Background on Brooke
Brooke Charter Schools opened Brooke High in August of 2016, and we are looking for exceptional educators to add to our team who can help build a strong school culture focused on rigorous academics and developing strength of character.
Brooke Charter Schools, founded in 2002, are a network of five high-performing public charter schools in Boston. Our three K-7 schools in Roslindale, Mattapan, and East Boston enroll a total of 1,600 students; Brooke's 8th Grade Academy currently serves about 170 students and Brooke High School serves about 140 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. In August of 2018, BHS moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in Mattapan, where enrollment will eventually grow to about 600 students in grades 9-12.
Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students from the cities of Boston and Chelsea that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college. Named after Senator Edward W. Brooke III, the first African-American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, our strategy is to focus relentlessly on developing excellent teaching. Reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve, 56% of Brooke students self-identify as Black, 34% as Latinx, 6% Caucasian, 2% Asian, and 2% Native American or multiracial. About three-quarters qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Over the last several years, Brooke students have set a new bar for what is possible in urban public education, consistently producing results among the highest in the state.
The Role & Responsibilities
Teachers who thrive at Brooke High tend to be entrepreneurial instructors and hungry learners who crave frequent, high-quality feedback on their practice. They also have a great deal of passion and expertise in their content area that they are eager to share with students.
At Brooke, Spanish teachers design their own curriculum based on current standards and best practices in language instruction and are solely responsible for the academic achievement of their students. The High School Spanish Teacher is responsible for creating a classroom environment that develops in each student an awareness and appreciation of the richness of traditional and contemporary Hispanic and Latino language and culture around the world and throughout the United States through the study of literature, current events, and primary sources. This role may include courses in Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, and/or Spanish for Spanish Speakers.
Every Brooke High teacher is also responsible for serving as an advisor. Advisors serve as student mentors, parent communication liaisons, and college counselors for a small, single-gender group of students. Advisories meet twice daily; each day begins with a short check-in and ends with a 25-minute advisory session. Additionally, advisories engage in long-term work around character education and college.
Teachers’ hours are 7:45-4:00 daily, with the student academic day running from 9:40-3:45 on Mondays and 8:00-3:45 on other days. Teachers may elect to lead an after-school extra-curricular club or coach a sport for an additional stipend. In 2019, teacher PD will begin on July 18th.
A Successful Brooke High Spanish Teacher will ensure that all Brooke scholars feel challenged and known.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of two years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher (excluding student teaching, practicum, or international teaching experience)
- Native Spanish abilities in reading, writing, and speaking
- Excellent interpersonal skills with students, parents, and colleagues
- Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students
- Shared dedication to Brooke’s mission and organizational values
- Excellent teamwork, communication, initiative, urgency, and positivity
The community and students we serve are diverse, and we are committed to reflecting that diversity in our staff. We strive to have the most diverse applicant pool possible; to that end, we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for any position at Brooke Charter Schools. By fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, we provide the best educational experience to prepare our students for a future reflective of the world in which we live.