Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential Schools

Devens, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3012943
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : October 5, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

F.W. Parker Charter Essential School seeks a creative, Spanish-speaking educator to join a mission-driven, student-centered program grounded in the Ten Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Our new colleague will serve as a member of the Spanish team, designing instruction that motivates students to practice speaking the language with their classmates and acquire Spanish as one acquires their first language, organically, rather than through learning grammar rules. Spanish classes at Parker are immersion- and proficiency-based and desk-free. Instruction includes play, community building, interaction with authentic resources, and encouraging students to create with the language, while pushing them to the next steps in proficiency. Students create portfolios of work and present their learning to show their readiness for promotion. Responsibilities include teaching four classes, assessing students using rubrics, close collaboration with colleagues, and co-leading an advisory. Successful applicants will be able to facilitate their classes using 95% Spanish, have an understanding of proficiency-based language instruction and the Ten Common Principles, and will familiarize themselves with Parker through the website before applying.
(www.theparkerschool.org) This position is being staffed as a long-term substitute for the remainder of the school year. Candidate is welcome to apply for an anticipated opening of this position next school year.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Language: Spanish
  • Welcome to Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School!

    A six-year public secondary school of choice, the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is open by lottery admissions to all residents of Massachusetts in grades seven through twelve.

    Parker is a progressive school which emphasizes learning to use one's mind well and putting the student at the center of the educational process. Students are known well at Parker. School climate is built on trust, decency and democracy.

    One of Massachusetts' first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area parents and teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Nationally recognized progressive educators Ted and Nancy Sizer were among Parker's founders and the school is part of their legacy; Ted and Nancy served as co-principals at Parker in 1998-1999.
    The school was named after Francis W. Parker, the 19th-century New England educator who is known as the father of American progressive education.

    The Parker Student Body

    In 2015-2016 the school enrolled 400 students from 40 towns in north central Massachusetts; the socioeconomic, ethnic, and educational characteristics of the student body closely reflect the general population of the region. Like all public schools, Parker serves students with a range of needs, abilities, and disabilities.

    The Faculty

    The Parker School has a talented and dedicated faculty. Parker teachers work together every summer to develop the school's curriculum and its unique program. All teachers serve as advisers to students, nurturing their intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical development. Parker gives top priority to keeping teaching loads at a level where every student can be known well. As faculty members at Parker commit to the development and achievement of their students, they also commit to one another's professional growth through critical conversation and daily collaboration. Parker trains, credentials, and supports early career teachers through the New Teachers Collaborative.

    The Trustees

    Parker School trustees include parents, teachers, educators, alumni, and community members who share a commitment to Parker's mission.

    What is a Charter School?

    Under the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, the state may grant groups of citizens the right (or "charter") to start new public schools, which report to the state Office of Education and to their independent Boards of Trustees. By freeing these charter schools from the constraints of district supervision, it aims to nurture bold ideas and innovation in existing schools state-wide. Charter schools follow all federal and state regulations about non-discrimination; their admission is open to all.

    What is an Essential School?

    Established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, the Coalition of Essential Schools is a national network of over 1,200 schools and Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and achievement. Essential schools share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set clear and simple goals about the intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school's students; to lower teacher-student loads, personalize teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award diplomas based on students' "exhibition" of their mastery of the school's program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students and parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Francis W. Parker Charter Essential Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • MA licensure and/or completion of a teacher training program strongly preferred but not required; all candidates must pass both the subject area and literacy MTEL exams.
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Please explain how the Parker school philosophy aligns with your ideas and experiences in education.
      Long Essay (Answer limited TO 4000 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Tell us about instructional strategies you believe are effective for encouraging beginning language learners to stay in the target language 95% of the time.
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Mandy Levine , Spanish Domain Leader
    • 49 Antietam Street
    • Devens, Massachusetts 01434
    • Phone: 978-772-3293
    • Fax: 978-772-3295
    • Email: click here

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