BEAM Discovery Counselor and Teaching Assistant

For five weeks this summer, guide 6th graders in New York City or Los Angeles as they learn math beyond the school curriculum for the first time.

More about the non-Residential program

BEAM 6 2016 Rubik's Cube

BEAM Discovery (formerly BEAM 6) is a summer day program run by Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics in New York City and Los Angeles. Students spend five weeks discovering extracurricular mathematics for the first time. BEAM Discovery will have three locations:

  • NYC (most likely in Harlem), serving students from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

  • NYC (most likely in downtown Brooklyn), serving the students in Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Manhattan.

  • LA, in the Koreantown/Pico-Union neighborhood.

After the summer, we help the students to apply to other programs for continued study, including our 7th grade program that can support them throughout high school.

Responsibilities at BEAM discovery

As counselors, it is your job to create the unique social environment at the program and also to provide critical support for the academics. You'll have breaks during the day and in the evening, but this is more intense than a normal 9-5 job. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Making everyone feel welcome and watching out for their happiness at camp.

  • Assisting classes by working with students individually and in small groups (see below).

  • Attending a training class provided for counselors on mathematics and teaching pedagogy (see below).

  • Assisting with our transportation plan that brings students to the program and going home with them at the end of the day.

  • Running three to five activities per week for students at camp. (Sports, games, dancing, art, theater, quiet reading time, watching a movie... everything is fair game.)

  • Supervising field trips on the weekend.

  • Above all, being a role model to inspire the students.

BEAM 6 2016 Nafij during OMT

Program features

Students at BEAM Discovery take four classes, one in each of these subjects:

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Math Fundamentals

  • Math Team Strategies

  • Applied Mathematics

Counselors will TA one hour a day, as well as tutoring in and supervising "Open Math Time", a period of the day where students can work freely on the mathematics problems of their choice. Counselors will also have the opportunity to develop other mathematical activities outside of standard classes.

One of the unique features of BEAM Discovery is that all counselors take a special course taught by BEAM faculty that covers both mathematics and pedagogy. Through the class, counselors will get support for their roles as TAs and tutors, and they will also develop mathematical content to run math activities directly for the students. In addition, counselors may have the opportunity to run one-shot math lessons with students during class time. We hope that the class will help all of the counselors grow both as mathematicians and teachers.

Counselor Schedule

While schedules may vary slightly by host site and, we expect a typical day's schedule to look something like this:

8:00am-9:05amMeet a group of students at a subway or bus stop near their home and bring them to campus.
9:05am-9:20amBreakfast with the students
9:20am-10:20amTA your class.
10:30am-11:30am"Open Math Time" — help students with their mathematical work
11:35am-12:35pmNo assigned task
12:40pm-1:00pmEat lunch with the students
1:05pm-2:05pmTake class on teaching and pedagogy.
2:15pm-3:15pmNo assigned task
3:20pm-4:20pmRun afternoon activity
4:20pm-5:30pmBring your group of students back home.
8:00am-9:05amMeet a group of students at a subway stop near their home and bring them to campus.
9:05am-9:20amBreakfast with the students
9:20am-10:20amTA your class.
10:30am-11:30am"Open Math Time" — help students with their mathematical work
11:35am-12:35pm
12:40pm-1:00pmEat lunch with the students
1:05pm-2:05pmTake class on teaching and pedagogy.
2:15pm-3:15pm
3:20pm-4:20pmRun afternoon activity
4:20pm-5:30pmBring your group of students back home.

Counselors will be able to express preferences about which classes they teach and which time blocks they get off. Additionally, counselors will occasionally help with other duties such as collecting program-wide attendance, setting up for lunch, and other miscellaneous tasks.

In addition to this weekday schedule, there will be a field trip on some weekends. These will last a few hours and allow you to experience purely social time with the kids. Field trips will meet at 9am or later. 

BEAM 6 2016 Tanasia chess

Other Staff

At each BEAM Discovery site, we'll have on staff:

  • 25-30 Counselors (that's you!) and Junior Counselors

  • 10 Faculty

  • 1 Nurse

  • 1 Guidance Counselor

  • 1 Director of Student Life (who will help run activities and student travel)

  • 1 Site Director (who will handle all the logistics)

Additional Details

The time commitment for BEAM Discovery counselors is approximately six weeks in total: Three days of program orientation and set-up, five weeks with the students, and two days of wrap-up. Below are tentative program dates:

  • In NYC, orientation is July 2, 3, and 5, the program runs July 8-August 9, and wrap-up is August 12-13.

  • In LA, orientation is June 19-21, the program runs June 24-July 26, and wrap-up is July 29-30.

Alternate arrangements can be made if you have finals during the week of training, but please tells us during the application process.

The salary for the summer is $3840. In addition, you will receive breakfast and lunch each weekday at the program and your training will include a free CPR certification valid for 2 years. New York City counselors will additionally receive an unlimited MetroCard. We especially hope that you will see the program as we do: a labor of love that reaches the students most in need, and a program with the potential to have a transformative effect on achievement in mathematics and related fields.

Please note that we do not arrange housing for this program, so you must have housing in New York City or Los Angeles. If you don't live in either of these cities, you will need to find housing yourself (although we may be able to put you in touch with other counselors to room together). You can also consider our residential 7th grade program, which hires nationally and provides both housing and transportation.

We are always available to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to working with you this summer!

Jacob Castaneda
BEAM Discovery LA Site Director
Executive Director, Los Angeles Programs
jacob@beammath.org

Don Laackman
BEAM Summer Away Site Director
LA Program Coordinator
don@beammath.org

BEAM 6 2017 Activities