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4th - 10th grade Teacher/Pod Leader

Company: KaiPod Learning
Location: Manchester
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

With the support of the state of New Hampshire, we're opening in-person Learning Pods for students enrolled in online school in Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Dover, and Portsmouth. We're seeking experienced educators who want to try something new.

This role is posted 4th - 10th because we are hiring people to lead upper elementary, middle, and high school pods. You'll be placed with the age range that you have the most experience with.

POSITION SUMMARY

Virtual curriculums and online homeschool programs are growing and now serve hundreds of thousands of students across the country. -While students and families benefit from the flexibility this model provides, they often face two challenges:
Parents of online learners are often overwhelmed with the responsibility of ensuring that their child is making academic progress.
Students in online schools don't have an in-person peer group to socialize with on a regular basis.

KaiPod Learning was created to address these challenges and talented, passionate KaiPod Coaches are essential to doing so. -KaiPod organizes pods of 8-10 students who live close by and are all enrolled in an online school. -We provide a location for parents to drop their students off, and staff those locations with a KaiPod Coach. -KaiPod Coaches are responsible for making the space a place where students are safe, can focus and complete assignments, and have fun together.

In some ways a KaiPod Coach is similar to a traditional teacher. -Coaches truly enjoy being with young people and supporting their growth. -They must have strong relationships with a small group of students and their families. -They must have a high standard of excellence in terms of academic achievement and be familiar with learning standards. -Finally, Coaches need to -deeply know their students and connect them with educational experiences they will find fun and engaging.

However, in many ways being a KaiPod Coach is not like being a traditional teacher at all. -KaiPod students are enrolled in an online school with it's own curriculum and teachers. -So KaiPod Coaches are not responsible for creating curriculum, grading papers, or attending a countless number of meetings. -KaiPod Coaches manage a small group of students; less than a single class. -Instead of focusing on classwide or grade level trends, KaiPod Coaches are responsible for crafting individualized activities, plans, and goals for each of their students. -You as a Coach have more flexibility and autonomy than a traditional teacher to do what you believe is best for the students in your pod. -If there's a new exhibit at a local museum you want to take the students to, you can make that happen. -If enough students in the pod love legos, then create a First Lego League team.

Learn more about the KaiPod model at our site https://www.kaipodlearning.com/

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

There are three core responsibilities to being a KaiPod Coach.

A Kaipod 's primary responsibility is to lead and create an incredibly positive student culture. -KaiPod is a space where students make friends, complete challenging tasks, and look forward to coming everyday.
All KaiPod students are enrolled in an online school meaning they attend classes and complete assignments remotely. -Oftentimes they need support with either the academics (stuck on how to start a math problem) or their executive functioning (they have a hard time focusing or managing their workload). -KaiPod Coaches need to be able to support them in both areas.
Perhaps more than anything else, KaiPod Coaches are a support for parents. -Families trust Learning Coaches to keep their children safe during the day. -Earning this trust requires a significant amount of attention to detail, communication, and community building.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, FUNCTIONS

Learning Coach
Deeply knows their students and what motivates them. -Challenges their students and helps them be their best self.
Able to support students who have challenges with executive functioning (e.g., has strategies to help a student who has a hard time focusing complete their assignments).
Familiar with relevant state learning standards. -Able to identify where a student is struggling academically and is able to support them or find resources to help.
Tech savvy. -Able to navigate multiple learning platforms and curricula.

Culture Builder
A leader and culture builder. -Thinks strategically about how to create a harmonious environment where kids want to be.
Highly effective communicator. -Constantly in touch with families. -Sends out weekly written updates on pod activities.
Organized and prepared. -Pod activities planned in advance. -Pod calendar kept up to date.
Has hobbies, expertise, or skills that students find interesting (art, board games, puzzles, sports, etc).
A connected member of the community. -Someone who is always seeking out learning experiences happening close by.
Exercises exceptionally good judgement. -Errs on the side of caution and safety when making decisions concerning students.

Team Member
Open to feedback. -Prioritizes their own growth and personal development.
Solutions oriented. -Quick to identify and communicate challenges. -Equally as quick to propose solutions and options.
KaiPod is a dynamic startup company. -Flexibility and ability to quickly change course are essential.

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATION/REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor's degree
At least 2 years of teaching experience is highly preferred. -Other experience working with young people (eg - coaching) is also prioritized.

DURATION, COMPENSATION
Full time employment starting in August 2022.
Compensation commensurate with experience.

Keywords: KaiPod Learning, Manchester , 4th - 10th grade Teacher/Pod Leader, Education / Teaching , Manchester, New Hampshire

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