Middle School Science Teacher (SY 22-23)
Company: Uncommon Schools North Star Academy
Posted on: November 22, 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 Science teachers work in grade-level teams
to prepare all students with the tools and knowledge to critically
engage in the field of science. At the heart of all Science courses
is a love for the subject and inquiry-based learning, including a
robust focus on student discourse and the science practices.
Science teachers employ a variety of instructional strategies to
develop a passion for scientific questioning and analysis in their
students. Our teachers strive for subject mastery and have a keen
sense of the socio-emotional changes middle schoolers experience.
At the conclusion of eighth grade, students are prepared for the
academic autonomy and college preparatory focus of our high
You'll teach an interdisciplinary, NGSS-aligned curriculum that
includes analysis of key areas including but not limited to:
Climate and Earth's systems, the cosmos, matter and energy
transformations, electricity and magnetism, and molecular and
You'll develop students' practices of questioning, modeling,
constructing explanations, data analysis, argumentation, and
planning and conducting interactive labs.
You'll use your love of science to foster confidence and meaningful
engagement with the subject for students.
You'll cultivate an awareness of the interconnected nature of
fields of science (e.g., ecosystems, climate change, and lunar
phases) and our local and global community.
2. 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.
3. 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
A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban schools
and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
Academic expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics, or other related fields of study.
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 $74,000. 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.%2099766%
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