tools.
  • Support residents in successfully meeting the program requirements, including the edTPA.


  • Support a group of residents on a weekly basis through observation and coaching.
  • Conduct weekly formal and informal classroom observations of residents and provide feedback on their development as teachers.
  • Build strong relationships with residents.
  • Lead coaching conversations to support the growth of residents.
  • Respond to the professional and emotional needs of residents.
  • Build strong relationships and collaborate regularly with cooperating teachers to ensure a coherent, aligned experience and growth trajectory for residents.
  • Maintain open communication and positive relationships with school leaders.

Curriculum Iteration

  • Iterate on and revise credentialing program curriculum, including projects, learning experiences, and playlists.
  • Work collaboratively with the team of mentors to provide feedback on credentialing program curriculum and iterations.

Professional Development and Program Improvement

  • Participate in trainings, professional development, individual coaching, and team meetings with the Regional Director and the Senior Director.
  • Develop and lead program initiatives as part of the continuous improvement process.
  • Participate in the 360 review and program evaluation processes to provide feedback on the residency program.

What you need:

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
  • Master’s degree in Education or a related field required
  • Minimum of 3 years of full time teaching experience, preferably in a personalized learning classroom environment
  • Clear California teaching credential in English, History, Mathematics, Spanish, Biology, Physics, or Chemistry
  • Experience coaching and/or mentoring new educators
  • Clear health and background check

Who you are:

  • You are committed to mentoring and supporting new teachers into the profession.
  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You have a strong background in education theory and pedagogy.
  • You have a firm understanding of the principles of adult learning.
  • You facilitate learning experiences, using a variety of methods: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more
  • You have experience with backwards planning and curriculum creation.
  • You have strong coaching and mentoring skills. You have experience coaching and/or mentoring adults, including building strong relationships and supporting both personal and professional development.
  • You are open to giving and receiving honest, actionable and timely feedback. You model a growth mindset and support adults in developing their own mindsets.
  • You are empathetic and culturally responsive. You design and implement social and emotional learning experiences, and you’re open to having hard conversations
  • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with colleagues to continue to develop an innovative, new program. You find positivity in share successes
  • You use data to track key metrics and participate in continuous improvement processes.

What you get:

Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 4 weeks of vacation during the year.

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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