Lead Middle School ELA Teacher

Adelante Schools at Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School


Adelante Schools is a non-profit school management organization in Indianapolis, Indiana, building a network of outstanding public schools in the city serving families with students in grades K-8. Our mission is to create joyous neighborhood schools, preparing all scholars to graduate from college and lead lives of leadership and service to Indianapolis. We do this work in unity and solidarity with our families and communities.

Adelante Schools seeks highly motivated, mission-oriented, reflective teachers to serve as Middle School Lead ELA Teachers in a turnaround school setting.

We seek teachers who know that all children are capable of excellence, are committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction, are hungry for feedback, and always looking for ways to more effectively reach and inspire our students every day in the classroom.

We are looking for teachers who, in close partnership with their principal, grade-level teammates, skills teacher, and many others, are eager to do the heavy lifting of identifying skill gaps in their students and filling them—all while teaching grade-level content and inspiring their students to greatness.

Job Description

In their individual reading classrooms, Lead ELA Teachers are responsible for the implementation of Adelante’s rigorous reading curriculum in both small-group and whole-class instruction. They are responsible for inspiring intellectual curiosity, modeling the joy of learning, and enabling all their students to thrive. Adelante’s Lead ELA Teachers are committed to continuously improving instruction through collaboration as part of a grade-level team. Adelante’s Lead ELA Teachers are eager to develop meaningful relationships with students and families that drive students to love learning and make exceptional academic gains. This position will support 8th grad students.

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards
  • Implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards, and use assessment data to inform instructional practices
  • Engage in regular training with school leaders to benefit from targeted, in-the-moment feedback on instruction
  • Participate in collaborative curriculum internalization practices, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions
  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior
  • Be accountable for students mastery of academic standards
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Attend and participate in events outside of normal school hours (e.g., family nights, student performances, field trips, report card nights, Teacher-Family Conferences, etc.)
  • Participate in an annual three-week summer staff orientation and training
  • Is present and engaged at the school from 7:10 AM to 4:10 PM, Monday-Friday
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Proven track record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Eagerness for constant observation and feedback
  • Desire to grow professionally
  • The deeply rooted belief that children are capable of reaching the highest bars we set for them
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred
  • Valid Indiana State certification or proof of reciprocal licensure in a different state is required. Applicants in Indiana State-approved alternate certification programs must provide proof of enrollment.

Additional Information

Adelante Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

Adelante Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects our students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Salary Band: $50,000-$80,000

Job Type
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Grade Categories
Classroom Teacher
Job Subjects
English Language Arts