Connect is looking for a Middle School Teacher to start as soon as possible.
Job Description: Teacher - Middle
Connect Community Charter School is seeking an educator who will make the commitment to teach with determination, integrity and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:
Committed to Connect's mission, vision, and core values
Able to instruct and sustain a progressive curricular model in a diverse school setting
Reflective, self-aware and adaptable
A critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative
Connect Community Charter School is a charter school in Redwood City with a mission to prepare students to be self-aware, responsible, life-long learners, motivated to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Connect’s instructional model is grounded in approaches that allow children to learn and grow in ways that suit them best including:
· Inquiry-based learning. Through inquiry, students have the chance to learn about topics in depth, while teachers make sure children demonstrate true understanding
· Integrated social-emotional development. Children learn empathy, team-building, problem-solving, and communication skills.
· Multiple ways to learn. Classrooms will include movement, creative arts, play, intentional humor, and other approaches that promote academic mastery.
· Personalization. Teachers will use differentiated instructional practices to ensure all students achieve.
· Service Learning. Service learning integrated into the curriculum that connects students to their communities at the school, the city, and the wider world.
About the Position:
Connect’s Middle School Teacher will work to design and implement a creative and effective curriculum that includes Social Emotional Learning, hands-on experiences, service learning, and Project-Based Learning. Rather than rely on a singular textbook-based curriculum, students will use multiple online, text-based, and manipulative resources to build and strengthening students’ skills in the foundational subject areas as they progress to meet Connect’s graduate profile. Teachers will work, meet, and plan collaboratively with the Middle School team to design a learning program that includes multi-age grouping, and incorporates visual arts, technology, and other skills throughout the day. Teachers will develop long term relationships with their students through a “looping” and with their peers through a “co-teaching” model within their grade-span. Relationships with parents will be fostered through engagement opportunities, communication, and participation opportunities. Teachers lead multi-age advisory ‘houses’ through our Wolfpacks program. Connect teachers have the opportunity to participate in our shared governance model by serving alongside board members on one of our leadership task forces.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Curriculum Development and Instructional Activities
Use Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged.
Work with the special education team to coordinate the education needs of the student, including participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings
Create a focused learning environment of cooperation, inquiry and respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals
Facilitate productive group work and sustained independent inquiry
Establish reasonable rules of classroom behavior based in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and follow Connect’s behavior and discipline guidelines and policies
Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and academic performance with students
Student Information and Assessment
Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, families, and staff in accordance with professional standards and state and federal laws
Develop and use formative and summative assessments that are aligned with units of inquiry and assess student learning
Use data from assessments and observations to drive instruction and measure student progress
Maintain effective record-keeping procedures by sharing weekly lesson plans, communicating with the Special Education Team, keep updated grades and progress reports, and promptly submitting assessment data
Communicate openly and frequently with parent/guardians
Provide a welcoming environment for parent and community volunteers
Plan and participate in school events, including but not limited to Back to School Night, conferences, family learning nights and other school events
Serve in a leadership role in building culture, school structures , and curriculum
Collaborate with colleagues to continuously improve personal practice, classroom instruction, and assessment
Reflect critically upon the teaching experience; identify areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan that is linked to teacher assessment and curricular goals
Attend and actively participate in professional development activities, team and staff meetings
Work with the administration through the mentor/mentee process for new teachers, observation cycles, and professional development goals
Research and stay current in subject matter, knowledge and learning theory and share with other staff
Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and appropriate use of conference, meeting and planning time
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
Teaching experience in a diverse public school setting preferred
Strong classroom and behavior management
Strong desire to design and implement an innovative curriculum
Strong interpersonal skills - collaborate and communicate with co-teacher, families, staff
Experience teaching within an inquiry/project based learning model
Valid California teaching credential, multiple subject or single subject
CLAD/BCLAD certification or working toward certification
Interested candidates should submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Cover letter expressing interest in the position and the unique contribution you can make to the school
For more information on the school visit our website at www.connectrwc.org