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K-4 Math Teacher (2018-19)-Hard to Staff and Signing Bonus!

Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

                                                                                    Job Announcement

                                                                                    Math Specialist (K-4)

                                     Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Charter School

                                                             THE ORGANIZATION

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


                                           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

  • Allowing for “just right” instruction in math and literacy and grade level access.


This model allows our team of teachers to serve the whole child by offering both grade level access to rigorous standards and "just right" personalized intervention and acceleration to meet students' individual needs. 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!

                                                              THE OPPORTUNITY

                                                                  About the Math Specialist Role


We are looking for Math Specialists who love math and are excited to cultivate conceptual mathematical understanding, build fluency and accuracy, and provide opportunities for authentic application in our youngest mathematicians. You will:

  • be a group of students’ primary math instructor, delivering standards-driven, Common Core-aligned, mathematics curriculum in small, flexible, multi-aged groupings.

  • support students in moving through Lodestar Math Modules (flexing pace, path, place, people, and passion), delivering instruction based on what students need -- not based on a calendar or a student’s age.

  • use formative assessment data in order to inform groupings, track student progress, develop an inquiry-based curriculum that builds mathematical understanding and procedural skills based in meaningful tasks, and deliver targeted instruction to students in large-group, small-group, or individual settings.



Responsibilities of the Math Specialist

  • Ensure student mastery of math skills through the development and implementation of personalized learning experiences.

  • Develop a well-documented Common Core-aligned math curriculum that builds literacy in math.

  • Use assessment data to redesign student grouping and student schedules to respond to student needs.

  • Create developmentally appropriate instructional experiences for students working together across multiple grade levels, in small group, whole group, and one-on-one contexts.

  • Design and implement systems to share standards-based feedback with students to track their progress.

  • Use educational technology to support student-driven and personalized instruction, to develop and deliver content and skill benchmarks, and to track student progress.

  • Collaborate closely with other content-based instructors to ensure every K-3 student is receiving just right personalized math instruction based on data.

  • Collaborate with other content-based instructors around culture, expectations, and systems in the K-3 lab space.

  • 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 of a new school.


Core Competencies

  • Visionary, innovative, & equity focused urban educator

  • Models and fosters growth mindset

  • Facilitator of deeply engaging student-centered learning

  • Skilled collector and analyst of authentic student data and assessment

  • Relationship-based community builder

  • Skilled collaborator and flexible teammate

  • Models “agency mindset”



  • B.A. or B.S. required, Master’s Degree preferred

  • Appropriate California Credential required (either Multiple or Single Subject with elementary experience 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 regular teaching schedule as well as 2 stipended weeks during the summer of 2016 prior to school opening. All instructional staff will report on August 1, 2017.


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.



Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.



People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • 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 team

  • 3 references with name, e-mail, 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 Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.