Lead Teacher

Lead Classroom Teachers, Grades TK-5, Citizens of the World-Mar Vista 

The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Schools Los Angeles (CWCLA) is to provide a socio- economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students in the heart of Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each individual student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live. CWCLA includes three high-performing, community-based elementary schools: CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010); CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012); and CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013). In the Fall of 2016, across all three of our campuses, we will enroll over 1,400 students in grades TK- 5.

Our Schools

  • Prepare students to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future
  • Promote academic rigor and experiential learning to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity
  • Embrace a constructivist, project-based learning approach
  • Develop each child’s potential to live as a learner, both in school and out
  • Reflect, welcome and celebrate the community’s diversity
  • Strengthen the bonds among members of the school community and beyond

Our Core Values

 

  • Excellence: We demand lasting quality.
  • Diversity: We are better and stronger because of our differences.
  • Authenticity: We are our true selves in this work, and we are candid.
  • Community: We care deeply about people.  We share and build partnerships.  We celebrate, laugh, and seek    joy, even in the tough times.
  • Change: We welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new.  We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways.

CWC Lead Teachers are experienced and innovative educators who are energized by CWC’s unique charter school environment. Teachers are expected to implement a high-quality, rigorous and engaging academic program and must have a passion for pedagogical practices grounded in constructivism, project-based learning and the multiple intelligences theory.

Responsibilities of a Lead Teacher

  • Development and refinement of curriculum maps, lessons and units of study that meet or exceed requirements of Common Core Standards and also incorporate the multiple intelligences
  • Ongoing assessment of student progress and achievement using a variety of means to collect and report on academic data
  • Use of data to tailor instruction to meet individual student academic and social needs with a goal of every student performing on-grade level or above in all subject areas
  • Creation of a strong classroom culture that is developed through CWC’s social emotional learning focus, and contributes to the broader school community
  • Participation in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, lead teachers and visiting experts) and external (visiting other schools, attending conferences, and engaging in best practice sharing with others in the charter school community, etc.)
  • Maintain frequent communication and engagement with students’ families, colleagues, and other school stakeholders
  • Participate as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
  • Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community.

Staff and reporting relationships

The teacher will report to the Principal and Assistant Principal of the School. S/he will collaborate with and mentor a Teaching Associate.

Qualifications

The ideal teacher will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and California multiple subject credential
  • CLAD or BCLAD
  • Successful completion of CBEST exam
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching in relevant elementary grades*
  • Experience working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom setting.
  • Ability to effectively mange and instruct both small and large groups of students
  • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change
  • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish) is preferred.
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
  • Personally invested in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communicator in verbally and in writing, and able to do so to a diverse audience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs

* Applicants with less than three years teaching experience will not be considered for this role.

Skill/traits

  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
  • Personally invested in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communicator in verbally and in writing, and able to do so to a diverse audience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs

How to apply

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following materials as attachments in the Jobs Application Form:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the following 3 questions (Maximum one page for each question):
  1. How do you develop your learning environment to meet the varied social, emotional, and academic needs of your students?  Specifically, what management strategies and structures do you use to foster this kind of learning environment?
  2. Describe your philosophy and approach to teaching reading and writing.
  3. Describe your philosophy and approach to teaching mathematics

Please email any questions to jobs@cwcmarvista.org. Please include LEAD TEACHER in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

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