Open Biology Position - Spring 2012 FILLED

Oakland International High School is accepting applications for secondary teachers in Biology.  OIHS is part of both the Oakland Unified School District and  the Internationals Network which serves recently arrived high school age immigrants and refugees.  Our students come from over 30 countries and speak more than 2 dozen languages. 

To learn more about the Internationals Network of Schools, please visit:
Core Beliefs of the International Approach to Teaching and Learning:
All schools in the Internationals Network share a common philosophical base: learning must be active, personalized, and occur in a community of learners where every member contributes to the process based on their strengths and interests.  To best serve recent immigrant students, we create schools where academic language skills are learned in practical contexts in all classes.  The five core principles of the Internationals Model are:

Heterogeneity and Collaboration: School, class, and group structures build on the strengths of every individual member of the school community to optimize learning of language and content.
Experiential Learning: Learning is extended beyond the four walls of the school building to motivate adolescents and enhance their capacity to successfully participate in modern society.
Language and Content Integration: Language skills are most effectively learned in context and emerge most naturally in purposeful, language-rich, experiential, interdisciplinary study.
Localized Autonomy and Responsibility: Linking autonomy and responsibility at every level within a learning community allows all members to contribute to their fullest potential.
One Learning Model for All: All community members are learners, and faculty and students experience the same learning model: authentic collaboration to solve problems, support each other, and improve skills.

Duties and Responsibilities
Because teacher roles in small schools are varied and complex, first priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and willingness to become involved in these essential aspects:
§  Working in a system where students are heterogeneously grouped (not tracked based on English proficiency or academic standing)
§  Developing and implementing standards-driven, interdisciplinary, project-based curricula incorporating ESL methodologies and continuous opportunities for language development
§  Collaborating in an interdisciplinary planning and teaching team
§  Assessing student effort and learning habits through performance-based assessment
§  Working in a non-traditional organizational and instructional model
§  Serving as a faculty advisor to a group of students
§  Participating in regular faculty development, reflective practice, and peer coaching


§  Hold a valid CA teaching credential for teaching secondary students in your content area
§  Passion for working with recent immigrant students and their families, and for promoting the academic success of underserved students in San Francisco/Oakland
§  Proactive, self-directed, and flexible; able to manage a myriad of tasks and operations at the same time; and interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment
§  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proven leadership ability
§  Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills; highly organized and detailed oriented
§  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, direct reports and stakeholders
§  Proficiency with MS Office, Googledocs; able to learn new programs with ease
§  Oral and written skills in a language other than English is highly desirable
§  OIHS is part of the Oakland Unified School District and SFI is part of San Francisco Unified School District.  Applicants must also meet the individual district’s hiring guidelines.

Application Process

If you would like to apply for a teaching position, please email a cover letter and resume (including credential information) to:   Please do not call the school site.  The hiring committee will contact you if you have been selected for an interview.
4521 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94609 | (510) 597-4287 | fax: (510) 597-4292