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Do you enjoy inspiring and empowering kids?  Are you comfortable with online apps and technology?  We expect the best from our Learning Coaches, Pod Leaders, and Class Teachers/Facilitators.  (See Description of RolesHow It Works, and Staff Agreement below.) If you're up for the challenge and would enjoy a semi-flexible schedule, we encourage you to apply.

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DESCRIPTION OF ROLES

 

TEACHER

The Teacher plans all the content and activities of any class they choose to teach (from traditional core subjects like History, Math, Science, etc. to special interest/elective-type classes like Conversational Skills, Cooking, SAT Prep).  Classes will be offered a la carte with teachers setting their own prices and specifying the min/max number of students.

FACILITATOR

The Facilitator helps kids stay engaged while doing an online class that does not have a live teacher.  Rather than just taking an online course on their own, students meet with a few classmates and the facilitator on Zoom to go through the course together.  The Facilitator may encourage the students to take notes or stop the video to check for understanding or have a discussion. Classes will be offered a la carte with facilitators setting their own prices and specifying the min/max number of students.

POD LEADER

The Pod Leader meets Mon-Fri with a group of 8-15 kids for social connection, discussion, and activities that serve as a daily ritual to create a comfortable community of like-minded friends.  This social connection is key to keeping tweens/teens engaged in online learning. Read more on the Pod + Classes Plan and FAQ pages.

LEARNING COACH

The Learning Coach is a Pod Leader plus a homeschool parent surrogate and microschool "director". They help students choose classes, mentor them in weekly 1-on-1 sessions, and guide them to become self-directed learners.  Read more on the Learning Coach Plan and FAQ pages.

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HOW IT WORKS

  • All team members are independent contractors with Inspired Virtual and will receive 1099 tax forms. 

  • Inspired Virtual (a non-profit) will collect a 20% service fee for all classes/pods to coordinate schedules and provide platforms, tech apps, etc.  Please take this into account when setting prices for classes.

  • Inspired Virtual operates very similar to the model offered at Outschool.com.  (In fact, it's fine if you'd like to offer classes there as well.)  The difference is that we try to coordinate schedules as much as possible to help ensure teachers' classes don't overlap times that might reduce class enrollment.

  • Pod Leaders and Learning Coaches receive training (online).  Training for Learning Coaches will be more in depth.

  • Platforms: We use Zoom (Inspired Virtual's account) for online meetings and classes.  We recommend Canvas as a LMS to manage classes, allow submission of homework, etc.  We use Slack as a group text-like communication platform.

  • Teachers/Facilitators can float class ideas in the Forum to get direct feedback and gauge interest level from parents/students before planning details and posting a class.

STAFF AGREEMENT

All of our staff, including our contract teachers, facilitators, pod leaders and learning coaches, sign an agreement to promise, to the best of their ability and intention, to:

  1. Refrain from promoting “divisive concepts” including Critical Race Theory and The 1619 Project.  “Divisive Concepts” means concepts where

    • One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex

    • The United States is fundamentally racist or sexist

    • An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously

    • An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex

    • Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex

    • An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex

    • An individual by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex

    • An individual  should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex 

    • Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race

  2. Refrain from incorporating gender identity studies or considerations into academic content or classes, deferring gender issues to be navigated closely with parents.

  3. View science as a set of ever-evolving concepts, expanding through open discourse and continual scientific inquiry and study.

  4. Promote independent thinking, respecting all thoughts, ideas and opinions; endeavor to ask more than tell wherever possible; encourage respectful, open exchange of ideas.

  5. Promote understanding of America’s founding principles and form of government; acknowledging its shortcomings, while expressing awe and appreciation for its successes.  Model belief in the traditional American values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  6. Be compassionate towards students, supporting them at their own pace while challenging them just outside their comfort zone.

  7. Encourage the development of win-win solutions.

  8. Model compassion and kindness. Refrain from shaming or demoralizing.  Seek to empower.

  9. Support each child holistically - body, mind and spirit.

  10. Refrain from promoting or indoctrinating towards any particular religion apart from those classes which explicitly state such intentions in their class descriptions.

  11. Refrain from promoting or indoctrinating towards any particular political party apart from those classes which explicitly state such intentions in their class descriptions.

  12. Support equal opportunity and individual capability to appropriately challenge each student to be their best selves.

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