Apprentice Teacher (2020-2021) (#1917610)
Apprentice Teacher in Relay’s Teacher Residency Program DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks Science and Math Apprentice Teachers to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century. Overview of Position: DSST Public Schools seeks Apprentice Teachers to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum, and using data to drive their daily practice.
Teaching experience is not required. We will inquire about your grade level and campus specific preference at the time of interview.
Key Differences between Apprentice Teachers and DSST Lead Teachers: An Apprentice Teacher, unlike a DSST Teacher, does not have the responsibility of managing the learning and culture of his/her own classroom until the end of the year. In the beginning of the Apprentice Teaching experience, the Apprentice Teacher will not assume full responsibility for long term planning, daily planning; assessment creation, data analysis, or behavior management-- the DSST Teacher will manage all of these classroom components and help the Apprentice Teacher transition to managing more on his/her own as the year progresses. By the end of the year, it is the goal of the Apprentice Teacher to manage the majority of long and short-term planning, assessment creation, data analysis, and behavior management so that he/she is ready to assume full leadership of a classroom in the following school year.
Partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education:
In this position, Apprentice Teachers enroll in the Relay Graduate School’s Teacher Residency Program. The most up-to-date information can be found at this link: http://www.relay.edu/programs/relay-teaching-residency-denver/overview. A brief summary is provided here: The Relay Teaching Residency is a two-year program that includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for a Colorado Initial Teaching License. The out-of-pocket tuition cost is $7,000 for the program. In addition to job duties at DSST, teachers complete online coursework and attend regular in-person sessions, including: • A weekly session of deliberate practice with Relay Denver faculty, in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program; • One 2.5-hour evening session per week; • Approximately three Saturday sessions per term; • A one-week summer session before the first year of the program; and • A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program.
Full enrollment and continued participation in the Relay GSE program is required. Essential Functions: Overview - Demonstrate relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students - Take holistic accountability for student success- taking ownership of each student’s academic success or failure. - To live and model the school’s core values with colleagues, students, parents and the larger community - To reinforce the school’s core values, guiding philosophy, rules and school spirit Classroom Teaching - Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes - Plan and implement targeted curriculum and assessments for each student which adheres to the school's curriculum and standards. - Work to implement and master DSST Public Schools’ core instructional practices Curriculum and Assessment - In conjunction with a mentor teacher, implement a variety of targeted assessments and root cause analysis that measure progress towards learning outcomes and that adhere to the DSST Assessment Framework. - In conjunction with a mentor teacher, use assessment data to adapt curriculum and instructional practices to help students meet the school's performance standards. Such use of data includes re-teach weeks, spiraling skills, and changing daily instruction to meet student needs. Professional Development - To devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration. - To actively participate in the school’s professional development programs including data analysis and planning, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences. Additional Duties:
School Life • Model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community • Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
Student Advisor o Serve as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life ? Taking attendance ? Checking homework completion ? Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences ? Meeting & communicating with families regularly ? Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons ? If applicable, leading reading and culture circles
Grade level teammate • Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade • Participate in data tracking and observations for students via Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) • Participate in planning and execution of grade level events
Weekly Staff Meetings • Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture and teacher initiatives • Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher responsibilities throughout the week, as needed o Lunch Duty, Morning Duty, After School Duty, Enrichment, Academic Interventions (College Prep, Mandatory Tutoring), Hallway duty, etc.
Behavioral Support Intervention (depending on campus) o Refocus, silent lunch, core values point system, etc. • Act as a substitute teacher if necessary
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus** Job Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement. In order to be considered qualified to teach as an apprentice teacher at DSST Public Schools, you will need: - A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with transcripts submitted - Full enrollment and continued participation in the Relay GSE program is required. More information can be found here: http://www.relay.edu/programs/relay-teaching-residency-denver/overview - Candidates should have a 2.75 college grade point average or higher. 3.0 is preferred - Ability to pass the #5169 or # 5161 (middle or high) Math Praxis exam (math apprentice teachers) - Ability to pass the #5345 Science Praxis exam (science apprentice teachers) - Teaching experience is not required. *Candidates with a major or 36 credits in mathematics or science do not need to take the Praxis. Competencies: Commitment to Equity - We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels. Commitment to Continuous Growth - We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential. Commitment to Healthy Team - We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals Drives to Results - We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals. Classification: Exempt Reports to: School Director Compensation: $34,000
Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind. DSST Benefit highlights include: · Medical Plans offered through Aetna · $0 employee cost option! · Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools · 2 Dental Plans options offered through Aetna Insurance and Vision through the Eyemed network · Employee Assistance and Counseling Support · 401(k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution · FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid) · Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff *Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes). DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program. Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment. DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.