Christopher House Elementary School is looking for a Middle School ELA Teacher to provide rigorous, data-driven instruction in a nurturing school climate to close the achievement gap for the low-income student body. We are looking for ambitious and reflective teachers committed to their own professional growth in order to maximize their impact on student achievement.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
CHRISTOPHER HOUSE BELIEFS
Children and Families thrive when
- Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
- Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
- Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
- Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
- Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
- Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
- Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
- Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
- Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
- Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
- To plan and carry out an effective educational program that will maximize learning for all students and contribute to their development into confident, competent and creative learners.
- Build quality relationships with students.
- Establish a culture of high expectations that includes standards mastery and high school/college preparation for all students.
- Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and persevere with challenging tasks.
- Engage and support all students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies and resources to respond to students’ diverse needs and by engaging students in problem solving and critical thinking skills, using culturally relevant examples. Work towards developing and maintaining cultural competencies.
- Instruct students in citizenship and character education
- Plan, monitor, and design learning experiences for all students that reflect standards-based grade-level curriculum expectations appropriate to the readiness and maturity of the students. Include a variety of instructional strategies and materials, organized in such a way as to maximize student understanding.
- Plan and implement data based small reading groups designed to maximize student growth as measured by Common Core State Standards, NWEA, and Fountas and Pinnell/BAS assessments
- Prepare and utilize lesson plans, which shall be submitted to the Principal. All materials, including the lesson plans, seating chart, class list, assigned duties and schedules, shall be available to the substitute teacher.
- Select books, instructional aids, materials and supplies for the classroom, and maintain required inventory records.
- Assess and document students’ academic and social growth regularly in accordance with state guidelines. Examine student assessment data to prepare progress reports and intervention plans consistent with school requirements, and to refine classroom activities to differentiate instruction for each student.
- Maintain accurate, complete and correct records as required by law, KCNS policy, and administrative regulations, including cumulative records folders, attendance reports, and reports to parents.
- Create and implement a classroom management plan that includes positive behavior supports needed to achieve an engaging and safe learning atmosphere in the classroom. Assume the primary responsibility for supervision of the behavior of students during the entire school day.
- Make referrals to administration for students who demonstrate severe behavioral patterns.
- Maintain a neat, clean classroom environment and a professional personal appearance.
- Collaborate with fellow teachers on planning, professional development, and standards-based curriculum development and common assessment designed to contribute to the continuous improvement of instruction at the school. Share best practices. Participate actively in Professional Learning Community activities, both on- site and off-site.
- Support school-wide initiatives.
- Engage in planning and implementation processes to ensure a safe and nurturing learning
- environment for all students. This includes but is not limited to communicating with teachers
- and families, applying the Approach to Guidance and Discipline policies, ensuring staff,
- students and families’ actions align with the expectations of CH, coordinating events,
- compliance reporting, and overseeing the supervision of staff and students during non-
- instructional times.
- Develop a strong home-school relationship with the families to ensure effective communication to best meet the needs of students.
- Prepare progress and report cards and conduct parent-teacher conferences three times a year.
- Meet with families as needed and serve as a positive representative for Christopher House.
- Communicate school-wide and agency-wide events to parents.
- Work collaboratively with a intermediate team to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
- Make contributions to school culture outside of the classroom through leadership participation in field trips, special events and other school functions.
- Work closely with special education, support staff and administration to provide necessary accommodations and modifications for students.
- Work closely with agency’s family support and youth development programs to ensure the needs of students are met.
- Work with and host community partners to enhance classroom learning.
- Complete necessary assessments, reports and records in an accurate and timely manner.
- Act as an advocate for children and families to the agency, the community and the professional field.
- Provide parents with resources that will enable them to act as advocates for their children and families.
- Participate in weekly professional development workshops.
- Attend summer professional development series.
- Attend trainings and participate on relevant committees as needed for position.
- Expand professional knowledge through Christopher House in-agency training and development programs, through professional conferences and education and by membership in appropriate professional groups.
- Utilize data-driven assessment, including classroom assessment tools, student surveys, BAS, DESSA, IAR and NWEA, to inform curriculum and instructional choices.
- Participate in regular data and assessment review sessions in order to differentiate instruction and create more effective classroom learning.
- Teachers are expected to arrive at 7:30 am every morning and stay until 3:30 pm. A dedicated lunch break and planning period are included. Each Friday, students will have early dismissal at 1:15pm and teachers will participate in professional development from 1:30p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Teachers will also be expected to participate in events or meetings after school from time to time. These meetings will be announced by the Principal in advance. Teachers will follow the academic calendar for vacations and holidays.
- Respond to agency and stakeholder needs by performing assigned tasks that do not fall within the above description. If such tasks are not of a temporary nature, they should be added to the position’s designated responsibilities.
- A minimum of three years teaching experience in an urban setting is strongly preferred.
- Experience with NWEA, BAS, Balanced Literacy, and/or arts-integration preferred.
- Bi-lingual skills in Spanish highly desirable.
- Bachelor’s degree in education or similar degree required.
- PEL license with reading endorsement required
If you are interested in the following position, please apply below.
Christopher House is an equal opportunity employer.