Now Hiring Founding Faculty / High School Teacher
Full-Time Employment Begins November 15, 2021
Location: Bellingham, WA
A Unique Opportunity For Innovative Educators
Whatcom Intergenerational High School (WIHS) will serve 120 students from the greater Bellingham and Ferndale communities – beginning with 30 ninth grade students in 2020. WIHS is committed to blending Indigenous ways of knowing along with Western teaching and learning practices through our use of Phenomenon-Based Learning, Critical Literacy and Intergenerational Learning. WIHS is a tuition-free, public school open to all students.
In joining the founding faculty of Whatcom Intergenerational High School, you will have the unique opportunity to design and impact the education of diverse students in our county as part of an innovative new charter school. Through this model, all WIHS students will develop competencies that will contribute to a more equitable, just, and environmentally sustainable world.
WIHS envisions learning designed with students and supported by elders, generating deep inquiry skills, thoughtful interactions, and critical consciousness, ensuring every young person can contribute to a more just and sustainable world.
WIHS will ensure that Whatcom County high school students—regardless of their life circumstances—develop the competencies and agency for success in college, career, and life.
- Are prepared to succeed in a postsecondary education option.
- Plan and engage their future goals through meaningful interactions with staff and elders regarding their High School and Beyond Plan.
- Make yearly progress toward mastery on their phenomenon-based learning goals, standards aligned competencies and state testing.
- Acquire social, emotional, cultural, and physical dispositions for enjoying a purposeful life by understanding and practicing First Peoples Learning Principles.
- Learn through a Social Justice/Critical Literacy lens across all disciplines to contribute towards a more just and sustainable world.
What You’ll Do
You will engage in a highly collaborative process of teaching and learning in partnership with students, parents and community elders. As part of a group of passionate and social justice-oriented educators, you will join our team to develop learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom, as well as all aspects of school culture. WIHS currently serves 60 students in grades 9-10, with plans to grow by one grade each year until we reach a full capacity of 120 students in grades 9-12 in 2023-24.
You will be our lead English/Language Arts teacher, working in an interdisciplinary co-teaching setting alongside our Visual Arts teacher. In addition to being an integral part of our instructional team, you will also lead students through their own cycles of inquiry during our Phenomenon-Based Learning program. With over 20 days of Professional Development scheduled, ongoing coaching and mentorship, and an energetic, fast-paced team around you, you will be equipped to have a profound impact on the academic and personal growth of your students.
Where You’ll Work
Whatcom Intergenerational High School is located in Bellingham, WA at the Bellis Fair Mall. Bellingham is home to outrageous natural scenery, and you will have easy access to world-class outdoor recreation while living in a growing city setting.
What We Offer:
- Competitive salary commensurate with the WA charter school sector, and based upon years of experience.
- State Educator employee benefits (e.g., medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life insurance, retirement)
- Intensive training and classroom preparation.
- Professional development and leadership opportunities.
- The ability to make a difference in historically marginalized communities in our county.
- An opportunity to inspire, impact and influence the lives of children every day.
A Little More About You:
- You have a rock-solid commitment to WIHS’ mission and the communities we serve.
- You want to serve an intentionally diverse school community and value equity, belonging and inclusion.
- You can effectively instruct students in an interdisciplinary context, meeting school and state content standards while integrating with other content areas.
- Colleagues would describe you as being a highly collaborative and adaptive problem solver.
- You have an authentic desire to learn how to integrate Phenomenon-Based Learning, Critical Literacy and Intergenerational Learning.
- You’re committed to collaborating with community partners and volunteer allies.
- Cycles of inquiry, integrated instructional practices and designing curriculum steeped in social justice and critical literacy excites you.
- You’ve had measurable success in holding all students accountable while honoring the diverse cultural knowledge they bring to the classroom.
- Working hard, having fun and making the world more just are among your life goals.
- You hold WA State educator certification with endorsement in English/Language Arts.
CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT
- Pass reference and required fingerprint background/criminal checks.
- Hold a valid Washington State teaching certificate in English/Language Arts
- Special consideration will be given to candidates that represent the target communities of WIHS, are bilingual, or hold multiple endorsement areas.
Whatcom Intergenerational High School does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal.
Full-time employment begins November 15th, 2021. Annual salary range for this position is $55,000-85,000, and will be pro-rated during 2021-22 based on the actual number of contracted working days. Employees also receive a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of students in Bellingham, Ferndale and Whatcom County.
Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application must include your resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Please submit your application as PDF documents.