Amber Charter Schools Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellow Lead, 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) AmeriCorps Fellows gain valuable professional and personal experience and acquire skills in teaching, civic-engagement, teamwork and leadership during the service term.
ACS GO AmeriCorps Fellow Leads will be selected to 1) provide high dose academic tutoring and supportive mentoring to students in their assigned class every day and 2) lead and support first year ACS GO Fellows.
ACS GO Fellow Leads are integral members of the Amber Charter School community. They help our schools develop into positive, holistic communities for students and coach the ACS GO Fellows, as they develop as people and professionals. They will also collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including colleagues and families, to contribute to an enriching school community where students thrive.
ACS GO Fellow Leads hold a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that ACS GO Fellows feel valued, supported, and effective in their roles. Ideal candidates for this role have built strong, positive relationships throughout the Amber Charter Schools community, are viewed as leaders by their peers, go above and beyond what is expected and have demonstrated exemplary implementation of the ACS GO Fellowship model and culture.
ACS GO Fellow Leads 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
ACS GO Fellow Leads 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 $19,620 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 Leads 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, particularly considering the effects of the COVID-19 health pandemic.
ACS GO Fellow Leads coach ACS GO Fellows to develop and improve their Instruct for Mastery skills and strategies in math and/or ELA instruction to achieve meaningful academic gains with students.
- Provide Fellows with ongoing feedback and coaching to improve their teaching practices, including but not limited to instructional preparation, delivery and assessment.
- Model excellent instructional practices and conduct observations.
- Work with Fellows and students to ensure that every student has individualized academic goals.
- Assess student progress on a regular basis and effectively use data to inform more personalized instruction; coach Fellows on how to effectively use data to inform more personalized instruction.
- Support the Fellow Leadership team to plan and facilitate professional development for Fellows.
- Plan and facilitate weekly meetings and check-ins.
ACS GO Fellow Leads help to develop Fellows to improve in the Mentor for Leadership domains.
- Model professional mentorship practices inside and outside of goal setting spaces.
- Conduct observations and provide Fellows with ongoing feedback and coaching to improve their mentorship practices.
- Support Fellows to develop professional relationships, improve how they manage, coach and motivate students, and leverage family support in order to achieve meaningful social-emotional gains with students.
- Work with Fellows and students to ensure that every student has individualized student driven social-emotional goals
- Collaborate with Fellows, teachers, and administrators to support the individualized needs of students (e.g. identify students who need informal or formal supports, create behavior improvement plans); collaborate with GO Fellow Leadership to develop individualized mentorship content.
- Cultivate relationships with families through weekly phone calls and other communications to maintain an open conversation about student performance & support and hold Fellows accountable to doing the same
- Provide daily individualized mentorship to small groups of Great Oaks students when necessary
ACS GO Fellow Leads create a welcoming and professional community, where individuals feel affirmed, respected, and committed to supporting their teammates and achieving student academic and social-emotional goals. Fellow Leads are relationship-focused and serve to support Fellows to improve in the Help Develop a Community domain.
- Bolster the development of the community with integrity, professionalism, and humility.
- Guide Fellows to an understanding of professionalism in the context of a school community; help acclimate Fellows to the Amber Charter Schools culture and uphold GO Fellowship policies and procedures, holding Fellows accountable to high standards of professional practices.
- Contribute to the positive AmeriCorps experience of Fellows and to a collaborative & positive GO Fellow community; plan or support the planning of team building, appreciation, reflection, career readiness, alumni, and/or community service activities.
- Assist Fellows in developing enrichment programs outside of tutorial such as after school and/or elective programming.
- Support the development of an enriching school environment by being present during transitions, engaging with students during lunch, providing in-class or curriculum support, leading after-school clubs, supporting Saturday programming, and/or attending school events. Hold Fellows accountable to do the same.
ACS GO AmeriCorps Fellow Leads instruct for academic mastery, mentor for leadership and develop a community. Fellow Lead direct service schedules are modified to accommodate the coaching, leading and supporting they provide to Fellows.
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.
- Completed a Bachelor’s degree by August 1, 2021 (AmeriCorps requirement)
- Citizenship or legal Permanent Residency status in the United States (AmeriCorps requirement)
- Served no more than three previous AmeriCorps service terms (AmeriCorps requirement)
- At least one semester of serving with outstanding performance in the ACS GO Fellowship; in select cases a candidate may be considered if s/he held a comparable role in a similar organization.
- Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
GO Fellow Lead positions are reserved for experienced Fellows who exhibit great promise as leaders in combining adult leadership with relationship building in service of leading students to ambitious academic and personal gains. Success in this role will also require the candidate to cultivate respect and rapport with all members of the school community.
- Commitment to serving children in public schools and an unwavering belief that ALL students can learn and succeed
- Belief in the impact of the Fellowship program on students and belief that all Fellows can succeed
- Demonstrates ability to coach peers through observations, feedback, small group meetings, and one-on-one check-ins
- Relationship building, communication, and collaboration skills- experience working in team settings
- Maturity to work closely with professional peers
- Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to maintain high support, expectations, accountability, and to ultimately drive towards results
- The ability to effectively and professionally communicate with students, parents, school staff, and community members
- Knowledge of academic standards in math and/or ELA
- Determination and drive to get the details right
- 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.
- From the date of your application, you can expect to receive notice within a week regarding your eligibility.
- You will be asked to respond to the following two prompts:
- Please reflect on the last 6 months as an ACS GO Fellow. What have you learned through this experience and how will you apply these lessons to excel next year as a GO Fellow Lead or Second Year Fellow?
- Discuss one way we could improve either the math or ELA program to help more of our students reach proficiency.
- Qualified candidates will be scheduled for an interview with the Amber Charter Schools hiring staff.