Lead 3rd Grade Teacher (2020-2021)
ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.Our approach has three defining characteristics:We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school, and a parent wellness program.Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2020 we will expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and open our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!ABOUT THE ROLE The Lead 3rd Grade Teacher reports to the Principal and is responsible not only for leading their own instruction, but also supporting junior teachers on their team in developing and executing comprehensive, integrated units across all parts of a student’s day. Lead Teachers are tone setters for the school and are responsible for high quality instruction, culture building within and across classrooms, and strengthening home-school connections through deep engagement with families. Lead Teachers also serve as our models for how to deeply integrate academics, socio-emotional learning, and health into our classrooms on a daily basis. ResponsibilitiesAnnual, weekly, and daily instructional planning tailored to the needs of each child Instructional delivery in large group, small group, and individualized formats Regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support Ongoing support and coaching of the Associate Teacher and Assistant Teacher that make up your Classroom Team Collaboration with other teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve Partner with special education teachers, behavioral support staff and related service providers to provide personalized supports for students with special needs Regular meetings with and outreach to families, including daily documentation and notes Proactive collaboration and frequent engagement with The Primary School Parent Coaches and staff, and external health practitioners and partners Participation in reflection and coaching, both 1:1 with Assistant Principal and in group context with colleagues Active participation in the ongoing design and implementation of the TPS model through research, curriculum development, engagement with school and organizational leadership, and focused professional development Partnering with families and facilitate ongoing opportunities for family engagement The critical features of this role are described above but are not all encompassing; as our school grows and evolves your responsibilities may shift accordingly.QUALIFICATIONS You have a Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree preferred You have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a classroom teacher (ideally within two grades of your desired position) and hold deep and diverse instructional competence Your work demonstrates a practice of creating transformative classroom culture for all kids. You are committed to social justice and take proactive steps to build an equitable classroom practice You enthusiastically utilize data to understand what a student needs and to personalize instruction accordingly You have a parent- and family-centered mindset You recognize the multidimensional needs of children and families, because in your own way, you’ve been trying to weave education, health, and family support services together for your students You get that starting a new school and organization is no easy task and are not scared - in fact, you’re energized - by the idea of putting in the hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences. You are kind, humble, and collaborative A Plus If You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development You speak fluent Spanish or Tongan You are from or have ties to the East Palo Alto Community Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.COMPENSATION Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.