Harvard-Westlake seeks an upbeat, organized, student-centered educator to teach Venture -- Catalyzing Change, a Kutler Center interdisciplinary course focused on social entrepreneurship, change-making organizations, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. This class meets two days per six day cycle for 45 minutes per meeting.
The course focuses on problem solving utilizing hands-on, project-based learning. It exposes students to organizations changing the world today, and it introduces them to social entrepreneurship as well as impact-focused enterprises. Teaching human-centered approaches to design and innovation, it includes case studies, guest speakers, and real-world examples. Students learn to navigate ambiguity, think critically and creatively, and recognize how course concepts apply to daily life. Entrepreneurial and design thinking mindsets form the basis of the curriculum.
This academic course is complemented by HW Venture, a student-led organization focused on developing the entrepreneurial mindset which offers speakers, workshops, social-impact challenges, a summer bootcamp, a yearlong incubator, and other programs to the broader HW community. Although the teacher of Venture - Catalyzing Change is not responsible for this organization, they have the opportunity to mentor leaders and participants and contribute to the future vision of HW entrepreneurship education at large.
Harvard-Westlake is an independent high school in Los Angeles, CA serving approximately 1,600 students. Classes for 7th through 9th grades take place on our Middle School campus located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood while 10th through 12th grades are located on our Upper School campus in Studio City.
The school is the result of the 1991 merger between Harvard School (founded 1900) and Westlake School (founded 1904). Students are offered an array of college preparatory courses, athletics, and extracurricular activities, and matriculate from Harvard-Westlake with an appreciation for learning, integrity, and purpose beyond themselves for whatever their next step may be.
Specific (preferred) qualifications:
Experience teaching at or above the high school level
Experience with launching a business and/or teaching entrepreneurship
Expertise in, and a passion for, social entrepreneurship and impact-focused organizations