Job Descriptions

Founding High School Algebra Teacher for Remainder of 2017-2018 School Year

FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: Algebra Teacher for Remainder of 2017-2018 School Year

Our Founding Algebra Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he will lead in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of the power of algebra in describing mathematical patterns and natural-world phenomena. 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 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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 Algebra Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in algebra that aligns 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
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching mathematics at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level mathematics
  • 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), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching algebra in New York City with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in pre-algebra and algebra that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State teacher certification in secondary-level mathematics

High School Teaching Assistants in Mathematics for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 School Years (Full-time and Part-time)

FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: Full-time and Part-time Teaching Assistants in Mathematics for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 School Years

Our Founding Mathematics Teaching Assistants (TAs) are essential members of our high school’s faculty.  They support our mathematics teachers in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of the power of algebra in describing mathematical patterns and natural-world phenomena.  This support occurs in the classroom as well as during small-group intervention blocks in the afternoon.  In developing in students such an understanding, Unity’s Math TAs foster in students a confidence in and appreciation for 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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

 

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

 

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 Math TAs include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans and prepares adequately to facilitate productive intervention blocks that effectively bolter students foundational pre-algebraic and algebraic skills
  • Executes engaging intervention blocks using prepared materials, MAP Skills, and Khan Academy, etc.
  • Tracks and monitors student progress in mastering foundational pre-algebraic and algebraic skills
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments to adjust intervention strategies
  • Meets with students during after-school tutoring hours to provide additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with mathematics teachers 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
  • 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 students 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching and/or tutoring students in mathematics
  • 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), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

 

Student Recruitment Associate (Part-Time)

School Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a grade six through twelve, tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York.  In the fall of 2018, Unity will serve 600 students in grades 6-11.  Every day, Unity’s staff works as a team 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 Unity, informs every decision, and directs our community toward one shared purpose.

Unity accomplishes this mission through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum based in the liberal arts and sciences, exceptional teaching promoted through systems that develop and recognize expert teachers, extended learning time, and differentiated academic support.  This framework is balanced by an engaging co-curricular program that encompasses enrichment courses, elective clubs and athletics, a supportive school culture that fosters students’ socio-emotional development and cultivates character, and ample opportunities for active community involvement.

Job Description

Unity’s school model and educational framework place an absolute priority on anticipating, understanding, and addressing the educational and emotional needs of the students and families it serves.  The Student Recruitment & Community Relations Associate plays an integral role in meeting this mandate by recruiting incoming students and developing ongoing relationships with families and potential sources of incoming students, including elementary schools, middle schools, and extracurricular youth programs. The Recruitment Associate will promote Unity at external fairs, internal open houses while serving as the primary initial liaison for incoming students and families.

Responsibilities

  • Designs and implements a comprehensive strategic plan of admissions of new students at both the middle school and high school level.
  • Collaborates with elementary schools, middle schools, and outside agencies (i.e., youth services programs, churches, community organizations) for admissions.
  • Directs the admissions process from initial point of inquiry through enrollment for potential applicants and families.
  • Communicates with families of prospective students and community members in an appropriate and engaging manner.
  • Presents the school to prospective students and caregivers and involves other staff members as needed.
  • Insures systematic and efficient handling of applications and communication with caregivers and prospective students.
  • Chairs the Recruitment Team and prepares for weekly meetings
  • Develops an admissions budget to include marketing materials, ads, mailings, web presence and publications that interpret the school to prospective students and other constituents.
  • Assist in the creation and dissemination of student recruitment mailings including fliers, brochures, and other informational documents
  • Demonstrates deep knowledge of the mission and values of Unity and can relate information to prospective families.
  • Initiates and creates activities intended to interest caregivers and youth workers in sending students to Unity.
  • Track applications for prospective students and maintains the waitlist
  • Prepare materials for and represents Unity at a variety of external fairs and programs, including those held in the evening and weekends
  • Evaluates and redesigns aspects of the admissions program, with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified and wait-listed students.
  • Manages the re-enrollment of current students for the succeeding year with tracking data on attrition and retention.
  • Keeps relevant statistics on all aspects of the admission and re-enrollment program using multi-media formats of presentation
  • Designs and conducts a minimum of 8 Open Houses per year.
  • Serves as a member of the Operations Team

