AP World History Teacher (Talent Pool for 2020-2021 School Year)

Instructional Richmond, California



Job Description

Title:AP World History Teacher

Division:Upper School

Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to: Director of Academic Instruction, Humanities

Status: Full-time, Exempt


Position Summary

The role of the Upper School AP World History Teacher is to design a CollegeBoard compliant curriculum to give AP US World History students the content knowledge and relevant skill practice to successfully complete the AP US World History Exam. Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building, including but not limited to classroom, lunch, and hallway norms and expectations. Teachers are also expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.


The AP US World History course is taught at an accelerated pace and is meant to mirror a college-level introductory US World History course. The AP US World History teacher is expected to have a breadth and depth of knowledge about the content and a broad range of tested and proven instructional and assessment strategies to help prepare students for the AP Exam. The AP US World History teacher needs to have the skills and awareness to be flexible and responsive to student needs (and feedback, when appropriate) as students work towards mastery of high level content and skills.


Primary Responsibilities



  • Teach Grade 11 AP Students.
  • Create effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and lesson plans aligned with AP and CollegeBoard Standards and the rigorous demands of the AP Exam; lesson and unit plans must include skills practice for required elements of the AP Exam and rigorous college-level reading tasks.
  • Create a long term curriculum pacing plan to ensure completion of content study prior to the AP Exam with adequate time for review.
  • Create unit plans that fully examine the nine periods of AP US World History through the lens of the seven AP Themes, and develop students understanding and analysis of key concepts.
  • Design scaffolded student-centered approaches to development of historical writing skills, primary and secondary source analysis and synthesis, historiographical skills, citation, and writing conventions.
  • Proactively manage and mitigate student test-anxiety and provide/ foster ongoing conversations about strategies to help students effectively plan their time and manage their workload to build relevant skills for college and career.
  • Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system.
  • Create and revise culturally relevant, AP Standards based, college level lessons for advanced high school students.
  • Focus on building high level writing, critical thinking, and historiographical skills during instruction and assessment.
  • Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles and child cognitive and social development.



  • Support quarterly progress of all students in their classes using appropriate data and assessment feedback. Develop a research-based approach to assessment grading that provides accurate instructive feedback to students for building skills toward the AP Exam.
  • Create and consistently use Formative and Summative Assessments that reflect and offer students practice for the tasks they will be asked to complete on the AP Exam.
  • Manage a formalized student and parent engagement plan that details engaging students and parents, as well as provides for metrics to measure growth and development, socially and academically, on a quarterly basis.
  • Design a wide range of performance assessments aligned tasks on the AP Exam that test students on CURRENT unit objectives and focus on retention of cumulative knowledge of PAST units.
  • Administer, analyze and reflect upon quantitative and qualitative student data (schoolwide benchmark data and classroom data) to inform instructional practice and provide students with directive feedback.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Communicate with, teach and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community.
  • Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed.



  • In addition to the core class, instruct students with foundational coursework in an alternate class setting (“Marlin Hour”) and advise a group of students (“Advisory”)—responsibilities include: 1-1 check-ins, advisory family conferences, SAT/ACT preparation lessons, community circles and post-secondary plan support, as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards and Chromebooks.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift items more than 10 lbs.



Some travel required for MWA or related events, such as workshops or conferences.





  • 2-3 years minimum of relevant professional work experience required
  • Teaching experience desirable
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school
  • Strong understanding of California’s A-G college readiness requirements
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Familiarity with reading and analyzing data
  • Previous mentorship experience desirable
  • Understanding and ability to implement restorative justice practices



  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Skills in designing and revising authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students
  • Ability to adapt and align with school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides, NGSS and California state standards
  • Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, Khan Academy, Newsla, Zinc/Springboard, etc.)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • Passing scores on CBEST and CSET required



  • Advanced Degree desirable
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required













Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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