Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher (SY17-18)

Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedFebruary 15, 2017
IndustryK-12: Charter Schools
SpecialtyOther
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryCommensurate With Experience
Certificate Needed No
Education Bachelor's Degree
Websitehttp://www.mundoverdepcs.org
Description:

Job Description: Lead early childhood and elementary teachers are members of the academic and grade specific level teams. Educators are responsible for bringing significant and lasting change to the classroom and the school, managing a class of 18-24 students, and fully engaging in professional development activities. A fellow may be provided to support a classroom or cohort of students. PreK (3 and 4 year olds) and Kindergarten are full Spanish immersion; 1st-3rd grade teachers teach all subject areas in either English or Spanish, and; 4th-5th grades are departmentalized into Spanish Language Arts, English Language Arts and Bilingual Math. Some classrooms may have a Special Education co-teacher. If a fellow is provided, lead teachers mentor their classroom fellow but do not have any direct reports. Classroom educators report to the Principal.

Qualifications

Required

  • Advanced or native proficiency of English or Spanish
  • (PK and K) Advanced or native proficiency of Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an education field but not required
  • 1+ year as a teacher of record or early childhood educator (for PK only)
  • Understanding of the different levels of age-appropriate student development
  • Meet Highly Qualified statutes by having:
    • DC License; or
    • passing Praxis scores, or
    • degree in Elementary Education; or
    • HOUSSE rubric for veteran teachers
  • Ability to manage time and work in a fast-paced, dynamic school environment, multi-task, prioritize and stay calm under pressure

Preferred

  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency of English and Spanish
  • (PK) Advanced or native proficiency of English
  • Master’s degree in an education field
  • 3+ years as a teacher of record
  • Understanding of backward mapping or Understanding by Design
  • Comfort working both on teams and independently with ability to be flexible and take initiative
  • Integrity and a sense of humor
  • 1+ years of experience in any of the following:
    • Responsive Classroom
    • EL (project-based) curriculum
    • Inclusion
    • Bilingual immersion

Responsibilities

Be a leader in bringing about significant and lasting change in my classroom and school by:

  • Building a classroom culture that demonstrates the principles of biliteracy, sustainability, authentic inquiry, and Habits of Community Stewardship
  • Embodying the Responsive Classroom philosophy
  • (PK) Fostering a climate for learning to support the tenets and expectations of Creative Curriculum
  • Embracing and fostering inclusion and upholding high expectations for all
  • Developing and executing meaningful learning expeditions and student fieldwork
  • (If a fellow provided), mentoring and supporting professional growth, through examples such as:
    • Monitoring a fellow’s growth along a gradual release continuum
    • Providing observations and feedback to improve practice quarterly
  • Actively engaging families in their students’ academic success, through examples such as:
    • Conducting home visits to 18-25 families by November
    • Writing weekly grade-level blogs
    • Completing report cards quarterly, and progress reports 3 times a year
    • Facilitating Student-led conferences
    • Collaborating in the design and implementation of celebrations of student learning (Expos)
  • Participating in school events outside of regular school hours
    • Required to attend pre-planned evening events throughout the year such as Expo, family home visits, etc.
    • Expected to attend at least one family / community event a year such as orientation, prospective parent info sessions, family potlucks, etc.
  • Maintaining an organized classroom which consistently displays high-quality student work including drafting process and final products

Collaborate deeply with colleagues to raise student achievement by:

  • Implementing workshop model instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the USP Education for Sustainability Standards
  • Planning collaboratively with a grade-level team
  • Using student work and assessment data to plan for differentiated instruction
  • Partnering with dedicated grade-level special educators to include and differentiate for students with IEPs
  • Utilizing curriculum maps to sequence and design lesson plans, rubrics and assessments in literacy, math, and expeditions
  • Assessing student progress through ongoing, standards-based formative and summative assessment
  • Analyzing the results of standardized assessments including Fountas and Pinnell English literacy assessment, EDL2 Spanish literacy assessment, and Achievement Network benchmark assessments

Fully engage in professional development activities and coaching cycles by:

  • Attending a 3-4 week summer institute
  • Engaging in Wednesday PD sessions during the school year and attending off-site PD as available / required
  • Working with an instructional coach to improve teaching practice

Habits of an Ideal Candidate: Mundo Verde community members strive to embody and practice the characteristics of a Community Steward by practicing six community building virtues and values every day: 1) Empathy, 2) Speak your truth, 3) Perseverance, 4) Inquiry, 5) Collaboration, and 6) Appreciation. An ideal candidate will embrace these habits.

Benefits

  • Medical, dental & vision coverage – 100% of the HMO plan and 50% of the additional cost of HMO plans that include children, spouses, and families, a PPO plan is also available
  • 3% contribution of salary to a 401K retirement plan
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance at no cost to employee
  • 3 days of paid time off (PTO), 5 days of sick leave, 8 paid holidays, 10 paid Winter Break days, 5 paid Spring Break days
  • Monthly public transportation benefit
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