Middle School Science Teacher
Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School - New York, NY

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Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School (IAL) is a free, family-oriented, “tough love” public school. We are committed to excellence in public education and offering educational choice to the families of Inwood and Washington Heights (NYC). Founded by a diverse group of community leaders, educators & parents, our mission is to “empower students to become agents for change through community-focused leadership, character development and college preparedness.”

We believe a college degree is absolutely vital in our modern society. IAL provides an academically rigorous educational program, while offering an engaging, supportive learning environment that prepares students for college and beyond. We will serve 440 middle school students (in grades 5-8) in 2012-13. Essentially 100% of our student population is Black or Hispanic, 85% are eligible for free/reduced lunch, 40% are classified as English language learners and 25% receive special education services.

Fundamentally, we believe that great teaching matters. That’s why we:

 Recruit the best – our average tenure is 8.5 years, and 48% of staff have a graduate degree
 Invest in professional development – $5000 per teacher/year, plus extensive coaching support
 Incentivize great practice - robust teacher evaluation process, coupled with performance bonus
 Hold teachers accountable for student performance – we recognize excellent pedagogy
IAL is currently seeking a middle school Science Teacher & STEM Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience in middle or high school science education and have demonstrated success with a broad range of students. Having previously served in the capacity of department chair or program administration preferred. Additional background in the field(s) of mathematics or science outside of education a plus.


 Implement research-based instructional strategies in all content area classes
 Use assessment to modify lessons
 Utilize online student data system to track student progress through competencies
 Contribute to program design and implementation
 Participate in all staff programs and academic planning, implementation, and evaluation
 Work collaboratively as a member of a professional learning community
 Enforce and uphold school policies and culture


 Commitment to the mission and vision of IAL
 Minimum of three years teaching experience in an urban environment
 Passionate about teaching and science, generally
 Energetic, motivated, innovative, committed to excellence
 Valid NYS Teaching Certificate
 Evidence of ability to work effectively in middle-school classroom
 Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests
 Superior communication skills
 Ability to work collaboratively
 Fluency in Spanish a significant plus