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Middle School Teacher (Leave Replacement)

DREAM Charter School, a rigorous, K-10 public charter school in East Harlem, is seeking a dynamic and engaging educator to serve as a Middle School Teacher (Leave Replacement). DREAM Charter School's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship.

DREAM Charter School is a part of DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI). DREAM serves over 1,700 East Harlem and South Bronx youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time. DREAM was recently recognized as one of the Best 50 Non-Profits to Work For in the country by The Nonprofit Times.

Like all DREAM employees, the Middle School ELA Teacher should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and DREAM Charter School and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Teaching and Planning
  • Implement a rigorous common core aligned curriculum through backwards planning;
  • Assume responsibility for academic progress within classroom and beyond;
  • Abide by school-wide protocols for documenting all syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, etc.;
  • Collect and analyze assessment data and daily data to best inform instruction;
  • Lead remediation and extension blocks, as well as advisory, and homeroom classes;
  • Revise curriculum and teaching methods based on measurable data and observation feedback.

Management Responsibilities
  • Set and maintain high expectations for 100% of the scholars, 100% of the time
  • Work with Student Support Team to create individual behavior plans for select students;
  • Abide by school-wide practices for behavior management and individual behavior plans;
  • Take ownership over the classroom management with the mentality of “How can I improve my implementation of our systems, while always assuming the best in my scholars?”

School Culture Responsibilities
  • Work with Middle School team to analyze data, revise practices, norm on team-wide initiatives, and discuss individual scholars with a solutions-oriented mindset;
  • Create systems for students for that exhibit exceptional effort and growth, both academically and behaviorally;
  • Regularly communicate scholars’ progress towards goals with families;
  • Attend and be an active participant in all professional development (school-wide or team-based) opportunities;
  • Take part in weekly one-on-one feedback meetings with coach to discuss observation feedback, practice pedagogical strategies, analyze data and/or refine curriculum.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or higher preferred;
  • Appropriate New York State certification required;
  • At least two years of teaching experience strongly preferred;
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families and community;
  • A commitment to working with diverse populations of families and students, including those at risk of educational failure;
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.

Compensation: DREAM salary is highly competitive with the New York City Department of Education and other charter schools, and is based on experience and qualifications. All DREAM teachers receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement account, life insurance and access to social services through our Employee Assistance Program.