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Position: Spanish Teacher – Middle School

The School

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, located in the Weeksville/Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, 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. Expeditionary Learning balances both academic rigor and character development through experiential, project-based learning. Entering its third year, Launch will be serving 336 6th through 8th grade students in 2014-2015 and grow to serve 6th-12th grade.


The Spanish teacher will work with fellow teachers and Launch staff to develop and implement an innovative curriculum to Launch's 6th-8th grade students. All teachers and staff will receive extensive professional development and ongoing support in the Expeditionary Learning model. "Learning Expeditions" are in-depth, cross-curricular studies that are project-based, incorporate fieldwork and are relevant in students' lives. Expeditions are the primary way of organizing the curriculum and address common core standards. Staff will work to develop the curriculum and be supported in planning and implementation by a dedicated coach known as an Instructional Guide. Teachers will have ample opportunities to take on leadership roles within the organization as lead teachers, mentors and leaders of study groups that will drive school-wide growth and best practices.


Teach 4-5 sections of Spanish, providing instruction in both language and culture
Integrate Spanish learning targets into all Expeditions
Work with fellow teachers to plan interdisciplinary Learning Expeditions
Develop short-term and long-term learning targets derived from Common Core Standards
Help develop and teach Habits of Mind and Habits of Heart
Develop character by integrating character-building into Learning Expeditions
Differentiate instruction so that all students achieve mastery of learning targets
Plan lessons for and lead a daily small Advisory (called Crew)
Develop classroom structures to ensure all students are known well
Develop relationships and consistently communicate with students' families
Establish and maintain consistent classroom routines in a student-centered classroom
Incorporate literacy into all units of instruction
Prepare students to publicly present and exhibit their work, including at least one annual school-wide Exhibition of student work to be presented to parents and the community
Prepare students to lead Student-Led Conferences two times each year
Prepare students for Presentations of Learning in the Spring of each year
Establish a culture of craftsmanship in the classroom
Consistently use formative assessments to drive instruction
Use the school-wide data system to collect and analyze student data and modify instruction accordingly

The ideal candidate will have:

Minimum 2 years teaching experience preferred, but not required
Middle school experience preferred, but not required
Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred)
Urban teaching experience or other similar experience in an urban setting
Belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
Desire to work in a teacher-driven, student-centered environment
Curiosity about the world and passion to engage kids in meaningful and authentic learning experiences
Ability to work well with colleagues and to plan interdisciplinary units
Ability to communicate effectively and often with parents and families
Valid State Certification preferred but not required to apply
Belief in the Expeditionary Learning model and Launch values

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to:

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.

• Location: Brooklyn

• Post ID: 49022914 newyork is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.