Middle School Speech & Debate Teacher (GVR, 2022-2023)

$50,000 - $69,000 yearly
  • STRIVE Prep
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • May 09, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

Position: Middle School Speech & Debate Teacher (2022-2023)

Reports to: Assistant Principal of Instruction

Location: STRIVE Prep - Green Valley Ranch

Salary: $50,000 - $69,000*, based on years of experience and education (effective 12.17.2021)

Status: Full time, exempt, in-person position

 

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

   Instruction:

  • Provide high-quality instruction in Speech & Debate.
  • Be able to teach students how to do all speech and debate events (extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, humorous interpretation, impromptu, informative speaking, original oratory, poetry, prose, public forum debate).
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive live in-class feedback in addition to written feedback and one-on-ones to students on their progress.
  • Analyze student assessment data and determine the next steps.
  • Build and revise the curriculum to best meet the needs of students.
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, school leaders, curriculum specialists, and the special education team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Support students in developing reading comprehension, critical thinking and analytical skills through exploring challenging literature and independent research. 
  • Analyze student assessment data and determine the next steps.

    Culture:

  • Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in an advisory of approximately 30 students.
  • Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful and welcoming classroom environment.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
  • Provide supervision of students during both lunch and recess activities.

    Development:

  • Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute in July as well as professional development throughout the school year.
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff and grade level meetings.
  • Participate in regular instructional coaching meetings.

Additional Duties

  • Attend and judge a minimum of 2 Varsity Speech and Debate tournaments and attend 1-2 middle school Speech and Debate tournaments with willing middle school students. (Additional stipend for this is provided).
  • Events at a glance

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree
  • Achieve Qualified Teacher status (teacher’s license not required) within six weeks of starting through one of the approved channels outlined by the Colorado Department of Education. You can find more information here
  • All teachers at STRIVE Prep must be fully qualified to provide English Language Acquisition (ELA) services through one of the following means: the DPS ELA Training Program, advanced coursework, or a Colorado endorsement. Teachers who are not ELA qualified at the time of hire will be required to complete the DPS ELA training program during their first two years of employment at STRIVE Prep.  

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Speaks Spanish
  • Strong understanding of instructional strategies to support Emergent Bilinguals / Language Learners 
  • Experience working with historically marginalized communities in any setting
  • Strong understanding of achieving academic excellence through culturally responsive teaching and critical pedagogy framework

TOTAL REWARDS

Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

  • Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
  • Recognition for Years of Service: All STRIVE Prep employees will receive an additional $3,000 in their base salary after the 3rd year, 5th year, and 7th year of service at STRIVE Prep.  
  • Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
  • Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 6+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
    • Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
    • All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
    • All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
  • Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
  • Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
  • Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
  • Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
  • Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions 
  • Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
  • For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

 

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