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 creative, energetic, entrepreneurial educator to be the lead instructor for the Entrepreneurial Studies semester program, the signature program of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the original “proof of concept” for the learning model of the Mastery School.
This is a joint appointment between the Mastery School of Hawken and the Upper School. For the 2020-21 school year, you’ll teach Entrepreneurial Studies, a three-credit honors level interdisciplinary course, to one section of juniors and seniors from the Upper School. The class meets on both our Gates Mills and University Circle campuses. Leadership of the program includes responsibility for selecting students and managing the logistics of a multi-campus academic program of the school.
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
Expertise or experience in entrepreneurship and/or social entrepreneurship
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
Within one month, you’ll:
Learn how our model works by participating in initial training through the Korda Institute for Teaching
Finalize the community partners for the Entrepreneurship class for fall 2020
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:
Teach your first semester of Entrepreneurial Studies to a section of 11th and 12th graders with mentoring and support from the Korda Institute
Pilot the use of mastery credits, mastery crediting, and our learning management system within the Entrepreneurship course
Build connections with key community partners
Within six months, you’ll:
Take on leadership of the Entrepreneurial Studies course in the second semester
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:
Help recruit and select the new class of students for the Mastery School
Select students for the 2021-2022 Entrepreneurial Studies cohorts
Refine your instructional practice with ongoing coaching from the Korda Institute for Teaching and the Director of the Mastery School
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