Founding Chemistry Teacher (11th Grade) (22-23SY)
Lodestar 6-12 (Upper School) | Oakland, CA | Full Time
Lighthouse Community Public Schools
At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt 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 the 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 two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,600 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.
Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org.
Founding Chemistry Teacher (22-23SY)
Competencies and Qualifications
Lodestar High School is in its third year of growth as it adds a 11th grade this coming fall. The founding teaching positions at Lodestar High School are an ideal fit for teachers who are highly motivated to contribute to the growth of an educational institution in East Oakland and have a desire to, one day, become school leaders. Being a member of a founding team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a school that will positively impact the lives of students and families for years to come.
Lighthouse Community Public Schools is looking for a talented Founding Chemistry Teacher to join our team at Lodestar, who is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college, securing a career of choice, and becoming lifelong changemakers in their communities. LCPS teachers believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community.
If you are inspired by our mission and vision and want to be a changemaker in students’ lives here in Oakland, then please apply and join us!
You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:
Be an anti-racist educator committed to educational justice as evidenced by respectful and supportive relationships, well-planned instruction, rigorous daily assessment, and daily opportunities for students to revise and refine their work.
Facilitate cognitively engaging student-centered learning.
Demonstrate a keen belief in and ability to create, collect and analyze achievement data to drive student learning and outcomes for all students
Be a strong community builder and team collaborator
Model and foster a growth mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility
Be a collaborative and responsible professional educator
Your responsibilities will include:
- Teach multiple sections of high school (11th grade) Chemistry, possibly an elective, and a grade-level Crew/advisory each day.
- Demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy which gives students the skills, practice, and daily opportunity to grapple with rigorous content each day and includes unrelenting high expectations and an assets-based approach for every student.
- Plan, internalize, and implement effective, grade-level standards-based curriculum, units, and lessons that are learner-driven and are modified or differentiated while maintaining rigor to provide access and results for students with IEPs, African-American and ELL students.
- Ensure that students are at the center of their own learning and deeply engaged in ways that foster agency and self-direction.
- Utilize, collect, and analyze rigorous, student-engaged assessments, both formative and summative, to identify and address students’ areas of growth and mastery of learning objectives. To include Altitude, ANET, MAP, as well as others.
- Additional Duties, as assigned by Supervisor
CLASSROOM & SCHOOL CULTURE
Builds and maintains classroom culture that is supportive and learning-centered, undergirded by strong management, efficient procedures and systems, but most evident in the full inclusion of African-American boys, students with trauma, and students with IEPs in the social and learning community.
Create positive relationships by building nurturing and affirming teacher-student, student-student, and teacher-family partnerships with a focus on building a community of risk-taking, collaborative learners.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES/STAFF CULTURE
Grow and contribute as an educator, colleague, learner, and community member including engaging in professional development and your own growth as a teacher in service of student learning and outcomes.
Demonstrate advocacy, flexibility, autonomy, and collegiality.
Demonstrates self-awareness, reflects on practice with self and others, and acts on feedback.
Demonstrate flexibility, and ownership of our collective results.
Administer all policies and procedures in a professional and timely manner as mandated by LCPS, and state and federal agencies (i.e., attendance records, dress code, reporting of sexual/physical abuse).
Are you ready to join an educational movement that is bigger than one classroom?
If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive growth mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we are actively looking for student-centered, dedicated and dynamic teachers.
We would love to hear from you if your educational toolbox includes the following:
B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree, preferred
Appropriate California Teaching Credential, required
Deep knowledge of California Common Core State Standards, NGSS, inquiry-based learning, curriculum planning, and data analysis, preferred
2+ years teaching urban youth with transformational results
Familiarity navigating educational platforms
Experience teaching in a progressive school model
Bilingual in Spanish preferred
This position will report to the Upper School Principal.
This position is 1.0 FTE (full-time exempt) and follows a 10-month work year (190 days) with significant student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and interaction with families. All instructional staff will report in late July/early August 2022 (exact calendar TBD).
Common Building Hours: All teachers are expected to maintain hours of 8:00 - 4:00 pm M, Tu, Th, Fri and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesdays 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 Lighthouse Community Public Schools.
3-5 Professional References: Name, position, phone number, and email address. (Two of which should be current or previous supervisors of your role).
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 School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.