Lower School Teachers

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Lower School Teachers

Posted date
March 30, 2020
School level

Philadelphia, PA

Employment Type

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking lower school teachers (grades K-5) for the coming school year. Lower school teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities
-Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
-Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
-Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, assistant teachers, and other staff to support student growth
-Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Cooperation, Academic Excellence & Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control)
-Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
-Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
-Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
-Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
-Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Principal, Dean of Culture and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
-Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
-Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

-Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
-Current or pending relevant teaching certification strongly preferred
-Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
-Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
-Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop and/or Bridges Math preferred
-Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
-Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
-Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
-High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
-Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
-Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
-A commitment to honest and open dialogue about race, equity and bias in our school systems and relationships
-Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

How to Apply
To be considered, submit your application online at https://wissahickoncharter.isolvedhire.com/jobs/. Please note that a tailored cover letter, explaining why you are interested in Wissahickon Charter School specifically, is required.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.