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Dallas CommunitySchool

Taking Applications for Permanent High School Teacher with an endorsement in Math or Science

About Dallas Community School
Dallas Community School (DCS) is a public charter school located in Dallas, Oregon. Dallas Community School opened in the fall of 2016 and is operated by a grassroots nonprofit called Community Innovation Partners. We currently offer educational services for students in grades K‐8 and are planning an expansion to include grades 9-12. We are seeking an Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission licensed teacher with an endorsement in Math or Science. Opening a high school program will be an exciting time for our school, and we are looking for someone who can jump in and help build the program. The school has a unique culture built on solid relationships with all members of the DCS community. Students, parents, and teachers work together and share in the excitement of learning in-depth concepts and applying learning to real-world situations. The high school will open with 20 freshmen students the first year, and one grade level will be added each year over the next three years. The total capacity of the school will be 100 9-12 students.

In our K-8 program, licensed teachers partner with parents to develop personalized education plans for home learning. The school also offers a large number of optional onsite and online classes in addition to a lengthy list of other support services. When the 9-12 program opens, students will spend more time on campus to earn the credits required for an Oregon high school diploma. Dallas Community School is a tuition‐free public charter school sponsored by Dallas School District 2. Read more about the school on our website.

About This Opportunity

This isn't your typical teaching opportunity. Teachers will work together to develop instructional units that cover standards in multiple content areas and collaboratively assess learning. High school students will work in teams to analyze, develop, and solve real-world problems using project-based instructional strategies. The teacher provides students the pathways and supports they need to be successful with their personal learning goals. Eventually, students in grades11-12 will spend more time in the community taking college classes, engaging in the job-shadow experience, and participating in community events and projects. Initially, classes are offered during the morning session on Monday through Thursday and you might also be teaching math or science-related classes in-person or online to our upper elementary and middle school students. Students will work with teachers individually or in small groups with online software during the afternoon session and check in with students working on independent studies. Fridays will be available for teachers to collaboratively plan instruction, meet with parents, tutor students, help students write and review their Personalized Education Plan (graduation plan), work with community partners, and complete paperwork. There will be many similarities to the MYP program of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

You will be evaluated based on your ability to draw upon your unique skills and training to not only help students learn skills and content, but also to connect students with excellent resources and develop productive relationships with your student's education team. You must have a well-documented history of successfully working as a team member and teach students team collaboration skills.

Who We're Looking For
We believe the most successful candidates will be out‐of‐the‐box thinkers who fully embrace the idea of education that takes place in community‐based and personalized learning environments while meeting standards and requirements for an Oregon high school diploma. You are someone who understands that not all kids learn at the same pace and that a one‐size‐fits‐all approach doesn't work for everyone. We're looking for people who are passionate about igniting a lifelong approach to learning and embrace the idea that parents, family, and community can (and do) play an enormous role in education.

A successful candidate likes the idea of a flexible work environment and is willing to approach challenges with grace and a can‐do attitude. As a DCS staff member, you are eager to try new approaches, roll with change, and develop productive relationships with people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. You're someone who truly cares about the unique needs, abilities, and interests of your students, and you're ready to help your students develop a learning path that reflects those abilities and interests.

You've likely got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to determining individual student strengths and development areas, and you excel at positive communication. You're a highly organized, accomplished, enthusiastic educator, and you're ready to put your skills to work in a new and refreshing way. The successful candidate will be someone who has a proven track record of working cooperatively as a team. You will both provide support to and receive support from other members of the team. You will be expected to provide input when making key decisions using our shared decision-making model.

DCS teachers meet the following qualifications and skills:

Required Qualifications
● Completed application (found on our website - dallascommunityschool.org)
● Valid Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsements (or able to get it by Sept. 2021)
● Hold a Math or Science endorsement
● At least two years of experience as an educator in a public, private, or alternative education setting
● At least one year of experience in curriculum selection, standards‐based instruction, unit‐based studies, and assessment methods
● Demonstrated understanding of community‐based learning, including nonformal education settings, homeschooling, and alternative education

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
● Ability to work collaboratively with all faculty members, students, family members, and community members. Demonstrated willingness and skills to actively engage as a contributor to a team effort are essential for this position.
● Available and willing to meet face‐to‐face with students and parents on a scheduled basis.
● Strong technology skills and the ability to teach students how to use technology in their learning.
● Strong communication skills - written, oral, telephone, email.
● Access to personal transportation; insurable driving record.
● Ability to engage and motivate a diverse community of learners with high regard to individual interests, learning styles, and academic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications:
● Master's degree in a relevant field
● Hold both a Math and Science endorsement
● Direct experience working with homeschooling families, nonformal learning environments, or other nontraditional fields.

Contract Information:
• Currently, teacher contracts are 190 days.
• DCS staff are offered a health and dental insurance plan, paid time off, a competitive salary, professional development opportunities, and a flexible work schedule.
• In addition, the District pays the six percent (6%) employee PERS contribution required by ORS 238.200 and ORS 238A.330.

To Apply:
1. View the complete position description at dallascommunityschool.org/employment.

2. Email the following documents to the email address listed on our website.
● Completed Application
● Cover letter
● Resume
● List of professional references to include your most recent supervisor(s) if not included in your resume
● Copy of Oregon Teaching License (both sides)
● Complete College Transcript (need not be official)
● Completed supplemental questions (found on our website )

Due to the anticipated number of applications expected, we regret that we cannot personally reply to every inquiry. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by phone. Applicants selected for hire must pass a drug screening and a comprehensive criminal, driver, and personal history background check.

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