Grade Level: 6-8
Start Date: Immediate Opening Empowered Teachers through the Springfield Empowerment Zone
SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; salaries for new educators start at $50,500. Educators in SEZP qualify for benefits (personal/sick days, health insurance, etc.) offered to other teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.
In addition, there are several opportunities unique to the SEZP schools to increase earnings above base salary or as an extension to base salary. Those opportunities currently include, but are not limited to:
Who We Are Kiley Prep Mission: Unimpeded access to inclusive learning through agents of equity and change
- Advanced and Master Teacher positions: These are awarded following an application process that typically takes place during the winter, and come with salaries of up to $87,000
- Empowerment Academies: Intervention and instruction opportunities we implement during February, April, and summer breaks, with stipends allowing you to potentially earn $2,000 per week
We recognize that, in today's diverse classrooms, students need knowledge and skills related to prejudice reduction, human rights awareness and collective action. Through anti-bias and social justice study we encourage our young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Engaging with our global and national history, and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors, allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. We are committed to contradicting oppression and racism by providing civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
We are seeking candidates that are committed to a vision that embraces a vision of high-quality education with equitable, excellent outcomes for all students as a formidable instrument in disrupting structural racism, oppression and bias. Educational equity means that all children experience:
What We Believe In Kiley Prep Instructional Vision:
- Instruction that challenges, engages, and empowers learners;
- Access to standards-based, content-rich, culturally affirming curriculum;
- Explicit anti-racist discussion, practice, and action; and
- School culture that fosters positive identity, belonging, agency, and purpose.
Kiley Prep at M. Marcus Kiley Middle School Campus focuses on student ownership of authentic instruction by prioritizing the following three dimensions of success: mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. Our instructional vision values critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and character as the cornerstone of student success in high school, college, and career. Our mission is to leverage highest quality instruction that will enable our students to go beyond surface level learning and engage in enduring understandings. All students will fully engage in grade-level standards aligned curriculum, take robust assessments to demonstrate mastery towards standards, and complete authentic tasks that prepare them for real world challenges and community contributions.Kiley Prep: 3 Dimensions of Success Mastery of Skills and Knowledge
: Kiley Prep teachers leverage and lift rigorous grade level, standards-aligned curriculum, and use robust authentic assessments tied to real world challenges. We have a strong focus on literacy through dual ELA and Humanities, as well as cross curricular connections between Math and Science through STEM. Character Development and Education:
Kiley Prep teachers are committed to developing Habits of Scholarship such as perseverance, responsibility, reflection, and ethical decision making through our Crew classes. Crew is a hallmark feature that develops community and fosters peer collaboration. Students are leaders of their learning through Student Led Conferences and end of year community symposium in which they present yearly portfolios that track academic and social emotional growth. High Quality Student Work:
Kiley Prep teachers are dedicated to perfecting instructional practices that support high quality student work and achievement. Through student work analysis, Kiley Prep teachers use data to drive instruction through long term planning and in the moment classroom adjustments. We use specific measures for student growth, and action plan twice weekly after to school to create scaffolds that meet the needs of students and help to lift grade level instruction. Who we are looking for
Educators that view themselves as lifelong learners, collaborators, innovators, and agents of change. Kiley Prep staff model: service, reflection, compassion, equity, empathy, and ethical thinking.Our teachers believe in a shared responsibility to:
- Ensure that curriculum, instruction, and assessments are rigorous, meaningful, and aligned with standards.
- Use assessment practices that position students as leaders of their own learning.
- Use meaningful data for both teachers and students to track progress towards learning goals.
- Engage all students in daily lessons that require critical thinking about complex, worthy ideas, texts, and problems.
- Elevate student voice and leadership in all classrooms and across the school.
- Make Habits of Scholarship visible across school and daily instruction.
- Model a school wide culture of respect, responsibility, and compassion.
- Prioritize social emotional learning, along with academic learning across the school.
- Design tasks that ask students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create as part of their work.
- Use models of excellence, critique, and multiple drafts to support all students to produce work of exceptional quality.
- Connect students with the world beyond school through meaningful fieldwork, expert collaborators, research, and community service.
- Experience teaching Science at the middle and/or high school level preferred
- Appropriate content/program area educator license (General Science) and grade level licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education preferred
- Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
- Bachelor's degree required
The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability or military service or marital status. The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in admission to, access or treatment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, disability or homelessness. Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination
Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Springfield Public Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discrimination on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Kathleen O'Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, 1550 Main St. Springfield MA, 011103, 413-787-7100, ext. 55428, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Springfield Public Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Springfield Public Schools may be referred to Kathleen O'Sullivan or to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone 800-421-3481.