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Middle School Teacher

Company: One City Schools
Location: Madison
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

MIDDLE SCHOOL INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHERStart Date -- August 2023Reports To -- Secondary School PrincipalOne City Preparatory Academy (OCPA) -seeks full-time -Middle School Teachers -to serve as founding members of an interdisciplinary team of educators for the 2023-2024 school year. A grade-level team of teachers, each with a subject-specific background, will co-create and lead 8-week units of study throughout the school year.Middle school teachers will provide educational instruction within the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model for scholars enrolled in One City Preparatory Academy (OCPA).
Teachers will be responsible for co-planning, preparing, instructing, and assessing all required coursework for assigned class(es). Teachers will create a quality classroom environment in accordance with the standard of the school and will fulfill their professional responsibilities while upholding the mission and vision of OCPA.This position offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits.GENERAL OVERVIEWOne City Schools (OCS) is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is -to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. -Our vision is of a Greater Madison community where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them. -One City Preparatory Academy -offers the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum. It is also a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children and works directly with families to ensure children are inspired, learning, growing and achieving to their full potential. OCPA also has a burgeoning sports program and aims to ensure young people are growing in mind, body and spirit.In Fall of 2021, we moved into our permanent home, a $12 million facility located at 1707 W. Broadway in Monona, Wisconsin, a small city located on the South Side of our capital city. This 13.5 acre campus includes a 157,000 school facility that -can serve up to 888 scholars. The master campus plan includes a new 140,000 square foot athletic center with a high school/college-sized indoor soccer field, two high school/college sized basketball courts, weight training and cardio rooms, locker rooms, or features and underground access to our school facility. Our campus also includes a wooded nature area for science and outdoor learning, and outdoor play space. The campus is situated just 5 blocks from Lake Monona, just north of Lake Waubesa, and 10 minutes from downtown Madison.MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND EXPECTED OUTCOMESMISSION
Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation.One City Schools achieves its mission by:

  • Attracting dedicated families committed to the mission of the school
  • Sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural community that affirms and values each individual
  • Focusing on wellness, including providing healthy prepared breakfast, lunch, and snack on a daily basis
  • Providing a longer school day and longer school year, ensuring our scholars and their families are continually supported
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability, including a 20-year longitudinal study in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Providing financial, physical, and educational support for scholars from age 2 through HS graduation
  • Focusing on professional development and support
  • Cultivating resilience, agency, compassion, and community-mindedness
  • Embracing the whole child, from athletics to social-emotional development to content knowledge
  • Embedding a community-minded approach to education, including a focus on collaboration amongst teachers, parents, and scholarsVISION
    Our short-term vision is of a Greater Madison where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults.Our long-term vision is of a Wisconsin and United States of America where all children are prepared to achieve the same. Solving the achievement gap crisis won't matter if a gap still exists between children in the USA and children in other developed countries around the world.VALUESHabits of Character
    • We are honest, fair, and fulfill the commitments we make, building a culture of respect and mutual trust.
    • We give our best effort, take intellectual risks and learn to persevere.
    • We reflect and live with purpose, working toward goals that embody our genuine interests.
    • We are a school that values educational excellence, community, and integrity. We are dedicated to lifelong learning.
    • We have high expectations for all scholars, staff, and families.Community
      • We embrace the village concept - that it truly takes an entire village to raise a child.
      • We support and celebrate one another and take responsibility for our words and actions, acknowledging that we shape the lives of others in our community.
      • We work hand-in-hand with parents and the broader community to ensure our students have the fundamental capacity to succeed in school and life.
      • We utilize a robust network of community partnerships, routinely evaluate our success, and stay current on the latest research to ensure we are doing our very best to cultivate happy, healthy, and successful children.Equity
        • We embrace and celebrate diversity within our school, knowing that it deepens our learning and enhances our empathy.
        • We recognize that each person has different circumstances and we allocate the necessary resources and opportunities needed to provide an equal playing field for our scholars and their families.Wellness
          • We promote the health and wellbeing of our students and employees.
          • We provide two nutritious meals and a snack for our scholars and staff on a daily basis.EXPECTED OUTCOMES

            One City Scholars will graduate from our school but always be a part of our community. They will emerge from our program as thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers, ready to tackle life's challenges and provide effective leadership in our state and globally.Our graduates will be prepared to lead in the local and global community and serve as role models, mentors and problem solvers. They will understand the importance of reflection, perseverance, compassion and risk-taking. One City scholars, to put it simply, will make the world a better place.STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY

            Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words for One City Schools. We strive to create a team that reflects the scholars and families we serve, and empowers all to bring their full, authentic selves to school each day. Currently, 60% of our staff and 87% of our scholars identify as Black, Brown, Asian, Hispanic, Latino, and/or multi-racial. One City Schools is designed to prepare ALL students for success in school, career, and life, particularly the Black, Brown, Hispanic, Latino, and low-income scholars in the Madison community and beyond, who have been historically underserved in traditional school environments.PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

