4th - 10th grade Teacher/Pod Leader
Company: KaiPod Learning
Posted on: May 12, 2022
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.
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
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
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
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, FUNCTIONS
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
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.
Open to feedback. -Prioritizes their own growth and personal
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
At least 2 years of teaching experience is highly preferred. -Other
experience working with young people (eg - coaching) is also
Full time employment starting in August 2022.
Compensation commensurate with experience.
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