Teacher, Elementary (Grades K-5)
PS7, St. HOPE Public Schools
About St. HOPE Public Schools
St. HOPE Public Schools (SHPS) opened its doors in 2003 with a clear vision: to create one of the finest urban pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school systems in America. Our students attend longer school days, are held to high expectations for academics and behavior and focus on preparing to obtain a college degree.
We provide a unique network of schools that guides our students from preschool through high school to college. Students gradually build a foundation of academic achievement, community responsibility and inner confidence empowering them to become educated leaders within their communities. Our rigorous curriculum has closed the achievement gap and dramatically increased the number of graduates who go on to college.
The national statistics are daunting: Less than 40% of low-income students go to college. But at St. HOPE Public Schools, where the majority of our students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, we have not accepted that fate. In 2011, over 70% of our seniors were accepted to more than 75 colleges and universities across the United States. Our vision is that every one of our students will leave us prepared to complete college and we are working relentlessly with our students and families towards this goal.
St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) continues the journey to success at St. HOPE for grades K-8. PS7 has produced stunning results. It is a 2010 California Distinguished school, a Blue Ribbon nominee, and ranked number one for Academic Performance Index (API) growth among all Sacramento City Unified schools over the past four years. Walk into any PS7 classroom and the scene is the same: a group of students leaning forward, listening intently as a teacher asks a questions. Then, a flurry of hands is raised. There is artwork on the walls along with a list of expectations, codes of conduct and commitments made. PS7 is a learning environment where students, faculty and parents embrace a standard of excellence in academic achievement, ethics, and citizenship. Students participate in a college preparatory program during an extended instructional schedule. If a child at PS7 does not perform to his or her potential, the student is re-taught until he or she has mastered the academic or character skill. When PS7 students arrive for their first year at Sac High, they are even more prepared than their peers from other schools, pushing the bar even higher for those around them as they continue their education.
PS7 is seeking exceptional elementary teachers with a track record of success to work relentlessly in the 2013-14 school year. Teachers will plan and execute highly effective instruction; establish and maintain a strong, college-going classroom culture; and attain exceptional, measurable results for every student.
Candidates must hold the belief that all children can succeed academically and socially and this belief must drive him or her to be relentless in his or her work.
PS7 elementary teachers report to the PS7 Elementary Principal.
Responsibilities of a lower elementary teacher include:
- Develop standards-aligned, measurable, ambitious and feasible big goals for dramatically increasing student achievement
- Use California content standards to backwards plan, develop unit and long term pacing plans
- Create rigorous, objective-driven lesson plans
- Differentiate plans for individual students
- Invest students in working hard to achieve big goals
- Present academic content
- Engage and challenge students in learning
- Facilitate and manage students practice
- Check for student understanding using effective questioning strategies and student practice
- Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness through monitoring and modifying instruction
- Evaluate and tracks students performance
- Use data effectively to inform instruction
- Ensure students and families are aware of progress toward goals
- Create a culture of respect and equity
- Create a culture of high expectations for learning
- Maintain student attention
- Support and manage student behavior effectively
- Effectively support students with continued or intensive behavior excesses
- Implement pacing and procedures to maximize time spent on learning
- Design a physical classroom environment to support engagement and learning
We are seeking a results-driven classroom leader committed to the St. HOPE Public Schools mission, and who holds high expectations for his or herself and every student.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Valid California Multiple Subject teaching credential
- Must be highly qualified as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
- Appropriate EL authorization to teach EL or SDAIE
- Examples of a relentless drive and commitment to eliminate the disparity of educational quality that exists
- Belief in and alignment with SHPS’s mission
- Criminal background clearance
Highly Desired (but not required):
- Understanding and experience working with the nuances of urban school environments and school culture
- Bilingual speaking, reading, and writing abilities (Spanish)
St. HOPE Public Schools offer a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full time exempt position and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
All candidates for this position must submit the following three pieces of information. Candidates must submit all documents or your application will not be considered.
- Thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position and stating how you heard about this opportunity
- Responses to the 5 questions below.
1) We would all like to raise student achievement and address the
needs of each student as a "whole child." However, when it comes down to
it, we often have to make hard choices. If you had to choose, would you
rather raise student achievement or increase self-esteem? Both is not an
option - you must pick one and explain your reasoning.
2) Is it better to be strict or caring? Which are you? Can you be
both? Regardless of which you choose, strict, caring, both, use concrete
examples to articulate exactly what it looks like in action in your
3) How do you feel about standardized tests?
4) What do you think are the key factors to ensuring success
working with predominantly low income, urban population of students?
5) Assume you are the leader of a school and are charged with
evaluating your teaching staff. Explain how you would define teacher
effectiveness in your evaluations.
Submit the application materials via our website at www.sthopepublicschools.org
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin,
age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.