The Learning Community ( learn more )

Central Falls, Rhode Island ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3129203
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : September 16, 2019
  • Starting Date: September 2019

Job Description


Founded in 2004, The Learning Community is a nationally-recognized public charter school that serves more than 574 K-8 students from Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence, three of the four “core cities” of poverty in Rhode Island. As a result of the quality of our partnerships with families and our innovative teaching practices, our students are dramatically outperforming their peers, despite a poverty rate nearly twice the state average. 82% of our students are low-income, 94% are children of color, and 34% are English language learners. Our work has been recognized nationally by The NY Times, Washington Post, MSNBC Primetime, and Chelsea Clinton came for a visit.

Our nation has grown to accept a link between poverty and student achievement. ?However, our students have closed the most significant student achievement gap between students of color and white students in the country (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Despite a poverty rate of 82%, which is significantly higher than both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, on the 2018 RICAS standardized test:

The Learning Community’s low-income, Latino, Black and English Language Learners had a higher proficiency rate than their demographic peer groups in Rhode Island, Boston and throughout Massachusetts in both Math and English Language Arts.

The Learning Community seeks a savvy, detail oriented, flexible and capable problem solver with demonstrated initiative, and excellent organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills to build our capacity to teach students to be strong, supportive community members, through listening to and working alongside partners. They will organize systems, support and recruit lasting community partners, and research and design curriculum for implementation. They will gather data about important issues facing our community, gather research for students to study the issue, and locate allies to partner with.


The School Culture VISTA will be in the first year of the VISTA position and will work on several projects during the first year. This VISTA will: 1) research high-quality curriculum to support teachers educating students on how to be valuable members of their community. 2) Gather student and teacher feedback, lead professional development and revise lessons based on teacher and student reflection. 3) Create a database of local-national issues related to race, gender, and class that are relevant to the community and engaging to students to support their learning about activism and social institutions. 4) Manage and recruit community partners to work with middle grade student during Community Responsibility Blocks to offer high quality education about their community. This VISTA will present their findings to the Middle Grade Director and work closely with the Middle Grade Teachers to support their understanding and implementation of the research this VISTA completes.

• Strong communication
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships
• Ability to work with community partners
• Experience researching and implementing ideas
• Strong desire to learn and grow as a professional
• Demonstrated leadership ability
• Excellent oral, written and organizational skills
• Flexible, curious and goal-oriented personality
• Sense of humor

FINANCIAL AWARD: VISTAs receive a living stipend, health insurance and have a choice between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a cash stipend upon completion of term

TRAINING: VISTAs receive 2 weeks of on-site orientation and ongoing professional development throughout the year.

SERVICE TERM: September 2019 – September 2020

Please apply online at Application deadline is June 2019.

No phone calls. The Learning Community is AA/EOE. All interviews are conducted in accessible locations.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Instructional Support > Tutor
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Learning Community 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

    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Employment at The Learning Community
    • 21 Lincoln Avenue
    • Central Falls, Rhode Island 02863
    • Phone: 401-722-9998

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