Elevate Summer Teacher – Silicon Valley Education Foundation – San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley Education Foundation has partnered with Silicon Valley school districts to offer Elevate [Math] to incoming 8th grade students the summer of 2015. Elevate [Math] is a summer intervention program that prepares incoming 8th graders to successfully complete Common Core Math 8, Integrated Math 1, or Algebra 1. The goal is to place those “on-the-bubble” 8th grade students on a college and career bound pathway. The program also helps build the capacity of school districts by providing significant professional development and coaching for those Elevate [Math] teachers.

Elevate [Math] has served more than 4,800 students throughout the Silicon Valley, demonstrating an average math proficiency gain of 25% in the summer. Last summer, 90% of students reported aspirations of completing a college degree and 96% of teachers reported plans to integrate learnings from the summer program into their school year classrooms.

Highlights of Elevate [Math]

Professional Development:


Those teachers who have been hired by April 3rd have the opportunity to observe an Elevate [Math] Plus classroom and debrief best math practices.

Saturday, April 18th
8:30 am-12:30 pm

(teachers will be compensated $40/hr for attending)


June 8-11 or June 15-18 (dependent on districts’ calendar)
3 regional afternoon PLC sessions during the program

(1.5 hours each session)

Program Times:

The 19-day program will begin approximately mid-June through end of July. (The exact dates are determined by each district)

Each session runs from 8:00am -12:00pm (or a time that matches school needs)

The college field trip, college informational night, and end of program celebration occurs after the morning Elevate session.


Each Elevate [Math] class is held at a specific site determined by each participating school district. Participating schools are in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda County.


Signing Bonus: $250. (For those hired before April 3, 2015)

$4200 stipend for teaching the program and participating in require PD

Why Teachers Want to Join Elevate [Math]:

Help students prepare for success in 8th grade math using a curriculum that has been revised to closely align with Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balance testing.
An opportunity to learn and practice different instructional strategies and use a blended learning model.
Extensive professional development provided to support summer programming with additional opportunities offered in the school year.
Preparation for teaching the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, with an emphasis on using formative assessments and performance tasks.
Work and be aided by a college-student teaching assistant (TA). TAs are highly motivated to improve student learning and attitudes toward math and college.

Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited To:

Oversee and provide instruction for a classroom that includes up to 30 students and is aided by a college student TA.

Ensure the fidelity of the program in meeting its goals for increasing student math understanding, building study skills, and strengthening aspirations for college.
Follow the professional development guidelines in delivering the curriculum during the 19-day student program.
Establish and maintain an engaging classroom environment with college-going culture that will be motivational for the students.
Provide guidance to the TA in tutoring, mentoring and leading group activities to reinforce the goals of the program.
Meet and facilitate the pre-post assessment plan, attitudinal surveys, and other forms of assessment. Assessment includes completing teacher surveys at the beginning and end of the program.
Attend and encourage students and their families to participate in the college-focused activities: college information night (one weekday night) and field trip (one afternoon).
Attend and encourage students and their families to participate in the end of program celebration event (immediately following the last morning of the program).
Provide coordination and guidance to corporate volunteers at your site to ensure they enrich the program and expose students to career options.
Integrate technology through use of Khan Academy and Edmodo to strengthen student learning.
Track and report attendance, communicate students’ attendance concerns with families.


Teaching Credential (preferably in math)
Previous experience instructing and engaging middle school students is a plus.
Previous experience teaching Elevate [Math] or Elevate [Math] Plus is a plus.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Familiarity with the Common Core State Standards and math course sequencing.
Spanish or Vietnamese Bi-lingual a plus
Work effectively with students, proof of TB test results and district-specific fingerprinting are required. Both costs will be reimbursed by SVEF.

Time Commitment:

Teachers will set up their classrooms before the student program begins. Teachers must be at the classroom at least 15 minutes before start of class and remain in the classroom at least 15 minutes after class.
Teachers are required to participate in the following: 4 day professional development before the program starts, weekly PLC sessions, the afternoon field trip, College Night, and End of Program Celebration.

To inquire about job opportunity, send your resume/cover letter to elevate@svef.com