Uplift is looking for candidates who care deeply about student achievement and are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to prepare students to succeed in college. Our ideal candidate is one who is willing to work extremely hard to learn the art of teaching by participating in the Uplift Teaching Fellows program. Candidates do not need to have teaching experience or a background in education, as the goal of the Uplift Teaching Fellows Program is to train you to be a highly effective teacher.
As a participant in the program, a Teaching Fellow will benefit from an intensive six month training program that will allow them to put theory from coursework into practice in an Uplift classroom. The six month training includes relevant professional development sessions, coaching & mentoring, and practical application in the classroom. In the classroom, a Teaching Fellow will provide instructional and other support, under the supervision of two Mentor teachers. This position is a step to a classroom teacher and candidates who successfully perform in this program will be considered for a teacher of record position with Uplift Education, subject to meeting the professional and highly qualified requirements for a teacher and successful completion of the program. Fellows will gain valuable knowledge and experience in a controlled environment where they will be positioned for success in their own classroom.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Participates in the creation of rigorous and engaging long-term, quarterly, weekly, daily, and specific lesson plans.
- Communicates clear short-term and long-term goals to drive instruction
- Under the direction of the mentor teacher, will conduct classroom lessons and work with individual and groups of students to address learning needs and goals.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings
- Participates in school-wide and individual professional development activities.
- Performs necessary duties including, but not limited to, car line, lunch, and test monitoring,
- Maintains a productive, safe, and focused learning environment and models behavior within the code of conduct and all school policies.
- Consistently enforces Uplift Education values and uses vocabulary to teach habits
- Maintains and supports a positive professional school culture
- Upon request, chaperones field lessons and field trips
- Under the supervision of the mentor teacher, may be responsible for taking attendance, grading student work, preparing teaching materials, and preparing requisitions for teaching materials.
- Abides by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect
- Supports and follows directives of campus administrators
- Communicates effectively with students, parents, and staff in support of the instructional program and school procedures.
- Other duties as assigned
- Participate in professional development outside of campus based development, including an initial week-long Uplift Teaching Fellows induction and monthly sessions
- Collaborate with up to two mentor teachers
- Meet regularly with an instructional coach
- Observe mentor lessons and reflect on the instructional practices in the classroom
- Attend Professional Learning Sessions and collaborate with other teachers
This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B. A./ B.S.) from an accredited college or university required. Must be Highly Qualified or eligible, Texas teacher certification in subject area preferred. Spanish speaking, a plus.
Ability to read, analyze, and apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions in written or oral form. Ability to set priorities. Ability to communicate with all levels of personnel, students, and parents.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be competent in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn and use computer software as necessary. Ability to use basic office equipment.
SAFETY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Every employee of the School has an obligation to know our safety rules and procedures; to teach what they know to others; to recognize unsafe actions and situations; to warn others of unsafe situations; to react to emergency situations and to report hazardous or unsafe practices to those in a position to correct them.
PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit and use the wrists, hands and/or fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level is low to high and may have frequent interruptions. There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.
Satisfactory criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable. Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.
This position is funded by a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas