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(Upper Elementary) Reading Teacher (2018-2019)

Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description


(Upper Elementary) Reading 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


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 Reading Specialist Role

We are looking for Reading Specialists who are excited to specialize in teaching reading to our young readers and passionate about cultivating a joy for reading and literacy in all students. You will:

  • Be the primary reading instructor for groups of upper elementary students, delivering standards-driven, Common Core-aligned, balanced ELA curriculum in flexible and multi-age groupings of 16-20 students focused on 3rd or 4th grade CCSA-aligned literacy instruction.

  • Support students in moving through Lodestar Reading 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, and deliver targeted instruction based in the reading workshop model (including phonics instruction and guided reading).


Responsibilities of the Reading Specialist and Lodestar Staff

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

  • Develop well-documented Common Core-aligned balanced literacy curricula.

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

  • Create developmentally appropriate instructional experiences for students working together across multiple grade levels, but with similar reading needs.

  • 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 3-4th student is receiving just right personalized reading instruction based on data.

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

  • 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.


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



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

  • Appropriate California Credential required (either Multiple or Single Subject with upper 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 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.



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:

  • 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 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.