(PA) Elementary Teacher - K-6

Mastery Charter Schools - Philadelphia, PA (30+ days ago)3.4


As an Elementary Teacher at Mastery you will work relentlessly to foster a love of learning with your students. Our Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms are self-contained and starting in 3rd grade our teachers become subject-specific. All of our elementary teachers at Mastery work to close the literacy gap through incorporating culturally-relevant and rigorous texts and topics into lessons. At Mastery we value Continuous Improvement and want you to learn and grow in your craft. We utilize a team of Assistant Principals, central-office coaches, and school-based content teams to provide coaching and feedback. We have professional development or peer collaboration time built into our calendar every Wednesday.

In joining our K-2 Program, you are signing up to give our students the best start possible on their academic journeys. You leverage 180 minutes of daily literacy instruction (in small groups as well as whole class) to help the curricular materials you are provided come alive. Across the rest of your day you help ensure your students’ social emotional, math, and science/social studies skills set them up for long term success.
As a 3-6 English Language Arts teacher we know you love reading intrinsically and have unwavering belief in holding the bar high for all readers. Ideally, you have familiarity with balanced literacy instruction and you are eager to teach the building blocks of strong reading practices. You and your students engage with Text Study broken into thematic units while learning to comprehend and analyze complex grade-level texts as required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Like your K-2 peers, you also help your students develop their own voices in daily writing workshop.
Mastery’s 3-6 Math Program utilizes Eureka's Math’s curriculum to help students explore mathematical concepts and develop mathematical fluency. Your students learn grade-level content, as defined by the CCSS, by engaging with challenging problems and then learn from their peers’ thinking through a facilitated discussion.
Our 3-6 Science Program uses the Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum. That’s right – the amazing FOSS! You and your students will use this inquiry-based curriculum to develop student note-booking skills and build a deep passion for understanding the world we live in. Your quarterly pacing guides with standards-aligned resources will supplement the work your content teams and central-office coaches prioritize each reporting period.

About Mastery:
We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child – academically and emotionally – matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.

Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 20 schools serving over 13,500 students in Philadelphia and Camden. We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.

We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our building can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.

Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Commit to ongoing professional development in the spirit of continuous improvement
Develop and implement rigorous and appropriate lesson plans, assignments, and assessments in cooperation with Mastery school-based leadership and curricular resources developed by Mastery’s Central Office Academic Team
Work closely with school leaders to analyze student assessment data to measure progress and use data to inform instruction
Collaborate in grade level teams to discuss student work, share best practices, plan events for joy and humor, and ensure student mastery of standards
Engage families in their children’s education by building relationships and maintaining regular communication
Demonstrate genuine interest, belief, and care for students’ personal and academic success
Commit to professional growth, self-reflection, a receptiveness to feedback, and a desire to continuously improve

Education, Experience, and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree required with a record of personal, professional, and/or academic achievement
Teacher certification - completed or in process
Demonstrated expertise in subject area
Commitment to and experience working with underserved communities
Determination to drive student achievement and set high expectations for all students
The ability to motivate, support, and challenge students in a student-centered, standards-driven classroom community
A positive mindset and a drive for personal excellence
Solutions-oriented resiliency to respond positively and effectively to challenges
Outstanding instructional skills driven by data and delivered through rigorous and engaging strategies