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Kindergarten Teacher (2018-2019)

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

Job Description

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 www.lighthousecharter.org

Lighthouse Kinder Teacher Position — Competencies and Qualifications

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for talented teachers to join our team who are relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice.  Lighthouse 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!

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

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

 

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL 

  • Believes that every student can meet high expectations and our mission of college and career of choice.

  • Demonstrates commitment to equitable outcomes, most evident in the relentless support of students when they struggle.

  • Provides access and results for all students, in particular, SPED and English Language Learners, and demonstrates ability to integrate needed modifications and accommodations into daily lessons.

  • Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues, and students.

 

SERVING THE WHOLE CHILD & ENGAGING FAMILIES

  • Builds meaningful relationships and communicates effectively with students, families, colleagues, and community.

  • Builds a school and classroom culture where all students are known well and are supported in their learning.

 

DEEP LEARNING THROUGH RIGOROUS CURRICULUM

  • Designs and facilitates culturally proficient and rigorous  learning experiences in which students wrestle with complex, cognitively engaging problems.

  • Holds a  sense of urgency by assessing  and analyzing student achievement data and making  strategic decisions about lesson design which advance student goals.

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • Actively collaborates with all colleagues, contributes pedagogical knowledge and expertise, and takes on leadership when challenges arise.

  • Proactively advocates and takes responsibility for what they need to meet the needs of their students.

  • Comply with all school and band obligations, policies, and expectations, including abiding by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect.

  • Exhibits the highest level of professionalism and urgency driven by understanding of our student and community needs.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • Appropriate California Credential required

  • 3+ years 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.

 

SUPERVISION

This position reports to the K-4 Principal.

 

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

 

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

  • 3 references including a current supervisor

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.