Georgia Charter Schools Association http://www.gacharters.org Plant a Charter. Grow a Kid. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Introducing Georgia’s 5 New State Commission Charter Schools http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/introducing-georgias-5-new-state-commission-charter-schools/ http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/introducing-georgias-5-new-state-commission-charter-schools/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:12 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13849 Charter schools are thriving in Georgia. Eleven new startup charter schools are opening their doors in Early August, 2015. Last week we profiled six new charters that were authorized by their local school districts. Today we’re profiling five new charter schools authorized by the State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC), that will launch for the 2015-16 school year.

These mission-driven public schools address local community needs and demonstrate remarkable geographic diversity. Their varied curricula and educational approaches reflect the innovation that charter schools are meant to deliver. See the full list of charter schools in Georgia that are authorized by the SCSC.

DuBois Integrity Academy, Riverdale, GA (State Charter Schools Commission)

  • Serving grades K-5
  • 812 King Road, Riverdale, GA 30296

Du Bois Integrity Academy takes a whole-child approach to elementary education. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff work together to meet the intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of each and every child.

Du Bois Integrity Academy uses the natural curiosity of children to teach science, technology, engineering, math and critical thinking skills. Instructional leaders will center their comprehensive school reform best practices on Georgia’s Common Core Standards (GCCS) infused with STEM and Arts integration that uses a “Blended Learning” platform. Student learning will be held to high standards and high expectations every day.

Foothills Education Charter High School, North-Middle GA (State Charter Schools Commission)

  • Serving grades 9-12
  • Central Office: 800-B Madison Street, Danielsville, GA 30633

The mission of Foothills Education Charter High School is to provide students the opportunity to be successful learners and to earn a high school diploma. 

Foothills offers multiple locations across the North-Middle Georgia region, offering a full range of high school courses in a convenient, flexible, self-paced format. All classes are held in the evening so students can work during the day and attend school at night.  Tuition is 100% free for students who enroll at Foothills full time.

All courses are mastery-based, which means students cannot fail a course.  There are no deadlines, so learners can take as much or as little time as they need to successfully complete the coursework. To better meet the different learning styles of students, Foothills offers a variety of course formats including textbook and web-based instruction. All methods provide self-paced, individualized mastery learning. FAQ on Foothills Education Charter High School

Foothills learning sites include: 
Baldwin Foothills | 155 Hwy. 49 West, Milledgeville, GA 30161
Barrow Foothills | 54 West Star Street, Bethlehem, GA 30620
Clarke Foothills | 440-3 Dearing Extension, Athens, GA 30606
Jackson Foothills | 1435 Hoods Mill Road, Commerce, GA 30529
Madison Foothills | 600 Madison Street, Danielsville, GA 30633
Lee Arrendale Foothills | 2023 Gainesville Hwy., Alto, GA 30510
Burruss Foothills | 1000 Indian Spring Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029

Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, Hephzibah, GA (State Charter Schools Commission)

  • Serving grades K-6 
  • Statewide attendance zone – open to all Georgia residents
  • Intersection of Storey Mill & Fulcher Roads, Hephzibah, GA

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics is a public charter school that will open September 8, 2015 in Hephzibah, Georgia at the intersection of Storey Mill and Fulcher Roads. Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics will open serving grades Kindergarten through sixth and expand by one grade level per year. GSIC has a statewide attendance zone ensuring all Georgia resident students are eligible to attend. 

GSIC will deliver a classical education centered on the three phases of the classical Trivium. The critical thinking skills developed through the rigorous use of the Socratic Method throughout the curriculum will foster an ethic of self-leadership and be a platform for learning the four Classical Virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Temperance, and Courage.

GSIC is committed to excellence in all its endeavors, including delivering a classical education centered on the three phases of the classical Trivium: grammar (grades 1-4), logic (grades 5-8), and rhetoric (grades 9-12) with an employment of the Socratic method throughout the classroom experience. The critical thinking skills developed through the rigorous use of the Socratic Method throughout the curriculum will foster an ethic of self-leadership and be a platform for learning the four Classical Virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Temperance, and Courage.

