ELA Teacher (High School)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $56,000
Maximum: $72,000
Details: Based on teaching experience




242 Hoyt Street
United States


New Dawn is a transfer high school located in Brooklyn, New York and we are currently looking for a NYSED certified high school ELA teacher. As a transfer school we serve some of the most at-risk students in NYC those who are over-aged and under-credited. We invite people to apply who are motivated by a challenge and are capable of navigating some of the most challenging learning and instructional issues in the City. If you believe that an equitable education is a civil rights issue and that all students deserve a high quality education, regardless of their learning or social/emotional issues, then this is the place for you.

Mission Statement: New Dawn Charter High School will provide over-aged and under-credited students 15-21 years of age, including those who are English Language Learners and those with special needs, the opportunity to return to school and obtain a high school diploma through a rigorous NYSED standards-based education program. Within the framework of the education program, three programs will be offered: 1) Interventions for those with fewer than 11 credits, and for those with 11 or more credits: 2) Internships in the community and 3) College enrollment.

New Dawn was just awarded a full five-year renewal in May 2017 and provides an exciting opportunity for teachers with an entrepreneurial spirit to continue to grow a school from the ground up that addresses the needs of some of the most at-risk students in New York City. The successful applicant will have experience teaching ELA at the high school level.

New Dawn Charter High School is currently located in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn in Community School District 15. New Dawn is no student's first high school and we do not recruit from 8th grade. The program at New Dawn is specifically designed for those students who are struggling with their education and at risk of dropping out or students who have already dropped out.

The philosophy at New Dawn is based on the belief that all students have a right to an education, even if it takes numerous attempts. Students need support in all areas of their lives and teachers are involved in all aspects, working with the whole student. Teachers will be involved in the governance of the school as well through participation in committees. There will be time daily (along with prep periods) for teachers to work together to develop lesson plans, design assessments, and work on professional development.

Ways in which we are different from traditional schools and benefits:

• You will work with some of the most interesting and deserving students in NYC—those who have been left behind, for a variety of reasons, by more traditional organizations;

• Every day will provide not only challenges but opportunities to reach students and leave you with the knowledge that you have in fact made a difference is someone’s life;

• Ongoing daily support for you and unlimited opportunities for professional development;

• Peer Committees made up of teachers who visit each other’s classrooms and make suggestions to each other with no administrative input;

• Professional Learning Communities who address school-wide issues;

• A very strong support staff who understand that the point of the school is to provide opportunities to students and that their job is to support this goal;

• A supportive Board of Trustees who understand the challenges of working in a transfer school; and

Ways in which we are different which are outlined in our Charter with NYSED Board of Regents:

• Teachers serve on every committee in the school including: Attendance, Discipline, School Based Student Team, Management, Student Learning Objectives, Staff Compensation, and attend Board meetings.

• We are a full year school running on the NYC DOE calendar from September through June and then July through mid-August;

• Summer session is only a half day but is necessary for our students to graduate;

• We work from 9 to 5 September through June with an hour at the end of the day for professional development and addressing school-wide issues;

• Cost of living increases are given every year but base increases are based on student learning objective outcomes and classroom observations in alignment with NYSED’s HEDI scores;

• Instruction is informed by actual data collected by teachers in the classroom and analyzed through the PerfPlus Program;

• Teachers and staff participate in Instructional Rounds with other schools involved in the PICCS project, this is done by visiting schools, conducting classroom observations and developing problems of practice that impact us all;

• Opportunities to becomes trained and certified in the Danielson Classroom Observation Rubric; and

• Access to professional developers from TERC Using Data, Danielson, Metamorphis, A.L.L., among others.

Benefits we offer to all staff:

• Competitive salaries;

• A 403B plan for retirement;

• Health, dental and vision insurance;

• We support staff who wish to learn and develop their own charter applications;

• Opportunities for developing leadership within the school;

• Connecting staff to outside consultants who may be able to help you move your career in the direction you have chosen; and

• A community where you will be heard.

Just like our students, we welcome teachers who do not necessarily fit into a traditional model, are beginning their careers, or who have retired--as long as they are willing to work as a team for the betterment of the students.


Health, retirement, all holidays, 25 days vacation, as well as others

Level of Language Proficiency


Spoken Spanish given preference

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@ndchsbrooklyn.org

Please put "ELA Teacher" in subject line.