Teacher of History

Vista Grande High School

About the organization

Vista Grande High School is a place where students experience a transformative, holistic education focused on developing critical and creative thinking. We have a long history (over 15 years!) of building deep connections with our students, their families, and the Taos community. Vista Grande is a small school, built around the traditional wisdom and culture of our local elders, whose vibrant culture serves as the foundation for learning.

We strive to ensure that all identities are affirmed, welcomed, and provided an environment that allows them to thrive. And through close partnerships with Taos Pueblo, the Green Schools Network, the New Mexico Public Education Department, and many others, we are building a student body that is engaging in in the world around them.


• Teach 4 PBL curricular units that focus on the 4Ps place, phenomenon, problem, project
• Students participate in authentic investigations and problem-solving that approximates adult social science literacy and includes original research as well as collection, analysis, and representation of their own thinking
• Primary and secondary source materials replace textbooks
• Social studies curriculum includes fieldwork and interactions with experts
• Curriculum explores the history from multiple and underrepresented perspectives
• Curriculum integrates with ELA courses
• Students learn to reason as historians in an unbiased way and based on reliable evidence
• Students articulate theories, arguments, claims and understandings through rich discourse and writing
• Use protocols and instructional strategies that lead to generalization and transfer of concepts and procedures
• Use of diagrams, tables, visual models, and timelines to represent content
• Students represent and reflect on thinking
• Students must evaluate multiple perspectives in order to take and defend conditions and consider alternative views
• Use tools of inquiry and authentic historical reasoning with accuracy and care
• Teach comprehension strategies to understand an analyze historical text
• Teach formal style and objective tone for historical, technical writing
• Build knowledge by using multiple forms of documents, texts, maps, and media


Must hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a New Mexico teacher preparation program, and pass the required content and subject area examinations. Those who have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program may be eligible for alternative teacher certification in New Mexico.

Please contact us directly if you have further questions regarding your eligibility.

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