Organization Summary: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.
Position and Summary: Reporting to the Director of Academic Affairs, Instructors will plan and implement ninth grade classroom curriculum and strategies for eighth grade students. The primary objective of Instructors is to prepare students to academically succeed at rigorous independent schools. Students should gain improved competency in the subjects and skills being taught. Instructors will collaborate with Oliver administrators to outline expected curricular outcomes and track student progress. The Saturday Academy operates a ten-week Winter session and a ten-week Spring session on Saturdays from January 4, 2020 – June 20, 2020.
Design an advanced high school world history course — including syllabus, lesson plans, reading assignments, essays, test/quizzes, and grading rubrics — consisting of twenty 45-minute class periods. This course places an emphasis on aspects of World History that are often either minimized or ignored altogether. Understanding history from the perspective of those on the margins (i.e. workers, women, etc.) provides a more robust and complete sense of history. We will use A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium by Chris Harman.
These are the guiding questions that will help students understand the time periods:
Humans and the environment: How has the changing relationship between human beings and the physical and natural environment affected human life from early times to the present? Human beings are inhabitants of the biosphere and their history is inseparable from it. This is as true today as it was 200,000 years ago.
Humans and other humans: Why have relations among humans become so complex since early times? We live in a world of intense, complicated, and diverse relationships among billions of people. Throughout most of its history our species has lived in small, scattered communities of foragers and hunters. Questions about the ways in which humans have multiplied on the earth and come to relate to one another in such a variety of ways are fundamental to historical investigation.
Humans and ideas: How have human views of the world, nature, and the cosmos changed? History is not only the study of "what happened" but also about the ways in which humans have thought about, questioned, interpreted, and represented (in words, pictures, movies, and so on) what their senses tell them about the world and the universe. Ideas influence historical developments and, conversely, events shape ideas as humans strive to make sense of change.
Write detailed Interim and Final Evaluation Reports
Collaborate with Counselors to support students
Attend a paid four-hour instructor orientation on January 4, 2020
Attend weekly faculty meetings and end of semester meetings
Participate in parent-teacher conferences
HOW TO APPLY:
For consideration, please forward your cover letter and resume to Teacherjobs@oliverscholars.org. Please note, “History Instructor – [your last name]” in the subject line of your email. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success. Oliver Scholars is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, citizenship status, or current employment status. Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.
A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
Two or more years of teaching required
Two or more years of experience designing curriculum
Knowledge of independent schools preferred
Outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills
Deep knowledge of the principles of teaching students
A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Oliver’s mission and values
A flexible, creative individual able to find alternative ways to connect with students
Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations
A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities
A good listener who is comfortable receiving feedback
About The Oliver Scholars Program
Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.