Teacher English Language Development Teacher
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
Our inclusive and transformative community seeks a Middle School English Language Development Teacher for an immediate start.
Objective: STRIVE Prep English Language DevelopmentTeachers will create exceptional outcomes and opportunities for students by providing high-quality, rigorous and engaging English Language Development classes for our emergent bilinguals.
We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:
Core Beliefs – Achievement
- Commitment 1: I commit to celebrating academic and personal success for all.
- Commitment 2: I commit to holding myself and others accountable to high expectations.
- Commitment 3: I commit to bringing passion and joy to my work.
Core Beliefs – Justice
- Commitment 1: I commit to intentionally disrupt inequity, bias, and systems of oppression.
- Commitment 2: I commit to creating an environment of safe body, mind, and heart.
- Commitment 3: I commit to building a community where each person can bring their full, authentic self.
Core Beliefs – Perseverance
- Commitment 1: I commit to the belief that we grow and get smarter through effort and by making mistakes.
- Commitment 2: I commit to showing up Con Ganas, where we never give up even when the work is hard.
- Commitment 3: I commit to showing up with integrity and doing the right thing even when the road is tough.
- A strong passion for diverse populations. You know the work is hard, and you get up each day excited that you have the privilege to teach our future leaders.
- You are a culturally responsive teacher who plans each learning opportunity with student needs, interests, and readiness in mind.
- Data drives your decisions! You use data to make instructional moves that improve or enhance student learning.
- You know the power of books and are committed to building the love of reading in students.
- Journeying with emerging bilinguals on their pathway to English language acquisition is food to your soul. You are well versed in teaching English language development, and know the various proficiency levels.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Review and evaluate student achievement information in order to place students in appropriate academic English Language Development classes.
- Analyze district assessment data in ELD to understand students’ needs in order to select and recommend evidence-based instructional interventions to implement.
- Collaborate with teachers and coaches for the purpose of increasing student achievement by ensuring best instructional practices are being implemented, and differentiated instruction is being used to meet the needs of every student.
- Lead engaging, data-driven instruction in English Language Development utilizing a demonstrated knowledge of language acquisition, bilingualism, and culturally responsive pedagogy
- Maintain the ELD data dashboard to measure the effectiveness of programming and services in order to evaluate the impact on student achievement.
- Plan and teach approximately five periods per day, as directed by the School Leader.
- Teach daily student English Language Development classes, providing individualized instruction based on student needs.
- Analyze student data and use it to provide student feedback and set goals.
- Collaborate with other teachers, school leaders, the English Language Development Director, Director of Intervention, Director of Middle School English Language Arts, and the special education team to ensure that instruction meets the needs of each learner.
- Be available to students by phone every evening, Monday-Thursday, for homework assistance until 8:00 p.m.
- Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in an advisory of approximately 30 students.
- Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming classroom environment focused on learning.
- Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
- Provide supervision of students during before and after school activities (arrival, dismissal, breakfast, lunch, and break).
- Participate in family and community events, including twice-annual parent conferences and at least one student enrollment event or activity.
- Own the success and achievement of all scholars in the school.
- Attend and participate in weekly staff and grade level meetings.
- Participate in regular instructional coaching meetings and content-based department meetings.
- Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.
- Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree
- Achieve Qualified Teacher status (teacher’s license not required) within six weeks of starting through one of the following channels outlined by the Colorado Department of Education:
- A valid Colorado Teacher License in the applicable endorsement area;
- Sufficient college coursework (or degree in content area);
- Passing score for the applicable Praxis ii or Colorado PLACE exam.
- Read more about the available pathways to becoming a Qualified English Teacher
- In addition, all teachers at STRIVE Prep must be fully qualified to provide English Language Acquisition (ELA) services through one of the following means: the DPS ELA Training Program, advanced coursework, or a Colorado endorsement. Teachers who are not ELA qualified at the time of hire will be required to complete the DPS ELA training program during their first two years of employment at STRIVE Prep.
In addition, we strongly prefer the following:
- Speaks Spanish and/or has experience working with English Learners
- Demonstrated success working with students of color
What We Offer Our Network Staff:
- Competitive compensation package.
- Annual performance-based raises.
- Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
- Funding of 100 percent of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
- Approximately eight weeks of summer vacation, approximately four weeks of school holidays and vacations, and eight days of paid time off annually.
Join This Movement:
STRIVE Prep educators inspire and encourage our students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate openly, both in and outside of the classroom. By bringing together challenging academics with celebration and joy, we fuel a sense of curiosity, creativity and lifelong possibility in our students and our teachers. No matter where you join us in your career, we welcome our teachers to help make STRIVE Prep a place where everyone in our community can STRIVE and THRIVE.
Equity and Inclusion
STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. We must challenge ourselves as educators on what it means to serve all students, families and each other through a lens of Dignity for All, all the time. To us, Dignity for All means honoring and respecting the rich diversity of who we are and the unique gifts and talents that each of us bring. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.