6-8 Grade Teacher (#267473)
Teacher Crew Description for Work with GreenWood Charter School What Comprises a GreenWood Education? The GreenWood School of Harrisville is a dynamic Expeditionary Learning community dedicated to fostering each child’s unique potential and spirit of adventure through exemplary standards of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and collaborative student achievement. With 420 students in grades K-8, our holistic approach to educating our students will integrate student and family focus on our HEALTH Values: Healthy Habits, Environmental Stewardship, Academic Achievement, Leadership, Thinking Creatively and Honoring Diversity. Committed to a diverse community, GreenWood Charter School recruits staff, students and their families to honor their heritage and foster a sense of “family” and belonging at our school.
Why Teach at GreenWood? Teaching at GreenWood is a holistic work experience: teachers will model for their student our HEALTH values in and out of the classroom. Gone are the days of rote lesson planning and test-driven teaching. At GreenWood, teachers work collaboratively in teaching teams to organize their curriculum around multidisciplinary learning expeditions to dive deeply into core concepts and explore “big ideas.” The GreenWood faculty enjoy a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in all aspects of the school program, including inclusion co-teaching; caring for students; developing curriculum and expeditions; leading students in service on and off campus; experiential methods of learning in environments outside the classroom; participating in the governance of the school; and engaging in meaningful professional development.
What Makes a Great GreenWood Teacher? Each GreenWood teacher is committed to the mission of GreenWood. A GreenWood teacher has a profound respect for the life of the child and believes that all young people are capable of great intellectual achievement and profound compassion. GreenWood teachers are familiar with research on the teaching of reading, writing, math, and science and they are comfortable with collaborative curriculum planning, working with students from various learning backgrounds, team-teaching, multi-aged, multi-year classrooms, and working together with parents to help students achieve academic and personal success. In addition, the GreenWood faculty is creative, innovative, and caring. The school community actively encourages teachers to remain intellectually engaged in their individual content areas as well as creatively inspires faculty to take on new intellectual and social challenges while continuing to hone their practice as teachers.
Preferred Attributes: • Appreciation for the life and mind of the child consistent with GreenWood’s HEALTH values and Daily Prescription for Health: 20 minutes of reading, 10 minutes of math practice, 5+ Fruits and Vegies, 4 Positive Comments, 3 Structured Meals, <2 hours of Media, 1 hour exercise, almost no sugary drinks • Passionate about exercise, movement, health, wellness, the environment and our stewardship of its resources. • Sense of humor and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and spontaneity • Teaching experience at the appropriate grade levels consistent with GreenWood’s progressive, constructivist, project-based educational philosophy • Understands how to pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses and then apply differential instructional practices to meet the diverse learning needs of each student • Strong desire to teach in a demanding, cutting-edge program in which all aspects of school life are open for discussion, reflection, and continuous improvement • Collaborative approach to working with a diverse population of children and adults • Deep and abiding sense of inquiry Requirements • Meet Utah’s Highly Qualified Teacher requirements • Appropriate teaching credential from the state of Utah • Ability to support and guide adults, as well as students • Strong communication, organization, and time-management skills • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook, and the Internet • Flexible schedule with the ability to travel • Ability to learn new technology tools quickly (e.g., database and web-based tools) Instruction and Student Achievement • Know the Utah Core Standards. • Meet regularly with students to evaluate learning outcomes and plan resolution for students not reaching their goals. • Initiate cultural and academic experiences for students to demonstrate a depth of understanding of state standards and testing requirements. • Research and create lessons that complement/supplement Expeditionary Learning Practices to meet the needs of individual students. • Assess student academic progress, performance, and attendance individually and weekly with teaching team. • Provide students and parents with regular feedback regarding student performance, progress, and academic needs, and respond to intervention. • Support students with special needs, including participating on IEP teams. • Prepare students for standardized tests and proctor site-based exams.
Professional Responsibilities • Actively learn and grow as a teacher. • Be dedicated to the growth and success of each student. • Participate in all staff meetings and professional development sessions. • Create a classroom of high expectations consistent with the school’s mission. • Establish solid relationships with students’ families, opening up your classroom to parents and developing volunteer opportunities for parents and community members to contribute to our educational environment. • Community and parent outreach.
Compensation The GreenWood Compensation Model is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. All positions include benefits similar to those offered by area public schools including health, dental, vision, 401k and Life benefits. Additionally, we at GreenWood prioritize the ongoing professional growth of each member of our faculty. GreenWood’s partnership with the EL network prioritizes ongoing and relevant professional development of all our faculty including EL school visits, institutes, National Conference and strong instructional coaching with our EL School Designer. GreenWood Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.
Expeditionary Learning: As part of the National Expeditionary Learning Network, GreenWood teachers will grow and develop as learners of great teaching. EL schools are founded on the ideals of Outward Bound. Expeditionary Learning Design Principles reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound. These principles animate our research-based model for transforming teaching, learning, and the culture of schools:
1. The Primacy of Self-Discovery Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In Expeditionary Learning schools, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher’s primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover they can do more than they think they can.
2. The Having of Wonderful Ideas Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.
3. The Responsibility for Learning Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Every aspect of an Expeditionary Learning school encourages both children and adults to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.
4. Empathy and Caring Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. Learning groups are small in Expeditionary Learning schools, with a caring adult looking after the progress and acting as an advocate for each child. Older students mentor younger ones, and students feel physically and emotionally safe.
5. Success and Failure All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.
6. Collaboration and Competition Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Students are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence.
7. Diversity and Inclusion Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. In Expeditionary Learning schools, students investigate and value their different histories and talents as well as those of other communities and cultures. Schools and learning groups are heterogeneous.
8. The Natural World A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect. Students learn to become stewards of the earth and of future generations.
9. Solitude and Reflection Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. They also need to exchange their reflections with other students and with adults.
10. Service and Compassion We are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others, and one of an Expeditionary Learning school’s primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.