Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking a dynamic, mission-aligned educator to join our instructional team as a High School SAT & College Readiness Teacher for the 2020-21 school year.
GREAT OAKS LEGACY OVERVIEW
The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving 1,900 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country.
We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff.
Great Oaks Legacy’s mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:
- Small school – Grade-level cohorts of about 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
- More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who are struggling.
- High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from K-12. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
- Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.
To fulfill our mission, we must –
- Create a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
- Be surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members
- Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.
The SAT/ College-Readiness Teacher is responsible for helping the College and Alumni Office fulfill the GOLCS mission of preparing students for college success by implementing the college-readiness curriculum that fosters a eleventh grade student’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills, professionalism, character development and enhance skills/readiness for college entrance exams such as the pSAT and SAT.
There are four quarters within our GOLCHS school year. During the first two quarters of the school year, the SAT/ College-Readiness Teacher is responsible for driving content regarding basic college knowledge and research; preparation for the financial aid process; developing career-ready skills through resume/cover letter building and interviewing skills and exploration of additional post-secondary options (military and vocational/apprenticeship preparation). The remaining two quarters of the year will be centered around SAT preparation using the Winward Academy curriculum, while implementing the teacher’s facilitation of SAT testing-taking skills related to Process of Elimination, Personal Order of Difficulty, etc.
Additional tasks include:
- Create and implement pre-existing SAT/College Action lessons and maintain the gradebooks for the course
- Manage and track students respective progress and completion of Winward Academy lessons
- Manage and track the registration process for national SAT testings for the entire class
- Successfully execute administrative duties related to but not limited to: AP/SAT/ACT official score reporting and management; tracking of enrollment in Naviance and coordinating monthly parent communications student’s progress
- Participate in weekly check-ins with the Director of the College Office regarding course progress and student engagement with curriculum content
- Attend weekly grade level meetings and provide updates on student progress within the course
- Assist in the planning and facilitation of family engagement workshops related to preparing for college and financial aid readiness
The SAT/ College-Readiness Teacher will be successful in the following areas:
1) Curriculum & Instruction
- Demonstrating solid knowledge and understanding of the content matter related to college and career preparation.
- Establishing, communicating, and demanding high expectations for student learning, and quality of work.
- Using a multitude of instructional strategies and activities that are academically rigorous and highly engaging.
- Executing detailed lesson plans mapped to a year-long academic plan to address learning needs.
- Taking full responsibility for student failure and constantly working to respond to the students’ learning needs through re-teaching content/scaffolding/spiraling.
- Consistently sending the message that this work is important, that the student can do it, and that you will not give up on a student.
- Track and analyze student data to identify student learning needs and set ambitious, attainable goals for student progress.
- Planning and implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes.
- Working collaboratively with the Director of College Counseling and other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data and SAT preparatory performance.
3) Classroom Environment
- Maintaining an efficient, respectful and positive tone in your classroom.
- Utilizing time to maximize student learning and communicating a constant, tangible sense of urgency.
- Ensuring that all students are on task at all times during a lesson.
- Clearly enforcing and emphasizing school rules, core values and expectations as budding young professionals
- Building relationships with students that demonstrate an open concern and a sense of responsibility for students’ academic and personal growth.
- Supervising students during lunch and transition periods.
4) Additional Responsibilities
- Putting in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to contribute to student and school success.
- Independently assuming additional responsibilities when necessary and demonstrating leadership.
- Working with the college counseling team to ensure that students are on track to attend college and/or identify additional post-secondary pathways.
- Occasionally leading professional development sessions.
- Other duties that may be necessary to fulfill the mission of the school.
- Relentless work ethic. and can-do attitude
- Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
- Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university. GPA must meet minimum requirements for NJ DOE certification.
- Demonstrated mastery of content knowledge and ability to drive student growth.
- Prior teaching experience in an urban No Excuses school setting strongly preferred.
- Extremely strong classroom management abilities.
- Evidence of NJ Department of Education certification (CE/CEAS/Provisional/Standard) or out of state certification.
- Experience developing curriculum or potential to lead curricular development strongly preferred.
The SAT Prep and College Readiness Teacher is a member of the College and Alumni Office team and will take part in monthly team meetings. Therefore, this team member will meet weekly with the Director of College Counseling (DCC), and receive regular coaching and support from the DCC.
GREAT OAKS LEGACY PHILOSOPHY
Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty – a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.
- Employee takes responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively and reactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
- It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff, including the Campus Directors, Admin Teams, CAO, CEO, President, Operations Team and COO and Employee, acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek – through formal and informal feedback – to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.