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James Irwin Charter High School is currently seeking a full-time English teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. The successful candidate will have a 7-period day with four English classes, one study hall and two planning periods. Candidates are not required to have an education degree, be licensed or have prior teaching experience (see below). However, a Bachelor’s degree in English or writing is preferable. Additional details on the position and how to apply may be found under the Employment link at the school’s website: www.jamesirwin.org.
James Irwin Charter High School has received the following awards:
• Winner of the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016)
• Gold Medal for being in the top 500 high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); and ranked 469th out of 21,000 in the nation and 11th out of 468 high schools in the State of Colorado (2016)
• America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post; ranked 7th in the State of Colorado (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
• Best of the Springs Reader’s Choice Silver Award by The Gazette (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018)
While we do not rest on our awards or accolades, we are always looking for ways to improve the program for our students. We do this by looking for energetic, solution-based teachers with positive attitudes who want to join us in our mission to provide the best college-preparatory education by developing character and academic potential in every student. Our school culture is one of the most encouraging, collaborative places you will find.
James Irwin Charter High School is a public school of choice located just west of the Colorado Springs Airport at 5525 Astrozon Boulevard.
• Salary is currently $30,000 with BA/BS; $32,000 with MA/MS for August through May employment. If the position is not filled, a qualified candidate with an English Master’s degree can earn an additional $4,000 per year for teaching two on-campus concurrent enrollment English courses through Pikes Peak Community College.
• Generous benefits package which includes a choice of either a low-cost HMO or an HSA with free primary care and a monthly stipend. In addition, 100% of the dental premium is paid by the employer, and a laptop computer is loaned to the teacher.
• Days worked: 193, starting July 25, 2019 (see the 2019-2020 high school calendar on our website).
• Robust teacher development and training program.
Candidates who are selected to interview may be asked to attend a brief meet and greet with the administration. If selected to continue the process, candidates may be asked to return for a more comprehensive interview and teach a sample lesson to students, faculty and/or administration.
The successful candidate should…
• Have advanced knowledge and mastery of literary analysis and composition;
• Be willing to demonstrate mastery by completing a written essay, grading a sample essay, and teaching a sample lesson;
• Become familiar with and commit to using the Active Participation or Explicit Instruction methodology by Dr. Anita Archer;
• Be willing to work with a team of faculty who provide consistent teaching methods and assessments throughout all classes at JICHS;
• If qualified, be willing to teach a Pikes Peak Community College concurrent enrollment English class (a Master’s degree in English or writing is required; an additional stipend is available for concurrent enrollment teachers);
• Integrate character into lessons as appropriate and always exhibit the highest character traits, especially in the company of students and colleagues;
• Be willing to accept and implement feedback on performance via teacher coaching, video recording, and informal and formal evaluations; and,
• Be committed to always doing what is best for the students.
The successful candidate should also be prepared to…
• Maintain detailed, accurate and up-to-date student records;
• Actively monitor a study hall as assigned;
• Serve as a House Sponsor to mentor and guide students;
• Perform other occasional duties, as assigned (e.g., after-school detention, chaperone Homecoming and Prom); and,
• Volunteer from time to time to chaperone student activities (e.g. dances, games).
The successful candidate should possess the following skills and abilities:
• Support James Irwin Charter Schools’ mission and vision;
• Support and follow all JICS policies and procedures;
• Courage to enforce student dress code and behavior expectations;
• Self-advocating, quick learner;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Excellent office administration skills, including written and oral communications skills;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, students and parents;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook);
• Proficiency with Internet web browsing and research;
• Excellent in time management;
• Dress modestly and appropriately for a professional, academic environment;
• Able to maintain a calm, professional demeanor under pressure and in meeting deadlines; and,
• Positive, solution-based attitude.
Minimum Work Experience and Education: JICHS follows the Colorado Department of Education requirements for Highly Qualified standards in hiring teachers of core subjects. Therefore, the successful candidate needs to hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution and show subject matter competency through at least one of the following:
• Earning an endorsement in the assigned field;
• Holding a degree in the assigned field;
• Passing a Colorado content test in the assigned field (e.g., PLACE, PRAXIS II);
• Earning 24 semester hours in the assigned field;
• Earning National Board Certification in the assigned field; or,
• Passing a secondary multi-subject HOUSSE* provision (if eligible).
Position Summary: An English teacher at JICHS has a multi-faceted job: he or she is responsible for planning the curriculum by utilizing texts from a variety of writing styles and time periods, independently teaching several sections of this course (sometimes to include honors sections, as well), and assessing student growth and progress through a variety of standards in the areas of vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and research. The literature selection must include novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction at all grade levels from the pre-approved curriculum list.
The teacher is also required to keep regular contact with parents/guardians of students who are not mastering the material, and teachers are encouraged to support students individually as much as possible.
English teachers must assign and grade two writing assignments per week to support student growth in organization, conventions, style, and mastery of course content. One of these writings can be a revision exercise.
Teachers also create their own lesson plans weekly and post these plans for approval from the department head. There are many resources available to the teacher for the creation of the lessons, and collaboration between teachers and departments is encouraged. If previously approved lesson plans are available, the teacher is encouraged to use them as a basis for planning future lessons.
Teachers at JICHS also aim for being data-oriented and aware of student performance in general, especially on standardized tests. Teachers do this through bi-weekly grade book annotations. Teachers are also responsible for creating and administering quarterly assessments (mid-terms and finals) in addition to the unit assessments, to ensure student mastery and to keep the curriculum and standards as consistent as possible from year to year.
All JICHS teachers also share several extra responsibilities including monitoring detention on occasion, chaperoning Homecoming and Prom dances, proctoring study halls and/or labs, and sponsoring one of our ten Houses. These responsibilities are assigned during pre-service training and maintained throughout the academic year.
This may be the career move you've been looking for if you:
• Are energetic, flexible, positive and solution-minded;
• Enjoy working hard for student success;
• Love mentoring, teaching, and being around high school age students;
• Appreciate being coached for excellence in teaching; and,
• Want to be part of one of the best faculties and work environments in the nation.
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