Envision Academy of Arts & Technology in Oakland, CA seeks a Middle School History Teacher to lead students to academic success in a diverse, compassionate school community. WHO WE ARE Our mission is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. At Envision Education, we believe the current achievement gap reflects a systemic failure to understand how kids learn, what motivates them to learn, and what they need in order to learn well. We know that vibrant learning communities apply compassion and high expectations to inspire and empower students. With a population that is 75% first-generation college-bound, our approach is specifically designed to increase student engagement, deepen integration and understanding, promote active learning, and ensure college success. Envision Education is a national model for using Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment to prepare students for success in college and in life. Envision Education currently operates three small high schools and two middle schools. Envision Education has made an explicit commitment to becoming an exemplar network of schools with an instructional and cultural vision rooted in an anti-racist and pro-Black framework. We believe that targeted universalism—focusing on the needs of a group that has historically been marginalized—will support not only that group, but everyone, and that being explicitly anti-racist and pro-Black is essential to changing the status quo for all of our students. ABOUT ENVISION ACADEMY OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY Envision Academy of Arts and Technology (https://envisionacademy.org/) in Oakland is one of three schools in the Envision Education (https://envisionschools.org/) network. Envision graduates go on to succeed in college at significantly higher rates than their peers: 100% of our graduates are accepted to two- or four-year colleges, with up to 85% accepted to four-year institutions. What’s more, our students persist in college once they enroll. Our college persistence rate is 87% from first to second year, compared to the national average of 74%. With a student to staff ratio of 12:1, our schools offer students a rigorous academic experience and a diverse, compassionate community in which to grow. Our students are inspired and empowered to be leaders in their high school education and their communities. OUR APPROACH We believe that deeper learning experiences challenge students to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, and collaborate productively. Students have an opportunity to use these skills and show what they know through portfolio defenses. In 8th, 10th and 12th grade, Envision students present a defense of learning, demonstrating their growth and learning. Similar to a master’s thesis defense, these presentations are required to graduate in 12th grade and are invaluable in preparing for life after high school. They practice for these defenses through regular exhibitions and in-class presentations. Our students say portfolio defense is the hardest thing they have ever done, and nothing has prepared them more for college. Read about our approach here. (https://envisionschools.org/our-approach/#::text=Since%202002%2C%20Envision%20has%20been,such%20as%20reflection%20and%20growth) THE POSITION Reporting to the school Principal, the Teacher will lead students in an academic vision of success that focuses o n Envision’s graduate profile rooted in ethnic studies, CCSS, and college/career readiness. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Instruction
Adapt, Internalize, and Develop lesson and unit plans aligned to network curriculum, pacing guides, CCSS and/or high-quality performance assessments.
Empower students with a sense of agency as they build problem solving skills to enter college and/or career ready for success.
Leverage student-facing data, technology, and web-based programs to guide students in their own learning.
Apply strategies with frequent data-cycles to improve student outcomes and help students identify their next area of growth.
Collaborate in grade level and department teams.
Serve as an advisor and teach daily advisory curriculum for a small group of students
Teach school-wide curriculum focused on adolescent development, team building, growth mindset, social-emotional learning, and brain science
Reflect frequently with students to prepare evidence for presentations of learning.
Know students well, develop a strong sense of community and belonging in the classroom, and personalize each student’s learning experience
Build strong relationships with families, including meeting with families on a scheduled basis to share information about their students and the school.
WHO YOU ARE
You are equity-focused. You are unapologetic about your deeply held belief that all children can achieve. You believe that anti-racist and pro-Black practices and frameworks are essential to change the status quo for all students.
You are collaborative. You make decisions in partnership with others, focused on what is best for the students
You are invested in our core values. You hold high expectations for the entire school community. You examine your own biases in your pursuit of equity for all. Every opportunity to learn something new excites you.
Commitment to the mission of Envision Education.
Commitment to anti-racist and pro-Black ideologies in the workplace.
A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree.
Valid Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential or out of state equivalent with ability to transfer required.
Once hired, continuous current California residency.
Demonstrated success working with parents and families, especially Black, African American, Latino/a/x, and immigrant families .
Experience delivering strong data-driven instruction to achieve significant student academic achievement gains.
Bilingual Spanish speakers preferred.
English Language Learner authorization or in process.
Receptiveness to feedback and desire to continuously improve to meet outcomes.
This position is onsite at Envision Academy of Arts and Technology in Oakland, CA. Envision
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
For the 2023-24 school year, the new salary range for teaching roles is between $61,200 - $98,700 and is dependent upon years of aligned experience and credentials. The total compensation package for Envision teachers also includes:
Paid sick leave.
Paid vacation time.
Excellent health benefits package with employer contribution to benefits.
Optional Flexible Benefits Plan, including dependent care, medical care, parking, and commuter benefits.
Retirement system from STRS.
Life Insurance at no cost to employee.
Access to ongoing opportunities for learning, professional and leadership opportunities throughout the calendar year.
As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision Education recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse.
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