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Mastery Program Teacher - NY Upper Division

New York, New York
Upper Division (New York)

Position: Mastery Program Teacher, Upper Division

Location: New York, NY

Start: August 2021

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”  ― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


There is no place quite like Avenues.  We are a top-tier school in New York City that offers a truly global education, one that is expanding to many of the world’s leading cities in coming years  Our faculty bring widely diverse experiences, but we are all committed to creating a unique educational experience together.  We foster a culture of creativity, entrepreneurship, and deep collaboration. We teach and learn through challenging interdisciplinary projects. And we offer unparalleled possibilities for professional learning prospects around the globe.


Collaboration here isn't a buzzword: it's woven into everything we do. At Avenues, no one teaches on an island. Substantial time to collaborate is embedded into the schedule. Teacher teams, across multiple disciplines, design learning experiences together for a whole grade level. This intensity of collaboration is challenging as well as exciting: we're always evolving, learning from each other and seeking to improve.


The Mastery Program at Avenues  guides each student to identify an area of personal interest and pursue their interest in great depth. The heart of mastery is intrinsic reward—the beautiful engagement of one's passions in pursuit of excellence. We provide students with autonomy in directing their learning, access to mentors and resources, and a sense of meaning in their work. We organize a range of learning experiences for students culminating in a long-term personal project. Mastery is both a distinctive program unique to Avenues, and a key learning experience  shared by Avenues students around the world. 

As the Mastery Program Teacher, you will support students to do the following: 

  • Explore and experiment with their interests, leading to identifying and selecting an area of personal interest 
  • Pursue their interests in depth for multiple years
  • Produce a remarkable, unique capstone project or experience, and share it with the wider community
  • Engage in small communities of peers dedicated to similar work
  • Engage mentors inside and outside Avenues in support of the mastery project


Avenues Mastery teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring all or most of the following:

  • A deep belief that each student has latent genius that can be tapped and developed through time and effort
  • The experience of having pursued your own specialized skills or areas of deep personal interest (e.g. coding, electrical engineering, film & media production, fabrication/making, event planning, etc.)
  • Teaching that engages students in meaningful and challenging inquiry, including in areas of personal passion
  • Familiarity with research on creativity, deliberate practice and other areas relevant to the Mastery program
  • Skill at giving students meaningful, frequent feedback to help them deepen their learning
  • Passion for working with young people as they learn, struggle, and grow
  • Entrepreneurial drive, creativity and ability to bring new ideas to fruition
  • Strong organization skills, to manage multiple projects with excellent follow-through and attention to detail
  • A polymathic curiosity and humility to reflect, to welcome feedback, and to grow in your teaching practice


Apply through the Careers section of our website at http://www.avenues.org/en/careers/. Include a cover letter in which you thoughtfully explain why you believe that this role would be an excellent match for your experience, skills and passions. 


Avenues is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We strive to uphold a culture in which every colleague feels that they belong, are trusted, and are valued. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities or groups to apply. Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

Avenues upholds the highest standards for safeguarding the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. As an essential aspect of this commitment, all offers are contingent upon successful completion of careful reference and background checks.

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