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Job Detail: Teacher in Public and Community Health

Position Summary:

Berkeley High School, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program and the Gardening and Cooking Program are proud to introduce a new CTE course in Public and Community Health for high school students at Berkeley Unified School District

Berkeley Unified has an exciting opportunity for someone with experience working in community food systems and healthy food access and an interest in teaching these topics to high school students.

This is a College-Preparatory Elective, an interdisciplinary credit course that will give students an overview of many aspects of public and community health with a focus on diet related disease and healthy food access. The emphasis of this course is to provide students with an engaging, project-based, community-focused learning experience. A course curriculum with assessments was developed last year in collaboration with teachers, experts in the field, and community partners. 

Students will learn and practice different tools used by public health professionals, including study design, community mapping, policy development, prevention effectiveness, advocacy, and peer instructing for health education. They will also participate in nutrition and cooking skill-building activities, including guest lectures from leaders in the field and field trips to local agencies and organizations working on public health projects. 

In the second semester students will use the skills and knowledge they developed in the Fall to plan and implement a public health initiative or intervention on campus. Some examples of student ideas for projects last year included peer-to-peer social media-based nutrition education, creating a healthy snack cart for passing periods, and student-led cooking classes. Students will work in groups and be tasked with designing, delivering, and evaluating their initiative/intervention.

This course is open to juniors in the Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) at Berkeley High School, and potentially Berkeley Technology Academy, and will count towards their internship requirement. Students will also have opportunities for paid student internships working with local non profit organizations and government agencies. Past internship placements included City of Berkeley Public Health, the Ecology Center Farmers Markets, Berkeley Food Network Food Pantry, and Willard Middle School Growing Leaders. Students will be paid through BUSD Gardening and Cooking Program via time sheets. 


Position Responsibilities:

This position is a .40 FTE, which entails 9 hrs a week of work. This will include 3 hours of teaching on Wednesday afternoons; 3 hrs of supporting students in internships; and 3 hours of prep, collaboration, and evaluation. This FTE is supported by Gardening and Cooking Program staff with expertise in cooking and nutrition instruction. We intend to connect this program at BHS with our program at BTA to create a cross campus high school program in years to come. This position will teach students on public health topics, drawing from our developed CTE in Public Health curriculum, as well as how to navigate the Human Resources department, including guiding students through District HR on-boarding process. This position will be jointly supported and guided by CTE and Gardening and Cooking Program supervisors and staff, in addition to teachers at BTA and BHS.


Position Qualifications:

  • Experience working in the field of public health (Wyn and Jezra will offer information on examples of applicable experience)
  • Interest in teaching high school students. Prefered experience instructing.
  • 3 Letters of Professional Recommendations (no older than 3 years)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Valid, California Career Technical Education Credential: Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Comments and Other Information


To Apply:

Please contact Wyn Skeels and Jezra Thompson for an information session to learn more. They will offer additional support to gaining CTE accreditation, if needed. The open position is outlined below and can be applied for here:




About the job

Location Berkeley, California
Field Education
Time Full-time
Date 27 December 2019

About the company

Company name Berkely Public Schools
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