Supplemented by at least four optional Career Pathways for secondary students including: Linguistics, Nuclear Technology, Sustainable Agriculture, and Entertainment Technology, students at GSIC will participate in unique civic, industry, and higher education partnerships. 

International Charter School of Atlanta, Roswell, GA (State Charter Schools Commission)

  • Serving grades K-4, adding a grade a year to become a K-12 school
  • Statewide attendance zone – open to all Georgia residents
  • 1335 Northmeadow Parkway, Suite 100 Roswell, GA 30076

ICSAtlanta is a dual-language immersion statewide K-4th grade charter school that will offer tracks in French, German, Mandarin, or Spanish. The only public school of its kind in the state of Georgia, ICSAtlanta will implement its dual-language model while following the current Georgia education performance standards and grow by one grade each year to become a K-12th grade school.

As a statewide, language immersion charter school in Georgia, the International Charter School of Atlanta (ICSAtlanta) can enroll students from any county in the state of Georgia.  The school will open in year one with students in K-4th grade.  ICSAtlanta will add one additional grade each year to expand into a K-12th grade school.

ICSAtlanta teachers will be required to possess near-native proficiency in the target language they will teach.

ICS Atlanta will offer the following language tracks:

  1. French/English
  2. German/English
  3. Mandarin/English
  4. Spanish/English

Students will learn the following core disciplines:

  1. Language Arts
  2. Math
  3. Social Studies
  4. Science
  5. Art
  6. Personal, Social and Physical Education

Scintilla Charter Academy, Valdosta, GA (State Charter Schools Commission)

  • Serving grades K-4 in Year 1
  • Open to residents of Valdosta and Lowndes County
  • 2171 East Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31602

Where did Scintilla Charter Academy get its name? The definition of the word scintilla is a tiny spark. The purpose of Scintilla Charter Academy is to ignite a spark in its students as we inspire in them a love for learning.

SCA believes that learning should be fun and challenging. SCA will be a school that values highly qualified, effective teachers and that engages both parents and the community in the students’ educational and character development. The Academy will be open to students of all ability levels, including but not limited to special education, gifted students, and English Language Learners. 

Project-Based Learning is SCA’s approach to learning in which students apply real world solutions to real problems.  It will also use Service Learning, an educational model that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. SCA intends to instill a commitment to service by inspiring in our students respect for other people, compassion for those in need, an understanding of civic duty, and a sense of responsibility to serve the community in which they live.

SCA‘s student body will mirror Valdosta City and Lowndes County demographics.

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Mark Peevy Elected Board Chair of the Georgia Charter Schools Association http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/mark-peevy-elected-board-chair-of-the-georgia-charter-schools-association/ http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/mark-peevy-elected-board-chair-of-the-georgia-charter-schools-association/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:56:04 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13844 Atlanta, GA – The board of directors and the membership of the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) have unanimously approved Mark Peevy, Executive Director of Secondary Education Initiatives for the Georgia Technical College System, to be its new chair.

Mark Peevy is a long time charter school advocate who previously served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. Under his leadership, the Commission approved 17 schools in its two years of existence and established high standards for charter school authorization in Georgia. After the Commission was declared unconstitutional, Peevy helped direct the successful campaign to pass the 2012 Charter Schools Amendment, leading to the re-establishment of a State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) with the power to authorize new charter schools.

Mark is a 1992 graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Politics. He currently serves as a board member for the Athens Technical College Foundation Board, and he is an alumnus of both Leadership Walton and Leadership Georgia. 

Mark and Ginger, his wife of nearly 22 years, are parents of three children.

“Mark is a true charter school warrior who has devoted his career to expanding public school options in Georgia. On behalf of the board, staff, and member schools, we congratulate him and look forward to working together to support our schools in their efforts to raise student achievement and graduation rates across the state,” said Dr. Tony Roberts, CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association.

The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the non-profit membership organization for Georgia’s public charter schools and petitioners Its mission is to advance awareness of public charter schools, communicate charter school needs to state and local officials, support legislation to strengthen public charter schools in Georgia and build partnerships, collaborations and grassroots support for charter schools. GCSA also provides programs and services that advance student achievement, school accountability and professional learning for charter school leaders.