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the vision and philosophy of Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • At least one year of experience in the Operations or recruitment department of a school or a comparable position in a comparable organization
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families; familiarity with Unity’s student population and the community to be served
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills with students, caregivers, colleagues, and community members; experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches work with maturity, humility, versatility, a solution-oriented mindset with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • Sets the highest standard of excellence for herself/himself
  • Is committed to acting with honesty and integrity in all matters involving Unity students, caregivers, staff, and community members

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.

Assistant Dean of Students for the 2017-18 School Year

HIGH SCHOOL STAFF: Assistant Dean of Students for the 2017-18 School Year

The Assistant Dean of Students is absolutely essential to our success as a faculty and school. The Assistant Dean of Students ensures that our learning environment is safe and respectful and that schoolwide expectations are consistently followed. However, she/he is much more than an enforcer of our Code of Conduct; Unity’s Assistant Dean supports the Dean of Students in spearheading our unique approach to school culture – one that balances holding students accountable with ample care and support, addressing the individual needs of students and providing valuable learning experiences.

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
  • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
  • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
  • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

Responsibilities

  • Serves as a role model for students; builds healthy and trusting relationships for students and staff
  • Maintains safe, pleasant, and learning-centered school culture by supervising and actively managing hallway, stairwells, and bathrooms
  • Enforce schoolwide expectations and norms, including expectations for dress code, electronics, punctuality to class, and food/drink
  • Serves on the PBIS Team (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) – attends team meetings as needed and owns the logging of complete and accurate disciplinary data in the Jupiter Grades system. Supports Dean of Students with data analysis and addressing student needs based on tiered supports
  • Is on call during class periods to remove excessively disruptive students from the classroom when contacted directly by teachers
  • Conducts mediations with students at the request of the Dean of Students
  • Participates in impromptu meetings with Dean of Students and other administrators to discuss responses to incidents
  • Serves as a liaison to parents and communicates with parents around disciplinary matters
  • Supports Dean of Students in managing students in Day Long Reflection, including obtaining work, planning out alternative schedules for students as needed, and reviewing restorative solutions with students
  • Supports Dean of Students in investigating incident reports, obtaining statements, contacting guardians, and reporting out findings
  • Maintains order, cleanliness, and a positive vibe in dining hall during breakfast and lunch periods
  • Ensures safety of students during school dismissal
  • Monitor student bathroom use and ensure that bathrooms are kept clean
  • Keeps hallways and public spaces clean; supports school in maintaining vibrant and timely hallway displays
  • Assists with security duties, including escorting students throughout the building where needed (i.e. to/from security, to nurse’s office)
  • Assists with attendance procedures to ensure strong daily attendance and punctuality among students, including attendance outreach

Qualifications

A candidate for this position must be equipped with:

  • At least two years of formal experience in working with adolescents in an educational setting
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, tremendous patience, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • 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
  • Strong 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
  • An associate and bachelor 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.

Middle School English Language Arts Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY: English Language Arts Teacher for the 2018-2019 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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 ELA Teacher 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 summer of 2018
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • 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
  • Leads an intervention group of no more than 5 students to support school-wide literacy
  • 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 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), 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 familiarity with the Reading and Writing Workshop Model
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State 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 Art & Design Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Art & Design Teacher plays an essential role in developing sound visual communication and problem-solving skills among our students.  She/he assumes the responsibility of teaching students to use art & design as a creative process in powerfully communicating their ideas.  She/he develops in students a fundamental understanding and basic skill set in using words, symbols, typography, space and color to create visual representations that convey meaning and provide solutions to problems that are relevant to our students’ lives.

