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Middle School Art Teacher (2017-18)

About Launch

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School is part of a network of 11 Expeditionary Learning (EL) schools in New York City and is the NYC network’s first charter school.  EL is a proven educational model being implemented in over 150 district, charter and independent schools across the country. Launch's mission is to prepare students in under-resourced communities to thrive in college and careers by providing a public educational experience rooted in active learning and powerful character development. We believe that students at all levels can be pushed and supported to do more than they think they can.

Launch is seeking a middle school art teacher with a track record of success to join a highly motivated, curious, intelligent, and passionate staff of educators.

The ideal candidate will model our Launch Operating Values:

Everything with Integrity – Always works to do what is best and right for our community.  Inspire confidence in others through consistent honesty and care.

Thoughtful and Intentional – All decisions are driven by what is best for kids and improving achievement.  Reflect with a focus on continuous improvement and growth.

Clear Communication – Communicate directly and openly with all constituents. 

Leading with Urgency – Do whatever it takes to make things happen.  Act proactively.

Relentless Optimism – Demonstrate an unyielding belief that we can accomplish our goals. Is solution-oriented both in spoken and written communication.

Professionalism – Meet professional deadlines with high-quality work that pays attention to detail.  Follows through on all Launch procedures and policies.

At Launch you will:

(Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.)

Co-teach 4 sections of Visual Art each day 
Assume a high level of personal responsibility for the academic progress of all students 
Demonstrate authentic interest and enthusiasm for your content to engage students in the learning
Create a rigorous and engaging learning environment for Launch students
Establish and maintain consistent classroom expectations and routines in a student-centered classroom through use of our anchor techniques
Use the school-wide data system to collect and analyze student data and modify instruction accordingly, and use formative assessments to drive daily instruction
Develop character by modeling, teaching and holding students accountable to demonstrate our Habits of Heart and Mind: Compassion, Wonder, Perseverance, Craftsmanship, Mindfulness and Accountability
Communicate and maintain strong relationships with students and their families
Lead a daily small advisory group (called Crew) by modifying and implementing existing curriculum
Prepare students to lead Student-Led Conferences and Presentations of Learning

The ideal candidate will have:

Strong understanding middle school education and the desire to develop exceptional pedagogical content knowledge in Visual Art
Unwavering commitment to Launch’s mission and to the Expeditionary Learning model
Exceptional ability to demonstrate our operating values in every aspect of their work
Exceptional ability to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships
Middle school experience preferred
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)
Teaching experience in an urban setting preferred
Valid State Certification to apply

Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience, along with a full benefits package.

Launch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, sex, age, culture, national origin, marital status, sexual preference or mental or physical disability.

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