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Science of Reading- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School - Teach Indy

Science of Reading- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Job Summary

 The Literacy Teacher facilitates learning for high school students in a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  Specifically, this teacher leader teaches developmental reading or literacy courses, supports other staff teaching literacy courses, and provides schoolwide professional development and assistance regarding literacy instruction, and supports developmental readers in content area classrooms and college and career readiness initiatives.  With our core values of Professional, Unstoppable, Motivated, Accountable, and Supportive, the school priorities include:

  • High rigor, high support instruction to close academic gaps and prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.
  • Trauma-informed social-emotional learning. 
  • Student and family empowerment through coordination with a robust student services team of coaches, counselors, and more.

Example Duties and Activities

  • Facilitates research-based, standards-aligned instructional plans to guide the scope and sequence of instruction using a combination of school-provided and teacher-created materials, with an emphasis on disciplinary literacy.
  • Deconstructs standards to create daily learning goals that will drive students to standard mastery.
  • Assesses and responds to evidence of student learning to differentiate and assist learners at a variety of levels. 
  • Engages in frequent instructional coaching and professional learning community partnership to improve student learning.  
  • Helps students recognize how the subject content aids in their attainment of postsecondary plans.
  • Fosters a structured and encouraging classroom environment that is consistent with school agreements, is trauma-informed, and provides students with frequent feedback to aid their social-emotional development.
  • Builds relationships with students and their webs of support.  Communicates strengths and challenges frequently and uses restorative approaches to resolve conflict. 
  • Partners with colleagues to refer and connect students to wraparound services including Family Empowerment Coaching for internal and community resources, Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, and more. 
  • Participates in school cultural initiatives including facilitating an advisory class focused on an elective topic.
  • Aids the school community by attending extracurricular events such as athletic contests and family nights. 

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in subject specialty and current Indiana Teaching Certification in the subject specialty, or the willingness to obtain an emergency teaching license.
  • Instructional Strategies – Employs various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct and engage students, such as communicating content in terms they can comprehend, organizing talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Uses a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners’ level, goals, and priorities which increase student achievement results.
  • Information Monitoring/Reporting – Collects and reviews information to manage or improve the achievement of learning goals.   
  • Communication Skills – Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend others’ needs. Delivers information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Technical Knowledge – Has working knowledge of G Suite and MS Office.
  • Building Collaborative Relationships – Develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships at all levels with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Is able to receive as well as provide feedback to improve performance or processes.
  • Teaching Expertise – Plans and delivers instruction and evaluation of student learning, ideally for high school-age students in a high poverty, racially diverse setting.

Preferred Competencies 

  • Instructional Coaching – Provides timely guidance and effective feedback to help teachers strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task, solve problems, or reach goals within their role.
  • Diversity Awareness – Works with diverse populations including people who have experienced barriers to their education.
  • Industry Standards – Displays a working knowledge of the Indiana Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards, and 21st Century Skills and knowledge of disciplinary literacy.

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening – All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check.

Benefits: Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pre-tax health spending account, dependent care spending account, and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund for eligible employees
  • Eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

Goodwill Education Initiatives

Goodwill strongly believes it is essential to raise education attainment levels in Indiana. Not only are the lifetime earnings of high school graduates significantly higher than those of dropouts, children of high school graduates are 50% less likely to drop out of high school than the children of dropouts are. Goodwill provides opportunities for adults (The Excel Center) and youth (Indianapolis Metropolitan High School).

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Charter High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a free public school offering a high school education to students in grades 9-12. Indianapolis Met is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstance that may present a barrier to education. Our school places an emphasis on ensuring students enroll in college or enter into a career that offers a living wage post-graduation.

Indianapolis Met is designed to serve students who are experiencing circumstances that may become barriers to their education.

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