Join our team!

We’re hiring for the 2020-21 school year!

Want to do really rewarding, fulfilling, challenging work with some amazing people? Join our team for 2020-21. We’re looking for dedicated, energetic, student-centered educators with math and science backgrounds.

Why teach at the Workshop?

You will do work that is real and relevant. When a student asks why do I need to know this?, our answer should never be “because it’s on the test.” Our curriculum (which is always evolving and improving) is based on relevance, and our pedagogy is based on student engagement, and ultimately, student ownership of work and learning.

As a teacher, you can create here. We encourage our staff to follow their passions and share them with students. Yes, there is content we want to cover (based on what’s most necessary and relevant), but all staff play an important role in designing learning experiences for students. 

You will have a chance to lead both in your classroom and beyond it. In the classroom, you set the example and model the behaviors you want to see. Your authority does not come from your subject matter expertise, your formal position, or your ability to administer discipline. It comes from the connection you make with your students, how you build trust, and your commitment to pushing them to be their best selves every day. 

In the school, we make all of our big decisions collaboratively. As a faculty member, you are expected either to engage in shared leadership work or to abide by the decisions made by your colleagues. Expectations for staff have been developed and refined over several years by the faculty, and will continue to evolve. We strive to hold each other accountable to those expectations. 

We are committed to restorative practices at every level. While our students possess unique strengths, talents and abilities, they also face profound challenges in and outside of school. When they struggle, we focus on understanding why, helping them own their actions, and finding ways to repair the harm those actions have caused. The work requires patience, persistence, and compassion. It also demands that we do work on ourselves and with each other – sometimes we fall short as educators. We are learning that to become a truly restorative culture, the work begins at the “staff with staff” level. Whether students or staff, we are all one community with one set of shared values.

Lastly, and most importantly, we are deeply committed to the work and to our students. We see and seek the best in young people. We find joy in their success and purpose in their struggles. We know we will have bad days, and understand they are part of the work. We take the long view, knowing that sometimes success comes gradually. We are not saviors. We seek to bring out the best in students, but we also learn from them, and they in turn bring out the best in us.

The School District of Philadelphia, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment or education programs or activities, based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or limited English proficiency. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy in this document is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Workshop School, 221 S. Hanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139, 215-400-7730