Middle School English and Language Arts Teacher in Bronx, New York
Brilla Public Charter Schools
Middle School English and Language Arts Teacher
About the Brilla Schools Network
Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of K-8th grade schools that currently serves nearly 1,600 students from Mott Haven, University Heights and other neighborhoods in the Bronx. The network plans to grow from a current four elementary and one middle school to five elementary and five middle schools educating some 4,000 students in the Bronx and Paterson, NJ. Core to our mission is that our students become young men and women of good character and spirit and be prepared for excellence in high school, college, and beyond. Brilla combines a classical approach to education -- an emphasis on virtue formation, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, and direct instruction of a content-rich curriculum that has stood the test of time -- with co-teaching practices and individualized online learning. We approach the formation of our students holistically and also set high academic expectations. Ours is a joyful community that honors the dignity of each student, family member and staff.
The primary responsibility of a founding middle school English teacher is to cultivate and lead a learning environment where every child feels safe and confident to strive for and meet Brilla’s ambitious targets. The middle school social English teacher understands, plans, and executes key elements of innovative pedagogy, co-teaching practices, and data-based decision-making through a deep love of learning, and commitment to internalizing and teaching, rigorous classical content in an inspiring and culturally relevant way. This position requires a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented, organized, and innovative educator who aims to challenge the status quo of the current educational landscape in urban areas. Brilla teachers must have a deep passion for student-engaged learning, a desire to accept, implement, and seek feedback, and a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities, while inspiring outstanding achievement in children in a fun and collaborative work environment.
Core Competencies & Responsibilities
Brilla Teachers Set the Standard.
Develop, internalize, and teach rigorous curricula that adhere to national and state standards and align with Brilla’s aggressive student growth targets
Cultivate students’ higher order thinking skills, including their ability to analyze, create, synthesize, and evaluate, through curriculum implementation and differentiated instruction
Set and uphold high academic and social expectations for all students through a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement and ongoing child development
Set and consistently achieve meaningful student achievement results aligned to Brilla’s mission and student goals
Visibly live the Brilla Mission through consistent professional dress, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building
Create a joyful learning environment that honors the dignity of all scholars while still pushing them to achieve more than they think possible
Brilla Teachers Honor the Team.
Forge and maintain productive, collaborative, and collegial working relationships with leaders, co-teacher(s), other teachers, staff members, parents, and community members
Contribute to a positive classroom and school culture and environment through consistent implementation of behavior management strategies, attendance at Brilla-sponsored Culture Events, and regular, professional communication
Uphold consistent, aligned, team-wide and school-wide approaches to student and teacher routines throughout the school day and school year with fidelity and positivity
Attend regular, mission-critical programming including summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops parent-teacher conferences, and other opportunities
Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00pm each workday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by school)
Perform other duties as assigned
Brilla Teachers Make it Count.
Establish and communicate standards-based and content-based objectives and regularly evaluate student progress towards mastery
Reflect on and analyze student academic and character achievement in order to inform and differentiate instruction
Organize, implement, and analyze the individualized learning technology programs and corresponding data used by all students on a consistent basis
Maintain accurate and complete student files and academic records
Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
Organize and manage time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year
Brilla Teachers Know It Starts with Them.
Embody courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges
Reflect and seek to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous personal growth and professional development as an individual, teacher, mentor, and leader
Challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization
Seek to grow both professionally and personally as a classical educator by deepening literary and humanities content mastery, reading literary classics, and improving in classical pedagogy
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution
Possession of current teaching certification as a middle school or high school teacher
Relevant urban, middle school teaching experience with demonstrated student results preferred
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Special Education credential and experience a plus
Spanish language proficiency a plus
The base pay range for this position is $68,625 - $98,742 per year. Pay may vary within the stated range, depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus for some roles may be provided as part of the compensation package subject to executive leadership approval, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, depending on the position offered.
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