The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.
Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Primary School Associate Teachers are early career educators seeking to build their skills in rigorous instruction. They focus on a subset of content and skills and work with the support of the Lead Teachers and partnership of other associate teachers to integrate their lessons into larger units. They teach multiple blocks during the day, providing them with the opportunity to quickly implement feedback and improve their practice. We believe in developing talent from within --- Associate Teachers receive coaching support and opportunities to practice literacy and math instruction and grow into Lead Teachers. The will be supervised by an Assistant Principal.
Specifically, Associate Teachers are responsible for:
Instructional planning and delivery
Assessment and analysis of student data
Working with families and collaborating with other staff
Supporting individual students
Engaging fully in coaching and professional development
Essential Beliefs, Skills, and Experience
Successful Associate Teachers must hold a...
Deep Commitment to All Students
Unwavering confidence in the potential of all students
Absolute ownership over the growth of their students
Constant confidence that our team can achieve with every child
Parent- and Family-Centered Mindset
Belief that parents are essential partners in our work.
Ability to foster a welcoming school and class environment for families
Willingness to invest the time and energy to engage all families
Passion for Our New School Model
Recognition of the multi-dimensional needs of kids and families
Desire to dedicate time and energy to work beyond academic instruction
Excitement to engage fully in an innovative “start-up” environment
In their work so far, they have demonstrated a...
Proficiency turning provided units and curriculum into internalized lessons
Fluency in articulating clear and specific learning objectives
Competence in designing engaging lesson materials
Developing and leveraging formal and informal assessment
Understanding of how to engage groups of students
Ability to foster a rigorous, urgent and joyful environment
Strong sense of appropriate tone in leading groups of students
Recognition of diverse needs of learners and willingness to tailor approach
Cultural competence in engaging with our community of children and families
Basic understanding of how to support English Language Learners instructionally
Experience supporting students experiencing the effects of trauma and poverty
Competence in bridging cultures with kids and adults alike
Experience and Credentials
One or two years of teaching, or completion of a teacher preparation course or substantial experience working with students in an instructional setting, preferably serving a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven
A minimum of 24 ECE units for preschool associate is required
Currently held or in pursuit of a college degree strongly preferred
A Plus If
You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
You speak fluent Spanish.
You are an internal candidate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care ...during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In 2018-19, the school will serve children in four grades: Pre-K (3 year-olds); Pre-K (4 year-olds); Kindergarten; and 1st grade.
In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.