Job Descriptions

Middle School Mathematics Teacher – Immediate Hire

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY: Mathematics Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our Middle School Mathematics Teachers have the honor of cultivating in students a strong and joyful appreciation of the power of mathematics.  They lead in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of a number of key areas including but not limited to proportional relationships, operations with rational numbers, expressions and equations, analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures, and statistical thinking. In developing in students such an understanding, Unity’s middle school mathematics teachers foster in students a confidence in their abilities to learn and excel in the advanced study of secondary-level mathematics.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.

2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.

3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.

4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.

5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.

6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.

7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of our middle school mathematics teachers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging mathematics curriculum that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers – such collaborative planning will begin in the spring of 2016
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is well-utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to a group of students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training

2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners

3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit: http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching middle school mathematics at the upper primary or lower secondary level
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with an accomplished academic and extracurricular record

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching middle school mathematics with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in mathematics
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging mathematics curricula that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and teacher certification

Founding High School Computer Science Teacher

FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: Computer Science Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our Founding Computer Science (CS) Teacher plays a leading role in the design and success of the school’s computer science curriculum, assessment and instruction. Technology education features prominently in Unity’s High School in recognition of the rapid growth of the technology sector and increasing need for programmers, software developers, and other specialists. We aim to prepare students for the vital specializations offered at the university level and in the workforce. More broadly, our founding CS Teacher will lead in developing in students a sound foundational and conceptual understanding of the power of computer science. This foundation includes analytical skills and problem-solving strategies as well as the ability to use technology to conquer tasks efficiently. In developing in students such an understanding, she/he will foster in students a confidence in and appreciation for their abilities to learn and excel in the advanced study of secondary-level computer science, culminating in Advanced Placement Computer Science.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

In the 2016-17 school year, we will open our doors to our first cohort of ninth grade students.  We are now seeking to bring together a strong team of gifted educators to lead in building a high school of distinction that truly equips our students with the skills, knowledge, mindset and experiences to realize their postsecondary aspirations and positively contribute to the well being of their communities.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of the Founding CS Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in Computer Science that supports Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit:http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Java and C and the ability to quickly learn new technologies such as Netlogo and Scratch and design curricula incorporating these technologies
  • Highly Preferred: at least two years of formal experience in teaching CS at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in CS
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

FACULTY: Part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher 2016-2017 School Year

Unity’s ESL teacher provides specialized instruction for the purposes of developing in students sound, foundational listening, speaking, reading, writing skills in English across a variety of genres and purposes.  In addition, this individual fosters in students a confidence in and appreciation for their abilities to engage in courses of study in English and acquire the English language.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families. Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution. Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Key responsibilities of our ESL teacher includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Design and implement engaging instruction to all of Unity’s English Language Learners, either through push-in support in the general education classroom or in small group or individual sessions, that leads to English language fluency and academic success
  • Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
  • Lead or assist with administration of NYSESLAT and all other assessments, including those that may be necessary to identify ELL students.
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with parent/guardians while remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values, and needs
  • Initiate and maintain timely communication with all parents/guardians (i.e. weekly progress reports, notes home, in-person meetings) that explains the ESL program and their individual student’s learning progress and needs
  • Assist instructional staff with adapting lessons to meet needs of ELL students and provide ongoing training on best practices for teaching ELL students
  • Actively participate in team meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer staff development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • A proven track record of supporting students in their development of sound skills in English; at least two years of formal teaching experience in schools preferred
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Master’s Degree


As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

High School Basketball Coach

Middle School Flag Football Coach

FACULTY: Middle School Football Coach for the 2016-2017 Fall Season

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

In the 2016-17 school year, we will open our doors to our first cohort of ninth grade students.  We are now seeking to bring together a strong team of gifted educators to lead in building a high school of distinction that truly equips our students with the skills, knowledge, mindset and experiences to realize their postsecondary aspirations and positively contribute to the well being of their communities.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Athletic Director, coaches will instruct middle school athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success in their program. Coaches must understand and abide by all building regulations, procedures and guidelines.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise student athletes to promote effective student learning through participation in athletic activities.
  • Plan, develop and implement an effective program for the particular sport to prepare athletes both physically and mentally to participate in athletic contests; formulate behavioral objectives for the coming sports season; administer discipline when necessary in a fair and consistent manner; emphasize safety precautions; inform participants prior to season about the district’s policies and regulations and extracurricular activity contract.
  • Organize after school practice sessions that are both stimulating and instructive; teach basic fundamental skills of the sport; prepare daily practice activities and keep records on file; emphasize and promote good sportsmanship in the conduct of team members and coaches.
  • Assume responsibility for all phases of the program involving coordination of facility use in conjunction with building athletic director; follow school procedures for handling injuries; submit to the building athletic director a list of names of students who sustain incapacitating injuries during the season; maintain injury records in conjunction with the building athletic director.
  • Inform students and parents of the proper procedures of eligibility and special rules for the particular sport; schedule practice days and times; work with parents to arrange transportation to and from games.
  • Establish an effective system for issuing equipment and maintaining records including dates and times of issuance; assure the systematic return of all equipment, the cleaning and storing of equipment; perform weekly safety check for all equipment; hold students responsible for lost equipment; complete inventory lists and provide copies to the building athletic coordinator.
  • Make written recommendations to athletic director regarding program, facilities, and transportation problems; assist the athletic coordinator in achieving the objectives of the school’s athletic program.
  • Attend athletic meetings as called by athletic director.
  • Update knowledge by attending clinics, workshops, and maintaining familiarity with current athletic programs; keep current with regard to rule changes.

