Lead Teacher, Adult Education

 

Position Summary:

Lead Teachers are part of the adult education team at Briya Public Charter School — a leading two-generation education program serving immigrant parents and their young children in Washington, D.C. Briya is a Tier One Public Charter School, consistently achieving the highest educational outcomes through its innovative, family-centric programming.

The core adult education program is comprised of three highly integrated areas of study: English, parenting, and digital literacy. The curriculum prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to navigate their community as effective parents, employees, and citizens. Our integrated ESL-DL-Child Development adult education classes are taught by a Lead Teacher and an Associate Teacher. Briya offers a learning environment with a variety of technology available to enhance daily lessons and activities. Briya also offers high quality early education for children 0-5 and workforce development programs for advanced adult students who wish to pursue career-ready certifications.

Briya has a strategic partnership with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, further strengthening student families with comprehensive medical, dental, and social services.

The Lead Teacher position may include, but is not limited to, the following tasks and responsibilities:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Planning

  • Develop unit plans in accordance with Briya’s curriculum and students’ interests and needs that increase students’ English reading, writing, speaking, listening and digital literacy skills while focusing on practical life skills.
  • Develop and implement daily Adult Education lesson plans and weekly parenting lesson plans that adhere to the ESL and DL Standards & Curriculum with fidelity. Plans will follow best practices in instructional design by including objectives, student centered instructional activities with differentiated instruction, and assessment, all of which are appropriate to the skill level, needs, and interests of the students in the program. Utilize effective strategies that provide opportunities for student learning and active engagement in the learning process, incorporating contemporary tools, technologies, and resources. Plans will include the role and responsibilities of each teacher within the classroom.
  • Design authentic learning experiences for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective workers, parents/family members, and citizens.
  • Evaluate students’ progress and curriculum’s effectiveness through regular formative and summative assessments.
  • Plan and implement Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time activities (including field trips) with other Briya staff. Plan parenting classes at appropriate instructional levels that prepare parents to be their child’s first teacher during PACT time and at home.
  • Integrate the Equipped for the Future Standards, Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Competencies, CASAS Content Standards, Common Core State Standards, and College and Career Readiness Standards into goal-setting and instruction.
  • Maintain complete unit and daily lesson plans and materials in an organized manner for reference and use by colleagues.

Teaching

  • Teach Adult Education classes in a two-generation setting, integrating ESL, digital literacy, parenting, and PACT instruction. Provide quality instruction that fosters an academic learning climate, actively supports teaching and learning, and implements the curriculum with fidelity.
  • Implement a team-teaching model within the classroom that provides differentiated and small group instruction by ensuring that both teachers are engaged in promoting students’ learning through activities such as the following:
    • Providing whole class, small group, pair and individual instruction
    • Circulating to answer student progress while in the questions
    • Guiding students to understand class content
    • Redirecting students’ attention to learning
    • Modelling classroom behavior
  • Utilize effective teaching strategies that provide opportunities for student learning and active engagement in the learning process. Meet the needs of students not making reasonable progress toward achieving school and personal goals; this may include one-on-one support, pull-out classes in other languages, and referrals to Student Services.
  • Track and evaluate student progress in ESL using the CASAS assessment. Use various assessments and evaluation data to monitor student learning, instructional effectiveness, and instructional decisions. Provide ongoing, informal assessments to provide increased instructional opportunities. Run and analyze TopsPro reports to assess students’ areas of need and inform instruction
  • Provide a safe and orderly learning environment in the classroom.
  • Work with Briya Coordinators to plan and prepare the supplies needed for ESL, Digital Literacy, PACT, and parenting classes.

Classroom Technology

  • Regularly and consistently, utilize classroom technology to enhance student education and further personal and professional goals through blended and online learning.
  • Work closely with Briya IT Technicians to maintain student computers and other on-site technology equipment (hardware and software).
  • Ensure proper use of classroom technology during class at all times (ie. No food or drink).

Collaboration – Meet formally once a week and informally throughout the week with Associate Teacher to:

  • Develop unit and daily lesson plans and reflect on and assess class’s progress
  • Discuss individual student concerns
  • Support instructional coach in providing teaching development for Associate Teacher by scaffolding the delegation of lesson planning and teaching activities as appropriate
  • Ensure class administrative duties are completed.

