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Teaching Apprentice – Music – Mastery School of Hawken

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We are seeking a dynamic, curious, collaborative individual interested in exploring a career in education to join the Mastery School of Hawken for the 2024-25 school year as a Teaching Apprentice – Music. At the heart of our model is the idea that you learn while doing—so you’ll get coaching and support as you learn how to teach in a very different way at our ungraded, project- and problem-based high school.

About You

➢ Wildly enthusiastic about mentoring and coaching adolescents

➢ Experienced in creative problem-solving and building things with others in the real world

➢ Skilled communicator and listener who enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment

➢ Intellectually curious, self-directed, and motivated learner with a wide range of interests and skills, academic and otherwise

➢ Committed to active, ongoing development of intercultural competence

➢ Philosophically aligned with the mission of the Mastery School of Hawken

➢ Able to operate in ambiguity and roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs

➢ Significant experience practicing and performing music, ideally collaboratively, as well as learning music as an adolescent or adult. This could look like:

○ Studying different instruments and genres including, but not limited to, rock, jazz, chamber music, and contemporary music

○ Composing pieces for various instrumentation

○ Practicing and performing with small ensembles

○ Teaching private lessons and/or in the classroom

○ Creating music digitally or using digital platforms to record and share music

➢ Experience in additional areas such as Spanish, entrepreneurship, writing/humanities, or computational thinking and coding is a plus!

About Us

Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses in Cleveland, Ohio and founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life. In August 2020, we launched the Mastery School of Hawken, a new project- and problem-based ungraded high school in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. We will graduate our second class of seniors in June of 2024.

We’ve designed the Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:

➢ Learning experiences are organized around real-world problem-solving, where students learn while working on challenges with community partners.

➢ We use new methods of teaching designed around individual growth, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning.

➢ Our mastery assessment model emphasizes feedback for growth and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning using mastery credits.

Committed to strengthening our relationship to our city, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering a significant number of seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland.

The Team

You’ll join our dynamic team of educators as we enter Year 5 of the school. As a teaching apprentice, supports for you include:

➢ Opportunity to learn our teaching model by apprenticing with a more experienced teacher

➢ Regular, ongoing small group and 1:1 onboarding and mentoring throughout the year

➢ Opportunity to apply to renew the fellowship for a second year depending on needs of the school

As you onboard and learn our methods and approaches, you’ll take increasing responsibility under the guidance of our faculty. You’ll also bring your unique set of strengths to all aspects of school life—in the classroom, in our Wayfinding program, and in co-curriculars.

The Journey

Within one month, you will:

➢ Learn how our model of teaching and learning works by participating in on-demand training through the Korda Institute for Teaching (

➢ Participate in an all-school onboarding experience designed to connect you to colleagues across Hawken and our city

➢ Engage in a Mastery School-specific onboarding experience where you meet your mentors and set intentions for this year

➢ Teach us about your areas of expertise and demonstrate how you can contribute to the experience for students in 2024-2025

Within three months, you will:

➢ Co-teach one of our Macro courses and/or teach/co-teach Micro courses, including participating in planning sessions and helping with implementation in the classroom

➢ Take leadership of one or more co-curricular offerings for students such as Mini-Micros, clubs, and affinity groups

➢ Engage and reflect with colleagues and mentors on an ongoing basis about your learning, growth, and development

➢ Gain hands-on training to support your work in counseling and advising students

Within six months, you will:

➢ Build initial connections with key community partners

➢ Co-plan and implement a pilot using the Korda Institute’s teaching methodology

➢ Develop and refine a growth plan with support and feedback from mentors

This position will require training in summer 2024 with a full-time start in August 2024.


Please send a resume, references, and a cover letter to:

Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.


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Job Category: Education
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Cleveland

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