High School Geometry Teacher

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 07-07-2017
Our Mission and Core Beliefs:
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, high-quality, 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 open our doors every day to prepare students for academic success from kindergarten through college with an excellent public education of high standards, structure and accountability.
In support of our students, we are passionately committed to three Core Beliefs:  every child deserves a demanding, standards-based education; accountable community develops character; and great teachers are essential for academic excellence.
Our Students and Results:
  • STRIVE Prep operates nine schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southeast Denver.
  • In order to realize our vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, STRIVE Prep is growing from nine schools serving 3,200 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • 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 have consistently ranked in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • We welcome 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.
  • STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2012 as the first high school in the STRIVE Prep network.
  • All STRIVE Prep - SMART teachers commit to ensuring that all scholars attain an excellent education on the path toward college completion. To that end, all incoming scholars, families, and teachers sign the Commitment to College Completion Contract. Teachers’ responsibilities within this contract are:
    • We will arrive at STRIVE Prep - SMART on time, and we will remain for the entire school day.
    • We will support our scholars at STRIVE Prep - SMART on appropriate Saturdays.
    • We will attend and participate in all staff meetings and professional development.
    • We will treat every student fairly and with respect.
    • We will teach STRIVE Prep - SMART scholars in the best way we know how.
    • We will always make ourselves available to work with scholars and parents.
    • We will be the first both to correct and to congratulate our scholars.
    • We will provide tutorials for our scholars as needed to support their learning.
    • We will always protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom.
    • We will do whatever it takes for our scholars to learn, including providing students with our phone numbers for questions about homework after school.
    • We will respond to all communication from scholars, parents, and fellow staff members within 24 hours.
    • We will provide a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum along with necessary support in order to prepare every STRIVE Prep - SMART scholar to be accepted to and graduate from a four-year college or university.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Plan and deliver engaging, rigorous lessons aligned to scholars’ needs and network curriculum, where applicable.
  • Plan and teach approximately six periods per day, as directed by the School Director.
  • Maintain a positive, safe and organized learning environment.
  • Analyze student assessment data and use it to determine next steps.
  • Update gradebooks on a weekly basis.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families (by phone and/or home visits) to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
  • Implement school-wide student management policies within the classroom and on campus.
  • Actively participate in all teams, including grade-level, content and other teams as designated by SMART Academy leadership.
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress.
  • Chaperone local and out-of-state field lessons and college campus visits.
  • Provide supervision of scholars during before and after school activities (arrival, dismissal, breakfast lunch).
  • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork in a professional and timely manner.
  • Collaborate with other math teachers, school leaders, curricular specialists and the special education  team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Use network-aligned unit and interim assessments to track student growth. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Our Aspiring Teachers:
  • Consciously choose to teach and transform the lives of high school scholars everyday.
  • Proudly hold a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and able to submit proof of Qualified Teacher status (teacher’s license not required) within six weeks of hire 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).
  • Believe in and are committed to the mission and core values of STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy  including the mindset that every scholar can and will achieve.
  • 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, have a collaborative mindset and ability to work on a team, 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.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Manage demanding workloads and balance multiple tasks and initiatives at once.
  • Perform a variety of tasks, often changing assignments on short notice, with little to no direction.
  • Attentive to details, self-directed, problem solver, initiator and creative thinker.
What we Offer our Teachers:
  • Ongoing coaching and professional development.
  • 120 minutes of structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
  • A laptop and access to classrooms equipped with Smartboards and document cameras.
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living performance based raises.
  • 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 positions 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.
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