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Associate Teacher (1st/2nd Grade, 2019-20 School Year)
The Primary School

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Associate Teacher (1st/2nd Grade, 2019-20 School Year)

The Primary School

Job Overview


Job Posted
10 days ago
Job Type
Full-time

Job Description


TPS Associate Teachers are early career educators seeking to build their skills in rigorous instruction. They focus on a subset of content and skills and work with the support of the Lead Teachers and partnership of other associate teachers to integrate their lessons into larger units.  They teach multiple blocks during the day, providing them with the opportunity to quickly implement feedback and improve their practice. TPS believes in developing talent from within --- Associate Teachers receive coaching support and opportunities to practice literacy and math instruction and grow into Lead Teachers.  The will be supervised by an Assistant Principal.Specifically, Associate Teachers are responsible for:

  • Instructional planning and delivery
  • Assessment and analysis of student data
  • Working with families and collaborating with other staff
  • Supporting individual students
  • Engaging fully in coaching and professional development

Essential Beliefs, Skills, and ExperienceSuccessful Associate Teachers must hold a...

  • Deep Commitment to All Students
    • Unwavering confidence in the potential of all students
    • Absolute ownership over the growth of their students
    • Constant confidence that our team can achieve with every child
  • Parent- and Family-Centered Mindset
    • Belief that parents are essential partners in our work.
    • Ability to foster a welcoming school and class environment for families
    • Willingness to invest the time and energy to engage all families
  • Passion for Our New School Model
    • Recognition of the multi-dimensional needs of kids and families
    • Desire to dedicate time and energy to work beyond academic instruction
    • Excitement to engage fully in an innovative “start-up” environment In their work so far, they have demonstrated a...
  • Proficiency turning provided units and curriculum into internalized lessons
    • Fluency in articulating clear and specific learning objectives
    • Competence in designing engaging lesson materials
    • Developing and leveraging formal and informal assessment
  • Understanding of how to engage groups of students
    • Ability to foster a rigorous, urgent and joyful environment
    • Strong sense of appropriate tone in leading groups of students
    • Recognition of diverse needs of learners and willingness to tailor approach
  • Cultural competence in engaging with our community of children and families
    • Basic understanding of how to support English Language Learners instructionally
    • Experience supporting students experiencing the effects of trauma and poverty
    • Competence in bridging cultures with kids and adults alike Experience and Credentials
  • One or two years of teaching, or completion of a teacher preparation course or substantial experience working with students in an instructional setting, preferably serving a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven
  • College degree strongly preferred
  • A permit is not required for 1st/2nd Grade teachers

A Plus If

  • You are an East Palo Alto or Belle Haven native and/or have experience working with a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
  • You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.
  • You are an internal candidate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.

HOW TO APPLY

TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete our application below.  You will be asked to your most recent resume and respond to two short-answer questions that are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to include a cover letter.

About The Primary School


The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:

  • Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
  • Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
  • Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.

We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and will serve 300 children and their families (age 0 to 5) by spring of 2017.In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding  in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.

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