Far Northeast Secondary Math Teacher

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 09-13-2017
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools consistently ranking in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep-Montbello:
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello is one of three STRIVE Prep campuses serving the Far Northeast communities of Denver.
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello had the highest academic growth of all DPS middle schools during its opening year, 2012-2013, and received an award the past two years for, "exceptional success in supporting student TCAP growth."
  • The Montbello campus runs extensive after-school programming, which includes competitive sports and teacher-led clubs, such as tutoring, drum-line, step team, etc. Teacher stipends are available.
  • The Montbello campus serves 340 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 70% Latino or Hispanic, 20% African American, and 10% Mixed-race or other races. Approximately 60% of students are ELL, and 10% receive Special Education services.
About STRIVE Prep - GVR:
  • Currently in its fifth year of operations, STRIVE Prep-Green Valley Ranch (GVR) opened in 2012, as one of our first campuses serving the far northeast Denver community.
  • Every year between 2012 - 2015, STRIVE Prep-GVR was recognized as a Distinguished school, the highest possible rating on the Denver Public Schools School Performance Framework.
  • The GVR campus serves approximately 370 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 67% Latino, 18% African-American, 10% White, and 5% Mixed or Other race.
  • STRIVE Prep-RISE will open its doors to 9th grade students in the Far Northeast community of Denver in the Fall of 2016 and will join STRIVE Prep-SMART and STRIVE Prep-Excel as the third high school in the STRIVE Prep network.
  • Teachers and leaders at RISE will focus on developing students to become critically thinking lifelong learners who are empowered, focused, and compassionate members of their communities. This includes required engagement in community service learning throughout the year.
  • The rigorous college preparatory curriculum at RISE will include mandatory Advanced Placement coursework, graduation requirements that exceed the Colorado Department of Higher Education requirements for four-year college entry and a robust offering of extracurricular activities. 
  • Find out more about STRIVE Prep-RISE, the Far Northeast community, and the Principal, Elisha Roberts, on our website at www.striveprep.org
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead revolutionary instruction in Mathematics.
  • Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in the advisory.
  • Analyze student assessment data and use network-aligned unit and interim assessments to track student growth. 
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress.
  • Collaborate with other mathematics teachers, school leaders, curricular specialists, and the special education team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Take responsibility for the safety and learning of all students in the school.
  • Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in your advisory.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
  • Plan and teach one section of a specific intervention course (Math, ELA, Homework Center, or ELD).
  • Assist in planning and support of school-wide events including community/morning meetings, dances, and field trips.
  • Provide supervision of students during a daily break or lunch duty.
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff and/or grade level meetings.
  • Write and post daily lesson plans.
  • Participate in professional development throughout the school year.
Our Aspiring Teachers:
  • Consciously choose to teach and transform the lives of middle and high school scholars every day.
  • Proudly hold a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and are able to submit proof of Qualified Teacher status (teacher’s license not required) within six weeks of starting through one of the following channels outlined by the Colorado Department of Education:
  • A valid Colorado Teacher License in the applicable endorsement area;
  • Sufficient college coursework (or degree in content area);
  • Passing score for the applicable Praxis ii or Colorado PLACE exam.
  • Read more about the available pathways to becoming a Qualified Math Teacher.
  • Understand, appreciate and can pull from experience teaching in an urban setting (strongly preferred).
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (strongly preferred).
  • Commit to constant growth and reflection as educators and professionals through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Dedicate themselves to the educational success of all students, not some students.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism and positivity to their classrooms and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Work hard and approach challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Set high expectations for themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
What We Offer our Teachers:
  • Ongoing coaching and professional development.
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living and performance-based raises.
  • 150 minutes of structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons
  • A laptop and access to classrooms equipped with projectors and document cameras.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
This position begins immediately. 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at http://www.striveprep.org/join-our-team/teach-at-strive/ to learn more about what
to expect in the hiring process and who we need.
Please contact Susan at sandersen@striveprep.org with any questions.
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