D.E.L.T.A STEAM ACADEMY
D.E.L.T.A STEAM Academy (DSA) is a new K-8 tuition-free public charter school serving students in Douglas County, South Fulton County, South Cobb County and Atlanta Public Schools. D.E.L.T.A stands for “Deliberate Excellence Leads To Achievement”. When our vision is fully realized, we will be the best in the country at producing the next generation of culturally conscious, critical and creative thinkers. Our instructional model is a full immersion STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) project-based learning environment. Our art of choice is performing arts – focusing on dance, theater, music, and voice – infused throughout our curriculum.
We endeavor to prepare students to diversify STEM fields, where less than 9% of employees are of African American or Latino descent. As such, our students are taught daily through the engineering design process and intentionally focus on 21st century skills of collaboration and critical thinking. While learning to think deeply and creatively, students are also developing the character and habits of mind that will enable them to be not only academically successful but also socially and emotionally adept.
We will open the doors of our first campus in Lithia Springs in August of 2020. Come join us in making history!
JOB SUMMARY: DSA is seeking a team of Founding Teachers who have the heart of an educator and the hustle of an entrepreneur to join us in educating our future leaders. This role reports directly to the Principal or an assigned desginee and serves as the primary instructional leader of the classroom. The main responsibilities include planning and execution of a quality rigorous curriculum, monitoring student progress, operating with cultural competence, and creating a safe and nurturing learning environment that supports student success. In practice, these responsibilities fall into six categories:
o Design and implement lessons through the engineering design process (Ask→Imagine→Plan→Create→Improve)
o Engage in collaborative planning process within and across grade levels
o Understand and effectively implement the Georgia Standards of Excellence o Intentionally engage all students actively in standards-based lessons
o Continuously seek to improve practice through professional development opportunities and by seeking feedback.
o Utilize strategies that appeal to multiple learning modalities
Data Use and Analysis:
o Assess students formally and informally at regular intervals in order to actively monitor student’s progress
o Use data to effectively drive instructional practices in order to ensure students’ progress towards growth and mastery goals.
o Participate in and initiate productive student-centered discussions at data meetings
o Model expectations for students by arriving to school on time, prepared to teach, and reflecting school values in all interactions with families, students, and staff.
o Create and foster a positive learning environment
o Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and around campus
o Effectively manage classroom with cultural competence
o Maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning by the way it looks, feels, and sounds
o Model professionalism through personal appearance, written and verbal communications, and actions
o Attend all internal professional development with a growth mindset
o Seek opportunities outside of school to learn best practices
o Openly give and receive feedback
o Effectively manage up to ensure growth and development
o Constantly reflect on teaching practices to ensure that all aspects of classroom instruction are intentional and demonstrate best practice
o Maintain a classroom where visitors are welcomed, and peer observation is the norm
Cultural Competence, Community, and Character Development:
o Contribute to initial design of character development program
o Use culturally responsive strategies in execution of lessons
o Be knowledgeable of student/community demographics and intentionally build genuine relationships with students and families
o Model and teach high expectations for character o Invest students in the value of community service within and outside of the classroom
o Consistently seek ways to collaborate with families/community as critical partners in students’ education
o Hold self and teammates accountable for stated expectations and core values
o Collaborate with teammates on planning of grade level and school-wide field experiences and events
o Participate in school-wide activities outside of school hours (curriculum nights, parent conferences, fieldtrips, etc)
o Commit to creating a school environment where adults can grow and thrive
o Perform school-wide duties as assigned (arrival, dismissal, lunch, etc.) by Principal or desginee
All Founding Teachers are committed to the “Foundational Five”:
- Our core values – Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity, Culture, and Community – serve as the foundation for all decisions.
- Every child that enters our doors deserves a quality, rigorous education in a nurturing environment that provides access and opportunity for success in the college and/or career of their choice. We must be intentional in this daily provision.
- Teachers have the most important job in the building. They invest in their own learning and development to continually provide a quality education to our students, which is and will always be the priority.
- Teamwork makes the DREAM work!
- Founding a new school is rewarding, but it is also really hard work. Teachers are prepared and committed to ensuring the success of our school.
WHAT WE OFFER
- 9 hours of differentiated professional development weekly
- Internal leadership opportunities
- Clear DSA leadership pathways for teachers with 3 years of teaching experience and 2 years successful experience at DSA
- Consistent coaching cycles that foster growth and development
- Quarterly planning days
- A culture that encourages “out of the box” and “next level” thinking
- A supportive learning environment that sets you up for success
- An administrative team invested in your development and that capitalizes on your strengths
- Bachelor’s Degree – required; Early childhood or elementary education – preferred
- Must have a valid Georgia teaching certificate or the equivalent in another state in elementary education
- Gifted and/or ESOL certification strongly preferred
o Proven track record of academic gains, particularly with students in urban settings
o 3+ years of teaching experience in an urban elementary school setting
o Experience with data analysis and instructional design via data
- Highly Preferred:
o Experience teaching EL Education’s literacy program
o Experience creating and teaching project-based lessons
o Experience in a STEAM field o Experience teaching kindergarten and/or third grade
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & MINDSETS
- Unwavering commitment to the vision, mission, and values of D.E.L.T.A STEAM Academy
- Knowledge and understanding of the engineering design process
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
- Growth mindset regarding self, students, and team
- Good judgment and sense of personal responsibility
- Exceptional maturity, professionalism, and ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to manage several tasks and projects at once
- Ability to adjust to rapidly changing environment
- Exceptional attention to detail
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
- Proactively identify challenges along with effective solutions
- Ability to commit to 2-4 years of service in the role
- Entrepreneurial mindset
COMPENSATION We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience along with a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, retirement plans, life insurance, and parental leave. A generous paid time off policy that includes a combination of vacation and personal/sick days is offered.
START DATE/TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT The start date for this position is July 2020. This is a 10-month position (August – May) with an additional 2 weeks required in the summer for onboarding and professional development.