Key Qualifications

  • A proven track record of promoting student learning on and off the field; at least two years of experience in coaching.
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners.
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning.
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings.
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED certified.

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Middle School Volleyball Coach

FACULTY: Middle School Volleyball Coach for the 2016-2017 Fall Season 

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

In the 2016-17 school year, we will open our doors to our first cohort of ninth grade students.  We are now seeking to bring together a strong team of gifted educators to lead in building a high school of distinction that truly equips our students with the skills, knowledge, mindset and experiences to realize their postsecondary aspirations and positively contribute to the well being of their communities.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Athletic Director, coaches will instruct middle school athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success in their program. Coaches must understand and abide by all building regulations, procedures and guidelines.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise student athletes to promote effective student learning through participation in athletic activities.
  • Plan, develop and implement an effective program for the particular sport to prepare athletes both physically and mentally to participate in athletic contests; formulate behavioral objectives for the coming sports season; administer discipline when necessary in a fair and consistent manner; emphasize safety precautions; inform participants prior to season about the district’s policies and regulations and extracurricular activity contract.
  • Organize after school practice sessions that are both stimulating and instructive; teach basic fundamental skills of the sport; prepare daily practice activities and keep records on file; emphasize and promote good sportsmanship in the conduct of team members and coaches.
  • Assume responsibility for all phases of the program involving coordination of facility use in conjunction with building athletic director; follow school procedures for handling injuries; submit to the building athletic director a list of names of students who sustain incapacitating injuries during the season; maintain injury records in conjunction with the building athletic director.
  • Inform students and parents of the proper procedures of eligibility and special rules for the particular sport; schedule practice days and times; work with parents to arrange transportation to and from games.
  • Establish an effective system for issuing equipment and maintaining records including dates and times of issuance; assure the systematic return of all equipment, the cleaning and storing of equipment; perform weekly safety check for all equipment; hold students responsible for lost equipment; complete inventory lists and provide copies to the building athletic coordinator.
  • Make written recommendations to athletic director regarding program, facilities, and transportation problems; assist the athletic coordinator in achieving the objectives of the school’s athletic program.
  • Attend athletic meetings as called by athletic director.
  • Update knowledge by attending clinics, workshops, and maintaining familiarity with current athletic programs; keep current with regard to rule changes.

Key Qualifications

  • A proven track record of promoting student learning on and off the field; at least two years of experience in coaching.
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners.
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning.
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings.
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED certified.

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Middle School Soccer Coach


FACULTY: Middle School Soccer  Coach for the 2016-2017 School Year (Fall Season)

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

In the 2016-17 school year, we will open our doors to our first cohort of ninth grade students.  We are now seeking to bring together a strong team of gifted educators to lead in building a high school of distinction that truly equips our students with the skills, knowledge, mindset and experiences to realize their postsecondary aspirations and positively contribute to the well being of their communities.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Athletic Director, coaches will instruct middle school athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success in their program. Coaches must understand and abide by all building regulations, procedures and guidelines.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise student athletes to promote effective student learning through participation in athletic activities.
  • Plan, develop and implement an effective program for the particular sport to prepare athletes both physically and mentally to participate in athletic contests; formulate behavioral objectives for the coming sports season; administer discipline when necessary in a fair and consistent manner; emphasize safety precautions; inform participants prior to season about the district’s policies and regulations and extracurricular activity contract.
  • Organize after school practice sessions that are both stimulating and instructive; teach basic fundamental skills of the sport; prepare daily practice activities and keep records on file; emphasize and promote good sportsmanship in the conduct of team members and coaches.
  • Assume responsibility for all phases of the program involving coordination of facility use in conjunction with building athletic director; follow school procedures for handling injuries; submit to the building athletic director a list of names of students who sustain incapacitating injuries during the season; maintain injury records in conjunction with the building athletic director.
  • Inform students and parents of the proper procedures of eligibility and special rules for the particular sport; schedule practice days and times; work with parents to arrange transportation to and from games.
  • Establish an effective system for issuing equipment and maintaining records including dates and times of issuance; assure the systematic return of all equipment, the cleaning and storing of equipment; perform weekly safety check for all equipment; hold students responsible for lost equipment; complete inventory lists and provide copies to the building athletic coordinator.
  • Make written recommendations to athletic director regarding program, facilities, and transportation problems; assist the athletic coordinator in achieving the objectives of the school’s athletic program.
  • Attend athletic meetings as called by athletic director.
  • Update knowledge by attending clinics, workshops, and maintaining familiarity with current athletic programs; keep current with regard to rule changes.

Key Qualifications

  • A proven track record of promoting student learning on and off the field; at least two years of experience in coaching.
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners.
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning.
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings.
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED certified.

