Immersion teachers Forum
As part of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s motivated and collaborative teaching staff, you will educate students in mind and spirit. Through engaging, data-driven instruction that effectively incorporates technology to enhance learning, you will ensure all students are academically prepared for college, reflective about their learning in both the classroom and the Corporate Work Study Program, and equipped with the habits of mind that undergird success. In the spirit of Ignatian pedagogy, you will create opportunities for students to act, reflect, and grow as they become men and women for others. Your relentlessness, zest, and commitment to excellence will help form a student body distinguished by breakthrough achievement gains, a passion for justice, and dexterity in the professional world. Your interpersonal intelligence, courage, and drive to find solutions will make you an integral member of our high-functioning, vibrant team—one that is grounded in a deep commitment to the school’s mission. Ultimately, by giving generously of yourself, your gifts, and your time, you will build upon the foundation of a school that serves its students’ diverse needs and cultivates their many talents.
• Guided by the Cristo Rey Network’s ACT- and Common-Core-aligned standards and benchmarks, develop standards-based, data-driven annual, unit, and lesson plans that drive exceptional student-achievement gains on core assessments, including Cristo Rey Network end-of-course assessments and the ACT.
• Design and administer interim assessments aligned to course standards, complete in-depth analysis of student performance on them, and execute appropriate instructional responses to assessment results.
• Execute rigorous, engaging, high-impact lessons that accelerate student growth and are characterized by the following: constant monitoring of and response to student understanding; effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning; frequent opportunities for students to read and respond to challenging texts; and intentional incorporation of character instruction in both lesson content and design.
• Provide targeted one-on-one and small-group tutoring to students during after-school learning support, learning lab, and other instructional support periods.
• Actively build an understanding of each student as an individual in the spirit of cura personalis (care for the whole person); forge strong, respectful relationships with students and parents, and communicate frequently with families to increase the investment and partnership that will enable students to flourish at Cristo Rey Jesuit.
• Help define, and consistently uphold, school-wide practices, routines, and norms for student behavior.
• Maintain an organized and vibrant classroom environment that supports student learning and conveys warmth, order, and a feeling of welcome; prioritize and manage time effectively to follow through in a timely fashion on the diverse responsibilities of being an excellent teacher.
• Approach teaching through a developmental lens, and enthusiastically participate in professional development; seek and apply feedback from the instructional leadership and from colleagues in the interest of growth; demonstrate drive and independence in accessing resources to further your own improvement.
• Contribute fully, intentionally, and constructively to the team in a range of contexts: analyzing student work and performance data, identifying students in need of additional support, problem-solving unanticipated challenges that arise within the school; collaborate with integrity, humility, commitment, and joy to ensure the foundation of trust that will enable the team to accomplish its ambitious goals.
• Embrace the team’s goals and results as the collective responsibility of the entire staff; collaborate with colleagues to maximize the team’s impact; seek opportunities to push the team, to laugh with colleagues, and to recognize and celebrate your peers’ accomplishments.
• Engage students and parents with respect, fairness, and empathy to enable full partnership with the school.
• Model values consistent with Catholic, Jesuit education and service to others.
• Provide tutoring through the 9th Hour, and/or manage a structured study one period per day.
• Actively monitor transitions, meals, and/or other common times to ensure a calm and orderly environment; chaperone and moderate school events, including trips and dances.
• Seek areas of growth for the school, and volunteer where possible to help coach, manage a club, plan a school-wide event, or otherwise contribute to the life of the school.
Successful applicants will embody the mission-commitment, intellectual curiosity, openness to growth, optimism, and zest that are central to the character of our staff. In addition, they will meet or exceed the following requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree with a major, minor, or comparable credential of content expertise in the primary teaching discipline (master’s degree in primary teaching discipline preferred);
• (Preferred but not required)Teaching license in the primary teaching discipline or demonstrable progress towards obtaining licensure;
• Record of strong student achievement as a middle school or high school teacher;
• Proficiency using technology to advance teaching and learning;
• Experience working with English learners a plus.
To apply for this position:
To apply, submit all of the following in pdf format (preferably in one document, if possible) by June 1, 2017 to email@example.com:
• Cover letter
• Contact information for three professional references (name, position, email address, and phone number)
• Undergraduate and graduate (where appropriate) transcripts
• Responses (maximum 500 words per response) to three of the following questions:
1. We have assembled a team of stellar educators at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School who work tirelessly to maintain high expectations for all students and ensure their learning and development. We nurture a mission-driven culture that enables growth through reflection, feedback and transparency. We challenge ourselves and our students to constantly learn, to believe, to lead, and to serve. Why should you be part of this team?
2. Name two or three characteristics that you embody as a teacher and that you consider central to your success. Then provide specific examples of how you manifest these characteristics in your instruction, and explain why they are so important to great teaching.
3. Many low-income high school students confront an urgent, double challenge: they struggle with reading comprehension and they have acquired less of the academic vocabulary and core knowledge—in science, history, civics, the arts, etc.—that are critical to their success. These two challenges are reciprocal; difficulty with reading comprehension limits students’ ability to gain new knowledge and vocabulary, and limited vocabulary and core knowledge hinder reading comprehension. As a teacher in a college-prep high school with many students facing this reality, how would (or do) you address it?
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