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Coweta Charter Academy – Music Teacher http://www.gacharters.org/uncategorized/coweta-charter-academy-music-teacher/ http://www.gacharters.org/uncategorized/coweta-charter-academy-music-teacher/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:57:02 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13831 Create and implement a flexible program and classroom environment favorable to student learning and personal growth. Develops lesson plans consistent with established guidelines. Establish effective rapport with students, staff members, and parents. Motivate students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to provide an effective educational foundation, in accordance with each student’s ability.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Instruction/Education Responsibilities
Plans and implements a program of instruction that adheres to the company’s philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined in the adopted courses of study.
• Makes purposeful and appropriate lesson plans which provide for effective teaching strategies and maximizes time on task.
• Presents subject matter to students to maximize learning opportunity and provides real-world, application based examples and learning opportunities.
• Reviews student records in order to develop a foundation of understanding regarding each student’s abilities and needs. Maintain accurate and complete student records.
• Strives to maximize the educational achievement of each student.
• Utilizes a variety/range of student learning modalities in each lesson and uses differentiated instruction within those lessons.
• Utilizes diagnostic assessment of student learning on a frequent basis.
• Maintains accurate and completes student records.
• Assesses student strengths and weaknesses on a frequent basis, provides appropriate activities to address student needs and generates progress reports as required.
• Refers students with suspected learning problems to appropriate support personnel.
• Assigns lessons, corrects student work product and reviews oral presentations.
• Coordinates class field trips (as required).
• Prepares students for state required achievement assessments.
• Keeps current in subject matter knowledge and learning theory and is willing to share this knowledge for the continual improvement of the school’s curriculum. 
• Assists in the on-going curriculum revision process, including the revision of written courses of study. 
• Assists in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials. 
• Becomes acquainted with supplemental services beneficial to students as an extension of regular classroom activities.

Provide a Classroom Environment Conducive to Learning
• Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students. 
• Maintains positive rapport with students; demonstrates patience and appropriate nurturing to assist in the growth of the child. 
• Ensures classroom is clean, safe and includes student generated work on display as appropriate.
• Implements all relevant policies governing student conduct.
• Develops reasonable rules of classroom/playground behavior in accordance with CSUSA policy and guidelines, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and consistent manner.

Instructional Planning
• Develops lesson plans consistent with established guidelines and goals.
• Plans individual and / group learning activities designed to meet instructional objective and students needs.
• Prepares for classes assigned and shows evidence of preparation upon request of supervisory personnel.
• Participates with other staff members in curriculum planning during designated meetings.
• Incorporates into planning all diagnostic information as required in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
• Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect supplies, equipment, materials and facilities needed to implement effectively the planned instructional program.

School/Community Relations
• Strives to establish cooperative relations and makes reasonable effort to communicate with parents/guardians when appropriate.
• Communicates clearly, consistently and positively with parents via all appropriate mediums.
• Cooperates with members of the administration, other staff and with CSUSA.
• Maintains confidentiality regarding student records.
• Participates in parent communication activities.
• Participates in extracurricular activities to ensure a positive school culture and provide support for students and staff (as required).

**MAY PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED**

DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
• Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment toward the position and the mission of the company; support the company’s values in the strategic areas of academic excellence, operational performance, superior culture, and financial health and growth, as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
• Possesses strong time management & organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively. 
• Has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with teachers, students, parents, the community, and administrative staff. Is sensitive to sensitive to corporate needs, employee goodwill, and the public image, as unique situations present themselves.
• Possesses excellent interpersonal skills and displays such between all stakeholders: being courteous, professional, and helpful.
• Possesses excellent communication skills: Oral (including presentations), Written, Interpersonal (active listening), Negotiating and Influencing.
• Has the ability to be at work consistently, to be on time, to follow instructions, to respond to management direction and to solicit feedback to improve performance.
• Demonstrates proficient experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Student Information System (SIS) and email communications.
• Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. 
• Strives to implement best practices and positive character education consistently.

