First Grade Teacher

Citizens of the World Charter School

Position: First Grade Teacher

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Reports to: Principal 

 

Organization Overview

Our purpose at Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) is to realize human potential by strengthening the bonds among us and developing true citizens of the world. In this work, we are guided by our core values of Excellence, Authenticity, Diversity, Community and Change, and our operating norms that reflect a commitment to personal and professional growth, including operating as learners, with curiosity, integrity and humility. The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Schools is to impact and expand the conversation about what an excellent education contains, requires and accomplishes. Citizens of the World schools challenge students to realize their full potential and thrive in a diverse society. We are public schools open to all, committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S. with schools currently in Los Angeles and Kansas City. We develop sophisticated thinkers who master content and have a courageous and compassionate sense of responsibility for themselves and others. Our schools are in strong demand. Our classrooms are challenging – and joyful – learning environments that engage children through fun projects tailored to their personal experiences, strengths and needs. Our teachers take the time to get to know each child as an individual. We empower children to think critically and learn to engage respectfully and productively with fellow students by developing their capacity to enter into and understand the lives of others. Our goal is for student “success” to include mastery of both content and emotions, so that students can meaningfully connect with each other, be part of any community, and courageously decide who they are in the world and how they want the world to be. For more information on Citizens of the World Charter Schools, please visit www.cwccincinnati.org.

 

Because we seek to provide a racially, socio-economically, culturally, and diverse community of students in Cincinnati as an organization, we look for teachers who are committed to:

  • Servicing a racially, socioeconomically, and culturally, diverse community;
  • Developing students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promoting academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity
  • CWC Cincinnati is launching in the fall of 2021 with grades Kindergarten and 1st in the Madisonville community.

 Our mission is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community.  Our goal is for student “success” to include mastery of both content and emotions, so that students can meaningfully connect with each other, be part of any community, and courageously decide who they are in the world and how they want the world to be. Founding teachers are energized by the entrepreneurship and innovation possible in a brand new school and are leaders committed to cultivating a school community deeply invested in our mission and core values. They have the entrepreneurial mindset and desire to be trailblazers, operating in the best interests of students. 

 

Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

Excellence: we demand lasting quality
Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways.

Position Description

CWC teachers are driven and innovative educators who are energized by a unique charter school environment and have a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They implement a high-quality, rigorous, and engaging academic program and have a passion for pedagogical practices grounded in constructivism, project-based learning, and the multiple intelligences theory. CWC fosters a creative and collaborative environment in which teachers grow as educators through ongoing coaching, observation, and feedback cycles while providing an excellent education to their students. Lead Teachers in our Kindergarten classes are joined in the classroom by a Teaching Associate who provides behavioral and instructional support.

 

Responsibilities

A Lead Teacher’s responsibilities include:

  • Development and refinement of curriculum maps, lessons, and units of study that meet or exceed the requirements of Ohio State and Common Core Standards and also incorporate the multiple intelligences;
  • Ongoing assessment of student progress and achievement using a variety of means to collect and report on academic data;
  • Use of data to tailor instruction to meet individual student academic and social needs with a goal of every student performing on grade level or above in all subject areas;
  • Creation of a strong classroom culture that is developed through CWC’s social emotional learning and diversity and inclusion focus, and contributes to the broader school community;
  • Participation in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, lead teachers and visiting experts) and external (visiting other schools, attending conferences, and engaging in best practice sharing with others in the charter school community, etc.);
  • Maintenance of frequent communication and engagement with colleagues, students’ families, and other school stakeholders;
  • Participation as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles;
  • Maintenance of a high level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community;
  • Collaboration with and mentoring of a Teaching Associate;
  • Collaboration with a grade level team and special education/resource (RSP) teacher to design and implement curriculum and assess student growth in meaningful and rigorous ways.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and Ohio multiple subject teaching credential;
  • Minimum of two years experience teaching in relevant grades;
  • Experience working in a socio-economically, racially, and culturally diverse classroom setting;
  • Ability to effectively manage and instruct both small and large groups of students;
  • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change;
  • Preferred experience with readers and writers workshop and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
     

Skills/Traits

The candidate must have:

  • Unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion individually and as a facilitator of learning in the classroom
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
    Personal investment in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communication skills, verbally and in writing, and ability to effectively use those skills with a diverse audience
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
  • Excitement about learning and implementing new teaching methods and effective practices that are aligned to the CWC model and positively impact student
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills, finding joy in working with others
  • Ability and openness to accept and give constructive feedback around improving professional practices and student-related data

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter. In your letter please include: 

1. A description of your experience/accomplishment working with youth. 

2. Why you are interested in working at CWC Cincinnati  

3. Your short, medium, and long-term professional plans/aspirations

Please email a cover letter and resume to recruitment@cwcschools.org with the email subject line title: “First Grade Teacher”.  

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@cwcschools.org