Staff Support Teacher
- Are you a passionate and talented teacher?
- Do you constantly strive to improve your teaching through coaching and feedback, incorporation of data, and whatever other resources you can find?
- Do you seek to be in a diverse and inclusive environment dedicated to equity and anti-racist practices in and outside of the classroom?
- Do you want to work in a public charter school that serves almost exclusively students of color and encourages enrollment of students with disabilities and ELL students?
- Are you looking for a high school culture that strikes the perfect balance of structure and freedom, where academic rigor drives all aspects of student life, and where constant recognition for hard work and effort is the norm?
If your answer is YES to all of the above, MESA Charter High School might be the right place for you!
Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) Charter High School is a community high school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We opened our doors in August 2013 and we now have 500 students in grades 9-12. We graduated our first class of seniors in June 2017 and our cumulative graduation rate is 95%. Our students come from more than forty different middle schools, including traditional public, parochial, and public charter schools. Some are advanced students coming from magnet schools; others are beginning English Language Learners. What they all have in common is a desire to succeed. MESA students come to school every day, ready to work—we have a 93% attendance rate and a 93% punctuality rate, both significantly higher than other high schools in our district! When it comes to NYS Regents pass rates, MESA outperforms its peers by a rate of 20-30%!
Some key aspects of MESA’s school model are:
- Intentional Teaching—MESA uses a standards-based grading system, which makes data understandable and accessible. This enables teachers to create targeted, focused instruction, and helps students understand and track their own progress. MESA teachers love data or at the very least, aren’t afraid of it!
- Intentional Support—MESA teachers have a minimum of rote administrative duties in order to better focus on planning, instruction, and assessment. Teachers receive ongoing coaching and feedback. MESA is committed to collaboratively developing and growing its teachers. Dedicated time for co-teaching, department and grade team planning is built into the school schedule.
- Intentional PD—MESA has a comprehensive professional development calendar that includes sessions on instructional practices, school culture as well as diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Teachers are also encouraged to seek out PD opportunities outside of the school building.
- Intentional Culture—MESA’s advisory model connects small groups of entering freshmen with a teacher-advisor for all 4 years of high school. Advisors provide guidance on academic progress and are mentors, facilitators and positive influencers. Students are recognized by their teachers regularly for academic achievement and effort and are incentivized to meet school expectations around attendance, punctuality and preparedness. MESA uses the Love and Logic model to address disciplinary concerns.
- Intentional Relationships—MESA knows that all caregivers want their children to succeed. MESA enlists families as partners in their childrens’ education through regular communication, meetings, workshops, and access to student attendance information and grades. More than 85% of MESA caregivers attend the initial parent-teacher conference of the school year.
- Intentional Scheduling—MESA’s school day starts and ends later than most DOE schools, as research indicates that a late start helps high-school students succeed. MESA’s calendar has 187 days of instruction, as well as dedicated PD and grading days. The calendar and earlier start allows for “Intersession,” during Spring Break where students receive enrichment, skill remediation, or Regents preparation.
The Staff Support Teacher will report to the Principal and be assigned classroom substitute, individual or small group student tutoring, or other curriculum and academic related tasks duties as needed. The role is expected to lead to a full time classroom teaching appointment at the school. All elements of the classroom teacher job description also apply; should a classroom vacancy arise the staff Support will be considered as a strong candidate to fill it.
- Teach or co-teach at least one section in subject area per day.
- As many of MESA’s classes are co-taught, classroom substitute duties will frequently involve working with a colleague in his or her regularly assigned classroom. In these cases the Staff Support Teacher will serve as a full co-teacher in the classroom, taking the lead from the classroom co-teacher, providing small group and whole group instruction and administering and scoring assessments according to the grade team's lesson plans for the week.
- Staff Support Teachers are assigned to provide full day instruction when a teacher who leads a solo taught classroom is absent.
- Provide instructional support to students who are in Reflection Room.
- Support in scoring classroom assessments, gather materials for upcoming units of study, or revise or refine future curriculum units.
- Assist with lunch and hallway coverage
- Build relationships with all students. MESA teachers believe that rapport is key to student engagement and motivation.
- Attend, participate in, and facilitate team meetings and professional development opportunities, as well as common planning times. MESA believes that good professional development is interactive, practical, and teacher-driven.
- Communicate regularly with parents about both positive and negative interactions with students, making a minimum of two positive contacts (phone, email, or text message) with parents per week.
- Hold office hours before or after school, twice per week, to provide extra help and opportunities for re-assessment.
- Teach one week of Intersession enrichment program based on teacher interest (additional stipend provided).
- Maintain duties as Advisor.
- Other duties, as assigned by the Principal.
Qualifications: (1) Minimum Bachelor’s degree in subject area to be taught, Master’s Degree preferred; (2) Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom and commitment to accountability; (3) Belief in and alignment with MESA’s core values, educational philosophy and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (4) Valid New York State Certification strongly preferred; (5) Spanish-speaker a plus.
Salary: Highly competitive, commensurate with experience.
To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Arthur Samuels, Executive Director, at email@example.com with the subject heading “Staff Support Teacher.” Cover letter should specifically indicate why you want to work at MESA. APPLY BY EMAIL ONLY. Due to the nature of the position and the volume of applications received, MESA will not be able to reply to all submissions. MESA will contact candidates with next steps.
MESA is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining a diverse and inclusive staff. It is MESA’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.