Our aim is to re-imagine middle school for the 21st century. Instead of seeing the middle school years as “awkward” and “difficult,” we think they’re the most important years to prepare students for the path to happy and successful adulthood. We’ve built a team of leading educators, researchers, and adolescent developmental psychologists, and together we’re designing a new model for middle school: one that combines highly engaging academics with an approach that is social, personal, and rooted in the real world.
Practiced commitment to Social Justice & Equity
At Millennium School we celebrate diversity as a portal to ourselves and a peaceful global community. We know that it takes commitment and prioritization to offset systems of oppression and implicit bias. We are committed to becoming a fully anti-racist multicultural organization helping to transform society. This means we are constantly learning about systemic, cultural, and personal barriers to equity in diversity, and creating structures of accountability that disrupt and uplift.
The Role: STEM Faculty
We’re looking for a full-time STEM Guide. Guides develop and deliver Quests to Grade 6-8 students, which are interdisciplinary inquiry-based courses aligned to defined learning objectives that last approximately 7 weeks and take place five times per year. Quests are project-based and involve authentic assessment practices (culminations). Examples can be found here: https://www.millenniumschool.org/quest-term-5
The STEM Guide also serves as an advisor to a group of students, assists with delivering experiential programs on Wednesday afternoons, and helps deliver social-emotional lessons to students.
Equally importantly, we look for teachers who bring the personal attributes described below:
Your passion is to help others grow. You accurately observe students’ strengths, personality, and challenges; you have a strong sense of what excellence looks like in given areas of study; you combine the determination to lovingly challenge students with the compassion and wisdom to know when to be patient or to step back.
You have a calling for, and a deep appreciation of adolescents. You know youth culture; you love the uniqueness of this age. You see middle school as a time of transformation, not just in intellectual development, but also across social, emotional, physical, ethical, and creative intelligences.
You’re on a lifelong learning journey. Whether through vocation, travel, personal study, reacting to challenging life experiences or otherwise, you’ve undergone and can articulate your learning journey. You’ve had to face personal challenges and have come out humble and with greater clarity about your path. You’ve developed personal habits and mindfulness practices that support you in continuing to grow.
You comfortably exist in and naturally model authenticity. Through experience and practice and perhaps your own mentors, you’ve developed an awareness of what authenticity looks like, and are comfortable being yourself.
You are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have openness to all the cultures in our community, see interactions in learning through a social justice lens, and are willing to look at your own beliefs and bias to support anti-racist curriculum and learning.
You are committed to contributing to school life outside of the classroom. At Millennium, learning happens in and outside of the classroom, including the broader San Francisco community. Learning is linked to authentic opportunities for exploration, skill development, and discovery. We are a small team and value collaboration. We help colleagues and students when needed.
Experience with Middle School students
Experience designing, developing and implementing curriculum
Minimum Bachelor’s degree (Masters or Doctorate preferred) in STEM field (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science), education, instructional design, or other related field.
(Preferred) 5 years of experience teaching STEM courses, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
(Preferred) Knowledge of and experience in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion theory, curriculum, and practices
(Preferred) Experience with mindfulness and social-emotional learning
(Preferred) Experience with project-based learning and other progressive pedagogical practices
Millennium School is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.