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. 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.
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.
- Overseeing/Managing a caseload of special education students and the implementation of their IEP's
- Ensuring appropriate delivery of both special education instruction and related services as stipulated in their IEP's
- Facilitating IEP meetings using a strengths based and family centered approach
- Coordinating with special education team(s) to complete IEP progress reports towards goals at the end of the trimester
- Engaging parents and families in their student's learning and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community
- Facilitating meetings for families, as well as identifying resources for parents of students with special needs
- Overseeing the creation, dissemination, and review of teacher reports prior to IEP meetings
- Advocating for special education with school leadership
- Preparing for and acting as school representative in meetings wit the Committee on Special Education (annual reviews, triannual reviews, initials, etc.)
- Communicating with grade level teams to support scholars with IEP's and educate teachers on best practices
- Owning the process of sharing of scholar IEP's with grade level teams both at the start of the academic year as well as when scholars are new enrollees
- A bachelor’s degree in the subject area to be taught, preferably from a selective college or university (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 low-income areas preferred;
- Commitment to LAB’s mission and academic objectives; a demonstrated belief that all scholars, regardless of background and incoming ability, can achieve at high levels;
- Record of using data in the classroom and driving scholar outcomes with scholars of similar population;
- Commitment to education standards, frequent formative assessment, and accountability;
- Belief in a structured, predictable environment for children in a high expectation environment;
- Ability to be the authority in the classroom, maintain a calm and consistent learning environment;
- Willingness to build relationships with scholars 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
- Desire to make others successful;
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and optimism;
- 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.
Teachers will receive a competitive, comprehensive 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.
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