Teaching at Brooklyn Lab is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and areas for growth of each of their scholars. By design, our schools are small communities where every scholar is known.
The role of the teacher is to empower scholars to own their learning. Teachers at Brooklyn Lab plan by deeply understanding scholar data, using our personalized learning platform Cortex and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their scholars to move forward on their progression towards mastery of grade level content. This planning and the use of data requires our teachers to consider not only how scholars bring together core content knowledge with both cognitive skills and our CREED values which stress entrepreneurial learning and scholar voice. Our teachers are constantly focused on how to prepare our scholars for the world beyond the classroom and to succeed in jobs that don’t exist yet and we can’t even imagine.
In addition to teaching their course, our faculty understands the value of collaboration. They share best practices across the network, mentor young educators who serve as Fellows, get and implement feedback from coaches and their instructional lead and work as a team to provide their scholars with a high-quality education.
Our focus on the whole scholar and in building our school community has established Brooklyn Lab as one of the best middle schools in the country for academic growth – adding two and three years of academic growth on average for our scholars. We invite you to be part of a transformation in education and to inspire a diverse a group of scholars with a lifelong love of learning.
LAB is seeking teachers for ELA/Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies for the 6th, 7th and 8th Grades.
- Provide direct instruction to classrooms of approximately 33 students in rigorous lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation science standards:
- Commit to preparing every student for high school graduation and success in a four-year college or university;
- Facilitate student learning by designing lessons, leading small groups, and conferencing with students;
- Implement frequent formative assessments, in addition to summative assessments and analyze student achievement data to inform and personalize instruction to meet the needs of students;
- Lead and own results of advisories that meet daily;
- Constantly review student level data to inform instruction and student groupings;
- Curate lessons via a mix of teacher created lessons and digital/on-line supports.
- A bachelor’s degree in the subject area to be taught, (master’s degree preferred);
- High GPA in an academic major;
- Certification to teach in New York State, preferably in the subject area to be taught;
- At least three years of teaching experience with exceptional results;
- Experience teaching in urban and/or low-income areas preferred;
- Commitment to LAB’s mission and academic objectives - a demonstrated belief that all students, regardless of background and incoming ability, can achieve at high levels;
- Record of using data in the classroom and driving student outcomes with students of similar population;
- Commitment to education standards, frequent formative assessment, and accountability;
- Belief in a structured, predictable environment for children;
- Ability to be the authority in the classroom and set rules for students;
- Willingness to build relationships with students and families;
- A “can do” attitude and the ability work as part of a team;
- Comfort with accountability and ability to absorb feedback and engage in self-improvement
- A desire to make others successful;
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and optimism;
- An understanding that the first years of school start-up require commitment, hard work, and hours beyond normal teaching positions;
- Ability to reflect and adjust to a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
Whenever possible, LAB seeks to hire Teachers certified in special education and/or teaching English to speakers of other languages, in addition to the subject they teach, to provide additional support to students with special needs and/or limited English proficiency.
Teachers will receive a competitive benefits package that improves over time and is competitive with other New York City charter schools. Other salary differentiation will be based on teacher experience and the subject area taught, with higher compensation going to more experienced teachers in difficult-to-fill subject areas such as science and math. We do not have a merit pay system, as we expect excellence from all of the teachers we select
In addition to competitive salaries, LAB benefits package includes:
- 80% cost share of health, dental, vision employee plan premiums
- 5% of annualized base salary contribution to a LAB retirement plan which vests at a percentage annually
- An employee professional development allowance for improving the employee’s practice
ABOUT BROOKLYN LAB
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB) is a network of open enrollment, college-prep, public charter schools that opened its first middle school in downtown Brooklyn in 2014. LAB opened its second middle school in the fall of 2016, and will open its first two high schools in the fall of 2017, both in downtown Brooklyn. LAB is dedicated to serving the highest need students regardless of their academic level, English language proficiency, or disability. To achieve this, we couple a high expectations approach with an innovative, Common Core-aligned, next generation learning model designed to drastically improve the academic success of our scholars.