NJHS Lead Teacher
Are you interested in leading the NJHS team?
We're looking for one great person to help us continue to turn our vision into reality.
Starting a school from scratch is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding things we've ever done. Now that we are eight months from our start date, we’re ready to hire our lead teacher and the rest of our instructional staff. At capacity, 120 or so unique teens in Nashville will get an excellent high school education, every single day. We're honored to have been given this responsibility and we're looking for the right folks to help us along the way.
We'd love to know more about you, but we also want to share a little about us:
- Favorite Adjectives: engaging, reflective, diverse, collaborative, creative, and focused.
- Professional Development Focus: positive teacher language, differentiation, classroom and school culture, using multiple sources of data to inform instruction, teacher collaboration, creating a learning community.
- Intrinsic or Extrinsic Motivation: Both. But over the long-term we'll take intrinsic 9 out of 10 times.
- Let’s cut to the chase - the ‘lead’ in Lead Teacher means that you’re responsible for running the entire school and teaching a full load of classes. This will change over time, but for our first year this will certainly be a large ask. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have support, but it does mean that you’ll be the point person for our parents and your students - and that the ultimate responsibility for the school’s global success will be yours. We tend to think that this is both a great responsibility and a great honor.
- We’re going to ask that you create a classroom culture of learning that is aligned with the NJHS philosophy. We hold the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy close to our hearts. It will be your responsibility to plan and deliver instruction where your students are asked to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create.
- In order to hit all of Bloom’s buckets you’ll have to lead a school culture for many different types of learning. We don’t believe that punitive and controlling classroom cultures allow students to learn the skills they need to think critically as individuals. You’ll need to have systems in place that allow students to grow their best selves academically and behaviorally. We look forward to chatting a little bit about your approach to learning when we meet.
- We respect all that you have learned about the art and science of teaching from your prior education and experience. We’re sure that you are a subject-matter expert. Of course, great teachers never stop learning, so we know that you will be excited to lead and participate in ongoing professional development and growth opportunities.
- Relationships are key to the success of the NJHS community. We’re looking for people who know the power of smiles, hugs, meaningful conversations, and honesty...and not just in the classroom. You’ll be asked to engage with and learn from other members of our community - family members, students, board members, other faculty members, and more.
- Plans and directs the development of curriculum, instruction, and staff development at NJHS ensuring that it is rigorous, culturally responsive, and reflects current research, theory, and practice;
- Promotes and supports teaching practices that address students’ interests, needs, and skill levels, encouraging students to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning;
- Promotes curricula and teaching practices that engage the learner in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity;
- Supports teachers to include teaching that provides a variety of methods for students to demonstrate performance and achievement;
- Plans and provides research-based professional development for NJHS staff relevant to: teaching and learning, accurate record keeping of various sources of data, using data to inform instructional practices, understanding the impact of behavior management on instructional practices, building capacity of teachers so students are able to meet cognitive, social, and emotional objectives; Professional development encompasses content and pedagogy;
- Design and implement innovative methods of teaching that address the needs of students with identified learning challenges;
- Observes classroom teachers to evaluate and provide feedback on teaching and learning including: content, materials, pedagogy, pace, standards, student performance, behavior, classroom management, and overall effectiveness;
- Provides support and coaching to NJHS staff that leads to effective instructional practices yielding cognitive, emotional and social development and growth;
- Conferences with teachers so they have opportunities to reflect on strengths and areas of improvement, as evidenced by various informal and formal data;
- Monitors and coaches teachers about differentiated instruction through informal and formal classroom observations and providing a variety of strategies and resources consistent with research related to teaching, learning, child growth, and development;
- Designs and prepares report cards in collaboration with other members of the faculty;
- Evaluates all lead teachers and other support staff, including oversight of intensive support plans for staff struggling to fulfill their responsibilities;
- Identifies staffing needs and assists with the recruitment and selection of NJHS staff;
- Assists in the development and management of budgets for curricular and other projects/programs related to curriculum, instruction, and staff development;
- Assists with grants, special projects and initiatives related to curriculum, instruction, and staff development;
- The ability and desire to smile at every child, every day.
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
- Ability to help students maximize their potential as defined by academic success according to multiple data points.
- Experience in diverse classrooms.
- Certification in Secondary Education and/or Gifted and Talented.
- Experience with Problem-Based Learning
- Desire to have a long-term career in education.
NJHS does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.