High School Special Education Teacher
Harlem Village Academies - Harlem, NY

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Position: High School Teacher, Harlem Village Academies
Start date: July 28, 2014
Subject: Special Education
Location: Harlem, New York

What would it take for a student to say,
with conviction, "I am the leader of my life”?

That is the basic question that guides our academic community. In order for students to realize their potential, they must become truly independent—as thinkers, as agents for positive change in our society, and in the daily words and deeds that will determine the courses of their lives.

Rigor, therefore, is only part of the story. Yes, our students will work hard, and they will become sophisticated readers of complex texts, methodical scientists and historians, and mathematicians who construct proofs both elegant and airtight. They will prove their mettle on internal and external assessments, and they will graduate from college. But more importantly, we want our students to embrace the habits of an educated mind: to think, speak, and write clearly and reasonably; to be genuinely curious, compassionate, and reflective; to respect diversity, to cultivate substantive friendships, and to evolve into active and thoughtful citizens.

The vision at HVA is that our students will become intellectually sophisticated, wholesome in character, avid readers, independent thinkers and compassionate individuals who make a meaningful contribution to society.

As educators, we do our utmost to instill in our students a passion for learning, and we do whatever it takes to make sure that our students excel academically and are supported as the unique individuals they are. We also work hard to build our students’ resilience in the face of adversity, their deep understanding of the most conceptual levels of their studies, and the self-discipline necessary to work independently on ambitious projects. In this way, every academic subject at HVA offers both rigorous training in a particular area of knowledge and a master class in leadership.

  • Develop and teach highly engaging, academically rigorous curricula, units, lessons, and assessments, aligned with HVA and International Baccalaureate standards
  • Establish and uphold classroom expectations that support students to develop increased agency, responsible autonomy and ownership over learning
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues, including for planning, ongoing professional learning, and continually improving the life of the school
  • Build strong, lasting relationships with students, inspiring them to hold themselves to a high standard of academics and character
  • Analyze assessment data and use it to inform your instruction
  • Maintain close relationships with families, including phone calls and conferences
  • Contribute to the school community by leading a club, extracurricular activity or athletic team
  • You’ve taught your subject full-time for at least one year, at the high and/or middle school level, preferably in an urban setting
  • You guide your students to think, deeply and critically, every day
  • Your students always understand the purpose of whatever they do in your class
  • Your students catch your infectious fascination and love for your subject
  • Your students are almost never late to your class – it’s too exciting to miss!
  • You really like high school kids, and love getting to know them
  • You feel personally responsible for your students’ success
  • You’re deeply committed to learning and growing as a teacher

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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