Hebrew Teacher (PK3-5th grades)

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Mission: Sela Public Charter School (Sela PCS) offers children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the District of Columbia, from Pre-K to 5th grade, the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on Hebrew language immersion, promotes the value of diversity and provides the skills for taking action in the world. Philosophy Sela PCS is founded on a steadfast commitment to ensuring that all of its students experience the diverse offerings of the District of Columbia while ensuring high levels of academic achievement for its students in a dual-language immersion setting. Instructional Approach: Sela PCS integrates a model of differentiated instruction as a methodological foundation for all teaching in the school. Differentiated instruction is a key element in ensuring academic success for all students and is particularly crucial because we anticipate that students arrive at all grade levels, at a variety of skill levels, and that we will serve students with disabilities and English language learners. Differentiated instruction is one tangible educational expression of the school’s diversity. Sela PCS uses the Proficiency Approach to language instruction. The Proficiency Approach aims to assist learners in developing their ability to perform in the learned language in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). With this approach, learners acquire the language, which allows them to engage deeply with the language and enables the language to become part of the learner. Responsibilities of Sela PCS Classroom Teachers: Student Achievement & Character Development Create a classroom culture that represents Sela’s high expectations for every student and its core values. Teachers are expected to provide specific and timely feedback on student effort, behavior, and work quality, display recent high-quality student work, and maintain a classroom that is designed and organized for optimal student learning Set and hold students to extremely high academic and behavioral standards. Deliver measurable student academic growth and increase each individual student’s achievement. Personal Organization and Effectiveness. Reflect on successes and areas of growth around all areas of teaching; seek to improve performance; receive feedback eagerly. Work with school team to constantly evaluate and improve mastery of instructional, culture building, and leadership skills. Use system to capture and check action items and prioritize work appropriately. Enthusiastically participate in structured and informal learning and development opportunities. Contribution to Sela PCS and the School Community: Participate in Sela PCS professional development workshops, including the Summer Professional Development sessions. Participate in weekly grade-level planning sessions that involve planning, discussion of student work, and curriculum development. Collaborate with colleagues to ensure a rigorous, joyful, and safe environment across the entire school. Assume responsibility for every single student’s success by holding all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips, etc. Maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of student attendance and inventory of classroom materials. Follow school-wide procedures for attire, behavior, and punctuality. Attend and participate in occasional school events outside of regular school hours. Skills and Characteristics: Strong instructional skills and classroom management Demonstrated mastery of subject matter Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development Relentlessness - doing whatever it takes to ensure success Team player Highly organized Belief in Sela PCS’s mission, educational model, and core values Fluency in Hebrew Understanding of Israeli cultures and customs An ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview rating at the Advanced-High level or better is preferred Knowledge of and training in the Workshop Model preferred Educational Background and Work Experience: Two years of teaching experience with a record of high student achievement Competent use of technology Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university Highly-Qualified Teacher status, with grade-level and subject area passing Praxis scores (Praxis scores to be submitted prior to hiring) Demonstrates ability to use data to assess student learning, with evidence of student growth Familiarity with The Responsive Classroom model preferred. Experience developing rigorous, research-based and student-centered curricula. Research and evaluation experience, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis; evaluation experience in an educational setting preferred. Superior written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated success with team collaboration. High level of expertise with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
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