  • Qualifications/Experience – Bachelor’s degree (BA) from an accredited college or university or equivalent.
    • Possession of valid teaching certification (as appropriate).
    • Minimum of one (1) to three (3) years successful teaching experience (may include Student Teaching Internship experience).
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Command of grades/subject specific content and theoretical knowledge of learning theory, including motivation, reinforcement, evaluation and feedback techniques.
    • Understanding of and commitment to company values.
    • Successful results of criminal and employment background check.
    • Effective instructional delivery techniques and excellent communication skills.
    • Adherence to the requirements of the Code of Ethics for the Education Profession.
    • Such alternatives to the above requirements as CSUSA may find appropriate and acceptable
  • Application Process- apply online at http://charterschoolsusa.com/careers/
  • School Contact Info Gene Dunn, Principal Gdunn@cowetacharter.org

 

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Coweta Charter Academy – Spanish Teacher http://www.gacharters.org/uncategorized/coweta-charter-academy-spanish-teacher/ http://www.gacharters.org/uncategorized/coweta-charter-academy-spanish-teacher/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:55:13 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13825 Create and implement a flexible program and classroom environment favorable to student learning and personal growth. Develops lesson plans consistent with established guidelines. Establish effective rapport with students, staff members, and parents. Motivate students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to provide an effective educational foundation, in accordance with each student’s ability.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Instruction/Education Responsibilities

Plans and implements a program of instruction that adheres to the company’s philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined in the adopted courses of study.
• Makes purposeful and appropriate lesson plans which provide for effective teaching strategies and maximizes time on task.
• Presents subject matter to students to maximize learning opportunity and provides real-world, application based examples and learning opportunities.
• Reviews student records in order to develop a foundation of understanding regarding each student’s abilities and needs. Maintain accurate and complete student records.
• Strives to maximize the educational achievement of each student.
• Utilizes a variety/range of student learning modalities in each lesson and uses differentiated instruction within those lessons.
• Utilizes diagnostic assessment of student learning on a frequent basis.
• Maintains accurate and completes student records.
• Assesses student strengths and weaknesses on a frequent basis, provides appropriate activities to address student needs and generates progress reports as required.
• Refers students with suspected learning problems to appropriate support personnel.
• Assigns lessons, corrects student work product and reviews oral presentations.
• Coordinates class field trips (as required).
• Prepares students for state required achievement assessments.
• Keeps current in subject matter knowledge and learning theory and is willing to share this knowledge for the continual improvement of the school’s curriculum. 
• Assists in the on-going curriculum revision process, including the revision of written courses of study. 
• Assists in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials. 
• Becomes acquainted with supplemental services beneficial to students as an extension of regular classroom activities.

Provide a Classroom Environment Conducive to Learning

• Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students. 
• Maintains positive rapport with students; demonstrates patience and appropriate nurturing to assist in the growth of the child. 
• Ensures classroom is clean, safe and includes student generated work on display as appropriate.
• Implements all relevant policies governing student conduct.
• Develops reasonable rules of classroom/playground behavior in accordance with CSUSA policy and guidelines, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and consistent manner.

Instructional Planning

• Develops lesson plans consistent with established guidelines and goals.
• Plans individual and / group learning activities designed to meet instructional objective and students needs.
• Prepares for classes assigned and shows evidence of preparation upon request of supervisory personnel.
• Participates with other staff members in curriculum planning during designated meetings.
• Incorporates into planning all diagnostic information as required in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
• Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect supplies, equipment, materials and facilities needed to implement effectively the planned instructional program.

School/Community Relations

• Strives to establish cooperative relations and makes reasonable effort to communicate with parents/guardians when appropriate.
• Communicates clearly, consistently and positively with parents via all appropriate mediums.
• Cooperates with members of the administration, other staff and with CSUSA.
• Maintains confidentiality regarding student records.
• Participates in parent communication activities.
• Participates in extracurricular activities to ensure a positive school culture and provide support for students and staff (as required

