HUMANITIES TEACHER

Christa McAuliffe Charter School

Framingham, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3484673
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 1, 2021
  • Starting Date: August 15, 2021

Job Description

The Christa McAuliffe Charter School (McAuliffe) may not and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, homelessness, or any other legally protected status. (M.G.L. c. 71, § 89(m); 603 CMR 1.06(l)). Rather, we are a community committed to cultivating an environment where diverse backgrounds and perspectives are embraced. We acknowledge that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our community better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves.

About the School
The Christa McAuliffe Charter School’s mission is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the expeditionary learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.

McAuliffe is a 19-year-old charter middle school (grades 6-7-8) educating 400 scholars who live in MetroWest: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury. We are one of 155 EL Education (EL) schools nation-wide and one of nine EL schools in Massachusetts. EL is a non-profit organization devoted to providing network schools with a highly-respected model of comprehensive school reform with emphasis on high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.

POSITION OVERVIEW
Everything that we do at McAuliffe is intended to meet the needs of students in their early adolescence. This means that you must be someone who finds sixth, seventh, and eighth graders much more entertaining than aggravating! You must be compassionate, have the ability to develop meaningful connections with students, have strong classroom management skills, and feel confident in your ability to create a psychologically safe classroom culture in which individuals are respected and valued for what they bring to the group.

As a humanities teacher, we hope that you feel excited about engaging students in learning about geography and world cultures along with providing explicit instruction of literacy skills. Social Studies and English classes are taught discretely but are connected through several interdisciplinary investigations and projects. You will collaborate with other teachers to build on these projects, investigations, and expeditions already in place. We hope that you'll bring your own knowledge and interests to engage in this ongoing curriculum development.

You will be expected to plan and deliver instruction aligned with the Massachusetts / Common Core standards for these two subjects and assess students’ mastery of the standards outlined for each. Teaching students the skills and strategies that will make them effective readers, writers, and thinkers is what matters most and we are looking for someone who can design a curriculum that balances the teaching of literacy skills with higher-order exploration and synthesis of content. We expect you to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students at various ability levels to challenge them and help them improve as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

As a crew leader, you'll lead a crew, similar to an advisory, of about 12 students. You will be the mentor/advocate for each student in your crew -- their McAuliffe parent away from home. You'll engage them in team building activities, facilitate conversations about bullying, guide the development of crew and individual goals, and prepare students for student-led-conferences and exhibitions of learning.

RESPONSIBILITIES
- Collaborate with colleagues to create highly engaging, cross-curricular learning expeditions
- Employ a variety of teaching methodologies that guide students to engage in critical thinking: use of protocols, simulations, workshops, Socratic seminars, cooperative learning, experiments, hands-on projects, and other inquiry-based activities
- Employ total participation techniques to engage all scholars in learning during every moment of class
- Implement formative and summative assessments to track student progress; engage students in the assessment and tracking process
- Analyze data on student performance to effectively inform instruction
- Provide differentiated support including accommodations and modifications to ensure all students are able to meet and exceed standards
- Coordinate and participate in day and overnight fieldwork including camping trips
- Integrate work with expert professionals during fieldwork, via video conferencing, or in person on site interview
- Participate in ongoing professional development including peer observations
- Implement school-wide positive behavioral systems to effectively manage the classroom
- Continually communicate with students families regarding performance and progress
- Serve as a Crew adviser to 10-12 students which includes leading a daily advisory, called crew, supporting advisees and regularly communicating with parents
- Serve as an active member of the McAuliffe Community including attending evening celebrations of student learning and admissions events

QUALIFICATIONS
- Appreciation for the Expeditionary Learning (EL) design model -- commitment to develop curriculum and implement EL core practices, including in-depth learning expeditions
- Appreciation for the life and mind of the adolescent scholar
- Personal qualities that exemplify the school’s emphasis on character development and community
- Teaching experience (ideally in grades 5 through 9) consistent with McAuliffe’s progressive, constructivist, exploratory and project-based educational philosophy
- Strong subject area background; highly qualified or ready to get qualified; licensed in Massachusetts with relevant content area expertise
- Reader, writer, critical thinker and attentive to current events and opportunities to create curriculum that guides scholars to make sense of the world
- Skillful at using a variety of assessment methods and data to pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses and skillful at applying instructional practices to address diverse learning needs
- Strong interpersonal skills, commitment to teamwork, and readiness to reflect and grow
- Values a collaborative approach to working with a diverse population of children and adults
- Sense of humor and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and spontaneity
- Exemplary organizational skills including the ability to prioritize, complete tasks (such as grading) efficiently, keep grade-book up to date, and document lessons, materials, and assessment
-A belief that all students, including those with special learning needs, can learn and be successful in school

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
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  • Employer Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...


    Location Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Christa McAuliffe Charter School 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 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Nellie Zupancic
    • 139 Newbury Street
    • Framingham, Massachusetts 01071

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