Citizens of the World Los Angeles

  • Music Teacher (Elementary, 2018-19 School Year)

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
    Job ID
    2018-1085
  • 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 1,900 students in three high-performing schools, growing to well over 2,000 students over the next several years. CWC LA’s schools rank in the top 8% (English) and 7% (math) out of 758 LAUSD, magnet and charter elementary schools, and all subgroups outperform the district and state. Our schools include:

    • 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); and
    • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, renewed charter approved in December 2017, currently TK-6th grade and growing to TK-8th grade over the next two 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, linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in other parts of the country.

     

    Position Description

    We are seeking an enthusiastic, skilled and creative Music Teacher to join the CWCLA team of educators. Our Music/Performing Arts teacher will be an important part of our enrichment teaching team, supporting our school in its ability to offer high-quality arts education to our student body.

     

    We aim to provide a music program that has a vocal concentration but also incorporates developmentally-appropriate instruction around rhythm, beat, tempo, movement and improvisation and the playing of xylophones and non-pitched percussive instruments. This teacher can also feel inspired to create other performing arts elements into their curriculum and program (theater, dance, etc.) Additionally, the Music/Performing Arts Teacher will be responsible for planning and facilitating winter and spring musical events on each campus.

    Responsibilities

    The Music/Performing Arts Teacher’s job responsibilities include:

    • Developing curriculum and units of study
    • Regularly assessing student progress and achievement
    • Participating 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.)
    • Participating 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.
    • Conferring with teachers, school leaders, and other instructional personnel, external educational agencies, to aid in the development of robust, appropriate, educational programming and supports
    • Planning and facilitating at least four (4) musical events, one per semester at each school site
    • Coordinating with other Music and Arts teachers to align on curriculum and co-develop exhibition opportunities

    Qualifications

    The ideal Music/Performing Arts Teacher will have:

    • A Bachelor’s degree
    • Teaching Credential/Master’s in Music Education or equivalent
    • Successful completion of CBEST exam
    • Experience working with elementary students and developing music curriculum for such grade levels
    • Passion for music and high-level proficiency in playing guitar, keyboard/piano, or another instrument
    • Certification in training in either the Orff or Solfege methods
    • 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
    • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
    • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish or Korean) is preferred.
    • 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 written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate to a diverse audience

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