2021 Virtual Summer Immersion Program Instructor
Summer Immersion Program /
Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic computer science instructors for our 2021 Virtual Summer Immersion Program. Our curriculum is designed to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue academics and careers in the technology and engineering sectors, as well as build bravery and confidence. Our virtual program is unique in its approach by offering students across the country to participate in a 2-week virtual class that includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction alongside college and career exploration opportunities. In total there will be three rounds of our 2-week programs throughout the summer, with 1-week between rounds for Teaching staff to prepare.
We believe all girls have the interest and ability to code. Our Virtual Summer Immersion Program Instructors encourage, nurture and mentor girls, providing them with the essential support needed to build their interest in coding and computational thinking. Join us in welcoming these girls into a supportive sisterhood of girls who code all across the US! Find out more about our programs on our website and check out past student work in our project gallery!
- Lead instruction and effectively facilitate an exciting, engaging and accessible virtual classroom environment for a highly diverse group of 30 high school students.
- Utilize virtual learning tools and platforms approved and provided by GWC in the delivery of your virtual lessons and classroom. This may include tools like Google Docs, Google Classroom, Zoom, and Pear Deck. Training and time to practice with tools will be provided by GWC.
- Prepare for class each day by reviewing GWC curriculum materials in advance and adapting them to meet the needs of the students in your class.
- Meet with the teaching team daily to share classroom notes/observations, plan the next day’s lesson, and review student daily feedback.
- Complete administrative duties including taking attendance, administering programmatic surveys to students, and completing daily and end of program surveys in a timely fashion.
- Schedule and co-host classroom office hours with your Teaching Assistants (TAs) to troubleshoot students’ questions, review misconceptions, or provide debugging tips based on projects.
- Facilitate advisory meetings 2-3 times per week with students to engage in sisterhood activities or icebreakers in order to build stronger relationships.
- Manage a team of 2 TAs who serve as support in classroom management, lesson delivery, logistical tasks, virtual classroom setup, etc..
- Communicate and collaborate with another teaching team to coordinate, schedule, and manage shared Partner Engagement events and cross-classroom activities like project showcases.
- Support the growth and development of Girls Who Code relationships with important partners by serving as a representative of the organization during all virtual program activities including virtual partner engagements, guest speakers, and partner visits to the classroom.
- Effectively address students’ challenges and questions to ensure that all students are engaged and demonstrating understanding of course material.
- Incorporate accommodation recommendations from Girls Who Code for students who have varying learning needs.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with all Girls Who Code staff throughout the duration of the program.
- Counsel students, as needed or requested, with maturity and appropriate discretion.
- Interface with student’s families, if necessary, in a professional manner and follow proper GWC protocol.
- Meet with supervising Site Lead on a weekly basis to review post observation feedback and check-in on student progress or concerns.
- BA or BS in computer science, a related STEM field, or education; must be completed by the start of the program. Equivalent work experience and technical proficiency may be acceptable in lieu of a CS degree.
- Strong desire and willingness to learn computer sciences and/or new programming languages as needed to teach the program.
- Ability to comfortably engage with a variety of program stakeholders ranging from corporate partners, funders, members of the press, and/or technology executives.
- Must be able to collaborate with other educators and share teaching responsibilities amongst team members.
- Demonstrated poise, professionalism and exceptional communication skills.
- Effectiveness and patience in guiding classroom activities, keeping discussions on tasks and thinking quickly/creatively in the face of unexpected questions or comments.
- Ability to adapt to various learning styles and respect for individual differences of students in the classroom.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Must be coachable and model a growth mindset. Teachers should be willing to provide, accept, and implement feedback about their or their teacher partner’s instruction or classroom management approach in order to better serve the needs of girls in the program.
- Timeliness and dependability in attendance throughout the program, including all teacher training sessions prior to program start and post-program reporting requirements.
- Believe that all girls can code!
- Must be able to commit to at least two consecutive rounds of teaching, plus the week of preparation time (“Week Zero”). Synchronous class time is generally from 9:30-11:30, but there are other synchronous duties during the program. We generally recommend staff are available for synchronous duties and meetings from 9:00-5:00 PM (note, Teaching Teams have some flexibility around scheduling some meetings and duties). Program dates:
- Round 1 Week Zero: June 14 - 18th; Classes Run: June 21st - July 2nd
- Round 2 Week Zero: July 6th - 9th; Classes Run: July 12th - July 234d
- Round 3 Week Zero: July 26 - 30th; Classes Run: August 2nd - August 13th
- Ability to commit to the following hour requirements: Week Zero Prep Time ~ 25 hours per week; In Program Work Time ~ 35 hours per week
- Additionally, candidates must be able to commit to a multi-day Virtual Teacher Training workshop prior to the program's start date. Teachers are paid for attending the training and completing all deliverables.
- Previous experience teaching computer science or a related subject.
- Experience with facilitating virtual zoom meetings and navigating online learning platforms.
- Demonstrated experience and maturity in managing a classroom of thirty high school students in a virtual environment.
- Experience teaching an academically and culturally diverse classroom community.
- Technical industry experience.
- Pursuing a Masters or PhD is a plus.
- NOTE: If you are selected for an interview, you will receive more information about how to prepare for the teaching and technical portions of your interview.
Girls Who Code is committed to building a truly diverse and inclusive organization with a focus on valuing, serving, and understanding our target constituents, while challenging all stakeholders to think inclusively for the betterment of our programs.
Girls Who Code is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Racial and ethnic minorities and men are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. GWC is not able to sponsor employment visas.