Middle School English Language Arts Teacher (Temporary Leave Position)

Instructional Positions (2017-2018) Newark, New Jersey


Description

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Middle School English Language Arts Teacher (Temporary Leave Position) for the 2017-18 school year.

About Us

The mission of the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is to prepare its students to succeed in college. We do this by instilling in students the respect, integrity, self-discipline, and excellence necessary to be successful in college and to pursue a career of their choice. We strongly believe that all students can succeed in an atmosphere of high expectations and caring relationships where they receive considerable individual attention. What sets GO schools apart from other college preparatory charters is a high-dosage tutoring model. The Great Oaks Tutor Corps is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day.

Great Oaks Legacy was founded with the explicit mission to change the dismal odds that a low-income minority student in Newark currently has of ever obtaining a college degree. Our mission is to prepare students to succeed in college.

Great Oaks Legacy is a No Excuses school with high standards, a rigorous college-prep curriculum, small cohorts of students, individualized tutoring and personal support and care for each student.

Teaching at Great Oaks Legacy

The teachers at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School are responsible for preparing each of our students for college success through rigorous instruction and maintaining consistently high expectations for conduct. Teachers are models of the hard work, desire for learning, and self-control that we expect our students to learn and display.

Responsibilities

1) Curriculum & Instruction

  • Demonstrating solid knowledge and understanding of the content matter.
  • Establishing, communicating, and demanding high expectations for student learning, and quality of work.
  • Using a multitude of instructional strategies and activities that are academically rigorous and highly engaging.
  • Executing detailed lesson plans mapped to a year-long academic plan to address learning needs.
  • Taking full responsibility for student failure and constantly working to respond to the students’ learning needs.
  • Consistently sending the message that this work is important, that the student can do it, and that you will not give up on a student.

 2) Data

  • Track and analyze student data to identify student learning needs and set ambitious, attainable goals for student progress.
  • Planning and implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes.
  • Working collaboratively with the principal and other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data.

3) Classroom Environment

  • Maintaining an efficient, respectful and positive tone in your classroom.
  • Utilizing time to maximize student learning and communicating a constant, tangible sense of urgency.
  • Ensuring that all students are on task at all times during a lesson.
  • Clearly enforcing and emphasizing school rules, values and expectations.
  • Building relationships with students that demonstrate an open concern and a sense of responsibility for students’ academic and personal growth.
  • Supervising students during lunch and transition periods.

 4) Additional Responsibilities

  • Putting in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to contribute to student and school success.
  • Independently assuming additional responsibilities when necessary and demonstrating leadership.
  • Making frequent phone calls, keeping parents informed of successes and struggles.
  • Maintaining an orderly school culture.
  • Occasionally leading professional development sessions.
  • Other duties that may be necessary to fulfill the mission of the school.

 Qualifications

  • Relentless work ethic.
  • Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
  • Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university. GPA must meet minimum requirements for NJ DOE certification.
  • Demonstrated mastery of English Language Arts content knowledge and ability to drive student growth.
  • Prior teaching experience in an urban No Excuses school setting strongly preferred. 
  • Extremely strong classroom management abilities.
  • Evidence of NJ Department of Education certification (CE/CEAS/Provisional/Standard) or out of state certification.
  • Experience developing curriculum or potential to lead curricular development strongly preferred.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.


History of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School

With the recent merger of Great Oaks Charter School and Newark Legacy Charter School, we have become Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, a high performing PK4 - 12th grade charter school.

History of Great Oaks Charter School - Newark

Great Oaks Charter School - Newark opened its doors in 2011, initially providing 133 6th and 7th grade students with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, supported by two hours of small group tutorial, daily. Great Oaks has added a grade each year. Prior to the merger it served over 460 students across two campuses – a middle school campus in the downtown Teachers Village complex, serving 6th – 8th grades and a high school campus in the downtown Lincoln Park area. The first 12th grade class will graduate in June of 2017. Great Oaks has seen dramatic academic growth, with its students placing top in the state in average Math SGP (student growth percentile).

History of Newark Legacy Charter School

Founded as a BES (Building Excellent Schools) charter school, Newark Legacy Charter School started as an independent charter school focused on literacy and parent and community involvement. Newark Legacy opened its doors in 2010 with Kindergarten and 1st grade. In 2014, it was chosen as one of only three charter launch schools across the city, serving a large number of Newark students in the former Madison Elementary School building. Prior to the merger, Newark Legacy served over 640 students in Pre-K through 6th grade in this historic building in the South Ward of Newark.