  • Qualifications/Experience – Bachelor’s degree (BA) from an accredited college or university or equivalent.
    • Possession of valid teaching certification (as appropriate).
    • Minimum of one (1) to three (3) years successful teaching experience (may include Student Teaching Internship experience).
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Command of grades/subject specific content and theoretical knowledge of learning theory, including motivation, reinforcement, evaluation and feedback techniques.
    • Understanding of and commitment to company values.
    • Successful results of criminal and employment background check.
    • Effective instructional delivery techniques and excellent communication skills.
    • Adherence to the requirements of the Code of Ethics for the Education Profession.
    • Such alternatives to the above requirements as CSUSA may find appropriate and acceptable.
  • Application Process- apply online at http://charterschoolsusa.com/careers/
  • School Contact Info Gene Dunn, Principal Gdunn@cowetacharter.org

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Tapestry Public Charter School – Middle Grades Math Teacher http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/tapestry-public-charter-school-middle-grades-math-teacher-3/ http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/tapestry-public-charter-school-middle-grades-math-teacher-3/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:26 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13828 NOTE: To apply for this position, 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.

Tapestry Public Charter School opened August 11, 2014 for grades 6 -8 and will add one grade in each subsequent year, serving grades 6 – 12 by 2018. Tapestry seeks innovative, passionate, and energetic teachers to join our team for the 2015-2016 school year.

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.

Middle Grades (6-7) Math Teacher

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
  • Understanding of the Common Core math standards and effective implementation of the standards in the classroom
  • Ability to integrate math and science standards in an interdisciplinary teaching block
  • Effective use of technology in teaching and learning
  • Excellent written, oral communication, and listening skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success co-teaching with special education teachers
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, including gifted and those on the autism spectrum
  • Experience with 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
  • Gifted endorsed

Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School
  • Co-teach middle grades Math classes
  • Teach other courses as needed and according to skills and interest, 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

Compensation: Salary based on Tapestry’s teacher pay scale; 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.
  • 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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Tapestry Public Charter School – Middle or HS English Language Arts Teacher http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/tapestry-public-charter-school-middle-grades-math-teacher-2/ http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/tapestry-public-charter-school-middle-grades-math-teacher-2/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:52:00 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13826 NOTE: To apply for this position, 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.

Tapestry Public Charter School opened in 2014 and will serve grades 6 -9 in 2015 – 2016. Tapestry seeks innovative, passionate, and energetic teachers to join our team for the 2015-2016 school year.

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.

Middle or High School English Language Arts Teacher                                     Qualifications:                                                                                                                                      

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required; completion of a teacher preparation program and/or degree in English education or related field; Georgia teacher certification in high school grades
  • 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
  • Understanding of the Common Core English standards and effective implementation of the standards in the classroom
  • Effective use of technology in teaching and learning
  • Excellent written, oral communication, and listening skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success co-teaching with special education teachers
  • Dual certified for high school and middle grades
  • Experience working with diverse populations of students, including gifted and those on the autism spectrum
  • Experience with 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 high school-aged students
  • Knowledge of project-based, experiential learning
  • Gifted endorsed

Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School
  • Co-teach grade-level English standards to a diverse group of students
  • Seek maximum student engagement by developing hands-on, student driven, and project based lessons
  • Teach other courses as needed and according to qualifications, 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

Compensation: Salary based on Tapestry’s teacher pay scale; 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, at tonna@tapestrycharter.org. Applications without all four requirements will be considered incomplete.

  • Application Deadline: Open until filled.
  • 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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West Side Atlanta Charter School – After School Program http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/west-side-atlanta-charter-school-after-school-program/ http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/west-side-atlanta-charter-school-after-school-program/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:57:56 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13814 Encore Staff Job Description

Opportunity Overview:
Support the Child Care Director in facilitating pre-designed programs in an assigned area during the after school hours of 2:45pm-6:00pm. Expected to communicate with and motivate youth in a positive manner. Majority of responsibility is working directly with youth, ensuring their safety, well-being and development through interactive play and other activities as directed.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to programs, activities and services that prepare youth for success.
  • Contribute to ensuring a healthy and safe environment while helping to ensure that facilities, equipment and supplies are maintained.
  • Contribute to planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs, services and activities.
  • Ensure a productive work environment.
  • Prepare activities which ensure that a culturally and developmentally appropriate program is offered.
  • Develop positive interactions with children and their families.
  • Ensure that all classrooms are maintained to high standards of safety; are organized and neat.
  • Meet regularly with the staff and director to ensure the smooth running of all programs.
  • Work assigned shift, with an expectation to be flexible.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Pay Rate: $11-13.00/hr

Experience:

  • 1-2 years of experience working with children is preferred.