            In September of 2022, One City Preparatory Academy will welcome as many as 72 scholars in Grade 6 and 96 in each of Grades 9 and 10, while One City Elementary School will expand through Grade 5 with 48 scholars/grade. In the following two years (School Years '23-24 and '24-25), expansion will continue until One City Schools serves children from as young a s age 2 (One City Preschool) through high school graduation. The first graduating class will be in June of '25.Our new facility at 1707 W Broadway is currently under renovation while we simultaneously use it for instruction for Grades K-4. Renovations will be complete by September of '22, at which time construction on the Athletics Center will begin. Programs will expand as OCPA grows and will always center on our mission and vision.SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES1. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in setting goals and objectives based on student development, content, assessment, and standards and benchmarks.
            Build relationships with, challenge, and motivate all scholars. Provide coherent instructions, curriculum development, and regular feedback. Use school provided resources and materials, and incorporate staff/community resources.2. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in organizing physical space. Establish a focused learning environment. Develop an environment of respect and rapport.
            Maintain effective classroom procedures while managing the behavior of scholars. Follow established school-wide community policies and procedures.3. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in using a variety of instructional methods, including field and interdisciplinary work and other strategies required within the
            Expeditionary Learning Schools model. Implement discussion/questioning techniques. Use interdisciplinary teaming to develop units of instruction. Teach all scholars using integrated and inclusive instruction strategies. Maximize student engagement.4. Provide 11 months of quality instruction in our longer school year model, with regular school year breaks (e.g. spring break, winter break, national holidays) and generous PTO.5. Incorporate into lessons creative, hands-on learning experiences that broaden students' exposure and interests, help foster student ingenuity and require application of knowledge and skills acquired through daily instruction.6. Partner with families to identify students' talents, interests, and needs and update parents regarding students' achievements and progress.7. Assess, evaluate and report student learning, responding to individual learner's needs and reporting student progress.
            • Provide ongoing feedback to scholars and parents about scholar progress.
            • Plan and implement student-led-conferences and work exhibition nights.
            • Follow OCPA's standards-based assessment practices.8. Advocate for all scholars. Believe that all scholars can learn at a high level.
              Engage in professional communication with scholars, parents, and colleagues.9. Teach reflectively through professional development, school/community activities, and lifelong learning through careful implementation of one's own Learning Path.
              • Must be available for and willing to travel for summer workshops, conferences, and training.
              • Must be available for summer orientation beginning July 1.
              • Must be available for staff development opportunities and team meetings that are offered during the contracted day. These will include activities held one day/month and during professional development meetings that will be held during daily non-student contact/planning time.10. OCPA staff must be willing to participate in overnight off-site retreats designed for scholar or staff development. -(_Please understand, these events may be outdoor adventure based trips that include camping, canoeing, cycling, rock climbing, etc.)_11. Help foster an active professional learning community by collaborating and sharing information and resources in order to carry out the vision of OCPA.12. Effectively plan and lead "workshop" courses offered within the schedule.13. Lead daily Crew (advisory) sessions with students.14. Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in use of technology in planning, instruction, and for professional purposes. Be willing to pursue technology training for professional development and classroom use.OTHER DUTIES
                Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal. This is a start-up school that requires flexibility.QUALIFICATIONS:Education: -Bachelor's Degree or higherExperience: -2 years teaching experience preferredCertifications/Licenses: -Certified/Certifiable to teach in WisconsinOther Requirements:
                • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City.
                • Minimum of two (2) years teaching experience preferred but not required; urban teaching (or student-teaching) experience and teaching children from racial, ethnic, and linguistically diverse backgrounds also preferred.
                • Experience in EL (Expeditionary Learning) or student-led project-based learning is preferred.
                • Flexibility
                • Comfort with discomfort
                • Enthusiasm to build a school together
                • Compassion
                • Community-focused
                • Strong communication and interpersonal skillsAPPLICATION PROCESS:
                  • Resume
                  • Cover letter outlining interest in position
                  • List of 3-5 references with contact information (references will not be notified until candidate is notified)
                  • Background checks are a condition of employmentCOMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
                    One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, as well as comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Benefits include:
                    • Salaries: $45K to $75K, depending on education, experience, and demonstrated impact on student academic growth and achievement
                    • 11-month contract with dedicated planning time each week. Standard school year breaks apply (e.g., Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, national holidays).
                    • Healthy prepared breakfast, lunch, and snack provided while at work
                    • Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
                    • Investment in comprehensive professional development
                    • 401K with employer match of 5.9%
                    • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
                    • Your age-eligible children automatically admitted to One City Elementary School
                    • Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
                    • Employee Assistance PlanCompensation will be consistent with One City's approved compensation plan as stipulated by the Board of Directors.Powered by JazzHR

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