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Organization Education for Change Public Schools
Location Oakland
Classification Elementary Teacher
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 7/9/2014
County Alameda


Education for Change is looking for dynamic and visionary teachers who will engage students, parents, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement. The teacher provides instructional leadership to students and actively participates in and contributes to a collaborative, results-oriented professional learning community. S/he engages community partners and families in serving the whole child and ensuring ALL children achieve at high levels prepared to succeed in any setting. S/he will know how to successfully work in an urban elementary school with a high English Learner and low-income population.

Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focuses relentlessly on our student’s academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of K-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of preK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, serving 2,500 children currently. Additional information about Education for Change can be found at

• Work with students in grades K-8 to help them to develop an understanding and appreciation for art history, artists, and artistic techniques while engaging in the production in their own works
• Develop and implement effective, inspiring art education program aligned with student needs, California State standards, and EFC and school instructions, goals, and objectives
• Plan and direct art contests, art exhibits, and art club activities
• Provide a classroom climate and learning experiences that further our students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic development
• Establish and maintain a positive, safe, and supportive classroom and school environment that values learning and achievement
• Demonstrate respect and understanding of students and families from diverse backgrounds
• Assess students regularly
• Use assessment results and student needs to inform and differentiate instruction
• Identify unique student needs and collaborate with team members to effectively address those needs; when necessary, refer to appropriate resources, such as health and psychological services
• Involve students’ families as partners
• Collaborate with colleagues and work as a team to achieve shared goals
• Communicate regularly with students and families about student learning
• Actively participate in professional development opportunities
• Maintain accurate student records, including attendance
• Support the mission, vision, and core values of Education for Change
• Attend a mandatory new teacher training
Education and/or Experience
• Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from four-year college or university
• Content expertise in Art Education instruction to elementary school-aged students
• At least two years of experience
Other Qualifications
• California Commission on Teacher Credential certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to that which a teacher in other public schools would be required to hold- ART CREDENTIAL PREFERRED
• Able to build immediate and loving rapport with children of all ages and from diverse backgrounds; some understanding of child growth and development
• Passion for teaching and working with students from urban communities, with specific knowledge and understanding of the needs of students from different experiences, languages and backgrounds

• Excellent organization, time management and followup skills; high sense of commitment; ability to work as part of a team
• Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
• Driven adult learner dedicated to his or her own professional growth with an inquiry orientation to his or her own practice
• Able to work in a creative and demanding learning environment, including the ability to problem solve and manage ambiguity and adversity
• Commitment to the vision, mission and guiding principles of the School
• Sense of humor, high ethical professional standards, equity perspective
• Computer literate and comfortable with acquiring new technology skills
• Able to obtain California Driver's License with a clean DMV printout
• Able to pass state and federal background checks
• Able to obtain First Aid/CPR Certification
• Clear TB and criminal background check upon hire
• Have a strong foundation in art theory and history (art specific)
• Spanish language proficiency
• Strong technology skills
EFC offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, email
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