Georgia Charter Schools Association

Westside Atlanta Charter School – Part Time Music Teacher 2014-15 (APS)

Westside Atlanta Charter School is looking for a dynamic music instructor to teach kindergarten through 3rd grade. Applicants should have previous experience in K-5 music instruction. Westside currently serves 120 students in the growing West Highland community and adjacent communities. The school will continue to grow one grade each year until it reaches 8th grade. This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic individual to grow their career.
Position Summary
The Westside Atlanta Charter School teacher has a pioneering spirit, is a reform-minded individual, creative and committed to creating an exemplary learning environment to support the academic achievement of a diverse school population. The teacher is committed to the vision and mission of Westside Atlanta Charter School, its governing board, community, parents, colleagues and students.

Champion the Core Values
  • Support and promote the vision, mission and core values of imagination, rigor, and service  of Westside Atlanta Charter School
  • Support and promote Westside Atlanta Charter School’s focus on literacy and language development through the partnership of the Rollins Center of the Atlanta Speech School and a student-centered approach to learning.
  • Embrace the school’s commitment to diversity and serve as an ambassador for families and the community, at large, that represent various ethnicities, races, income levels and backgrounds.
Planning and Preparation
  • Demonstrate content knowledge and pedagogy including planning and developing student-centered instructional activities that result in authentic, real-world applications of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate skill in planning differentiated learning activities based on the diverse instructional needs of students and the Common Core Georgia Performance State Standards, and Georgia Performance Standards goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate skill in planning instructional units by using appropriate instructional resources including design thinking, textbooks, manipulative aids, models, instructional technology, online resources, and others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to structure content by planning activities that progress from simple to complex and are connected in vertical and horizontal alignment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to plan assessment activities before, during and after a lesson to determine whether students achieved the intended goals.
Classroom Environment
  • Establish a classroom built on respect and rapport between teacher and student and student to student. Quickly and quietly handle misconduct without disrupting the learning environment.
  • Establish a culture for learning by setting high expectations, modeling exemplary work, and encouraging students to take pride in their work.
  • Establish clear classroom procedures so instruction occurs during efficient and effective use of instructional time.
  • Manage student behavior by establishing clear rules of conduct for in-class and out-of-class activities, monitor student behavior, assure that students are engaged in activities they can do with minimal confusion.
  • Organize physical space so students can perform the work assigned during whole group and small group assignments, and so that materials and supplies are readily accessible.
  • Communicate clear goals, objectives, and directions. Assure students know what to do and why they are doing it.
  • Use appropriate questions and discussion techniques. Use higher-order questions that require deep thinking and promote engagement.
  • Engage students in learning by providing rigorous activities, differentiated tasks, novel ideas, authentic, real-world applications, & opportunities to serve community needs. Activities should engage students in arriving at more than one solution.
  • Provide feedback that is specific to learning goals, encourages students to remain engaged, and corrective so students can correct mistakes. Use scaffolding when needed.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by using data collected during the lesson to adjust the lesson and/or plan an alternative instructional activity based on students’ responses.
Professional Responsibilities
  • Demonstrate exemplary oral and written communications. Keep abreast of current research-based practices and use them to improve instructional effectiveness.
  • Form collegial relationships to plan and assess student-centered learning units and to assure vertical and cross-curricular alignment of instructional objectives.
  • Actively participate in all professional development activities planned by the Rollins Center as well as school-wide initiatives.
  • Represent Westside Atlanta Charter School in a professional manner at all times.
  • Observe standardized testing protocols and maintain accurate records
  • Communicate with families to build a strong home-school connection to enhance student learning.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree or higher
  • Holds current Teaching Certificate or evidence of training which leads to a certificate or classification of Highly Qualified
  • Efficient with technology
Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Pete Settelmayer to
Westside Atlanta Charter School is an equal opportunity employer. Westside Atlanta Charter School hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.