Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3306075 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: June 25, 2020 Starting Date: July 6, 2020

Job Description

Learning Designers/Instructors-(Yearly Appointment)

Job Goal: The Somerville Calculus Project supports black and Latina/o students as they explore and develop a deeper appreciation of mathematics. Once students are enrolled, the Calculus Project remains with them throughout their journeys towards academic success, self-exploration, social impact, and a love of learning. Each summer, students come together for 3 weeks of deep, rigorous, engaging, math experiences. The Calculus Project experience encourages students to bring their full selves, commit their minds to their development, and be designers of their futures. They explore what it means to be “a person like me” both for their current selves and for the people they wish to be. We aim to expose students to possibility and eliminate self- and socially-imposed mental constraints.

Our students think flexibly, face challenges with courage, and strive for their personal best. We are searching for eight (8) staff members who will do the same. Staff are expected to devote a full 3 hours each day to the position.

Learning Designers (Instructors):
•Pre-Algebra & Algebra (appropriate MA mathematics license required)
•Geometry & Algebra II (appropriate MA mathematics license required)
•Pre-Calculus (appropriate MA mathematics license required)

•Deep knowledge of the appropriate grade-level standards
•An ability to create and manage a teacher-led, student-centered classroom environment
•An appreciation for the diverse and rich experiences of TCP students and families
•Licensure in teaching area
•A deep respect for the lived experiences of TCP students; a desire to engage as equals through the Count Forward series, a series of conversations, discussions and presentations meant to disrupt deficit thinking and highlight (or remind) students of the contributions of professionals of color to the U.S. social fabric and the STEM field in particular

•Facilitate learning so that students conceptualize and apply pertinent math concepts effectively
•Fill student skill and knowledge gaps through intentional instructional design
•Encourage and support students’ self-development (as owners of their learning) at all times
•Identify math standards to be covered during summer
•Create a culture of math exploration, and counteract pressures to seek and reward right answers
•Design lessons that enable students to learn more deeply; encourage all students to do so
•Evaluate and adapt short-term projects to fit the allotted time and targeted summer learning goals
•Provide direct instruction for up to 1 hour each day
•Create, administer, and document results of pre-post assessments
•Participate in one 5-hour TCP staff preparation sessions prior to the start of the program
•Assume that every student has a superpower; you can help them find it
•Create 15-minute asynchronous video lessons as needed and post to accessible location
•Identify and/or modify 5-7 projects that can be used during summer program
•Suggest program modifications in the case that learning wanes

Terms of Employment:
•Session Details (20 days):
•Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 11:30am
•Start Date: July 6, 2020
•End Date: July 31, 2020
•Learning Designer/Instructor Stipend: $1,663

Position Reports to: Assistant Superintendent or designee

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Summer
Positions Available: 3

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools. Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Kenya Avant Ransome, Data Coordinator
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600