Elementary Teacher - Scholars Academy

Madison, Wisconsin
$55,000 to $75,000 plus comprehensive benefits, professional growth, continuing education and Perks
Dec 29, 2020
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type

One City Schools is growing! We are hiring another Elementary Classroom Teacher to teach in our Scholars Academy  beginning in the 2021-22 school year. This person must be dedicated to moving children beyond academic achievement and opportunity gaps, be passionate about helping children who struggle with academics and behavior see and reach their full potential, and bring energy, inspiration, excitement and love to the students they teach. We are specifically seeking a teacher with experience teaching children in grades 3 through 5, is effective teaching boys and girls, and who wants to work with One City Schools to help us grow one of the most unique and transformational public schools in Wisconsin: One City Expeditionary Elementary School (OCEES). Our teaching positions include competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and an unbelievable opportunity to help redefine public education in Wisconsin and do something exceptional for children. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.onecityschools.org.


Positions will remain open until filled

All new One City team members participate in a fun, informative and engaging New Employee Orientation and significant professional development in our education models (EL Education and Zearn/Eureka Math). They also have an instructional coach to help support and guide their learning and implementation of our education program in their classroom.


One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community (and country) where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them.

One City Expeditionary Elementary School (OCEES) is an EL Education Network School, offering the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum in kindergarten through 4th grade (and eventually through grade 6). It is also a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children and works directly with families to ensure children are inspired, learning, growing and achieving to their full potential. OCEES is also the only public school in Wisconsin that offers both a longer school day (8:15am to 5:00pm) and longer school year (219 days vs 180 days in traditional public schools), including 60-minutes of co-curricular extended-day learning academies in Sports, Fitness, STEM, Girl Scouts, Boys to Men and Creative and Performing Arts. However, our educators work a standard 8-hour workday.

We are located in a 57,000 square foot building on Madison's Nob Hill on the South Side of our capital city, surrounded by a 26-acre nature preserve with a lake, natural playground and 2 miles of hiking trails that offer unique outdoor learning opportunities for our young scholars. We are also located walking distance from Madison's popular Lake Monona.


One City’s Scholars Academy teacher will work with the Scholars Academy director, School Principal, Instructional Coach and other team members to ensure that Scholars Academy students who are one or more years behind academically, or must learn effective school practices, attitudes and behaviors that will support their pursuit of educational excellence,  receive a high quality and inspiring learning experience that helps them reach their full potential. This teacher will provide a warm, nurturing, safe and encouraging learning environment where self-esteem is enhanced, independence is encouraged, teamwork is facilitated, high quality work is produced, and individuality is respected. They must also demonstrate a strong commitment to achieving positive results in student growth and achievement through:

  • (a) a creative use of resources,
  • (b) using evidence and data to inform instruction,
  • (c) involving parents and community volunteers in the education process,
  • (d) being open to evaluation and coaching support, and
  • (e) learning and fully utilizing One City’s education models, effective teaching strategies, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), among other duties and expectations. 

Specific performance responsibilities include:

  • Implement One City's Scholars Academy model with elementary students, establishing a classroom culture that is safe, collaborative, celebratory and intellectually challenging for all students, and that learning goals for all students are met;
  • Develop and execute units of study and lesson plans that align State Standards, EL Education and related curricula in math, science, social studies to promote students’ in-depth understanding, critical thinking, problem solving, mastery of knowledge and skills, character development, achievement and commitment to high quality work;
  • Provide high quality instruction while monitoring and supervising effective classroom structures that promote active, student-driven learning and positive student behavior and safety;
  • Maintain an orderly, academically-focused classroom environment and effective management of instructional materials and records;
  • Keep current in knowledge and practice of the curriculum, child development and relevant theories of learning, and be willing to share their knowledge for continual improvement of One City’s educational program and curriculum.
  • Assist in on-going curriculum reviews, including offering feedback on school and program effectiveness.
  • Become acquainted with supplemental materials and services beneficial to students as an extension of regular classroom activities.
  • Build and maintain positive and engaging relationships with parents/families and work cooperatively with them to strengthen the educational program for their children.
  • Utilize effective practices for community building, including rituals and traditions that build a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment.
  • Utilize authentic formative and summative assessments to gauge learning, guide instruction, and provide timely feedback to students;
  • Participate in regular and ongoing professional development efforts and working collaboratively with grade band/level planning to constantly improve professional practice;
  • Participate fully and positively in a staff culture and the relentless pursuit of our mission; 
  • Work cooperatively with grade level and the school team in all areas of instruction, assessment, documentation, parent/guardian involvement, and classroom management; and other duties as assigned.


  • Model appropriate behavior reflective of One City’s Habits of Character: integrity, self-respect, compassion, perseverance and a willingness to encourage and allow students to take risks;
  • Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance & appropriate use of planning time;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other staff members;
  • Strive to communicate the positive aspects of One City to the public in word and deed;
  • Help maintain a clean an orderly educational environment and facility, and at all times and shows grace and support when engaging children, parents and guests who utilize or visit One City; and
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills; committed to teamwork and collaboration
  • Self-reflective and open-minded; open and willing to change
  • Energetic, flexible, dependable, collaborative and proactive, and desire to be innovative, receive and provide feedback, and try new strategies with students.


  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City, and to working to with young children from diverse racial/cultural populations and their families; experience working with diverse children preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, or related field.
  • Experience in EL (Expeditionary Learning) or student-led project-based learning, a plus.
  • Valid Wisconsin Educators License or willingness to become certified ASAP.
  • Minimum of two (2) years teaching experience required; urban teaching (or student-teaching) experience and teaching children from racial, ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Ability to regularly and routinely lift and push at least 50 pounds.
  • Completion of a background check required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Other duties as assigned


One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, as well as comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Benefits include:

  • Salaries: $55K to $75K, depending on education, experience and demonstrated impact on student academic growth and achievement
  • 11-month contract with a standard work-day and dedicated planning time each week; Although we have a longer school year, between scheduled breaks and PTO, teachers receive nearly 60 days off
  • Generous time-off program, including 18 Days of PTO and holidays, spring break, summer intersession and winter break (same dates as the Madison Metropolitan School District from September through June; school runs September through July 31)
  • Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
  • Comprehensive professional development in student-driven, project-based learning models
  • 401K with employer match of 5.9%
  • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Your age-eligible children automatically admitted to One City Expeditionary School
  • Family Perks Discount Program (https://ocs.abenity.com)
  • Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
  • Investment in Professional Growth and Development
  • Employee Assistant Plan

Compensation will be consistent with One City’s approved compensation plan as stipulated by the Board of Directors.


One City is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all team members and applicants, and to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

COVID-19 Considerations:
Presently, 70% of our students are learning in-person and 30% are virtual. We have also implemented a rapid COVID-19 testing program in partnership with a testing lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have strong health/safety protocols in place.

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