New Heights Charter School, named one of the Top Performing LA County Schools for Underserved Youth, is looking for talented, committed educators to join our team and be part of the exciting process of working in an independent charter school. Class size is approximately 22-25 students.
New Heights Charter School, a public TK-8 school, promotes rigorous study within a caring community. Students learn in a personalized environment that promotes health, creativity, and understanding of the big ideas that shape our world.
New Heights provides teachers an environment that supports learning, collaboration, innovation, and community. New Heights Charter School is in its 16th year of operation, performs significantly better than all surrounding neighborhood schools, has received a 6-year WASC accreditation term, and has received top performance ratings from LAUSD in academic achievement, governance, organizational management, school climate, and fiscal operations.
An essential element of our vision is our team-based approach to supporting students and staff. This approach was featured in WestEd’s Beyond SEL Audio Gallery: Team-Based Approaches to Serving Students – Beyond SEL (wested.org)
Teachers at New Heights engage in professional development and learning in a collaborative environment. In addition, teachers are supported by a Teaching Partner and Paraprofessional who work with small groups of students and support increased differentiation in the classroom. The Student and Family Support Team also provides social-emotional and mental health support to students, working in partnership with the grade level teams.
All candidates must have a CA multi-subject credential. In addition, ideal candidates are collaborative, flexible, and child-centered:
1. Active Learner
• Design, plan, and implement effective units of study and lessons using Readers/Writers Workshop approach, Common Core and Illustrative Math, arts-integrated social studies and blended learning in science.
• Engage in instructional planning and professional development activities before the school year and during the school year.
• Develop deep understanding of the concepts, skills, and knowledge expected of students in the Common Core Standards.
• Actively maintain respectful, open communication with students, parents, teachers, and other staff members.
• Willingness to build a respectful learning community that supports students’ social-emotional learning, rather than trying to control students’ behavior through compliance and control. Engage in training and implementation of Responsive Classroom practices.
2. Assessor of Student Understanding
• Assess student needs, explore students’ interests, and uncover misunderstanding.
• Provide frequent formal and informal opportunities for feedback focused on understanding to encourage and reward meaningful learning.
3. Contributor to Schoolwide Mission
• Collaborate with colleagues to learn and grow.
• Engage in professional learning opportunities with a growth mindset.
• Participate in school wide community-building activities.
Teachers receive health, dental, and vision insurance without having to pay any monthly contributions. Teachers receive sick day and personal days. The daily schedule includes an hour for lunch. The weekly schedule includes 3 hours of planning/PD time each week following our short day and 90 minutes of planning/review of student work time once a week during the day.
Teachers also receive multiple supports in the classroom and free professional development.