Middle School Small Group Instructor
Job Title: Middle School Small Group Instructor
Commitment: September 3, 2019, to May 7, 2020, twice a week, either 3:00 - 4:30 or 3:30-5:00 pm
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, July 26, 2019.
Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. We know that structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices force our students to face significant obstacles to educational success. We want to change the odds for children in the Durham community. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.
The Middle School Small Group Instructor role is designed for educators with instructional experience and interest in learning how to provide structured academic interventions. These candidates believe fervently in the brilliance and potential of our students. Small Group Instructors will work throughout the school year during scheduled hours with small groups of 3-7 middle school students, acting as an instructor in either math or reading skills to help remove barriers from student success at school, or to provide targeted and engaging lessons to extend student thinking. These instructors work closely with the Learning Specialist and other Student U staff to ensure that each of our students is receiving the support, intervention, and enrichment that they need to be the most successful academic, emotional, and social versions of themselves during the school year.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Student U Small Group Instructor!
- Develop relationships with small groups of students who need particular academic support and/or extension
- Create a classroom culture rooted in love and high expectations that is inclusive and supportive of all students in your group
- Teach two 40-minute small group classes (3-7 students) using provided intervention curriculum
- Math: Game-based curriculum designed to reteach and reinforce critical mathematical understanding and skills
- ELA: Read Fearlessly (book club) style reading curriculum designed to enhance student vocabulary development and engage students in the shared reading of high-interest texts
- Utilize tools and assessments to measure student understanding and skills
- Provide consistent communication with the Learning Specialist, Program Coordinators, and other Student U staff members to share student strengths, areas of growth, and performance during the school year.
- Collaborate with program staff to reflect on teaching practices and ensure high-quality instruction
- Work with program staff to collect data and participate in the evaluation of Year Round Programming
- Demonstrate the Student U Core Values in all interactions with Student U stakeholders (students, families, guests, volunteers, supporters)
The Commitment (Our Ideal Candidates)
Our ideal year-round programming staff:
- have experience as academic instructors in an academic or school-based context using data-driven and proven strategies for student growth.
- have experience implementing lessons that meet the needs of a diverse group of learners.
- are reflective of their practice as educators, committed to learning, growing and reflecting together to ensure our students are gaining academic skills.
- believe all students can achieve greatness.
- are highly motivated, hardworking and organized in supporting our students.
- have experience creating supportive and inclusive learning communities.
- have strong instructional, classroom management and organizational skills.
- are committed to helping our students grow both academically and socially/emotionally to live into their fullest potential.
- are committed to uncovering the brilliance of our students.
- are able to meet deadlines.
- have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to flex communication style to multiple environments and have an ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
- view the time spent with students during YRP as an important part of their growth professionally.
- use Student U as an opportunity to develop skills they will later use in their own classrooms or in their area of expertise.
- have experience in the Student U community.
Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Diversity & Child Safeguarding Policy
- Student U is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission.
- Student U has a commitment to ensuring the safety of our students. All staff will participate in the Darkness to Light Training, which is a child safeguarding training to help them understand why it is necessary to safeguard and protect children and to be fully aware of the procedure for reporting concerns.
To Apply: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, July 26, 2019. A complete application includes a resume and one short answer question. Please apply online.