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Kindergarten Teacher (19-20)

Lighthouse K-4 Band (Elementary) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Kindergarten Teacher (19-20)

THE ORGANIZATION

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

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 1,300 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 gaps 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  

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Kindergarten Teacher 

 

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for a Kindergarten teacher who is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of their choice. Lighthouse teachers believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. Specifically,  we are looking for educators who deeply understand the realities of urban education, which includes both the rich set of assets and the myriad challenges faced by our students and  families, and who respond with unrelenting high expectations in their hearts; willingness to problem-solve around complex challenges in their practice, and who can craft and deliver a plan that results in our student deep understanding of their social and academic identities to become proficient learners as demonstrated on internal and external assessment tools. 

You will offer our students:

  • Design backward-planned, interdisciplinary project-based learning investigations of interdisciplinary humanities (English, social studies, and science) 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.

  • Facilitate math work time during which student start with a grade level academic challenge, move into standards-based independent practice or small group work with the teacher. This work is tracked and accelerates using classroom-based assessment systems to ensure all students master grade-level standards. 

Most Important as Kindergarten Teachers, you will bring your high expectations to belief in the following ways: 

  • Consistently implement oral language literacy instruction. 

  • Teach and engage families in closing academic gaps at an accelerated pace for students who have not had access to high-quality pre-schools. 

  • Establish a safe, learner-driven, engage classroom community that is centered on grade level standards. 

  • Develop classroom-based systems that will provide adequate support for students to demonstrate knowledge of internal and external assessment tools. 

  • Leverage developmental research, language acquisition theories, and information about students unique background to support and hold all students to grade-level standards. 


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!

 

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.

  • Leverage school-wide curriculum aligned to the common core standards in reading, writing, and speaking. 

  • Plan and implement effective, grade-level lessons that are learner-driven, navigate the tension between directive and facilitative approaches and are modified or differentiated to provide access and results for Students with IEPs and ELL scholars . 

  • Urgency driven by data that prioritizes Individualized and small group Instruction with standards-based work stations during which time students  are given authentic opportunities to explore their depth of knowledge in multiple ways, given tools to tackle challenging work, and supported to demonstrate their knowledge at the highest quality. 

  • Rigorous assessments through which students wrestle with complex integrated problems, are taught to mastery in a culture of reteach informed by data.

  • Depth of pedagogical knowledge, commitment to professional excellence, and deep desire to contribute one’s own unique and specific expertise to the team, “come to lead” 

  • Attend and actively participate in professional development activities, collaborative planning teams, and staff meetings to improve teaching craft.

  • Administer Lighthouse’s student policies and procedures (i.e. attendance, dress code, etc.).

Abide by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect. 

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

We are looking for talented educators who exhibit competencies in each of our five tenets:

 

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL

  1. VISIONARY, INNOVATIVE, & EQUITY-FOCUSED URBAN EDUCATOR: Believes and demonstrates that every student can learn and commits to holding high expectations and providing opportunities for all students.

  2. MODELS GROWTH MINDSET: Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues, and students demonstrated by self-reflection and the belief that everyone is a lifelong learner.


DEEP LEARNING THROUGH RIGOROUS CURRICULUM

  1. PURPOSEFUL INSTRUCTION:  is differentiated, experiential and provides student-centered learning opportunities;

  2. FACILITATOR OF DEEP LEARNING: Designs and facilitates differentiated and rigorous learning experiences that support all students to achieve meaningful and ambitious deep learning goals and milestones.

  3. AUTHENTIC DATA ANALYST: Transparently uses and analyzes authentic data to advance practice and student goals using student-engaged assessment


SERVING THE WHOLE PERSON & ENGAGING FAMILIES

  1. AFFIRMS IDENTITIES: Learning is rooted in our community and our student’s identities. 

  2. COMMUNITY BUILDER: Builds deep and caring relationships, uses restorative and responsive practices, and communicates effectively with students, families, colleagues, and community. 

  3. COMMUNITY MEMBER: Takes a humble and assets-based approach to working with and becoming a part of our community.

  4. FACILITATES COLLABORATION: Learning supports and creates healthy and positive relationships by developing collaborative skills.


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

  1. SKILLED COLLABORATOR: Collaborates with empathy by listening to divergent perspectives and demonstrating pedagogical expertise, mission-alignment, and high levels of professionalism at all times. 

  2. STRATEGIC TEAMMATE: Works in a strategic manner autonomously and collaboratively despite the complexity.


AGENCY MINDSET

  1. MODELS AGENCY: Exhibits persistence, creativity, flexibility, motivation to make a change, and the ability to imagine new approaches and opportunities for impact.

  2. COMMITTED TEAMMATE: Brings passion as a dependable, organized, solutions-oriented, and optimistic team member committed to staying to teach our kids.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.A. or B.S. required Masters Degree preferred

  • Appropriate California Credential required

  • 3+ years of teaching experience in an urban education setting serving low-income students of color preferred

  • Experience with Google apps

  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus

 

TIME COMMITMENT

200-day work year including 23 student-free days for collaboration with colleagues and families.

Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm on M, T, Th, F, and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesday for Professional Development.

 

COMPENSATION

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).

 

TO APPLY:

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter--Describing why you are an optimal fit for this position and your philosophy of teaching that describes how your instruction and leadership would support students achieving the Lighthouse mission

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.