“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” ? Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
WHY TEACH AT AVENUES?
There is no place quite like Avenues. We are a top-tier school in New York City that offers a truly global education, one that is expanding to many of the world’s leading cities in coming years Our faculty bring widely diverse experiences, but we are all committed to creating a unique educational experience together. We foster a culture of creativity, entrepreneurship, and deep collaboration. We teach and learn through challenging interdisciplinary projects. And we offer unparalleled possibilities for professional learning prospects around the globe.
DEEP COLLABORATION, CONSTANT EVOLUTION
Collaboration here isn't a buzzword: it's woven into everything we do. At Avenues, no one teaches on an island. Substantial time to collaborate is embedded into the schedule. Teacher teams, across multiple disciplines, design learning experiences together for a whole grade level. This intensity of collaboration is challenging as well as exciting: we're always evolving, learning from each other and seeking to improve.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
The Mastery Program at Avenues guides each student to identify an area of personal interest and pursue their interest in great depth. The heart of mastery is intrinsic reward—the beautiful engagement of one's passions in pursuit of excellence. We provide students with autonomy in directing their learning, access to mentors and resources, and a sense of meaning in their work. We organize a range of learning experiences for students culminating in a long-term personal project. Mastery is both a distinctive program unique to Avenues, and a key learning experience shared by Avenues students around the world.
As the Mastery Program Teacher, you will support students to do the following:
Explore and experiment with their interests, leading to identifying and selecting an area of personal interest
Pursue their interests in depth for multiple years
Produce a remarkable, unique capstone project or experience, and share it with the wider community
Engage in small communities of peers dedicated to similar work
Engage mentors inside and outside Avenues in support of the mastery project
WHAT YOU'LL BRING
Avenues Mastery teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring all or most of the following:
A deep belief that each student has latent genius that can be tapped and developed through time and effort
The experience of having pursued your own specialized skills or areas of deep personal interest (e.g. coding, electrical engineering, film & media production, fabrication/making, event planning, etc.)
Teaching that engages students in meaningful and challenging inquiry, including in areas of personal passion
Familiarity with research on creativity, deliberate practice and other areas relevant to the Mastery program
Skill at giving students meaningful, frequent feedback to help them deepen their learning
Passion for working with young people as they learn, struggle, and grow
Entrepreneurial drive, creativity and ability to bring new ideas to fruition
Strong organization skills, to manage multiple projects with excellent follow-through and attention to detail
A polymathic curiosity and humility to reflect, to welcome feedback, and to grow in your teaching practice
Apply through the Careers section of our website at http://www.avenues.org/en/careers/. Include a cover letter in which you thoughtfully explain why you believe that this role would be an excellent match for your experience, skills and passions.
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND SAFEGUARDING
Avenues is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We strive to uphold a culture in which every colleague feels that they belong, are trusted, and are valued. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities or groups to apply. Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.
Avenues upholds the highest standards for safeguarding the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. As an essential aspect of this commitment, all offers are contingent upon successful completion of careful reference and background checks.
About Avenues: The World School
In the fall of 2012, Avenues: The World School opened the doors of its flagship, 15-grade (N-12) independent school in New York City offering students a truly global education. Today, the school serves over 1,300 students. The vision of Avenues is to open schools in the world’s leading cities. Avenues will be a highly-integrated learning community, connected and supported by a common vision, a shared curriculum, collective professional development of its faculty, the advantages of modern technology and a highly-talented global leadership team.