DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks an English Language Arts Teacher to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
We believe a diverse, equitable and inclusive team leads to innovation, which allows us to better support our students, families, and the community – regardless of background, experience, social and/or cultural identity. DSST aims to be an inclusive & equitable workplace by valuing race, gender, sexual orientation and all aspects of individual identities. When reading this job description, we hope you feel energized by what you see, feel and hear. If you believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role but aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for people who believe in our mission to eliminate educational inequity.
Overview of Position:
DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with the potential for and a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population*. At DSST teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through the promotion of cultures of difference, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum that is responsive, relevant, and youth informed, and using data to analyze and drive their daily practice, and examine curriculum, instruction, and assessments for potential bias, oppressive frameworks, and reductionist reasoning.
Our English teachers believe not just in teaching an ability to read, write and understand texts but also seek to build and nourish a deep love of reading and writing, so that our students can be experts in any field and use their expertise to tell their individual and unique stories, live their dreams, and transform their community and the world.
*Please visit our website to better understand the demographics of each of DSST’s campuses.
Middle School Curriculum: Depending on Campus, students may take separate reading and writing classes, or have them combined into an English/Language Arts class. The curriculum may include, but is not limited to:
- Non-fiction and Informational Articles
- Short Stories
High School Curriculum:
- 9th Grade: Composition, Humanities
- 10th Grade: World Literature
- 11th Grade: American Literature
- 12th Grade: Senior English Seminar
We will inquire about your grade level and campus specific preference at the time of interview.
- Demonstrate relentless drive and passion to improve the minds, outcomes and lives of youth.
- Take personal accountability for their impact and are reflective of their practice in order to be responsive to their students.
- Creates learning environments to support youth in owning their learning & academic success.
- Model and maintain high expectations for all learners
- For example; Providing weekly tutoring, differentiated lesson materials, and multicultural representations that allow youth to see themselves as successful. Using culturally diverse teaching strategies that value different modes of thinking and learning.. Being an adult mentor through our small group advisory.
- Identify personal strengths that will support the school’s core values, guiding philosophy, expectations, and school spirit.
- Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes
- Work closely and collaboratively with students, parents, and other teachers within the school and throughout the DSST network.
- Teach 3-5 classes a day of various lengths depending on the DSST campus and subject area.
- Use the network’s curriculum and standards to plan and implement targeted lessons and assessments for each student.
- Keep an up-to-date gradebook for each class.
- Work to implement and master DSST Public Schools’ core instructional and culturally responsive and relevant teaching practices
- Which include Tone & Presence, Student Engagement, Classroom Routines, Checks for Understanding, Restorative Justice, etc.
Data and Analysis
- Implement a variety of network assessments 6- 10 times a year depending on grade level.
- Use assessment data to identify and address any racial, gender, special education and linguistically diverse inequities and disparities across all data points.
- Use of data to adapt lessons and instructional practices to help students meet the school’s performance standards.
- Use of data includes re-teach weeks, spiraling skills, and using varied techniques/differentiating to meet student needs.
- Engage in weekly feedback sessions with an instructional coach.
- Seek out and request opportunities for growth and continuous self-improvement in teaching, both in and out of the classroom.
- Willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with students, colleagues, and school administration.
- Actively support and participate in the school’s professional development programs
- This includes weekly staff meetings, data analysis and designing, planning, leading, and participating in best practice sessions, and peer coaching.
- Model, live, and reinforce DSSTs commitment to educational equity and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as core to our mission.
- Support the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community.
- Reinforce the values of the individual Human Condition inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents and the larger community.
- Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
- Student Advisor
- Serve as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life
- Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons
- Taking attendance & checking homework completion
- Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences
- Meeting & communicating with families regularly
- If applicable, leading reading and culture circles
Grade level teammate
- Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade.
- Participate in data tracking and observations for students via Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)
- Participate in planning and execution of grade level events.
Weekly Staff Meetings
- Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture and teacher initiatives
- Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher responsibilities throughout the week, as needed
- Lunch Duty, Morning Duty, After School Duty, Enrichment, Academic Interventions (College Prep, Mandatory Tutoring), Hallway duty, etc.
- Behavioral Support Intervention (depending on campus)
- Refocus, silent lunch, core values point system, etc.
- Support as a substitute teacher if necessary
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus**
DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence, a commitment to student achievement and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Job applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- In order to be considered qualified to teach you need a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and you need to demonstrate your content knowledge in the field you will be teaching in.
- Did you know there are multiple ways to demonstrate content knowledge to serve as a teacher with DSST Public Schools? Please review this document to understand how you are qualified to teach with DSST. On your application you will be asked to select one of the options below that best describes how you are qualified as “in field” and eligible to teach within the DSST Public Schools network.
- Colorado Department of Education License with endorsement in subject area
- Degree or 36 Credits in subject area
- PRAXIS – Passing the English #5038 Praxis exam with a score of 167
- Please include a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter we would love to see:
- Your story
- Your educational journey
- Key experiences that may not have been highlighted in your resume
- Why you would be a great fit for this role
Commitment to Equity
- We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Commitment to Continuous Growth
- We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Commitment to Healthy Team
- We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals
Drives to Results
- We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Reports to: School Director
Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
DSST Benefit highlights include:
· Medical Plans offered through Aetna
· Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
· 2 Dental Plans options offered through Aetna Insurance and Vision through the Eyemed network
· Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
· 401(k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution
· Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff
· Paid leave beginning day one
*Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).
DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.
Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.
DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the School’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Aurora Public Schools (APS) districts. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough so that every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 84% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 6,000 students at fifteen schools on nine campuses across Denver and Aurora.
DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:
Respect – We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
Responsibility – We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.
Integrity – We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
Courage – We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity – We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.
Doing Your Best – We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.