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Organization MESA Charter High School (view profile)
Location Brooklyn
Classification Languages
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting April 2, 2014


• Are you a passionate, and talented teacher?
• Do you love working in urban schools?
• Would you like the chance to build and shape a foreign language department in the way you think it should be structured?
• Are you looking for a high school culture that strikes the perfect balance of structure and freedom, where academic rigor drives all other aspects of school life, and where positive reinforcement for hard work and effort is the norm?
• Do you constantly strive to improve your craft through coaching, incorporation of data, and whatever other resources you can find?
• Do you thrive in the company of equally committed, driven, and gifted teachers?

MESA Charter High School might be the right place for you!

Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) Charter High School is a new high school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. On August 19, 2013, we opened our doors to 132 9th graders. Our students come from thirty-three different middle schools, including public, parochial, and charter schools. Some are advanced students coming from magnet schools; others are beginning English Language Learners. What they all have in common is a desire to succeed. MESA students come to school every day, ready to work—we have a 95% attendance rate and a 96% punctuality rate, both significantly higher than other high schools in our district!

Some key aspects of MESA’s design are:

• Smart teaching—MESA uses a Standards-Referenced Grading system, which makes data understandable and accessible. This enables teachers to create targeted, focused instruction, and helps students understand and track their own progress. MESA teachers love data (or at least aren’t afraid of it!).
• Smart support—MESA teachers have a minimum of rote administrative duties in order to better focus on planning, instruction, and assessment. Teachers receive ongoing coaching and feedback. MESA is committed to collaboratively developing and growing its teachers. Dedicated time for professional development and collaborative planning is built into the calendar.
• Smart scheduling—MESA’s school day starts and ends later than most DOE schools, as research indicates that a late start helps high-school students succeed.
• Smart culture—MESA provides students with a separate effort grade each week, which will lead to rewards for students. MESA also emphasizes positive reinforcement for student effort and performance. All MESA teachers lead an Advisory, and serve as Advisor to 10-13 students.
• Smart relationships—MESA believes that all parents want their children to succeed, and enlists them as partners through phone calls, workshops, and frequent contact. More than 85% of MESA parents attended parent-teacher conferences, a number generally unheard of in unscreened urban high schools
• Smart calendar—MESA’s calendar has187 days of instruction, as well as dedicated PD and grading days. MESA’s calendar and earlier start allow for “Intersession,” during which students receive enrichment, skill remediation, or Regents preparation.

Job Responsibilities
Teaching Duties
• Design and teach five 52-minute sections of Spanish each day (two periods daily of prep time). Utilize Universal Design for Learning method of planning and instruction to reach all learners.
• Build relationships with all students. MESA teachers believe that rapport is key to student engagement and motivation.
• Attend, participate in, and facilitate team meetings and professional development opportunities, as well as common planning times. MESA believes that good professional development is interactive, practical, and teacher-driven.
• Communicate regularly with parents about both positive and negative interactions with students, making a minimum of two positive contacts (phone, email, or text message) with parents per week.
• Hold office hours (extra help sessions) twice per week, either before or after school.

Additional Duties
• Develop curriculum for future foreign language classes, including those targeted at both native and non-native speakers.
• Teach one week of Intersession based on teacher interest (additional stipend provided).
• Maintain duties as Advisor.
• Other duties, as assigned by the Principal.
• Aggressively assist with recruitment of other high-performing staff, either through recruiting top-quality teachers or serving on hiring committee. Take lead on hiring of future foreign language faculty.

Qualifications: (1) Minimum Bachelor’s degree in subject area to be taught, Master’s Degree preferred; (2) At least four years’ teaching experience in an urban public high school or charter school setting; (3) Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom and commitment to accountability; (4) Belief in and alignment with MESA’s core beliefs and educational philosophy; (5) Valid New York State Certification preferred; (6) Spanish-speaker required.

Salary: Highly competitive, commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Arthur Samuels, Executive Director, at asamuels@mesacharter.org with the subject heading “Spanish Teacher/Language Department Leader.” Cover letter should specifically indicate why you want to work at MESA. APPLY BY EMAIL ONLY. Due to the nature of the position and the volume of applications received, MESA will not be able to reply to all submissions. MESA will contact candidates with next steps.