The teaching fellow program provides an introduction to working at the intersection of academic and experiential education in an Independent School setting through full immersion in school life. Fellows observe and assist lead teachers while also having primary areas of responsibility within the semester activities. Although fellows are not in a teacher-training program per se, there is a clear mentorship structure that includes the semester school head. This “all-in” experience is designed to be a springboard into a career in education. As we are a boarding school, fellows will serve on weeknight and weekend duty teams supervising and leading activities and support a cabin of 6-8 students while living in campus housing shared with other young faculty members.
Position Title: Semester Teaching Fellow
Employment Category: Category E
Permanent/Temporary: One academic year
Reports to: Head of Semester School
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full-time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Teaching Within a Content Area
The Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki Teaching Fellowship Program offers fellows an in-depth introduction to working at the intersection of academic and experiential education in an independent school setting while becoming fully immersed in the residential life of a premier semester school. Fellows observe and assist master teachers in the development of curriculum, lesson plans, and co-teaching selected classes, while also having primary areas of responsibility within the semester activities.
Outdoor Education and Life-Skill Sports
Semester fellows are responsible for planning and leading the Outdoor Activity Program three afternoons a week. The Outdoor Activity Program exposes semester students to a wide variety of life-skill sports and activities, which will enhance their physical and social-emotional well-being. Semester fellows receive challenge course training, which they are expected to integrate into their weekly plans for students. Fellows also join in the planning and leadership of wilderness trips, organized under the direction of the wilderness trip office at Chewonki.
In keeping with boarding school protocols, fellows:
- Provide healthy role modeling and supervision of semester students
- Work with students on afternoon work program and on morning chores,
- Serve on weeknight and weekend duty teams that are responsible for supervising and leading activities for students,
- Support a cabin of 6-8 students with a faculty partner
- Assist faculty in organizing weekend outings such as paddling, hiking, or ski trips depending on the time of year.
Semester fellows are responsible for serving in the role of academic advisor for a small group of students each semester. This role includes, but is not limited to, scheduling weekly one-on-one advising meetings; establishing appropriate lines of communication with each advisee’s family; serving as the student’s advocate; and writing midterm and end-of-semester advisor letters that describe the student’s academic and community engagement.
Semester fellows may be asked to assist the Director of Admissions during the late fall and early winter in admissions work, which can include visiting sending schools and meeting with prospective students both during the semester and the Semester School vacations.
Semester fellows are mentored by a master teacher and provided with prescriptive professional development opportunities designed to enhance their formative growth as early teachers.
Fellows are required to live on-campus and are provided a shared housing arrangement with other teachers.
For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Chewonki seeks teaching fellows to contribute in three areas:
Outdoor Skills Fellow Responsibilities
It is the goal of the outdoor skills fellow to further develop semester students’ outdoor skills and offer residential support to students. During regularly scheduled programming as well as during impromptu meetings and at meals, the outdoor skills fellow will share their passion and knowledge in order to encourage students to get outside and further develop their comfort and awareness of outdoor skills.
- Assist in the planning and execution of wilderness trips, including pre and post activities
- Work with Wilderness Trip Director to plan and facilitate student outdoor skill development
Humanities Fellow Responsibilities
The humanities fellow focuses on helping students hone their writing skills in our humanities classes: Literature & the Land, United States History and Environmental Issues.
- Provide individual writing support outside of class.
- Lead workshops/tutorials in writing and organizational skills as needed.
Fine and Performing Arts Fellow Responsibilities
In addition to observing and assisting in a class – Art and the Natural World or other – the fellow contributes to the artistic life of the Chewonki campus. Potential responsibilities
- Leading creative arts activities.
- Supporting and innovating ongoing programs in the pottery studio or woodshop; collaborating with teachers in core classes.
- Earned a minimum of a BA or BS degree
- Preferred completion of at least one year of work experience post college graduation
- Demonstrated passion for intellectual pursuits and record of personal academic success
- Demonstrated history of successful experience(s) working with adolescents in a variety of learning environments
- Demonstrated successful completion of a variety of group leadership experiences
- All candidates must pass a background check as a condition of employment.
Certifications and Training
- Applicants should be certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid (minimum) and as lifeguards, or be prepared to complete required certifications prior August 2017. (NOTE: Chewonki hosts WAFA and WFR courses in early June 2017)
- Teaching fellows will participate in a Winter Trip Leader training in January 2018.
- Must have a valid driver’s license approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier, and must be 21 years old to drive student participants.
Stipend and Benefits:
A weekly stipend of $260.00 will be paid on a semi-monthly cycle. Paid time off will accrue to nine days for the academic year in additional to school vacations. Benefits include health insurance and access to professional development funds. The option of attending Chewonki wilderness trip training, June 12- 16, 2017, is available to teaching fellows as a professional growth experience.
To Apply – Until positions filled
Please see www.mainecoastsemester.org for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.
Please complete the following information and submit:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the Maine Coast Semester
- One written recommendation (preferably work experience related) to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org