Empowering Students to Own Their Learning
Teachers at Foundations see themselves as facilitators and coaches, not as disseminators of knowledge.
Teachers at Foundations plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects. This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills that stretch across all content areas (such as argumentative writing and hypothesizing) and the habits of success (like perseverance) that prepare them for the world beyond the classroom.
Foundations is excited to continue partnering with Summit Learning for the 2018-19 school year. Summit is a learning platform that empowers students to become self-directed learners, helping them develop the content knowledge and cognitive skills that will help them succeed both in college and in life.
A Community Committed to Excellence and Continual Growth
Our faculty are always striving toward excellence, and celebrating growth along the way. Teachers collaborate in teams to provide their students with high-quality education, and take part in weekly instructional coaching to improve their individual practice.
We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathways for teachers and leaders. With 45 days of professional development built into the academic year, our teachers are equipped to tackle challenging issues for which there is no prewritten playbook.
Foundations has been recognized by Next Generation Learning for its innovative staffing model.
What we Look For
A record of high performance: teachers who set and meet ambitious goals for student learning, plan from rigorous standards, and regularly use student data to maximize student growth.
Culture setters committed to creating a calm, caring, warm/strict classroom culture: teachers who have high expectations for all students and a strong classroom presence, while also recognizing the importance of compassion and socioemotional learning in student development.
Risk takers, creative problem-solvers, and entrepreneurial leaders: teachers who want to innovate and can fail forward, who are exceptional critical thinkers with a flexible mindset, and who ultimately own their results with students.
Resilient, driven optimists: teachers who are committed to changing the lives of students and believe all students can achieve at the highest levels.
As a general matter, all of our instructional positions require the following:
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited, four-year university
Experience teaching in underserved communities preferred
Valid IL teaching certificate preferred but not required (except for Special Education candidates, who must have LBS1 certification)
Please note that Foundations College Prep hires regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, or special need.