*Please send resume and references to Filita@wacs.us

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Introducing Six of Georgia’s New Startup Charter Schools http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/introducing-six-of-georgias-new-startup-charter-schools/ http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/introducing-six-of-georgias-new-startup-charter-schools/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:48:26 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13817 As the calendar runs down to the opening days of school, many are asking where Georgia’s newest startup charter schools will be opening? 

Here’s the list of locally authorized public charter schools (schools approved by their local school district) that are starting up in Georgia for the new school year. These mission-driven public schools address local community needs and demonstrate remarkable geographic diversity. Their varied curricula and educational approaches reflect the innovation that charter schools are meant to deliver. 

Furlow Charter School, Americus, GA (Sumter County Public Schools)

  • Serving grades K-12
  • 300 Cherokee Street, Americus, GA

The mission of Furlow Charter School is to offer a different approach to public education by encouraging critical thinking and multi-disciplinary learning through an active and engaging education. Furlow Charter School is committed to fostering cultural awareness, social responsibility, and academic excellence through family and community involvement in the development of life-long learners.

Innovations at Furlow Charter School

  • Spanish Language Education K-12:  In our global economy, productive citizens must be culturally informed and functional language skills will make Furlow Charter School students more competitive both in higher education and the workplace.
  • Fine Arts Curriculum K-12:  Research shows that the fine arts promote critical thinking and creative problem solving. 
  • Project-based Learning:  This hands-on approach to education will develop skills of collaboration, deep thinking, and communication.
  • Service Learning:  Service Learning allows students to apply their knowledge in practical settings and to reflect on that experience as it informs their developing expertise
  • Volunteerism and giving back to the community are central to creating real partnerships in a community.
  • Extended Day:  More time on task results in higher academic achievement. 
  • Looping:  In grades K-5, students will “loop” with the same teacher, creating an environment where teachers are keenly aware of students’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Small Classes, K-12 small school environment
  • Parental Commitment to Volunteerism.

Kindezi Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, GA (Atlanta Public Schools)

  • Serving grades K-5
  • 386 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Kindezi Old Fourth Ward is an expansion of the highly successful Kindezi West Lake School. Kindezi is a Bantu word meaning “holistically schooling other people’s children with love and an eye to the future of our village.” The Kindezi schools create a unique family environment for learning with small classes of just 6-8 students.  

The mission of Kindezi Old Fourth Ward is to prepare learners of diverse backgrounds for civic life as a means of developing servant-leaders of the 21st century. Kindezi O4W is committed to fostering resiliency, cultivating the natural gifts of learners, promoting academic achievement and instilling self-efficacy and self-determination within a nurturing environment. It will offer a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) curriculum — an approach for exposing students to problem-solving. As per steamedu.com, “STEAM is a way to teach how all things relate to each other, in school and in life. 

Macon Charter Academy, Macon, GA (Bibb County Public Schools)

  • Serving grades K-8
  • 151 Madison St, Macon, Georgia 31201

Macon Charter Academy (MCA) intends to become an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School. IB  programs challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement.  IB aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. 

The first step towards becoming a World School is applying for candidacy status. By applying for candidacy status, MCA will seek approval to offer two International Baccalaureate (IB) programs consisting of the Primary Years Program for grades K-5 and the Middle Years Program for grades 6-8.  MCA supports the IB’s mission “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

Latin College Prep, Atlanta, GA (Fulton County Schools)

  • Serving grades 6-8 (opening in 2015-2016 with 6th grade)
  • 2626 Hogan Road, East Point, GA 30344

Latin College Preparatory Academy Charter School is the second middle school implementing the Latin Way as part of the Latin Schools Network of “No Excuses” schools. It will open in Fulton County Schools in August of 2015.  As a Latin School, its mission is to prepare each of its students to enter and succeed in college, develop strong character, and live with purpose.

