Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 54 schools serving more than 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.
North Star Academy currently manages fourteen schools in Newark, NJ serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. North Star Academy is NJ's #1 highest performing public charter school and has served Newark families for over 20 years.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher will help provide and guide instruction for K-12 ESL students across several campuses at North Star Academy. The ESL teacher will work closely with the school-based Special Education Coordinators, as well as with teachers and leaders throughout the region, so this position requires the ability to travel between our Newark campuses. The ESL Teacher will report to the Associate Director of Special Education.
- Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school
- Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness
- Provide in-class support in the general education setting and small group instruction to ESL students
- Provide support and feedback to content teachers on sheltered instruction strategies as needed
- Attend and participate IEP meetings for English Learners as directed by the Associate Director of Special Education
- Follow ESSA guidelines for identification, instruction, assessment, and exiting ESL students
- Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school's core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct
- Implement curricula and activities to meet academic and language acquisition standards aligned to the WIDA English language development standards
- Complete training for administering WIDA assessments used to identify and determine continued eligibility for ESL services
- Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school's core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct
- Be accountable for students' mastery of academic and language acquisition standards
- Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities
- Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs
- Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
- Engage families in their children's education
- Commit to continual professional growth
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
- Flexibility to adapt to the needs of our students
- Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
- Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects
- Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
- Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree is preferred; and
- Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred
- By the time that employment begins, candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree from a College or University. For teaching roles in New Jersey, the candidates must have earned a cumulative 2.75 GPA (for candidates graduating before September 1, 2016) or 3.0 (for candidates graduating on or after September 1, 2016).
- Valid NJ English as a Second Language State Certification is required
- Belief in and alignment with Uncommon's core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
Salary range for this role is between $59,000 to $74,000
Uncommon Schools believes that people are our greatest resource for achieving our mission, and our total rewards (compensation, benefits, and other recognitions) are a key lever for attracting and retaining outstanding talent with relevant expertise. As an organization, we prioritize ensuring that the way people are compensated is rewarding, strategic, and fair. New hires are offered a salary commensurate with their experience and we offer generous benefits and time off and have extensive professional development opportunities.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.