Teaching Assistant - Virtual Summer Immersion Program (UK)
Summer Immersion Program /
Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic computer science teaching assistants 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. There will also be one week of prep prior to the program starting.
We believe all girls have the interest and ability to code. Our Virtual Summer Immersion Program Teaching Assistants work with our Instructors to encourage, nurture and mentor girls through our program. The Teaching Team collaborates to foster a positive virtual learning environment, deliver lessons and activities, and create a community that provides 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!
Applicants must be 18 years or older at the start of the program.
- Support Instructor in maintaining an exciting, engaging, and accessible virtual classroom environment for a highly diverse group of 30 high school girls.
- Meet with the teaching team daily to share classroom notes/observations, plan the next day’s lesson, and review student daily feedback.
- Provide support in virtual classroom management, lesson delivery, logistical tasks, virtual classroom setup, etc.. For example you will be: leading portions of the lessons or activities, supporting students during class and through the zoom chat, taking attendance, etc..
- Facilitate advisory meetings 2-3 times per week with students to engage in sisterhood activities or icebreakers in order to build stronger relationships.
- Co-host classroom office hours with another Teaching Assistant (TA) or Instructor to troubleshoot students’ questions, review misconceptions, or provide debugging tips based on projects.
- Support in the completion of administrative duties including taking attendance, administering programmatic surveys to students, and completing daily and end of program surveys in a timely fashion.
- Act as a representative of Girls Who Code in the classroom and during partner engagements.
- Incorporate accommodation recommendations from Girls Who Code for students who have varying learning needs.
- Effectively address students’ challenges and questions via zoom, google chat, and office hours to ensure that all students are engaged and actively learning course material.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with all Girls Who Code staff to support seamless delivery and execution of talks, activities, and partner engagement.
- Understand and follow all escalation procedures for any student issues that arise during the program.
- Always act with maturity and appropriate discretion when interacting with students, other teaching staff, family members/guardians and partner contacts.
- Meet with supervising Site Lead on a weekly basis to review post observation feedback and check-in on student progress or concerns.
- Declared or Intended BA or BS in computer science or a related field by the start of program.
- Must be coachable and model a growth mindset. Teaching assistants 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.
- Effectiveness and patience in guiding classroom activities, keeping discussions on track 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 a virtual classroom.
- Must be able to collaborate with other team members and share classroom responsibilities.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Exceptional communication skills.
- Timeliness and dependability in attendance throughout the program, including all training sessions prior to program start and post-program reporting requirements.
- Believe that all girls can code!
- Must be able to commit to the full 2 weeks 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:
- DATES: 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 teaching, tutoring or mentoring experience, especially in computer science is strongly preferred.
- Experience with facilitating virtual zoom meetings and navigating online learning platforms.
- Experience within academically and culturally diverse classroom communities.
- 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.