Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking an Elementary School Instructional Leader - Humanities or STEM to join our campus based leadership team(s) 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 five 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. The school’s mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements:
- Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 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.
The Elementary School Instructional Leader/DCI is an integral part of the campus-based instructional team and will help drive student growth at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School by coaching and observing teachers, overseeing curriculum and assessments, and supporting a culture of data-driven instruction.
- Observe elementary school teachers and conduct feedback/coaching sessions on a weekly basis for the purpose of providing constructive feedback and recommendations.
- Review curriculum and assessments to ensure common core alignment of curriculum and rigorous content standards that drive student growth and promote college readiness.
- Foster a DDI culture among the instructional team, in which data is used to identify trends in assessment results, analyze student growth, including content mastery and skill gaps, and drive the continuation, modification, or addition of strategies to move students to higher levels of achievement.
- Facilitate small and large group discussions between and among the leadership team, teachers, and tutors on issues related to student learning.
- Collaborate with members of the instructional team and school leadership to conduct school-wide instructional needs assessments
- In conjunction with leadership team, develop specific, measurable goals for the instructional team, and identify specific skills, strategies, and programmatic activities to support or extend school-wide learning.
- In conjunction with leadership team, coordinate grade level or department meetings and plan professional development sessions for the purpose of providing targeted support to teachers, teaching assistants, and Tutor Corps members.
- Work with general and special education teachers, and RTI coordinator to develop student interventions and modifications based on data from SRI, SMI, ANet, and other data sources.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching and driving student growth in an urban school setting.
- Experience coaching teachers as a grade level or department chair strongly preferred.
- Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
- Relentless work ethic.
- Demonstrated mastery of content knowledge.
- Curriculum development experience strongly preferred.
- Leadership experience in a high performing, No Excuses school is strongly preferred.
- Standard teaching certification and administrative certificate (supervisor, principal, or administrator endorsement) issued by the NJ Department of Education or out-of-state education department preferred.
GREAT OAKS PHILOSOPHY:
Our students arrive, on average, behind grade level. Many live in poverty. 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.
We believe that in order to fulfill this 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, and
- Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.
- Employee agrees to take responsibility for his/her part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
- It is a given that all of the faculty work very hard. Employee, like all staff, acknowledges that he/she will do more than just work hard. Employee agrees to seek – through formal and informal feedback – to continue to develop and improve his/her job performance while employed by the School. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP & EVALUATION
The Elementary School Instructional Leader reports to the Campus Director and receives feedback through observations, data dashboards, and informal/formal check-ins.
Salaries at Great Oaks Legacy are competitive and include benefits for all full-time staff members.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.