2013-14 Elementary Special Education Teacher-in-Residence
Achievement First - Connecticut

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Overview:
Start Date: July 2013

About Achievement First:
Achievement First is a non-profit charter school management organization that is creating a network of achievement-gap-closing public schools in New York, Connecticut and other high-need areas in the Northeast. Achievement First currently operates 22 schools in Brooklyn, NY, and New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, CT (and will expand to Rhode Island in 2013). Over the next five years, Achievement First plans to open 10-15 additional schools, spanning the full K-12 spectrum and creating college-prep opportunities for more than 12,000 urban students. Beyond our students and schools, Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the larger conversation about how to improve public education and student achievement in our country. For more information about the Achievement First mission, model, our schools and team, please visit our website at www.achievementfirst.org .

Teaching at Achievement First:
Achievement First invites passionate educators to apply for the position of Elementary Special Education Teacher in Residence for the 2013-14 school year. This is an amazing opportunity for recent top college graduates, with little or no teaching experience, who want to explore a career in education. Teachers in residence are exposed to best practices in education reform, gain hands-on experience in the classroom assisting teachers and learn about the administration of a “no excuses” charter school. Throughout the year, teachers in residence will take on more responsibility, both inside and outside of the classroom. By the end of the year, teachers in residence are well positioned to be very strong candidates for full-time teaching positions, or other positions in education, or graduate studies in education.

Responsibilities of Achievement First Teachers in Residence Include But Are Not Limited to:
Cover all classes as substitute teacher
Ensure academic achievement and student character development
Support lead teachers in one or more subject with grading, preparation of class materials and classroom management
Assist the lead homeroom teacher in running a structured homeroom in the morning and serve as an advisor to 5-10 students
Create a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment with a high “joy-factor” so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence
Support individual students through one-on-one tutoring or small group instruction and by taking on more teaching responsibility throughout the year as appropriate
Provide teacher assistance such as planning field trips, correcting final exams or proctoring standardized tests
Set and hold students to extremely high academic and behavioral standards
Constantly embody the REACH values and demonstrate relentless enthusiasm for hard work
Build instructional knowledge
Work with a coach to evaluate and improve mastery of instruction, culture building, and leadership skills
Enthusiastically participate in structured and informal learning and development opportunities
Observe high-performing teachers throughout the school

Contribute to the AF and school communities
Collaborate with colleagues to ensure a rigorous, joyful, and safe environment across the entire school
Assume responsibility for every single scholar’s success by holding all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips, etc.
Create unit plans, lesson plans, or other instructional materials as needed to ensure student success across the entire network
Complete research, data analysis and other complex projects as identified by the principal
Supervise after-school detention or homework club
Skills and Characteristics
Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development
Belief in Achievement First’s mission, educational model, REACH and Core Values
Strong desire to work in education reform
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Detail-oriented and highly organized
Highly motivated and capable of seeing projects through from beginning to end
Ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
Flexible, mature, and humble
Sense of humor, strong work ethic, “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
Results-oriented and willing to do “whatever it takes”
Supervise student transition times
Educational Background and Work Experience
Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university

Compensation and Hours
Teachers in Residence will receive a stipend of $25,000 and full health benefits.
Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Achievement First at http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/ .

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