Teachers: Theology and English

Jesuit Secondary Education Madison, WI
TEACH. INSPIRE. TRANSFORM.

Position Available: For 2018-19, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School seeks a full-time theology teacher.

* Are you hard-working and passionate about helping urban students graduate from high school and college?

* Are you inspired by the transformative capacity of Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition?

* Are you courageous, energetic, and optimistic, quick to recognize the good in every student?

* Are you an empathetic listener who builds trusting relationships with students, parents, and colleagues?

* Are you growth-oriented, maximizing feedback to ensure your students' development—as well as your own?

* Are you organized and efficient, able to fulfill varied responsibilities in a fast-paced environment?

If so, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School needs your talent to enrich our supportive, college-bound learning community, serve families who embrace bold dreams for their children, and inspire students to lead through service to others.

About Cristo Rey.

Cristo Rey Jesuit in Milwaukee is the 29th school in a growing national network of Catholic high schools recognized for transforming urban education through a unique integration of rigorous academics, professional experience, and spiritual formation. For the 2018-19 school year, Cristo Rey Milwaukee will welcome its third class of approximately 125 freshmen boys and girls of limited financial means. Cristo Rey's innovative model calls for our students to attend class four days per week and work in a professional setting five days per month through our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). While some of our students will enter high school below grade-level academically, it is the collective mission of our staff to ensure that our students gain admission to—and ultimately graduate from—college. In pursuit of that goal, Cristo Rey has a longer school day and an extended academic year, and our teachers innovate, plan, reflect, and practice so that they maximize their impact in the classroom.

Job Description.

As part of Cristo Rey's motivated and collaborative teaching staff, you will educate students in mind and spirit. Through engaging, data-informed instruction that effectively incorporates technology to enhance learning, you will ensure all students are academically prepared for college, reflective about their learning in both the classroom and the Corporate Work Study Program, and equipped with the habits of mind that undergird success. Your relentlessness, zest, and commitment to excellence will help form a student body distinguished by breakthrough achievement gains, a passion for justice, and dexterity in the professional world. In the spirit of Ignatian pedagogy, you will create opportunities for students to act, reflect, and grow as they become men and women for others. Your interpersonal intelligence, courage, and drive to find solutions will make you an integral member of our high-functioning, vibrant team—one that is grounded in a deep commitment to the school's mission. Ultimately, by giving generously of yourself, your gifts, and your time, you will help grow a school that serves its students' diverse needs and cultivates their many talents.

Responsibilities.

Instructional Practice.

* Guided by the Cristo Rey Network's ACT- and Common Core-aligned curriculum, develop standards-based, data-driven annual, unit, and lesson plans that drive exceptional student achievement gains on Cristo Rey and AP end-of-course assessments, the ACT, and the SAT.

* Design and administer interim assessments (IA's) aligned to course standards, complete in-depth analysis of student performance on IA's, and ensure targeted instructional responses.

* Execute rigorous, objective-driven, high-impact, culturally relevant lessons that accelerate student growth through effective, constant monitoring of and response to student proficiency; frequent opportunities for students to read and respond to challenging texts and to write in order to demonstrate understanding; use of technology to enhance teaching and learning; intentional incorporation of character instruction.

* Provide targeted one-on-one and small-group tutoring to students in class, during after-school learning support, and via other instructional support opportunities.

* Actively build an understanding of each student as an individual in the spirit of cura personalis (care for the whole person); forge strong relationships with students and parents, and communicate frequently with families to increase the investment and partnership that will enable students to flourish.

* Consistently uphold school-wide discipline practices and routines as well as norms for student behavior.

* Maintain an organized and vibrant classroom environment that supports student learning and conveys warmth, order, and a feeling of welcome.

* Prioritize and manage your time effectively to follow through on the diverse responsibilities of being an excellent teacher.

Professional Presence.

* Approach teaching through a developmental lens, and enthusiastically participate in professional development; seek and apply feedback from the instructional leadership and from colleagues; demonstrate drive and independence in accessing resources to further your own improvement.

* Contribute fully, intentionally, and constructively to the team in a range of ways: analyze student work and performance data, identify students in need of additional support, problem-solve unanticipated challenges that arise within the school;

* Collaborate with peers with integrity, humility, commitment, humor, and joy to ensure the foundation of trust that will enable the team to accomplish its ambitious goals.

* Embrace the school's goals and results as the collective responsibility of the entire staff.

* Seek opportunities to push the team, to laugh with colleagues, and to celebrate peer's accomplishments.

* Engage students and parents with respect, fairness, and empathy to enable full partnership with the school.

* Model values consistent with Catholic, Jesuit education and service to others.

Student Support and Contribution to School.

* Provide tutoring through the Academic Assistance Program and/or manage a learning lab one period per day.

* Actively monitor transitions, meals, and/or other common times to ensure a calm and orderly environment; chaperone and moderate school events, including trips and dances.

* Run a student club and advisory; assist advisees through their journey at Cristo Rey, and serve as a point of contact for advisees' parents.

* Seek opportunities to participate on committees, plan and attend school-wide events, and otherwise contribute to the life of the school.

Qualifications.

Successful applicants will embody the mission-commitment, intellectual curiosity, openness to growth, optimism, and zest that are central to the character of our staff. In addition, they will meet or exceed the following requirements:

* Bachelor's degree with a major, minor, or comparable credential of content expertise in the primary teaching discipline (master's degree in primary teaching discipline preferred);

* Teaching license in the primary teaching discipline or demonstrable progress towards obtaining licensure;

* Record of strong student achievement as a middle school or high school teacher;

* Proficiency using technology to advance teaching and learning;

* Experience working with English learners a plus.

Apply.

To apply, submit all of the following in pdf format (preferably in one document, if possible) to teach@cristoreymilwaukee.org. Include the position in the subject line of your email (e.g, Faculty: History).

* Resume

* Cover letter

* Contact information for three professional references (name, position, email address, and phone number)

* Undergraduate and graduate (where appropriate) transcripts

* Responses (maximum 500 words per response) to the three following questions:

* We are a growing team of stellar educators who work tirelessly to maintain high expectations for all students and ensure their learning and development. We nurture a mission-driven culture that enables growth through reflection, feedback, and transparency. Our team members are characterized by dedication and resilience, openness and flexibility, love and joy. We seek individuals who are not afraid to fail, who do not whine, and who put in the hard work that makes otherwise unachievable dreams truly possible for our students. We challenge ourselves and our students to constantly learn, to believe, to lead, and to serve. Why should you be part of this team?

* Name two characteristics that you embody as a teacher and that you consider central to your success. Then provide specific examples of how you manifest these characteristics in your instruction, and explain why they are so important to great teaching.

* Many high school students confront an urgent, double challenge: they struggle with reading comprehension and they have acquired less of the academic vocabulary and core knowledge—in science, history, civics, the arts, etc.—that are critical to their success. These two challenges are reciprocal; difficulty with reading comprehension limits students' ability to gain new knowledge and vocabulary, and limited vocabulary and core knowledge hinder reading comprehension. As a teacher in a college-prep high school with students facing this reality, how would (or do) you address it?

Disclaimer.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides equal employment opportunities to applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin.