The primary responsibility of an elementary classroom teacher is to cultivate and lead a learning environment where every child feels safe and confident to strive for and meet Brilla’s ambitious targets. The elementary classroom teacher understands, plans, and executes key elements of innovative pedagogy, co-teaching practices, and data-based decision-making through a deep love of learning, and commitment to internalizing and teaching classical content. This position requires a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented, organized, and innovative educator who aims to challenge the status quo of the current educational landscape in urban areas. Brilla teachers must have a deep passion for student-engaged learning, a desire to accept, implement, and seek feedback, and a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities, while inspiring outstanding achievement in children in a fun and collaborative work environment.
Core Competencies & Responsibilities
Brilla Teachers Set the Standard.
- Develop, internalize, and teach rigorous, classical curricula that adhere to national and state standards and align with Brilla’s aggressive student growth targets
- Cultivate students’ higher order thinking skills, including their ability to analyze, create, synthesize, and evaluate, through curriculum implementation and differentiated instruction
- Set and uphold high academic and social expectations for all students through a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement and ongoing child development
- Set and consistently achieve meaningful student achievement results aligned to Brilla’s mission and student goals
- Visibly live the Brilla Mission through consistent professional dress, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building
- Create a joyful learning environment that honors the dignity of all scholars while still pushing them to achieve more than they think possible
Brilla Teachers Honor the Team.
- Forge and maintain productive, collaborative, and collegial working relationships with leaders, co-teacher(s), other teachers, staff members, parents, and community members
- Contribute to a positive classroom and school culture and environment through consistent implementation of behavior management strategies, attendance at Brilla-sponsored Culture Events, and regular, professional communication
- Attend regular, mission-critical programming including summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops parent-teacher conferences, and other opportunities
- Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00pm each workday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by school)
- Perform other duties as assigned
Brilla Teachers Make it Count.
- Establish and communicate standards-based and content-based objectives and regularly evaluate student progress towards mastery
- Reflect on and analyze student academic and character achievement in order to inform and differentiate instruction
- Organize, implement, and analyze the individualized learning technology programs and corresponding data used by all students on a consistent basis
- Maintain accurate and complete student files and academic records
- Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
- Organize and manage time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year
Brilla Teachers Know It Starts with Them.
- Embody courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges
- Reflect and seek to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous personal growth and professional development as an individual, teacher, mentor, and leader
- Challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization
- Seek to grow both professionally and personally as a classical educator by deepening content mastery, reading literary classics, and improving in classical pedagogy
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Possession of current teaching certification as an elementary school teacher
- Relevant urban, elementary teaching experience with demonstrated student results preferred
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Special Education credential and experience a plus
- Spanish language proficiency a plus