Teaching Fellow [2021-22 School Year]
Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory.
We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.
At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do.
Growth Happens Here.
About the Role
An Excel Teaching Fellowship is a year-long intensive teacher development program where, through structured classroom experience, observation and coaching you will develop the skills and mindset to be a rigorous and inclusive lead teacher. You will be paired with a talented mentor teacher who will support you in your growth over the course of the year. Upon completion of a successful Fellowship year, you will have the option of applying for a lead teaching position at Excel for the following school year.
As an Excel Teaching Fellow, you will be part of a diverse cohort of other new educators. Together you will participate in weekly professional development sessions with topics including, but not limited to, rigorous classroom instruction and culture, data-driven instruction, and equity and inclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as co-teacher in the classroom of the Mentor Teacher
- Participate in after-school professional development sessions twice per month throughout the school year.
- Develop and teach lessons with your Mentor Teacher with a gradual increase in teaching responsibilities as the school year progresses;
- Observe and provide in-class support;
- Actively engage in coaching opportunities with mentor teacher;
- Teach small group instruction.
- Additional Coverage and Support
- Teach and develop curriculum for 1-2 elective courses (Middle Schools only);
- Provide regular coverage for instructional and non-instructional class blocks;
- Act as short or long-term substitute teacher when a lead teacher is absent;
- Lead an after-school activities and enrichment;
- Lead/co-lead a 90-minute enrichment class session on Fridays;
- Prove targeted, individualized student support in the grade level of highest needs;
- Serve as an advisor for a group students;
- Provide operational support as needed.
- A Bachelor’s degree;
- A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
- A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
- The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
- The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
- An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.
Preference will be given to applicants who:
- Have experience in a public or charter school setting;
- Speak Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic fluently;
- Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture;
- Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.
Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.