SPARK Academy ( learn more )

Lawrence Public Schools

Lawrence, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3424281
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 7, 2021
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

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. The Academy seeks excellent teachers, or those who are committed to becoming excellent, who will be an incredibly positive, strong, energetic presence in the lives of our children. Our teachers realize that an incredibly important part of teaching is motivating students to want to work hard and learn. 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. Incoming teachers will be part of our founding team as we grow a grade level each year, so we seek teachers who are committed to building a positive, high-achieving school culture. Responsibilities • Design and implement curricula and lesson activities that help students master Massachusetts and Common Core standards in small group pull-out setting; • Incorporate the Academy’s “Pillars of Pedagogy,” a compilation of research-based strategies and best practices, while designing curricula; • Takes responsibility to be a strong, positive force in his/her classroom daily; • Consistently and thoughtfully motivates students to work hard and want to learn; • Sets class-wide and/or individual to motivate student achievement; • Provide regular rigorous constructive feedback for colleagues on lesson plans and instruction; • Provides support to general education teachers with differentiation and scaffolding for students in inclusion setting; • Both co-teach in inclusion setting with general education teachers and teach “pull-out” classes; • Design academic success plans for special education students; • Provide additional academic support for special education students through tutoring; • Ensure that students are receiving accommodations and are making academic progress in classes; • Serve as school-wide reference on accommodations, differentiation, and scaffolding for general education teachers; • Implement regular feedback on lesson plans and instruction to actively improve student learning; • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards Massachusetts and Common Core standards; • Provide specific and actionable feedback to students on their progress towards academic goals; • Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices; • Engage in weekly activities to build relationships with students; • Participate in grade-level activities and school-wide functions; • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior; • Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards; • Participate in 4 after-school family events every year (e.g. “parent nights”, etc.) • Serve as an advisor for 7-12 students and contact their families at least 1 time per month; • Participate in scheduled IEP meetings, administrative feedback sessions, collaborative planning protocol meetings, student support team (SST) meetings, on a regular basis; • Engage in intensive professional development with administration and colleagues; • Be solutions-oriented and think outside of the box to ensure that all students are making academic progress; • Participate and contribute to IEP meetings; • Develop systems using best practices as special education program grows; • Arrive promptly and professionally for every 8 hour and 5 min teacher day, from 7:50 am to 3:55 pm; (Fridays: 7:50-3:15) • Participate in staff orientation prior to start of school; • Participate in a total of 180 teaching days and 4-6 additional non-teaching days throughout the school year. These additional days will be to support academic progress and school culture including a teacher orientation prior to the start of school, time to wrap up at the end of the school year and plan for the following year, and 1 flexible day to support and monitor the Academy’s summer academic program. Preferred Qualifications • Strong, positive, energetic presence in the lives of children; • Driven to be improve the minds and lives of students; • Proven track-record of high student achievement; • Mastery of and enthusiasm for your academic subject; • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player; • Bachelor’s degree required; • Two years teaching experience in an urban school setting preferred; • Fluency in Spanish preferred; • Valid Massachusetts License in subject required; in addition, valid Massachusetts License in ESL preferred; • Alignment with the Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy non-negotiable. Compensation 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
  • Salary: Up to $ 235 Per Day
  • Job Category : Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • 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

    • Amy Heuton , Assistant Principal
    • 165 Crawford Street
    • Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840

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