SPARK Academy ( learn more )

Lawrence Public Schools

Lawrence, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3249882
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Posted : March 19, 2020
  • Starting Date: August 20, 2020

Job Description

Spark Academy in Lawrence, MA is an innovative school dedicated to supporting students’ academic growth, health, and wellness. As featured on NPR’s Only A Game, Spark’s school day intertwines rigorous academic classes with invigorating athletics including dance, karate, cheerleading, and football. Spark’s structures include high academic expectations, small group advisories, daily collaborative lesson planning time, and a school-wide behavior management system.

Spark Academy seeks excellent teachers, or those who are committed to becoming excellent. Our teachers realize that an incredibly important part of teaching is motivating students to want to work hard and learn as much as possible. As such, we work to recruit teachers who work to be an incredibly positive, strong, energetic presence in the lives of our children and have a track record of leading their students to significant academic growth. Our teachers are dedicated to working towards closing the achievement gap.

Teachers at Spark Academy are responsible for the academic success of their students by designing standards-based, rigorous lesson plans and implementing research-based teaching strategies in a highly engaging, well-managed classroom. In addition, our teachers work to continuously improve curriculum and instruction through daily collaboration with colleagues as well as intensive targeted professional development with administrators. Because the work of teaching is difficult and relies on collaboration, we seek teachers who are committed to building a positive, high-achieving school culture both for our students as well as our staff.

Spark Academy teachers teach 180 days of school as well as participate in up to 10 days non-teaching days of professional development throughout the school year, including a 4-6 day orientation before the start of the year. The school day runs from 8:00-3:45pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00-2:30pm on Fridays. Spark teachers also participate in an hour of professional development on several Tuesdays throughout the year from 4:00-5:00pm to improve their practice.

• Take responsibility to be a strong, positive force daily in his/her classroom consistently and thoughtfully motivate students to work hard and want to learn;
• Design and implement high quality curricula that incorporate research-based strategies to help students master Massachusetts and Common Core standards;
• Motivate students to reach high achievement by setting class-wide and individual goals and provide specific and actionable feedback to students on their progress towards academic goals;
• Build supportive working relationships with fellow teachers as well as associate teachers, and provide regular feedback to help develop associate teachers;
• Engage in weekly professional development and intensive coaching with administration and colleagues and embrace a growth mindset to actively improve instruction, curriculum, and management;
• Wholeheartedly embrace school-wide systems to ensure consistency within the school learning community to ensure smooth transitions between classes and grades for all students, e.g. school-wide writing rubric, annotation strategies, behavior system;
• Use school-wide behavior system to establish strong classroom culture, consistent routines, and high expectations for students to ensure that culture is uniform throughout the school and thus ensuring the least amount of learning time is wasted;
• Build trusting relationships with students and families in an advisory setting of up to 12 students while also supporting students to gain a deeper understanding of our school values: Seeking Justice, Perseverance, Active Living, Reason, and Kindness.
• Other responsibilities as needed and assigned by administration.

• Alignment with the Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
• Valid Massachusetts License in subject required;
• Driven to improve the minds and lives of students by being hardworking and a positive presence;
• Proven track-record of high student achievement;
• Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subject;
• Willingness to be a team player and collaborate with colleagues;
• A growth mindset to take in and act upon feedback given by coaches and colleagues;
• Two years teaching experience in an urban school setting preferred;
• Fluency in Spanish preferred.

We offer a generous compensation package including health insurance, a retirement plan, and a salary at the district rate with an additional stipend to compensate for the extended day.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Math: General
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Lawrence Public 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

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Stacy Birdsell , Assistant Principal
    • 165 Crawford Street
    • Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840

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