Citizens of the World Los Angeles

Lead Teacher (5th Grade, Mar Vista) - January 2018 Opening

US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID
2017-1061

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 nearly 2,000 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-8th grade)
  • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-6th grade and growing to 8th grade 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 teachers are driven and innovative educators who are energized by a unique charter school environment. Teachers implement a high-quality, rigorous, and engaging academic program and have a passion for pedagogical practices grounded in constructivism, project-based learning, and the multiple intelligences theory. CWC fosters a creative and collaborative environment in which teachers grow as educators while providing excellent education to their students. Each Lead Teacher is joined in the classroom by a Teaching Associate who provides behavioral and instructional support.

Responsibilities

A Lead Teacher’s responsibilities include:

  • 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.)
  • Maintenance of frequent communication and engagement with colleagues, students’ families, 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
  • Maintenance of a high level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community.
  • Collaboration with and mentoring of a Teaching Associate

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree and California multiple subject teaching credential
  • CLAD or BCLAD
  • Successful completion of CBEST exam
  • Minimum of two 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 or Korean) is preferred.

Skills/Traits

The candidate must have:

  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
  • Personal investment 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 communication skills, verbally and in writing, and able to effectively use those skills with a diverse audience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
  • Excitement about learning and implementing new teaching methods and effective practices that are aligned to the CWC model and positively impact student

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