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High School History Teacher
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Uncommon Schools | Boston, MA
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Job Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.


High School History Teachers hold primary responsibility for the implementation and development of Uncommon's curriculum and the success of its students. Therefore, Uncommon Schools seeks teachers who are committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction through collaboration as part of a grade level team. We are seeking teachers for the following subject areas:

* World History teachers
* U.S. History teachers
* AP U.S. History teachers
* U.S. Government teachers


* Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards;
* Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards;
* Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices;
* Participate in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions;
* Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior;
* Be accountable for students' mastery of academic standards;
* Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues; and
* Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training.
* Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
* Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom;
* Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects;
* Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player;
* Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree is preferred; and
* Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred
* By the time that employment begins, candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree from a College or University. For teaching roles in New York and Massachusetts, candidates must have also earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher by the time employment begins. For teaching roles in New Jersey, the candidates must have earned a cumulative 2.75 GPA (for candidates graduating before September 1, 2016) or 3.0 (for candidates graduating on or after September 1, 2016).
* Valid State Certification is helpful but not required. Belief in and alignment with Uncommon's core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon Believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

About Uncommon Schools

Uncommon manages nine schools in New York City, upstate New York, and Newark, New Jersey. The organization also has two associate member schools in Boston, Massachusetts. Uncommon ultimately will encompass more than 30 schools, serving more than 10,000 K to 12th grade students, in four geographic regions. Playing on Horace Mann's notion of the "common school," and born of the fact that too many of today's educational institutions steer toward mediocrity, Uncommon was founded to create more uncommon schools - uncommonly good, extraordinary, autonomous, and distinctive. The organization first supported the creation of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, which opened in 1997 and has since emerged as one of the most celebrated charter public schools in the nation. In 2005, Uncommon formalized its mission as a charter management organization with the goal of starting schools in the Northeast that create transformative college prep opportunities for low-income children. Uncommon Schools has been raising funds, managing facilities, and providing management support to North Star Academy on an informal basis since the school's inception. The organization was also involved in the development and launch of Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant. The school opened in 2004 as New York City's first all-boys public school, with 90 kindergarten and first grade students. Chartered by the State University of New York, Excellence plans to grow to 600 students, pre-K to eighth grade. Uncommon and the Excellence Board recently completed development of a 90,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility to house the school. In that project, as well as North Star's high school building, Uncommon is pioneering the use of innovative public finance mechanisms for charter school facilities. Uncommon Schools has provided planning, start-up, and management services to Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School, which opened in 2005, having been chartered by the New York City Department of Education, as well as Leadership Preparatory Charter School, which opened in 2006 in Brooklyn and True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School, which opened in 2006 in Rochester, NY.