Elementary Co-Teacher 2013-14
Do you want to join a dedicated team of professionals at a thriving independent charter school that values an authentic and strong curriculum, teacher and student voice, and community building? Apply to teach at Harlem Link!
At Harlem Link, teachers work in highly collaborative teams and have a great deal of professional responsibility within the school’s curriculum and lesson planning framework. Teachers are responsible for providing a rigorous instructional program to scholars in the service of closing the achievement gap and creating a safe, structured learning community to foster citizenship skills and higher order thinking. Teachers at Harlem Link are outcome-oriented, hardworking and receptive to feedback, putting in the time necessary to ensure scholars meet the school’s high expectation for learning.
Responsibilities of Co-Teachers
Curriculum and Instruction
- Plan units of study and lessons by following the Harlem Link curriculum framework
- Write and implement learning objectives that are challenging and measurable, and are based on Common Core standards as well as student assessment data
- Teach reading and writing through balanced literacy and a workshop model (mentors to our approach include Fountas and Pinnell, Patricia Cunningham, Lucy Calkins)
- Teach math through a workshop model using TERC Investigations as touchstone for major concepts and additional learning activities that allow students to meet skill and conceptual thinking expectations
- Teach social studies based on school expectations and scope and sequence, integrating units into reading and writing time to the maximum extent possible
- Model and instill a love of learning
Special Education (if applicable)
- Work with co-teacher to implement modifications and accommodations for students with IEPs
- Monitor IEP goals for students
- Possess a strong philosophical belief that all children belong and stop at nothing to ensure a successful integrated education
- Administer tri-annual assessments to inform instruction, including DRA and MAP
- Administer and review end of unit tests in reading, writing and math to track student achievement of standards
- Create and administer standards-based interim assessments including but not limited to: observation recording tools, checklists and inventories, rubrics, quizzes
- Analyze student work and assessments to inform instruction and create and execute Data Action Plans that yield significant student process several times per year
- Group students dynamically based on academic needs as informed by assessment data
- Write detailed report cards tri-annually to communicate student progress to families
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to data-based accountability
- Use classroom and behavioral management strategies that are structured, consistent, respectful and responsive to student needs
- Ensure a safe physical and emotional environment for students through positive framing, kind communication with students and adults, predictability and consistent routines
- Take responsibility for order and productivity by refusing to tolerate classroom disruptions, creating individual behavior plans when needed
- Build a safe, orderly, and positive classroom community including all students
Collaboration with Co-Teacher
- Communicate and plan with your co-teacher on a regular, ongoing basis (before school, during school hours, with the children, after school)
- Utilize a common approach to behavior management, time management, classroom organization and appearance, planning, teaching, and monitoring learning
- Remain open and honest with co-teacher, speaking out when issues arise
- See the classroom as a shared space
- Split up responsibilities and roles as much as possible
Collaboration with Staff
- Attend staff meetings and development sessions
- Incorporate personal professional needs and administrative feedback in developing and maintaining a Professional Growth Plan
- Participate actively in the school’s established professional development structures
- Discuss curriculum and planning in weekly grade team meetings
- Meet with AIS teachers and social workers as necessary
- Meet and work with the instructional coaches based on individual or classroom needs
- Meet (individually or with co-teacher) with the principal and assistant principal to monitor student progress, co-teaching, and professional goals
Collaboration with Families
- Build a rapport with families
- Communicate with families through a daily double-entry log/progress report, phone calls and meetings as necessary
- Attend and participate in at least two parent association meetings during the year
- With other staff, coordinate at least one special event to encourage family involvement and dialogue about students
- Meet with families three times a year (report card conferences)
- Involve families through classroom student work celebrations and volunteer opportunities
Timeframe and compensation
- Teachers are required to be on-site from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for professional development. Teachers begin the year in mid-August for a two-week Summer Institute, and work through June.
- Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits are provided in accordance with school policy.
- All candidates must have:
- a master’s degree (or higher) in education and
- appropriate New York State teaching certification (or reciprocal certification from another state).
- Successful candidates are:
- highly-skilled collaborators who prefer the challenge and fun of teamwork
- creative thinkers who take a solutions oriented approach to classroom and school challenges and
- hard-working professionals dedicated to doing whatever it takes to close the achievement gap.
- Ideal candidates have:
- two or more years’ teaching experience
- a graduate degree in literacy and
- clear evidence on cover letter and/or resume of high student achievement in the context of an orderly, positive and inclusive classroom community.
How to Apply
Join Team Link! To apply, submit resume and cover letter online at www.harlemlink.org. Harlem Link is an equal opportunity employer.
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