Upper School English Language Arts Teacher

Instructional Richmond, California


Description

Division:             Upper School

Location:            Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to:        Upper School Director

Status:                Full-time, Exempt

 

Position Summary

The role of the English Language Arts Teacher is to promote literacy across disciplines and collaborate to assess student work, design curriculum, and improve personal practice. Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building, including but not limited to, classroom, lunch and hallway norm expectations. Teachers are also expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.

 

Primary Responsibilities

 

Instruction

  • Create and revise culturally relevant, effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and lesson plans aligned with Common Core and California State curricular standards; these lesson plans and unit plans are differentiated and designed to engage and challenge high school students.
  • Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system.
  • Integrate literacy and writing during instruction.
  • Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles, including child cognitive and social development.

 

Assessment

  • Create and consistently use Formative and Summative Assessments that embed and provide students practice for unit tests, finals, and standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and SBAC.
  • Manage a formalized student and parent engagement plan that details engaging students and parents, as well as provides metrics to measure growth and development, socially and academically, on a quarterly basis.
  • Design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides and California state standards.
  • Administer, analyze and reflect upon quantitative and qualitative student data (schoolwide benchmark data and classroom data) to inform instructional practice.

 

Additional Responsibilities and Expectations

 

Mission Alignment

  • Communicate with, teach and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community.
  • Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed.

 

Other

  • In addition to the core class, instruct students with foundational coursework in an alternate class setting (“Marlin Hour”) and advise a group of students (“Advisory”)—responsibilities include: 1-1 check-ins, advisory family conferences, SAT/ACT preparation lessons, community circles and post-secondary plan support, as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

 

Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards and Chromebooks.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift items more than 10 lbs.

 

Travel                                                                                                

Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.

 

Qualifications

 

Experience

  • 2-3 years minimum of relevant professional work experience required
  • Teaching experience desirable
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school
  • Strong understanding of California’s A-G college readiness requirements
  • Familiarity with reading and analyzing data
  • Previous mentorship experience desirable
  • Understanding and ability to implement restorative justice practices

 

Skills

  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Skills in designing and revising authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students
  • Ability to adapt and align with school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides, NGSS and California state standards
  • Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, Khan Academy, Newsla, Zinc/Springboard, etc.)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Advanced degrees desirable
  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential or enrollment in a credential program required
  • Passing score on CBEST and CSET required
  • CLAD/BCLAD

 

Preferred

  • Advanced Degree desirable
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required