Aspiring Teacher

New Dawn Charter Schools
Jamaica, New York

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Job Category
Support Staff, Teaching Assistant / Aide
Grade Level
High School
Job Type

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New Dawn Charter High School will provide over-aged and under-credited students 16 - 21 years of age, including those who are English Language Learners and those with special needs, the opportunity to return to school and obtain a high school diploma through a rigorous NYSED standards-based education program.


An aspiring teacher will have the opportunity to shadow New Dawn Charter School teachers as well as demonstrate their teaching abilities as an occasional substitute teacher. Aspiring teachers will be given the opportunity to apply for full-time teaching positions as they open.


A New Dawn Charter High School Aspiring Teacher are more than teachers and classroom managers. They help transform student’s lives by creating opportunities for a brighter future. We are seeking Aspiring Teachers who will make the commitment to teach with determination, integrity and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:

· Past experiences and actions reflect a commitment to the New Dawn Charter High School mission, vision, core values

· A passion and ability to build and sustain the New Dawn Charter High School mission in a high need, urban environment

· Reflective, self-aware and adaptable to communication and work styles of others

· Critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative

· Belief in the power of collaboration and works to build a collaborative culture within the New Dawn Charter High School network, community, staff, families and students


A New Dawn Charter High School aspiring teacher works to create and enhance a culture of achievement and respect where high expectations and results are the norm. All aspiring teacher actions must always be aligned with our mission, vision, core values and education program. The essential functions for Aspiring teachers are as follows:



· Use the state standards to create rigorous, objective-driven, arts-infused lessons aligned with pacing guides.

· Identify in each lesson what thinking skills will be explicitly taught and practiced; what physical, social, or content skills students will be able to do and how students will know if they can do it.

· Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged.

· Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles, and the need for physical movement

· Call and Communicate regularly with mentees


· Explicitly introduce learning objectives to activate students’ prior knowledge as it relates to the objectives and conclude the lesson by revisiting the learning objective and having students apply it in context.

· Present academic content through a variety of instructional strategies to reach all learners.

· Provide many and varied opportunities for students to achieve mastery while working to promote achievement by all students without exception.


· Observe the development of standards-aligned, measurable, ambitious big goals that will increase student opportunities for achievement; assess and track performance against these goals.

· Assist in measuring student achievement of, and progress toward, the learning objectives and big goals with formative and summative assessment tools.


· Create a focused environment of fairness and respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals.

· Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and academic performance, aligned with the New Dawn Charter School standards to create a strong culture of achievement and respect.


· Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parent/guardians remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values and needs.

· Support, as needed, timely communication with all parents/guardians (through daily/weekly folders, notes home, weekly newsletters, phone calls, in-person meetings, conferences, report cards) concerning student progress and to provide a clear picture of the curriculum and high expectations.


· Collaborate with colleagues (grade level and school-wide meetings, professional development days, the professional development institute) to continuously improve personal practice, classroom instruction, assessment, and student achievement, as well as the overall goals and mission of the school and the network.

· Access meaningful learning experiences (current theory, research, and developments in relevant academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and ideas from colleagues and supervisors) and exercises judgment in accepting findings as valid for application in classroom practice and teacher improvement.

· Fulfill all outlined and related functions professionally, timely and thoroughly.



EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Education preferred


· Working toward Teachers Certification or Highly Qualified status

· Strong desire to work within an innovative, urban educational program

· Ability to implement lesson plans and manage students

· Ability to use data to inform instruction and decision-making related to student achievement

· Ability to turn best practices into high quality, goal-driven results

· Highly effective writing, oral and interpersonal skills to communicate with a varied audience

· Data managements tools, organizational tools, computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $33,000.00 per year



  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance




  • Monday to Friday


Ability to commute/relocate:


  • Jamaica, NY 11432: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)




  • Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)




  • Teaching Certification (Preferred)


Work Location: In person


Mission Statement:

New Dawn Charter Schools will provide over-aged and under-credited students 15 - 21 years of age, including those who are English Language Learners and those with special needs, the opportunity to return to school and obtain a high school diploma through a rigorous NYSED standards-based education program.

Within the framework of the education program, three programs will be offered:

  1.  Interventions for those with fewer than 11 credits, and for those with 11 or more credits
  2. Internships in the community
  3. College enrollment

Who We Are:

All students must be given a chance to complete high school, and this includes students who may be struggling with traditional schools. New Dawn Charter Schools are New York City Transfer Schools, reaching out to students who have either dropped out or are in school truants who will most likely not graduate with their four-year 9th grade peers.

New Dawn enrolls students who are over-aged and under-credited in grades 9 through 12 and includes an intensive program for those students who are the most at-risk and difficult to engage in their education: the student who is over 15 years old and has fewer than 11 credits.

Students who fulfill all academic and internship requirements will graduate with a New York State Education diploma. As a transfer school, New Dawn will be no student’s first high school, with the exception of the over-aged 8th graders who opt for our intensive program. We anticipate a very large proportion of students with disabilities and a smaller proportion of English Language Learners. At least 82% of the students will are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Throughout the course work that is completed at New Dawn Charter School students will have access to internship and vocational training, one-on-one and group college and career counseling, a mentor-based team of educational professionals and leaders who have implemented a rigorous and holistic instructional approach for all students.

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242 Hoyt Street
New York
United States

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