Boston Preparatory Charter School, Science Department Chair (2018-2019) (Boston, MA)

Boston, MA

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Date published: 13-Dec-2017

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Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (Boston Prep) is a free, public school, offering a rigorous curriculum to 464 students and 224 alumni, the majority coming from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. Boston Prep has recently moved into a state of the art facility and we are continuing to expand our space, as we grow from 464 to 700 students over the next five years. We operate as an integrated middle school, high school, and alumni support model. At the root of our programming is a belief that all students can succeed in a four-year college.

 

Mission: Boston Prep prepares students to succeed in a four-year college and embody, in thought and action, lifelong ethical growth. We foster an environment structured around scholarship and personal growth that cultivates students' virtues of courage, compassion, integrity, perseverance, and respect.


To achieve our ambitious goals, our approach includes six essentials that we believe leads to our success: we have an exceptional adult team, we hold high expectation for students, we foster ethical growth, we have an invested, passionate student culture, we offer a range of supports, and we ensure college persistence through a number of alumni supports. Currently, 83% of our graduates are persisting in college, 100% of our students have been accepted to four-year colleges, and 98% of our alumni have matriculated to college the semester after graduating from Boston Prep.


We believe that exceptional student gains are the direct result of excellent teaching and programming and acknowledge the importance of students’ college readiness skills in achieving our mission. We are a mission-driven adult team committed to refining and improving our practice such that our students can chart the life course they aspire to. We hope you will consider applying.

 

Key Responsibilities of the Role:

Department Leadership and Vision Setting

  • Observing and providing weekly feedback to teachers in the science department
  • Meeting weekly with science teachers to support lesson planning and instructional delivery
  • Working with the Middle and High School Principal and Chief Academic Officer to plan and implement staff professional development
  • Analyzing data on student achievement and using it to inform instructional conversations and observations
  • Leading the science department’s alignment to State Standards in support of school-wide instructional goals
  • Planning and leading science department meetings
  • Planning and maintenance of science department annual budget
  • Cataloging and maintaining laboratory supplies
  • Communicating with external stakeholders to plan field trips and garner science related educational opportunities for students and staff

Curriculum Design, Instruction, and Student Assessment

  • Teaching one-three classes per day
  • Articulating curricular standards aligned with state guidelines
  • Creating a classroom environment structured around scholarship where students are authentically engaged and curious
  • Continually gathering and using data to inform instruction
  • Designing and frequently administering rigorous, standards-based assessments
  • Designing and implementing differentiated curriculum aligned with school standards

Partnering with Students and Families

  • Mentoring 10-15 students, through bi-weekly advisory meetings
  • Communicating weekly with students, families, and school administrators around academic and behavioral concerns
  • Attending occasional after-school events

Building of School Culture

  • Embodying our belief that “effort determines success” at all times
  • Frequently communicating the school’s mission to children and families
  • Adhering to school academic and disciplinary protocols
  • Assuming extracurricular responsibilities, if desired

Maintenance of Organizational Culture

  • Actively engaging in one’s learning; seeking and acting on feedback regularly
  • Actively pursuing professional development, inside and outside of the school
  • Collaborating with other teachers and administrators to advance the school’s mission


Applicants must possess the drive, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit to craft an outstanding urban public school. Boston Prep is committed to a diverse workplace.

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.bostonprep.org.

 

Boston Prep is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

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