Data and other administrative duties – The Lead Teacher is responsible for the following data.  In collaboration with the Associate Teacher:

  • Daily, track attendance daily and communicate with students who are absent. Communicate with Briya colleagues in administration and early childhood about any students with attendance concerns.  Work with Briya team to meet class enrollment and in-seat attendance targets.
  • Weekly monitor student CASAS data to inform instruction and support individual progress.
  • Instruct students on Briya reading journals, assess students’ ability to successfully complete Briya reading journal, and maintain records of individual student Briya reading journal completion.
  • Meet individually with families three times a year for Student-Teacher Conferences to discuss the families’ goals and progress. Complete Family Follow-up Forms with all adult learners in the class.

Student Support & Other Duties

  • Provide information and referrals for families regarding social, health, legal, and educational resources and opportunities available in the area. Refer students to Student Services Coordinator as needed.
  • Assist with student recruitment, student registrations, and special events such as graduation and other school-based celebrations.
  • Supply information and data needed for reporting and work with the monitoring teams who visit the school.
  • Participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and retreats

Professional Development

  • Annually, with Instructional Coach, identify and implement instructional goals
  • Increase ESL, digital literacy and child development skills and knowledge
  • Share knowledge with and learn from AE colleagues during PD events, class observations and material (eg lesson plan, smart notebook files, handouts, google classroom) reviews
  • Provide input to the instructional coach to ensure that team-teacher’s professional development needs are met.

Competencies:

A successful Lead Teacher will demonstrate, or actively work towards demonstrating, the ten characteristics of an effective Briya teacher:

  • Learner-Centered/Empowering – Facilitate a learner-centered classroom that empowers students.
  • Effective Communicator – Communicate effectively with colleagues, students, and the wider community
  • Respectful/Build Trust/ Be Culturally Sensitive – Be respectful and culturally sensitive.
  • Engaging/Dynamic/Creative – Engage students through dynamic and creative lessons while teaching English as a Second Language/Adult Education classes in a family literacy setting integrating ESL, computers, child development, and PACT (Parent & Child Together) instruction across components. 
  • Patient – Practice active patience in and out of the classroom.
  • Collaborative/ Community Builder – Build community in the classroom and collaborate with colleagues to ensure that class components are integrated (ESL, DL, and CD).
  • Compassionate /Warm/Supportive – Be compassionate and warmly supportive of students and colleagues.
  • Knowledgeable/ Life-long Learner – Be knowledgeable of current best practices and implement in them in the classroom.
  • Disciplined/ Self Motivated – Demonstrate discipline and self-motivation at work.
  • Flexible/ Adaptable/ Resilient – Be flexible, adaptable, and resilient.

Briya Public Charter School also values and expects the following from its employees:

  • Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Follows established policies and procedures to support the overall function of the organization.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures, reports potentially unsafe conditions, and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, adhering to a schedule pre-determined between the employee and the supervisor.
  • Dependability – Follows instruction and responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Financial Management – Contributes to the financial health of the school through dedication to student retention, support of new family recruitment, careful classroom budgeting, and cost-conscious expenditures to meet the needs of the school.

Qualifications:

The Lead Teacher must have the following knowledge, skills and/or abilities.

Education and/or Experience

  • Master’s degree or ESL certification and 2 years of teaching or related experience and knowledge in the fields of adult education, TESOL, education technology, special education, parenting, and/or early childhood development or Bachelor’s degree in education, special education, or related field and 3 years of teaching or related experience and knowledge in the fields of adult education, special education, parenting, and/or early childhood development.
  • Significant cross-cultural experience.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and intermediate level Spanish preferred. Amharic, Tigrinya, French, and/or Arabic is an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Windows. Comfort with, or ability to learn,  Smart Board Technologies, Google Classroom, Google Apps for Education and online learning applications such as Kahoot, Quizlet, EdPuzzle, and Digital Stories.

Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out moderately complex, multi-step instructions and make appropriate independent decisions as necessary.

Physical Demands – Regularly required standing, walking, and sitting, sometimes for many hours at a time; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment – Mostly in a typical office and classroom setting with quiet to moderate noise level.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here or email your resume and cover letter to tmurithi@briya.org.