4th Grade Project-Based Learning Expeditions Teacher (2018-2019)
Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time
(4th Grade) Project-Based Learning Expeditions Teacher (2018-2019)
Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Public School
Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes. Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.
Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. 95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement! Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org
About Lodestar—A New Way of Doing School
Lodestar is an innovative, new school that opened in East Oakland in Fall 2016. Lodestar teachers are excited by the possibility of transforming the traditional model of education to be student-centered and experiential. Our teaching pedagogy is built around:
- Design principles of agency and belonging
- Students belonging to an educational community that provides personalized learning
- Project-based learning expeditions using Making/Arts/Design
- “Just right” instruction in math and literacy.
This model allows our teachers to specialize in delivering either project-based interdisciplinary learning or small-group, multi-age math or literacy instruction. This year, we are adding grades 4 and 8 to our existing grade levels of K-3 and 6-7. We will continue to add grades until we are K-12. Take a look at our work and watch our lab in action here!
About the Project-Based Learning Expeditions Teacher Role
We are looking for Lodestar Project-Based Learning Expeditions Teachers who design and implement rigorous, project-based learning experiences, called “Learning Expeditions” in EL Education Schools. These learning experiences are standards-based, semester-long interdisciplinary investigations into essential social studies or science issues affecting students’ lives. You are a literacy teacher -- using reading and writing to help students build knowledge -- as well as a content teacher. Expeditions culminate in authentic products that serve a need in the Oakland community. Expedition teachers develop curriculum around topics that capture student interests and passions, and enable students to explore their role as agents of change in their community; expeditions often involve issues of cultural diversity, equity, and social justice or environmental stewardship.
Are you ready to join our educational movement that is bigger than one classroom? If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we ask you to answer the call to action!
You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:
Be a visionary, innovative and equity-focused urban educator
Facilitate deeply engaging student-centered learning
Demonstrate a keen ability to create, collect and analyze authentic data
Be a strong community builder and team collaborator
Model and Foster a Growth Mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility
You will offer our students:
Design backwards-planned, interdisciplinary project-based learning investigations of science and social studies content that are student-centered and inquiry-based, including problem-solving and the development of both character and academic skills.
Implement in-depth learning experiences that encourage curiosity and passion, incorporate fieldwork and experts in the community, are grounded in deep studies of complex texts, and culminate in authentic opportunities to share final products with the community.
Design and implement writers’ workshops to support personalized writing instruction in small groups.
Build student knowledge through regular access to grade level complex text, and scaffold access to text so that all learners can read to learn regardless of reading level.
Collaborate with colleagues in MakerSpace and Art Studio to incorporate Making, Art, and Design into high-quality products (when possible).
Foster relationships with community-based organizations and experts in Oakland and beyond to provide meaningful fieldwork experiences and role models for students.
Teach a designated ELD course for identified language-learners in 4th grade.
Serve as a Crew leader to a grade level cohort of students, being the primary trusted adult and family liaison and supporting students in community building, character development, and academic progress monitoring.
Contribute unique strengths to the development and design of the new school as a founding teacher.
B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree preferred
Appropriate California Credential required (either Multiple or Single Subject with experience in upper elementary preferred)
3+ years teaching experience serving urban youth preferred
Experience teaching in a progressive and personalized school model a plus
Experience with one or more of the following: project-based learning, interdisciplinary curriculum, Common-Core, restorative justice, responsive classroom, making and the arts, small group intervention, and service learning.
Bilingual in Spanish a plus
200-day work year for 11-month employees with 23 student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and families. All instructional staff will report in early August, 2017 (exact calendar TBD).
Common Building Hours: All teachers are expected to maintain hours of 8:00 - 4:00 pm and 8:00-5:00 one day a week for Professional Development.
OUR COMPENSATION PACKAGE:
At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees. We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical and dependent FSA).
People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should submit:
Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to the Lodestar founding team.
3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship
Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis. In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.
Lighthouse Community Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.