Amber Charter Schools Great Oaks Second Year AmeriCorps Fellow, 2021-22

We are seeking team-oriented, student-centered, service-minded individuals who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.  Amber Charter Schools Great Oaks (ACS GO) Second Year AmeriCorps Fellows gain valuable professional and personal experience and acquire skills in teaching, civic-engagement, teamwork and leadership during the service term.

ACS GO 2nd Year Fellows are integral members of the Amber Charter Schools community. They not only serve as experienced tutors and mentors to students, but also serve as models to incoming first year Fellows. ACS GO 2nd Year Fellows also hold a great deal of responsibility for modeling effective instructional and mentorship strategies, and for setting a positive, professional tone for their first-year counterparts. The ideal candidate for this role has built strong, positive relationships throughout the Amber Charter Schools community, are viewed as leaders by their peers, and have a demonstrated track record of exemplary implementation of the Great Oaks Fellowship model, culture, and expectations.

Position Summary

ACS GO Second Year AmeriCorps Fellows will be selected to provide high dose academic tutoring and supportive mentoring to students in their assigned class every day. They will also collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including colleagues and families, to contribute to an enriching school community where students thrive. 

ACS GO Second Year AmeriCorps Fellows will serve students in-person, every day, at one of the three school sites listed below.  Therefore, candidates will need to be located in or have plans to relocate to the New York City area by August 1, 2021.  Please note we will open our school buildings in a manner that maintains the health and safety of all community members, which will likely include routine COVID-19 testing and CDC guidance for space utilization and interactions.

  • ACS East Harlem Elementary (K-5) | 220 E 106th St. | New York, NY 10029
  • ACS Kingsbridge Elementary (K-4) | 3120 Corlear Ave. | Bronx, NY 10463
  • ACS Kingsbridge Middle (5-6) | 532 W 215th St. | New York, NY 10034

 

  • Fellows will serve Mondays-Fridays, August 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
  • Hours will typically be 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, although slight adjustments may be made if Fellows support either early morning or after school activities. Schedules will be finalized in August.
  • This is a full-time (1700 hours), 11-month AmeriCorps Fellows service position.
  • 2021-22 ACS GO AmeriCorps Fellow Leads earn a $15,600 living allowance, a local housing allowance and access to health insurance.
  • ACS GO Fellow Leads will also be eligible for a $6,345 Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps upon successful completion of the service term in good standing with the service site (1700 hours of service and the service term in its entirety).
  • Fellows receive high-quality professional development throughout the service year.

 The mission of the Great Oaks Foundation (GOF) is to launch and support a network of charter schools that prepare students for college success through a rigorous tutorial program. The Great Oaks Foundation has replicated the Great Oaks Fellowship model in Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Bridgeport, CT, Wilmington, DE and Baltimore, MD. A select group of Great Oaks Fellows are enrolled in the Teaching Residency program. 

Amber Charter Schools (ACS) mission is to provide our students an academically rigorous and well-rounded education, along with strong character development, enabling them to prosper in their future endeavors.  By 2025, the ACS network will serve almost 2000 students across three NYC neighborhoods.

Amber Charter School East Harlem (K-5) was founded in 2000 as the first Latino-led charter school in New York State.  Amber Charter School Kingsbridge (K-6) opened in 2016. Amber Charter School Inwood (K-1) opens in 2021.

The Great Oaks Foundation has partnered with Amber Charter Schools to provide more placement opportunities for GO AmeriCorps Fellows to serve students in need of support through high dose tutoring and mentoring.  This is a critical need, given the evolving challenges our schools and students face in the midst of our country’s ongoing health pandemic. 

Position Responsibilities

Instruct for Academic Mastery

ACS GO Fellows deliver small group instruction to students in the context of a supportive relationship, resulting in a significant increase in math and ELA achievement.

  • Provide high dose, high impact tutoring and academic learning support to students in math and/or English language arts.
  • Assess student learning daily to inform personalized instruction efforts.
  • Actively participate in whole class learning sessions, to support teacher practice and student learning and engagement.
  • Provide additional academic support and guidance during office hours, after school programming and as needed.
  • Participate in team meetings with teachers and leaders to receive guidance, academic data and materials to inform, align and evolve instructional practice.
  • Actively engage in professional development sessions that are focused on student instruction (tutorial), mentoring and coaching techniques, student data, personal development, diversity and inclusion, etc.
  • Utilize at least one planning period each day to organize and adapt instructional materials.

Mentor for Leadership

ACS GO Fellows provide fundamental support to enhance students’ social emotional growth.

Fellows help empower students to evolve into leaders.

  • Mentor small groups and individual students.
  • Consistently serve as a model for students, demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to learning as well as professional behavior.
  • Ensure students’ continued demonstration of AMBER core values (Achievement, ComMunity, ResponsBility, HonEsty and Respect) and community member expectations
  • Support students to set self-directed social emotional goals
  • Cultivate relationships with families through weekly communication, ensuring open conversations and productive partnership that support student progress 

Develop a Community

ACS GO Fellows will contribute to the enrichment and development of the school community.

  • Attend and actively participate in all school/network events and activities.
  • Help students and families grow their technology skills and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Support and assist specials teachers with daily lessons, activities and/or assessments
  • Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service
  • Additional responsibilities may be established by school leadership in collaboration with network leadership. 

Qualifications

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree by August 1, 2021
  • Citizenship or legal Permanent Residency status in the United States (AmeriCorps requirement)
  • Served no more than three previous AmeriCorps service terms (AmeriCorps National requirement)
  • Prior experience working or volunteering with children (tutoring and/or mentoring preferred)
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Competencies

Strong ACS GO AmeriCorps Fellow candidates demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Commitment to serving children in public schools and an unwavering belief that ALL students can learn and succeed
  • Ability to build relationships with students and colleagues
  • Collaborative problem-solving abilities
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to collaborate and work with diverse stakeholders and teams
  • Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to lifelong learning - open to and eager for feedback
  • A high degree of comfort in learning and using digital tools and technology, including video conference and learning management platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.)
  • Passion for service and a resilient, positive mindset

In the event that some portion of the 2021-22 school year requires a temporary shift to remote learning and working, candidates will also need to have reliable and secure equipment, such as a laptop and reliable internet access) and protected, professional work space at home. 

Application Process:

  • From the date of your application, you can expect to receive notice within a week regarding your eligibility
  • Qualified candidates will be sent an email requesting completion of a Spark Hire one-way Interview (this email may end up in spam/ junk folder) Should you move on in the process, you will be scheduled for a final interview and work product evaluation with the Amber Charter Schools hiring staff.

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