POSITION FILLED: Common Ground Seeks Half-Time Curriculum Developer & Environmental Resource Teacher

Thanks for your interest in working for Common Ground! This position has been filled. Please see our Join our Staff page for available opportunities.

Common Ground is seeking a new, half-time staff member who can work with teachers to strengthen our curriculum and classroom teaching — ensuring it is driven by standards, rooted in our local community and unique site, culturally relevant and inclusive, and pushing students towards both environmental leadership and college success. This Curriculum Developer and Environmental Resource Teacher will:

  • Partner with Common Ground teachers to plan courses, units of study, and lessons that integrate high academic standards, opportunities for authentic learning, our students’ cultures and community, and Common Ground’s three learning laboratories — farm, forest, and city. The position will focus on high-priority curriculum development projects in a variety of subject areas.
  • Plan and lead professional development for Common Ground teachers, focused on building their curriculum development skills, integrating Common Ground’s three learning laboratories across the curriculum, and building culturally relevant curriculum.
  • Join in Common Ground’s Environmental Leadership Team, and take leadership of the team’s work to integrate environmental leadership opportunities across the curriculum.
  • Work with Common Ground staff to develop curricular tools useful to other schools — for example, model units of study in a number of courses, full curricula for our unique environmental courses, or whole-school rubrics and protocols — and help to manage Common Ground’s curriculum web site, which houses these curricular resources.

Common Ground is seeking outstanding candidates with:

  • Deep experience and skill in curriculum development — including understanding by design, backward planning, standards-driven curriculum planning
  • An ability to build positive, collaborative, effective relationships with other educators and school staff.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Connections to and knowledge of the New Haven community and/or experience in place-based education in urban settings.
  • Strong background in and passion for environment, sustainability, social justice, and related topics.
  • Facility with Common Core State Standards, C3 Social Studies, and Next Generation Science Standards
  • A fierce commitment to helping all student succeed, and to engaging students from racially and economically diverse urban settings
  • Bachelor degree; Masters strongly preferred
  • Creativity, sense of joy, and commitment to collaboration

This is a half-time position (approximately 20 hours per week) with a competitive salary.

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates that help us fulfill our commitment to building a genuinely diverse staff.

At Common Ground, a diverse community of 180 students from 16 different towns experiences a mix of high academic standards, active learning and leadership opportunities, and small school supports that are producing dramatic educational results. More than 93% of our students are accepted to college, and 100% are growing into powerful environmental and community leaders.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement
Common Ground High School
358 Springside Ave., New Haven, CT 06515


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