Social Studies Teacher for Alternative High School - See Forever Foundation (Laurel, MD)
The See Forever Foundation, located in Washington, DC, has an immediate opening for a social studies teacher to work at the school we operate at the District of Columbia's secure facility for males between the ages of 14 and 19 who have been adjudicated delinquent. The school is the Maya Angelou Academy, and it is located within the New Beginnings Youth Center in Laurel, MD. Daily enrollment averages between 60 and 65 students.
In partnership with the District of Columbia's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, we operate a school which has become a national model for educating youth committed to the juvenile justice system. Our program offers an educational and workforce readiness curriculum that sets high expectations for students and encourages them to set and reach meaningful goals. We believe that all students can reach their potential, given the right supports, small classes, and passionate and well-trained teachers who want to make every moment of class time count.
We are looking for teachers with a record of excellence in teaching, an unrelenting belief that all students can achieve, and an understanding of how to use data to improve student achievement.
The social studies teacher, together with a special education teacher, will assist in designing and delivering curricula to include world history, U.S. history, and government.
All teachers will be expected to support the school-wide goals of emphasizing literacy, helping students develop their critical thinking abilities, driving all students toward mastery and understanding, and helping students find their strengths and talents and use them to address weaknesses and overcome fears.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
Developing and implementing unit plans and assessments that are aligned both with DCPS standards and with the school-wide curricular framework at the Academy
Assessing individual learning styles and adapting teaching methods to fit
Creating a classroom and school environment that features a rich diversity of resources, engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning
Having thoughtful approaches to teaching concepts and sparking student interest while also imparting essential factual knowledge
Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity
Participating in interdisciplinary team meetings for all students, and
Modeling and contributing to a school culture of hope and high expectations for achievement.
Bachelor's degree in social studies or education, preferred
Eligibility for certification in social studies
Dual certification in social studies and special education is a plus
Experience as an educator with incarcerated or at-risk youth
Familiarity with research-based instructional strategies
In addition, teacher candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears.
See Forever opened in 1997 to provide a small, nurturing education program for scholars who had not succeeded in traditional schools. In addition to the Maya Angelou Academy in Laurel, MD, See Forever currently operates a middle school, high school, and young adult learning center in Washington, DC under the Maya Angelou Public Charter School name. Those campuses are located in the former W. Bruce Evans Junior High School at 57th and East Capitol Streets NE.
We assumed operation of the Maya Angelou Academy (formerly the Oak Hill Academy) during the summer of 2007. Nearly all of the scholars are years behind grade level academically, many have special needs, and most have experienced significant trauma at some point in their lives. At the Maya Angelou Academy, we aim to provide these scholars with the best education they have ever had.
Results at the Maya Angelou Academy are promising. Students are improving their English and math scores at an annualized rate nearing 1.5 grade levels per year. In addition, student retention post release has doubled during our tenure. The Academy has been called "one of the best" programs in a correctional setting by a national expert working for the court monitor. The same expert termed the turnaround at the school under See Forever's tenure "remarkable." The Academy was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2011.
For additional information about See Forever, please visit: www.seeforever.org.
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