INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH KITE'S NEST?
 

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


We are currently looking to fill teaching positions in these areas for classes offered in Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 (read below for more information): Shelter-building, Analog Game Design, Science Fiction Reading & Writing, Biomimicry, Math for Explorers, Mythologies, and Film Studies. 


    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:

    • 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.


    open teaching positions for fall 2017


    Seeking a Shelter-Building Teacher


    DATES: Mondays, September 18 - October 30th: 9:30am - 3pm. (No class will be held on Monday, October 9.)
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for a six-session, full-day course on shelter-building. Ideal candidates have an interest in the histories, cultures, and practices of shelter-building; an interest in hands-on learning; and experience teaching or working with youth.

    Responsibilities include: serving as the lead teacher for this six-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: In this class we’ll design and build shelters, thinking about location, natural materials, design, use, and the meaning and purpose of buildings. We’ll gain inspiration and technique for our constructions through research: we’ll learn from different shelter-building practices and cultures around the globe, and from some of the experts, architects, engineers and artists in our community. We’ll look at the animals around us and at the homes they build, learning from animal architecture and construction, from ant holes and termite mounds to beaver dams and spider webs. We’ll think about what kinds of constructions make the most sense for our own local ecologies and contexts, learn to think about structural strength, and develop the tools and skills to bring our own designs to life. And we’ll think about the meaning of shelter in our own lives: creating spaces for safety, for refuge and sanctuary, for hiding and for gathering.

    Application Deadline: Monday, July 31 - (PASSED)


    Seeking an Analog Game Design Teacher


    DATES: Mondays, November 6, 2017 - December 11, 2017: 9:30am - 3pm
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for a six-session, full-day course on analog game design. Ideal candidates have a passion for analog game design, and an interest in hands-on, project-based learning. Preferably, candidates have experience teaching or working with youth, ages 8-14.

    Responsibilities include: serving as the lead teacher for this six-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: This class is an introduction to game design, weaving together math and probability, user-centered design, strategy and play. We’ll use our love of games to dive into the complex world of game design, asking: How do our favorite games work? What does it take to design our own games? Can games help us to understand the real-life systems around us? Can we use play for political resistance and building power? Analog or tabletop games -- like board, dice, and card games, parlor games, street games, and roleplaying games -- are a good place to start in the study of game design, because their systems and design are exposed, not hidden in code. Together we’ll dive into the world of analog game mechanics, learning about logic, rules, narrative development, player experience, algorithms, randomness, luck and strategy. Students will then design their own game prototypes, to share with the community in our first-ever Kite’s Nest game fair!

    EXTENDED Application Deadline: Monday, August 14


    Seeking a Science Fiction Reading/Writing Teacher


    DATES: Tuesdays, September 19 - December 12, 2017: 9:30am - 3pm
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a 13-session, full-day course on science fiction reading and writing.

    Ideal candidates have: 

    • A passion for science fiction as a tool for examining questions about changing technologies and politics, and for envisioning alternative futures.
    • Experience teaching reading and writing to 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, semester-long 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: In this class, we’ll engage with science fiction, fantasy, visionary, utopian and dystopian literature to imagine alternative futures, battle our fears, and examine the questions we have about human nature, changing technologies, and politics. One part Book Club and one part Creative Writing Workshop, we’ll read the work of inspiring visionary authors, and develop our own writing skills. In our weekly book club students will learn to read like writers, searching for clues about craft, composition, style and form. We’ll think about how authors create feelings, characters, and plots, connect fictional worlds to the real world, and tell engaging stories. We’ll ask: how do these authors imagine the future, and how does their writing shine light on the world as it is today? In our weekly creative writing workshop we’ll spend time writing, sharing our ideas, workshopping each other’s writing, and revising our work. Our weekly writing prompts might include scenarios of time travel, alternate dimensions, shape-shifting and metamorphosis, gender roles, telepathy, mind control, galactic government, utopias, anarchy, and nanotechnology. We’ll use our writing to think about the concepts of good and evil, human and animal, past and future, and possibility/impossibility. We’ll use the fantastical to exercise our imaginations, and to critique and look beyond the world we know. This class will be a space for exciting, challenging, rich, philosophical, literacy-building conversations, connections, and expression.

    EXTENDED Application Deadline: Monday, August 7


    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: Friday, September 15


    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: Friday, September 15


    Seeking a Film Studies Teacher


    DATES: January 29 - March 23, One day per week (to be determined), 9:30am - 3pm
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a 7-session, full-day film course called Last Picture Show.

    Ideal candidates have:

    • A love for film, and an interest in using film as a medium to explore history, politics, and culture.
    • An interest in engaging children (ages 8 - 14) in meaningful discussions and hands-on activities related to film.
    • 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.
    • 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: Pop some popcorn and get cozy! What better way to spend our deep winter months than diving into the world of film, and building our media literacy? This very American art form is one of our largest exports, and play a major role in shaping our collective culture. In this class, we will engage with movies as primary sources in the study of American society. Applying our critical thinking skills and imaginations to the films we watch, we will explore some of the ways that movies reflect, make, and influence American culture and history. All the films we watch in this class will tell us something about who we are. Our discussions and activities will touch on a range of sociological concepts: we might explore the idea of adolescence, or gentrification, social class, or gender roles. In unpacking the social impacts of film, we’ll also be introduced to some of the key forms, techniques, and characteristics of cinema. This class will be a space of rich dialogue, introspection, observation, and analysis, and will give students new tools for engaging our media-rich world, and how we see and understand ourselves within it.

    Application Deadline: Friday, September 15


    Seeking a Mythologies Teacher


    DATES: March 26 - June 3, One day per week (to be determined), 9:30am - 3pm
    STUDENT AGE: 8 - 14

    Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for an 8-session, full-day course that explores mythologies from around the world.

    Ideal candidates have:

    • An interest in discovering and interpreting mythologies from around the world, including African, South American, and East Asian mythologies.
    • An interest in engaging children (ages 8 - 14) in meaningful discussions and hands-on activities.
    • Experience with facilitating theatrical performance.
    • 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 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.
    • 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: From the beginning of time, humankind has told stories. These stories, passed on from one generation to the next, hold immense cultural power. Myths are symbolic narratives of gods and superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events; although separate from our everyday human experience, these stories have deeply influenced human culture and society. Traveling back in time and around the globe, we’ll learn about mythologies from diverse cultures. Each week, we’ll immerse ourselves in a mythology from a different people, time, and place -- we might learn about Hindu, Haitian, or Norse mythologies, looking at both ancient and contemporary stories. We’ll ask ourselves: what can these mythologies tell us about history, geography, and also about our lives today? Using our newfound and mythological knowledge as a foundation, we’ll explore how these archetypal narratives connect to our own selves. And we’ll become our own mythologers, expressing our own stories through performance, art, writing, storytelling, rituals, craft, and whatever other creative means we’re inspired to try!

    Application Deadline: Friday, September 15


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    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