Citizens of the World Los Angeles

6th-8th Grade Science Teacher

US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID
2017-1035

Overview

Organization Overview

The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

  • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
  • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity

 

The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,600 students in three high-performing schools:

  • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
  • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-7th grade and growing to TK-8th grade in 2017-18); and
  • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-5th grade and growing to 6-8th grades over the next three years).

 

CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC Schools), linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in New York City and Kansas City.

 

Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

  • 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.

 

Position Description

CWC SL is seeking an Integrated Science Teacher for the 2017-18 school year. This teacher will work collaboratively with the STEM and grade-level teams to develop and implement challenging, student-centered curriculum. Additionally, this teacher will serve as an Advisor to a small cohort of students to facilitate the school’s program in social-emotional learning and mentorship.

Responsibilities

The Science Teacher’s job responsibilities include:

  • Development and refinement of curriculum maps, lessons and units of study that meet or exceed requirements of the Next Generation Science 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 contribution 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.)
  • Frequent communication and engagement with students’ families, colleagues, and other school stakeholders
  • Participation as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
  • Service as an Advisor to a core group of students

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience/traits:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and single subject credential in Science
  • CLAD or BCLAD
  • Successful completion of CBEST and/or CSET exam
  • Minimum of two years experience teaching in relevant grades
  • Experience working in a socio-economically, racially, and culturally diverse classroom setting
  • Ability to manage 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
  • A high level of professionalism, including meeting deadlines with all members of the school community
  • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish or Korean) is preferred

 

Successful candidates will have the following skills and personal characteristics:

  • Personal investment in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation for building culture
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communication skills that can be differentiated to diverse audiences
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs

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