Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Date Posted: August 6, 2018

Curriculum and Planning

  • Learn content and skills as detailed in curriculum support materials (e.g. teacher guides), VOICE framework for teaching, as well as Common Core or other related standards
  • Develop purposeful, rigorous, and engaging daily and long-term plans aligned to standards, and regularly revisit these materials
  • Submit necessary curriculum documents (e.g. scope and sequence, curriculum maps, lesson plans, reteach plans, intellectual preparation documents) as requested
  • Create, administer, and analyze meaningful and frequent assessments from which reteaches are planned
  • Maintain the necessary records of student progress toward academic goals; meet deadlines for submitting data to other departments
  • Consult with departmental colleagues on curriculum support materials and planning to support intellectual preparation and classroom instruction

In the Classroom

  • Maintain a productive, safe, and disciplined learning environment in which classroom values, teaching points, process charts, and student work are clearly displayed
  • Maximize instruction time by keeping the flow of classroom activities moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day
  • Uphold all school policies and middle school specific policies (including but not limited to: student attendance, reporting of absence and lateness within a period, independent student transitions, assigned seats) within the classroom
  • Infuse VOICE values, rigor, and joy into lessons
  • Integrate feedback and goal-setting into lesson delivery
  • Provide the differentiation and accommodations needed for the growth and success of all students; go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting appropriate standards
  • Model strong written and verbal skills

Invest time in knowing students and demonstrate an active interest in their well-being; use kind, firm body language to convey authority and care

  • Review and comply with guidelines of students’ IEPs, follow IDEA reporting requirements, and provide information about student performance and services received
  • Fully embrace VOICE’s mission and values and promote them to students, parents, and colleagues
  • Collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team, across grade bands, and across departments, coordinating all instructional activities with teachers, assistants, and instructional leaders; collaborate with other staff to envision and execute projects
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop systems for student accountability and academic ownership
  • Consult with events department to develop experiences for middle school students
  • Serve as Advisory Leader for students in grade 7-8
  • Proactively seek assistance or advice when faced with challenging teaching situations;
  • Maintain positive relationships with and support the learning of all staff members
  • Appropriately give and receive feedback to/from students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration
  • Keep families well-informed of student performance and progress
  • Provide feedback and guidance to classroom assistants

Communication and Collaboration

Professionalism and Work Day Expectations

  • Fully participate in all school and grade-level meetings, designated school functions outside of school hours, and opportunities for individual and school-wide professional development
  • Meet expectations including punctuality and professionalism in conversation and in writing; consistently meet deadlines and communicate frequently and appropriately on progress on projects and goals.
  • Reflect on professional practice through self-analysis and engagement in informal and formal feedback processes

Position Qualifications:

Attitude and Focus

  • Unwavering humility, patience, and kindness
  • Professional demeanor with the ability to influence and facilitate decision-making among multiple, diverse parties
  • Perseverance to create clarity while allowing for complexity and nuance
  • Openness to work collaboratively to solve problems
  • High sense of urgency, demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment, and ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Organized and systems driven
  • Fastidious and attentive to detail

Skills and Knowledge

  • Deep belief in VOICE’s mission, vision, and values
  • Basic principles of curriculum design
  • Child learning theory and behavioral approaches
  • Differentiation strategies (conferencing; small group work); basic understanding of English as a Second Language and Special Education approaches and procedures
  • Elements of effective classroom environment and management
  • Expertise in the study and techniques of social sciences including history and political science; background knowledge in U.S. History and World History
  • Analyzing data using defined but different processes in order to inform student progress
  • Ability to adapt to changing work priorities
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; exhibit tact and patience
  • Building strong and effective collegial relationships as part of a team, including but not limited to co-teachers and grade teams; be able to effectively manage an assistant
  • Building individual relationships with students and maintaining a kind, firm voice and body language
  • Building effective sequential long-term lesson plans and mastery-oriented short term lesson plans
  • Maintaining high academic expectations through purposeful building of thinking skills, standards-aligned independent practice, questioning and discussion techniques, high standards for language and evidence, and structured support for students
  • Communicating effectively and frequently with families
  • Reflecting on own practice and implementing action steps; embodying VOICE values in everyday interactions and work products
  • Using time efficiently; prioritizing tasks appropriately; meeting deadlines

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required
  • New York State teaching certification required. VOICE will consider only candidates that are either (a) already fully certified at time of application, or (b) on track to become fully certified by the first day of employment.
  • Significant experience working with and/or teaching children in middle school grades required
  • Experience with and interest in working with high needs students preferred
  • New York State teaching certification in Middle Childhood Education: Generalist or Social Studies preferred

[Please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the employee meeting all prerequisite job qualifications by the first day of employment.]

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including participation in a pre-tax commuter benefits program and partial reimbursement for monthly commuting expenses, gym reimbursement, cultural enrichment reimbursements, participation in the Teachers Retirement System pension program, frequent access to baked goods, and many opportunities to get to know your VOICE colleagues!

How to Apply: Please submit an electronic application (including a VOICE-specific cover letter and resume) at https://voicecharterschool.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

The application deadline is September 1st, the ideal start date is August 20

VOICE Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In its employment decisions, VOICE does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

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