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 art & design teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in art & design that aligns 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
  • Serves as an after-school art instructor during each of the school’s three trimesters
  • 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

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • A proven track record of supporting student learning in a related field or content area; at least two years of formal art teaching experience
  • 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
  • New York State teacher certification
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State 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.

Founding High School Science/Living Environment Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Founding Science/Living Environment Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team. She/he will lead students in a laboratory-based rigorous survey of the Living Environment as they explain, analyze, measure, question and interpret the principles of Biology and Environmental Science. Central to this classroom leadership is the goal to develop critically conscious and culturally responsive scientific literacy in all students. Scientific literacy involves internalizing the critical and logical attitude of a scientist so that it can be applied in a student’s everyday life, particularly in relation to their own health, commercial and technological claims, and problems in their community or at large. By developing LAB-based inquiry skills and critical scientific literacy in their Biology class, this teacher will prepare students for more in-depth, hands-on experiences in upper-level science courses as well as cementing the fundamental science skills necessary for success in college and beyond.

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 Science/Living Environment Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in earth science that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers – such collaborative planning will begin in the summer of 2018
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching science at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level science
  • 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

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching science at the high school level in New York
  • 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 New York State teacher certification in secondary-level science

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.

Founding High School Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Founding Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he will lead in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of exploring data, planning and conducting studies, probability, and statistical inference.  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 mathematics and statistics.

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 Physical Education/Health Sciences Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging physical education and health sciences curricula that caters to the unique physical talents, needs, and multiple intelligences of students alongside colleagues – such collaborative planning will begin in the spring of 2018
  • 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 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 a coach during each of the school’s three athletic seasons
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching physical education and health sciences
  • A proven track record in accelerating student growth and mastery
  • 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), of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal teaching experience in physical education and health sciences in New York State
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • New York State teacher certification in physical education
  • 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.

Founding High School Mathematics/Statistics Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: Mathematics/Statistics Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Founding Mathematics/Statistics Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he will lead in developing in students a sound, foundational and conceptual understanding of exploring data, planning and conducting studies, probability, and statistical inference.  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 mathematics and statistics.

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 Mathematics/Statistics Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in statistics that aligns to Common Core standards and Advanced Placement Statistics using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers – such collaborative planning will begin in the summer of 2018
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching mathematics and/or statistics at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level mathematics
  • 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), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching statistics, including AP Statistics, in New York City with a focus on developing conceptual understanding
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in pre-algebra and algebra that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State teacher certification in secondary-level mathematics

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.

Founding High School History Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: History Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Founding High School History Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he will lead in developing students’ appreciation for historical inquiry as well as building students’ abilities to analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources. In developing in students such skills, she/he will prepare students to be engaged citizens.  

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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 History Teacher include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in history that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers – such collaborative planning will begin in the summer of 2018
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching history at the secondary level
  • A proven track record in accelerating student academic growth and mastery in secondary-level history
  • 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), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching history in New York with a focus on developing literacy skills along with understanding of historical content
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging history curricula that aligns to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State teacher certification in history

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.

Founding High School English Language Arts Teacher for the 2018-2019 School Year

Our Founding English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher is an essential member of our high school’s founding team.  She/he will lead 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 fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10.  Over the next two 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 educators 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. High expectations must be coupled with high support: 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. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: 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. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: 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 Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: 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, value 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, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.
  6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: 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 RT presentations also reveal a student’s interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. 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. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: 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.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories.  For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
    • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
    • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
    • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
    • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.

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 ELA Teacher 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 summer of 2018
  • Executes engaging lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Utilizes data from formative assessments in the classroom and school-wide interim assessments to adjust instruction on a regular basis
  • 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:

  • At least two years of formal experience in teaching ELA at the 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 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), and, of course, a sense of humor
  • A Bachelor’s Degree

The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal experience in teaching ELA at the high school level in New York City
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan rigorous and engaging curricula in ELA that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework
  • A familiarity with the Reading and Writing Workshop Model
  • A Master’s Degree and New York State 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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