Middle School History Teacher (SY 22-23)
Company: Uncommon Schools
Posted on: November 26, 2022
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 53 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.
Uncommon Middle School History teachers work in grade level teams
and departments to push students towards being self-guided
learners. Our teachers develop subject mastery and have a keen
sense of the socio-emotional changes middle school students
experience. History classes aim to empower students' voices and
develop them into global citizens by emphasizing textual analysis,
analytical writing, and discourse. Teachers also use engaging
instructional strategies to make history come alive! At the
conclusion of eighth grade, students are prepared for the academic
autonomy and college preparatory focus of our high schools.
- You'll facilitate student-led discourse of historical topics,
where students grapple with open-ended guiding questions, engage in
peer-to-peer debate, and synthesize arguments.
- You'll guide students to understand the author's claim and the
power of sourcing while developing the skills of argumentation,
corroboration, inquiry, and historiography through primary and
secondary source analysis.
- You'll teach an in-house curriculum that prioritizes the
diverse histories of Indigenous peoples, African Americans, women,
ancient cultures, and the impact all of these groups have had on
the development of the United States.
- You'll build an inclusive and safe environment where students
are empowered to use their voices to express evidence-based
opinions and perspectives.
- Data Analysis
- You'll meet weekly with your principal and/or instructional
coach to analyze and respond to trends in student work samples and
- You'll learn and implement strategies to differentiate
instruction for all learners in your classroom.
- School Culture
- You'll build positive relationships with students to ensure
they feel seen, loved, and heard.
- You'll partner with students' families to ensure appropriate
resources are available to support their child's learning
- You'll engage in practice-based professional development,
mentorship, and coaching sessions.
- You'll participate in weekly, school-wide meetings to cultivate
community, model our core values, and encourage student
- You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic
goals and practice instructional strategies
- A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment
in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
- A demonstrated commitment to supporting students' social
emotional and academic development
- An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external
partners in the best interest of students
- A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to
improve outcomes and achieve objectives
- Required Experience:
- A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban
schools and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
- Academic expertise in Education, History, Geography, Political
Science, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, or the Humanities.
- Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's
degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher
certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon
Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state
certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or
graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or
2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are
required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a
reasonable period after beginning employment.
Our people are what makes us Uncommon. We believe our compensation
philosophy and benefits should reflect our values-equity,
transparency, and clarity-to enhance our ability to attract and
retain talent and reward their expertise. Our staff receive
best-in-class training, coaching, and support to develop and
operate mission-driven schools that provide a high-quality
education to our students and families.
Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this
role based in Newark is between $59,000 to $83,000. The starting
pay will depend on various factors that may include but are not
limited to professional experience, education, training,
certifications, tenure with Uncommon Schools, and work location.
Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap
salary ranges. Please note: ranges may differ for staff who work
from a location other than Newark.
Benefits: We offer comprehensive, flexible, and competitive
benefits that support the personal health, wellness, and finances
of our staff and their families.
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.
Keywords: Uncommon Schools, Newark , Middle School History Teacher (SY 22-23), Education / Teaching , Newark, New Jersey
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