The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School (PFSJCS) is a public high school in Chicopee, MA whose mission is to prepare students for college success while inspiring them to be active and effective citizens. We achieve educational excellence and social responsibility for all our students through high expectations and a rigorous academic and social justice curriculum. Our students graduate with strong intellectual and ethical foundations necessary for future leaders of a global society.
Some of the things that make our school and teaching experience unique include:
- Small class sizes (normally 18 students or less per class)
- Focus on social justice issues in the curriculum
- Professional development and collegial conversations around social justice
- A standards-based curriculum
- Parent, student and teacher representation on our Board of Trustees
- Restorative justice as an integral part of our discipline system
- Career internships as a graduation requirement.
Title 1 Teacher duties:
- Teach 5, 48-minute periods per day.
- Plan and delivering lessons that are engaging, social justice focused, often activity-based, and incorporate multiple learning styles and differentiation for all Title 1 student needs.
- Prepare students to pass MCAS tests in the subjects and grades required.
- Meet daily with a small group of advisees to guide through 3 or 4 years of schooling.
- Collaborate with other faculty in delivery of appropriate instructional approaches and best practices, working to serve the various learning styles and needs of Title 1 students.
- Implement curriculum and instruction in a manner consistent with PFSJCS mission statement.
- Facilitate and mediate positive and restorative resolution of problems that might arise with students and/or parents.
- Create and update Title 1 course curriculum maps, formative and summative assignments, and other documents
- Provide meaningful feedback and opportunities for revision on Title 1 student work.
- Regularly communicate with families about coursework and student progress
- Perform other administrative duties, such as attending meeting, hall monitor or lunch duty.
- Enforce all rules and expectations for students as outlined in our student handbook.
- Identify and use all tools, supplies and equipment needed to successfully teach in the subject area.
- Ensure compliance with all State and Federal Title 1 regulations, including reporting, progress reports and assessments.
- Bachelor’s Degree in special education
- Proof of passing Massachusetts MTEL subject area, communication and literacy tests
- Possession of SEI endorsement for MA
- Ability to run IEP meetings and write IEPs
- Has a solid understanding of State and Federal special education regulations
- Massachusetts licensure in Special Education Gr. 5-12 and subject of the position; i.e.
Reading, Math, etc
- Demonstrated relevant work experience of a minimum of three years.
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with students, parents, administrators, colleagues, community, and other school community staff.
- Bachelor or Master Degree in Special Education or related field
- Additional Certification and further education in subject area i.e. Math, Reading, etc. of the position
- Education and/or experience in Social Justice, particularly the work of Paulo Freire
- Demonstrated relevant special education teaching experience of 3-5 years.
- Demonstrated relevant teaching experience in related subject area.
- Demonstrated success in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach.
- Fluency in both English and Spanish