Middle School Special Education Teacher (SY 21-22)
About the organization
Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 55 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.
Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school.
Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness.
Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards.
Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards.
Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices.
Participate in the collaborative curriculum development process.
Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards.
Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities.
Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs.
Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
Engage families in their children’s education.
Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings.
Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training.
Mentor and engage another Teacher in instructional practice and professional development.
Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom.
Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects.
Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player.
Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting.
Valid State Certification is helpful but not required.
Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
By the time that employment begins, candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree from a College or University. For teaching roles in Rochester and Troy, NY, candidates who have not already earned their NY state teacher certification must have also earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher by the time employment begins.
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