360 High School opened in September 2015 with an inaugural 9th grade class and will continue to grow by one grade level each year. School staff will build on the work developed by community, educator and student members of the initial design team to drive the direction for a small, innovative high school with high expectations for collaboration, academic work, inclusiveness, and civic involvement.
Because roles in small, innovative schools are complex and require tremendous individual and collective effort, applicants must demonstrate experience and/or willingness to commit to the school's mission and become involved in these essential aspects:
*Create a safe and supportive learning environment with routines and structures that align with school's values and promote a school atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of all students.
*Serve as an advisor to a group of students, including maintaining ongoing communication with parents/guardians and supporting students with goal-setting around academic, social and emotional achievement and growth.
*Participate in professional development such as instructional rounds, teacher common planning time, and collaborative work with staff.
*Work within the confines of the PPSD calendar.
*Promote opportunities for student contribution to the school's ongoing improvement.
*Demonstrate creativity by designing courses and learning content that include online, in-person and interdisciplinary components that are grounded in the standards (CCSS, NGSS, etc.).
*Regularly use data to create individualized student learning pathways and differentiate instruction by developing, selecting and modifying instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students.
*Promote/develop school-family and school-community partnerships in support of student learning.
*Work carefully and thoughtfully to prepare students for transitions into high school and past graduation (college and career).
*Monitor and evaluate student outcomes maintaining appropriate records and following all required procedures and practices, and use that data to guide instructional planning.
*Supervise students in a range of settings; protect and promote the safety and well-being of students, colleagues, equipment, materials and facilities.
*Continuously develop and improve teaching practice and support colleagues in their development.
*Support the Principal, building leadership team, and district leadership team.
Additionally, school faculty shall participate in:
*at least two hours a week of posted office hours for students (scheduled at faculty convenience within a range of options)
*weekly school-wide and departmental Common Planning Time meetings with school leader and colleagues
*at least four hours of additional team planning or professional development outside of school day per month (in addition to Common Planning Time)
*at least 15 hours of personalized professional development during the school year
*student-led conferences with each advisee and his/her family
*student exhibitions of learning during and outside of the school day
*commitment to meeting with school leader(s) for developmental coaching sessions based on frequent informal observations
*the development of course syllabi to be shared with students and families and individual/small group lesson plans based on student's needs and interests
New staff also agree to participate in:
*approximately 6 full days of orientation over the summer
Highly encouraged activities include:
*Participation and/or supervision of special events, including athletic programs, dances, family nights, open houses, student recruitment meetings, etc.
*at least one Saturday 3-hour tutoring session per semester
*at least one in-house school committee and/or special programs