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.  

Middle School Learning Specialist Teacher

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY: Learning Specialist for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our Middle School Learning Specialists are absolutely essential to our success as a faculty and school. They ensure that we best tailor our curriculum and instruction to reflect our students’ unique talents, needs, and multiple intelligences. In doing so, they guide our students to be empowered, critical, and engaged members of their school, their community, and the world at large.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families. Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution. Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Key responsibilities of the middle school learning specialists include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging ninth grade curricula that caters to the unique talents, needs, and multiple intelligences of students alongside colleagues – such collaborative planning will begin in the spring of 2016
  • Implements specially designed lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is well-utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Develops, implements, and/or manages individualized behavioral intervention plans to support students meeting established academic and non-academic goals
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to a group of students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit:http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree and certification to support students with disabilities

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal teaching experience at the upper primary or lower secondary level
  • Formal teaching experience in New York State
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and certification to support students with disabilities

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Middle School Science Teacher

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY: Science Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our Middle School Science Teachers have the honor of cultivating in students a strong and joyful appreciation of the power of scientific inquiry. They lead in developing students’ skills to ask thoughtful questions and use evidence to answer them. In the process of teaching students to utilize strategies of scientific inquiry, our teachers provide enriching opportunities for students to conduct investigations and collect evidence from a variety of sources, develop an explanation from the data, and communicate and defend their conclusions.  In developing in students such skills, Unity’s middle school science teachers foster in students a confidence in their abilities to learn and excel in the advanced study of secondary-level science.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families. Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

  1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.
  2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.
  3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.
  4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.
  5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.
  7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

 

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

 

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution. Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Key responsibilities of the middle school science teachers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in science that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is well-utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to a group of students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

 

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

  1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training
  2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners
  3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit:http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching science at the upper primary or lower secondary level
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching middle school science with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in science
  • Formal experience in teaching science in New York State
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in science that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and teacher certification

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Middle School Language Arts Teacher

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY: English Language Arts Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher leads students to continuously grow as readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. She/he will develop readers who can investigate, interpret, and evaluate texts across a broad range of genres, diverse perspectives, and levels of complexity as well as writers and speakers who can communicate clearly and powerfully and respond to the demands of their audience, task, purpose, and discipline. In developing such literacy skills in her/his students, she/he will guide them to be empowered, critical, and engaged members of their school, their community, and the world at large.

Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City.  We are currently in our third year and serve 320 sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families.  Over the next four years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity teachers are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

1. Students Rise to the Level of Expectations Placed Upon Them: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.

2. Diversity Matters: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.

3. Applications Expand the School Environment: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.

4. A Positive School Culture is Powerful: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, understand the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.

5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, on-going opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.

6. Assessment Beyond Standardized Exams: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning.  These Roundtable presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and development as a citizen. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.

7. Sharing Success is Essential: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

As a school in only our third year of operation, we have enjoyed a number of promising successes.  Recent academic achievements for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • Unity ranked #8 among the city’s 1,200 elementary and middle schools in promoting academic growth in mathematics proficiency.
  • Unity students ranked in the 59th and 75th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively – meaning that our students grew, on average, more than the typical student with similar backgrounds and skills at the outset of the school year.
  • Unity’s most academically needy one-third of students ranked in the 82nd and 78th percentiles in academic growth in ELA and mathematics, respectively.
  • The percentages of Unity students scoring “proficient” or above in ELA and mathematics grew by 51% and 88%, respectively.

In addition to demonstrating accelerated growth across multiple assessment measures, our students showed progress in a myriad of other ways:

  • 98% of students successfully participated in their end-of year Roundtable presentation – a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members and supporters.
  • 100% of our students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity in each of our trimesters in 2014-2015.
  • Close to 50% of our student body participated in a team sport in 2014-15 – for many, this was a first-time experience.

Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. Results of special note include:

  • 100% reported that Unity has high expectations for their child.
  • 99% reported they are satisfied with the education at Unity.
  • 98% reported that Unity is keeping their child on track for college, career, and success in life.
  • 99% reported that their child receives a wide variety of courses, extracurricular activities, and services, which help keep their child interested in school.

Finally, as a start-up school in which the workload of staff is particularly demanding and schools are thus susceptible to high levels of teacher turnover, we have been very successful in retaining our talented teachers. In our first two years of operation, we enjoyed an average teacher retention rate of approximately 90% (vs. 65% retention across NYC charter schools).

Responsibilities

Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Key responsibilities of the middle school ELA teachers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in ELA that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers – such collaborative planning will begin in the spring of 2016
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is well-utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students
  • Actively participates in opportunities to strengthen her/his own pedagogical skills as well as contributes to the learning of colleagues
  • Serves as the advisor to a group of students to support their academic and non-academic growth and development
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

As professionals, all Unity teachers participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to:

1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training

2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners

3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school. For more information on our unique professional ladder and a teaching career at Unity, visit: http://www.unityprep.org/careers/why-teach-at-unity/

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching ELA at the upper primary or lower secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level ELA
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with an accomplished academic and extracurricular record

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching middle school ELA with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in ELA
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in ELA that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and teacher certification

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

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