The Latin Way is the core school design that every Latin School is built upon. Though Latin Schools may vary in some of the details of their programming, such as grade levels, extra curricular options, and some cultural elements, every Latin School adheres tightly to the five elements of The Latin Way.

  1. College Purpose
  2. Character Formation
  3. Classic Rigor & Structure
  4. Assertive Leadership
  5. Principled Culture

Latin Grammar School, Atlanta, GA (Fulton County Schools)

  • Serving grades K-5, (opening in 2015-2016 with K and 1st grade)
  • 2626 Hogan Road, East Point, GA 30344

Latin Grammar School is the first primary school in the Latin Schools Network implementing The Latin Way school design.  As a Latin School, the Grammar School’s mission is to prepare each of its students to enter and succeed in college, develop strong character, and live with purpose. In the Latin Schools Network, the path to college truly does begin in Kindergarten.  

Alka Franceschi is the founding Principal of Latin Grammar School, bringing The Latin Way to the primary grade level after serving as the founding Dean of Academics at Latin Academy Charter School in APS.  

THINc College & Career Academy, LaGrange, GA (Troup County Schools)

THINc College & Career Academy is a unique charter high school that shapes students to be “work savvy” when entering the workforce or college. These students are highly desirable to businesses and colleges not only because they’re equipped with technical and career-specific skills, but because they understand the soft skills of business – a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills.

Located on the LaGrange Campus of West Georgia Technical College, THINc is a partnership between West Georgia Technical College and two private postsecondary institutions (LaGrange College and Point University), Troup County Schools, and the businesses, parents and students in Troup County, Georgia.The program offers multiple learning pathways, and this FAQ helps explain the program.

The THINc academic model is flexible, technology-rich and responsive to students and teachers needs. Authentic workplace curriculum extends learning beyond the traditional classroom. Personalized instruction is incorporated through internships with dual / college credit opportunities available. THINc College & Career Academy graduates are college and career ready, experienced and work-savvy.

Although THINc is geared for high school juniors and seniors, it is not a fourth high school. Career and college-minded students from around the county assemble to take classes and courses only available at THINc.

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Call for Presentations: 2016 Georgia Charter Schools Conference http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/call-for-presentations-2016-georgia-charter-schools-conference/ http://www.gacharters.org/press-releases/call-for-presentations-2016-georgia-charter-schools-conference/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:09:22 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13815

The Georgia Charter Schools Association is now ACCEPTING PRESENTATION PROPOSALS for the 2016 Charter Schools Conference, February 3-5 at the Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, GA 30345.

We’re looking for engaging presenters and sessions that will improve and develop capacity for all stakeholders in the charter school community including authorizers, advocates, school leaders, board members, founding boards, business managers, school administrators, and teachers. 

This is your chance to share and discuss best practices, professional development strategies, and Georgia’s focus on quality charter schools leading to high student achievement. 

Please Note: All sponsors, vendors and consultants will go through the same review process. 

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  1. Proposal submission: Ends Monday, August 31, 2015.
  2. Presenters notified: No later than December 18, 2015.
  3. Notification of time, and room assignment: No later than January 8, 2015.
  4. Georgia Charter Schools Conference: Opens February 3, 2016. 

Submit Proposal

If you are selected as a presenter, you will be required to register for the conference. 

  • Full conference badge – $175
  • Presentation only (no access to breakouts, exhibit hall, meals) – $0

If you have questions or need additional information about the proposal submission process, please email Rena Youngblood.

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Ivy Preparatory Academies – Multiple Positions (all campuses) http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/ivy-preparatory-academies-multiple-positions-all-campuses/ http://www.gacharters.org/careers-charter-schools/ivy-preparatory-academies-multiple-positions-all-campuses/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:16:20 +0000 http://www.gacharters.org/?p=13793 Ivy Preparatory Academies, has immediate openings for the following positions:

1st Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
MS Math
Connections Teacher – Technology, Music 
MS Science
Kindergarten
HS Math
HS English/Language Arts
HS Success Coach 

Candidates should provide a resume and cover letter to Tavie Clay, human resources director, at: tclay@ivyprepacademy.org.
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