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Middle School Speech & Debate Teacher

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Company: Success Academy

Location: New York City, NY

Date Posted: August 19, 2014

Source: Success Academy

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At Success Academy, we make history every day. Our elementary and middle schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 7% in reading among all New York schools. 100% of all scholars passed the 2013 science exam with 99% earning the highest possible rating. Our mission is to provide a rigorous learning experience that fosters in every scholar resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of personal and social responsibility, intellectual and academic skills, and an appreciation of learning. We know that our communities are calling for more, and we are meeting this urgent demand by expanding our network of schools with our first high school opening in 2014 where we will provide an inquiry-based, college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12.

Is this the right role for you?

You are an experienced educator with an advanced knowledge of speech and debate, looking for a part-time position coaching ...

Join our movement

At Success Academy, we make history every day. Our elementary and middle schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 7% in reading among all New York schools. 100% of all scholars passed the 2013 science exam with 99% earning the highest possible rating. Our mission is to provide a rigorous learning experience that fosters in every scholar resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of personal and social responsibility, intellectual and academic skills, and an appreciation of learning. We know that our communities are calling for more, and we are meeting this urgent demand by expanding our network of schools with our first high school opening in 2014 where we will provide an inquiry-based, college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12.

Is this the right role for you?

You are an experienced educator with an advanced knowledge of speech and debate, looking for a part-time position coaching a high school speech and debate team with the potential to turn into a full-time position as our school expands to full capacity. You are invigorated by the prospect of joining a team of highly effective founding high school teachers because you are a self-starter, entrepreneurially minded, and passionate about education. You have exceptional communications skills, are able to interpret and analyze information effectively, and possess impeccable research skills. You understand how important it is for young people to be able to develop, articulate and defend an argument in todays society and have the ability to help them be the very best. You welcome the opportunity to collaborate with expert colleagues and leaders to make your vision a reality for every young person in your class, which is why you take the initiative to constantly improve your practice. You understand the value of relationship building and the need to invest students and their families as well as the wider community in this important work. You have a whatever-it-takes attitude, doing what is necessary to ensure that you fulfill the promise we have made to our scholars and their families-to prepare them to succeed and graduate from college.

Responsibilities:

* Guides and fosters a healthy, collaborative, and vibrant school culture, and providing on-going support for a cohesive, strong culture within the school that is a reflection of the broader mission of the Success Academy Charter School Network
* Teaches sections of Speech and Debate
* Completes duties as assigned
* Engages scholars through a rigorous speech and debate curriculum that inspires in them a passion for scholarship and education and enables them to successfully compete in debate competitions
* Organizes auditions for debate competitions
* Effectively recruits debate team candidates
* Be able to manage and implement all necessary logistics for debate competitions
* Receives and implements ongoing feedback and support from an outstanding educational leadership team and faculty
* Reports directly to principal

Qualifications:

Our Speech and Debate teacher will have a minimum of three years coaching experience. An advanced degree in field or related field and NYS teaching certification in the content area are preferred (Bachelors Degree is required). Experience working in an urban school environment is a plus. Demonstrated competencies in the following areas are a must:

* Content Knowledge and Design: Demonstrated domain area expertise complemented with a wide range of foundational knowledge across multiple disciplines, evidence of previous work developing engaging and innovative curriculum with an eye to Common Core standards
* Accountability and Data Driven: Proven record of achievement as evinced by a variety of student data
* Stamina: Ability to handle the intensity required to thrive in a high-performing charter school and an ability to adjust to unexpected tasks and updated priorities
* Classroom Management: Ability to manage your classroom with dignity and consistency;
* Self-Reflection: Capacity to accept and implement feedback to improve pedagogy and professional activities; solutions-oriented mindset
* Collaborative: The capacity to work with other educators, while maintaining a sense of humor, and to be receptive to feedback and eager to learn from colleagues
* Dedication to Mission: A genuine interest in finding ways to improve public education and support our schools
* Detail Driven: Thinks critically about the details of a task at hand
* Whatever-it-Takes Attitude: Willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of the job to be innovative and support the organization

The following qualifications are pluses:

* Experience leading professional development activities for other teachers
* A strong track record of success in preparing high school students for high level college entrance examinations (SAT/ACT)
* Experience leading teams as a department head and proficiency in coaching or mentoring novice teachers

To apply

Please provide a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and be advised that at advanced stages in the hiring process you will be required to provide names and contact information of at least three (3) professional references, and an official copy of your college transcripts. Your cover letter should explain why you think youd be a good fit for this role and how your experiences would benefit our scholars.

Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Compensation is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

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