Founding Elementary School Teachers – Philadelphia, Scholar Academies

Posted by on April 26, 2010

[posted 4/11/2010]

Founding Elementary School Teachers – Philadelphia, Scholar Academies

Scholar Academies, Inc., a new non-profit school support organization whose leaders successfully turned around Young Scholars Charter School, seeks Founding Teachers to help launch and lead its next turnaround school in Philadelphia.

NOTE: The role of Teacher is an anticipated vacancy for a turnaround school, with the final decision pending school approval.

This is a unique opportunity to transform an historically low-performing school into a high-quality center of learning that will positively impact the lives of previously under-served students. The Search Committee seeks an accomplished individual dedicated to transforming a school for at-risk urban students where they will flourish academically, socially and emotionally and graduate prepared to succeed at the best high schools and colleges.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding instructor with a demonstrated ability to work with urban students and their families. He or she will have a strong belief in the benefits of school turnaround, confidence to engage this challenge, a firm grasp of teaching and curriculum, an obsessive focus on academic achievement, and resilience to manage the many aspects required of a high performing school. The ideal candidate will relish being accountable for results; prior school start up, turnaround, or charter school experience is a huge plus.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities and experience:

– At least two years of elementary teaching experience during which time students demonstrated significant improvements in academic performance as indicated by objective assessments
– A steadfast belief that given quality instruction all students can achieve at the highest academic levels
– Focus on detailed assessment of academic progress to effectively plan and differentiate instruction to meet specific learning needs
– Exemplary classroom management skills as indicated by the ability to create an orderly and focused classroom environment
– An entrepreneurial spirit embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a start-up
– Excellent education credentials and an undergraduate degree and/or commensurate experience

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