INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH KITE'S NEST?
 

Read below for our current calls for teachers, how to apply,
and information about how to submit a class proposal.

 


open teaching positions for winter/spring 2018

 

Seeking a Biomimicry Teacher


DATES: January 29 - June 3, 2018. One day per week (to be determined), 9:30am - 3pm
STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a 15-session, full-day course on biomimicry, biology-inspired design, and biofuel technologies. Ideal candidates have a passion for biomimicry and regenerative design; an interest in hands-on, project-based learning; and a willingness to collaborate with other experts and practitioners. Preferably, candidates have experience teaching or working with youth, ages 8-14.

Responsibilities include: serving as the lead teacher for this 15-week course; working closely with the Kite’s Nest Education Director to design and plan curriculum; meeting weekly (outside of class) to review learning goals and plan curriculum; and preparing class materials.

Class Description: At a time when we need sustainable, regenerative solutions to solve pressing local and global challenges, researchers are finding that the solutions to many problems already exist in nature. Biomimicry is the practice of looking to nature for strategies to solve human challenges. This class is a hands-on and project-based exploration of natural systems and sustainable design. Through field trips, experiments, and projects, this class will reinforce core concepts in chemistry, physics, and biology, using striking examples from nature and biology-inspired design as a framework for developing our own ideas and designs for the future. We’ll begin by learning how to see nature as a mentor: we’ll examine some of the most brilliant functions and strategies of biology, learn to apply a systems lens, and identify nature’s unifying patterns. In the second part of this course, we’ll look at a specific real-world example of biomimicry design, working together to create our own natural bio-digester system to produce fuel. Nicknamed Baby Dragons, these bio-digesters are the cutting edge of biofuel technologies: like a mechanical stomach, they can break down materials to produce renewable energy. Working together to produce our own baby dragons, we’ll develop new relationships to the microbial world, and our own internal, social, emotional, and biological systems.

Application Deadline: Get in touch as soon as possible. We will be conducting interviews early November 2017.


    Seeking a Math for Explorers Teacher
     

    DATES: January 29 - June 3, 2018. One day per week (to be determined), 9:30am - 3pm
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a 15-session, full-day course called Math for Explorers.

    Ideal candidates have:

    • A passion for innovative and creative ways of teaching and learning math, an interest in making math accessible and engaging to young learners, and an interest in exploring math concepts outside the classroom.
    • Experience working with youth.
    • Classroom management experience.
    • The ability to work in a multi-age classroom (ages 8-14), simultaneously supporting a range of developmental levels.
    • A respect for children, and an interest in Kite’s Nest’s mission, pedagogy and work.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Serving as the lead teacher for this weekly full-day, 15-week course.
    • Working closely with the Kite’s Nest Education Director to design and plan curriculum, and meeting weekly (outside of class) to review learning goals and plan curriculum.
    • Working closely with a collaborating teacher.
    • Preparing class materials, setting up and cleaning up classroom.
    • Creating a positive group learning environment, with a balance of structure and student agency, and independent and group learning. 

    Class description: What does math have to do with trees? Ice? Sunlight? Maple syrup? Did you know that math can be a language for understanding the natural world? Math for explorers jumps into the curious world of numbers. Part of each day will be spent outside: exploring, gathering, and playing with data, which we take back home to interpret, calculate, question, and model. We’ll learn about how to find area, volume, total weight, and the ratios that help us make calculations. We’ll investigate the what and why of Pi, and the mysterious beauty of the Fibonacci sequence. We’ll encounter the power of triangles, the beauty of polygons and polyhedrons, and the angles and lines that define them. We’ll make measurements using our bodies and line of sight. Together we will build our math toolboxes, and explore ways to combine measurements and observations to gain a deeper understanding of nature, the cosmos, our bodies, architecture, and art. (And, we’ll make some maple syrup in the process!)

    Application Deadline: Get in touch as soon as possible. We will be conducting interviews early November 2017.


    HOW TO APPLY


    If you’re interested in applying for any of the positions listed below, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org as soon as possible. We will be conducting interviews early November 2017.

    • Resume
    • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
    • A sample class plan outline, including discussion/facilitation questions
    • Two personal references

    If you have questions about any of the teaching positions listed below, don't hesitate to send us an email. Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.


    HOW TO SUBMIT A CLASS PROPOSAL


    Do you have a great idea for a class that you’d like to teach at Kite’s Nest? Here’s how to submit a proposal.

    Step 1: Spend some time looking at our Past Programs and Current Programs page - (click on each of the images to read more about each class). Read through all of our current Calls for Teachers. Before proposing an idea, it’s important that you have a sense of what kinds of programs we offer at Kite’s Nest during the day and after school.

    Step 2: If you're ready to submit an idea for a daytime class or an after school program, fill out this form. It will ask you for some information about:

    • Who you are
    • Relevant experience you bring (experience teaching or experience in the class content area)
    • Your class idea
    • The ideal format for your proposed class (daytime, after school, length of class)
    • Your schedule and availability