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Tapestry Public Charter School – Middle School Teachers (DeKalb)

Tapestry Public Charter School will open in August 2014 for grades 6 -8 and add one grade in each subsequent year, serving grades 6 – 12 by 2018.

The mission of Tapestry is to offer an inclusive, individualized learning environment that is academically engaging, both for neurotypical students and those on the autism spectrum, and to create a positive school culture that empowers all students to take possession of their innate talents and become creative builders of their own future.

Utilizing small, multi-age classrooms with flexible groupings and authentic hands-on learning experiences, Tapestry will provide a student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment. All students will be respected, loved, and valued as the most important members of the school community.  More about Tapestry may be found at tapestrycharter.org.

Tapestry seeks innovative, passionate, and energetic general education and special education teachers to join our team.  Employment at Tapestry offers a unique opportunity for mission-fit educators to help build our school from the ground up. Tapestry Public Charter School has openings for the 2014-15 school year for the following positions:

  • Middle School Math/Science/Technology Teachers
  • Middle School Humanities Teachers
  • Middle School Special Education Teachers

 

General Education Math/Science/Technology Teachers and

General Education Humanities Teachers (grades 6-8)

Qualifications:                                                                                                                                      

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required; completion of a teacher preparation program and/or degree in education or related field and/or Georgia teacher certification in middle and/or high school grades preferred
  • Positive, inclusive, and welcoming attitude
  • Enthusiastic, creative, flexible approach to teaching
  • Ability to differentiate methodology to accommodate learning differences
  • Sound classroom management skills
  • Team player: ability to collaborate well with other members of the school community
  • Excellent written, oral communication, and listening skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, including those on the autism spectrum
  • Effective use of technology in teaching and learning
  • Knowledge of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)
  • Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning, Constructivism in teaching and learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), and the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles
  • Relevant experience working in a charter school
  • Experience working with middle and/or high school-aged students
  • Knowledge of project-based, experiential learning

 

Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School
  • Co-teach interdisciplinary blocks of courses, either in Math/Science/Technology OR Humanities (Social Studies and English Language Arts)
  • Teach other courses as needed, such as related arts, PE, or foreign language
  • Establish a strong working partnership with special education teachers to develop an exceptional co-teaching learning environment for students
  • Maintain excellent lines of communication with families
  • Consistently implement  the school’s educational program, utilizing Universal Design for Learning and Constructivist learning theory in co-taught classes
  • Work collaboratively to develop interdisciplinary course content driven by student interest and aligned with the CCGPS
  • Model behavior and practices that reflect the Coalition of Essential Schools common principles
  • Engage in continuous professional development and shared learning with other professional staff
  • Lead an advisory cohort of students
  • Regularly attend faculty meetings, work flexible hours, and perform other duties as necessary (willingness to “wear many hats”)
  • Work collaboratively with the entire Tapestry stakeholder community to advance the goals of the school

 Special Education Teacher (grades 6-8)

Qualifications:                                                                                                                                       

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and a Highly Qualified T4-Certification in General Curriculum Special Education and the Special Education Academic Content Areas (Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA) required
  • Experience working with students on the autism spectrum
  • Ability to teach other courses, such as related arts, PE, or foreign language as needed
  • Positive, inclusive, and welcoming attitude
  • Enthusiastic, creative, flexible approach to teaching
  • Ability to differentiate methodology to accommodate learning differences
  • Sound classroom management skills
  • Team player: ability to collaborate well with other members of the school community
  • Excellent written, oral communication, and listening skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
  • Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning, Constructivism in teaching and learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), and the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles
  • Relevant experience working in a middle and/or high school
  • Relevant experience working in a charter school
  • Experience working with students with various learning disabilities, cognitive profiles, sensory dysfunctions, behavior disorders, speech and language impairments, gross and fine motor difficulty and medical conditions
  • Ability to develop and adapt curriculum and present lessons in various subject areas to students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse groups of students, teachers, service providers and families

 

Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School
  • Collaborate and plan with general education teachers in order to conduct co-taught educational activities in a constructivist environment
  • Modify and differentiate the general education curriculum for students with disabilities, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and assistive technologies
  • Maintain excellent lines of communication with families
  • Confer with parents, students, and colleagues to develop individual educational plans designed to promote the student’s educational, physical, and social development,  ensuring that IEPs are in accordance with state, federal, and any other applicable guidelines, regulations, and/or laws
  • Collate and maintain accurate and complete student records. Maintain student work samples and schedule meeting with parents, guardians, and teachers to discuss these records
  • Administer informal and formal assessments, providing students with individual testing accommodations
  • Seek to empower students with disabilities to become self-advocates
  • Engage in continuous professional development and shared learning with other professional staff
  • Lead an advisory cohort of students
  • Regularly attend faculty meetings, work flexible hours, and perform other duties as necessary (willingness to “wear many hats”)
  • Work collaboratively with the entire Tapestry stakeholder community to advance the goals of the school

Calendar: 191-day employee

Compensation: Negotiable salary; full benefits package.

To apply for any of these positions, Interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter summarizing interest, skills, and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references; and (4) a philosophy of education statement to Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, Hiring Committee Chair, at tonna@tapestrycharter.org. Applications without all four requirements will be considered incomplete.

  • Application Deadline: Open until filled.
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon approval by the GA Department of Education, expected February 2014.
  • Tapestry Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse staff and encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.
  • Before hire, applicants must satisfy a background investigation including a criminal background check.

 

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