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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3146938
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : July 31, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

The Worcester Public Schools is seeking an Lead Teacher/English Teacher for its Goddard Scholars Academy. Goddard Scholars Academy (GSA) is an innovation school housed within Sullivan Middle School. GSA offers a city-wide magnet program for 144 highly motivated gifted and talented middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Teachers prepare students for the rigors of high school and to compete on the national level for college readiness and 21st Century careers through challenging academic course work, technology, and reading and writing across the curriculum. GSA offers many enrichment opportunities, performance band, and encourages parent and community involvement. For more information, visit the GSA website at tps://worcesterschools.org/academics/college-pathway-opportunities/goddard-scholars-academy/

As a teacher in the Worcester Public Schools you will be expected to provide rigorous instruction to the diverse population of students in your classroom. You will be expected to align your teaching to the district and state curriculum; to regularly assess students for learning comprehension and to modify your teaching to ensure that students are learning; to provide a classroom that is conducive to the learning needs of all students, especially students who are learning English and students with disabilities.

The Worcester Public Schools is wonderfully diverse and our successful teachers capitalize on this diversity to provide rich learning environments. Being an educator in the Worcester Public Schools will require that you have patience, perseverance, creativity, excellent content knowledge, and a true desire to prepare all students for successful lives.

For applicants who are committed to the work of preparing Worcester students to excel in college and beyond, we offer a competitive salary package and participation in federal loan forgiveness programs (more information about these programs is available on our website in the Human Resources section).

Responsibilities for the Lead Teacher/English Teacher of Goddard Scholars Academy:
1. Oversee the day to day and month to month operation of GSA
2. Manage scheduling: daily, yearly calendar, evening and daytime special events
3. Plan and schedule Gifted and Talented classes
4. Develop and sustain community partnerships
5. Manage the allocation and accounting of the per pupil funding and fund raising monies
6. Oversee parent involvement and communication: PTO, student concerns, newsletters, fund raising and events
7. Oversee GSA involvement in the broader school programs: Instructional Leadership Team, PBIS (behavior system), special events
8. Coach team of teachers to focus on student growth, performance, and well-being
9. Prepare agendas, minutes, and facilitate for weekly Common Planning Time (CPT) and Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings
10. Coordinate recruitment and enrollment of new students
11. Develop and lead on-team professional development, including peer observations and student work analysis
12. Work with guidance counselor, adjustment counselor and other support staff to provide social emotional well-being of all students
13. Delegate operational responsibilities to the GSA teachers
14. Plan teacher summer institute to establish yearlong focus
15. Recruit and train student ambassadors
16. Participate in after school and evening events for students and parents
17. Participate in meetings before or after school for common planning time
18. Collect data and write yearly review for Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
19. Manage the Innovation School reauthorization process, including documents, stakeholder meetings, and school committee hearing

In addition, the Lead Teacher/English Teacher will teach three or four classes of ELA grade level (either 6th, 7th, or 8th) at the discretion of the principal. The teacher may also have to teach ESL classes. S/he will plan curriculum in alignment with MA Frameworks; coordinate with other GSA ELA Teacher for consistency across the 6 – 8 curriculum; and, connect assessment results with instructional change as well as the performance of other job-related duties as assigned.

All teachers in the Worcester Public Schools are responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.

To maximize the effectiveness of your application, it is recommended that you provide a cover letter which describes the specific training and experience that you have for the position(s) that you are applying for and that you ensure that the certification information in your SchoolSpring profile is updated. Your MA DESE certification number will allow us to verify that you possess the correct license. Please make sure that you SchoolSpring resume, specifically, is updated and complete.

The successful applicant will have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to appropriately use student performance data to drive instruction.
1. Massachusetts DESE license in English 5-8
2. SEI Endorsement
3. BA Degree


1. Minimum of three years teaching at the middle school level
2. Experience teaching in a Gifted and Talented program
3. Experience in a building-based or district-wide leadership position which requires coordination among multiple stakeholders
4. Massachusetts DESE license in ESL PK-8 or 5-12

WORK YEAR: 210 days consisting of the 180 days of the teacher work schedule PLUS the ten work days prior to the start of the school year PLUS the five work days immediately following the school year PLUS the remaining days to be scheduled with the principal

SALARY: Appropriate step on teacher’s salary schedule plus an annual stipend of $5625

This deadline does not preclude further advertisement or recruitment.

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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > English & Language Arts
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or a related condition, veteran status or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

    Job Requirements

    • 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. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.
    • 3. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 4. Please describe your experience as a teacher in a gifted and talented program.
      Long Essay (Answer limited TO 4000 characters, including spaces)
    • 5. Please describe an experience leading colleagues or peers in a program or activity. Describe your leadership role, the challenges, and the outcomes.
      Long Essay (Answer limited TO 4000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Cheryl DelSignore , Staffing/Mentor Coordinator
    • 20 Irving Street
    • Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
    • Phone: 508-799-3020
    • Fax: 508-799-8280
    • Email: click here

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