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Founding Middle School Teacher: STEM, Humanities, and Special Areas Teachers Grades 6, 7 and 8

  • Date Posted
    • 5.31.19
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • New York
  • Role
    • Teacher
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • 309 W. Brighton Ave. Syracuse, New York 13205

Certification(s)/Licensure(s) required:

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Certification in specific contents (Grades 7-12)

Job Description:

Our New EL Education School is looking for a talented middle school educators with expertise and interest in literacy, history/social studies, math, science, and all special area classes to work as founding members of a new EL school. Teachers are expected to develop interdisciplinary curriculum, define structures and traditions, plan fieldwork, support students with portfolios, involve parents, and best meet the needs of individual students.

This is a 10-month position, with mandatory paid professional development during the summer months.


Our new EL Education school [formerly named Danforth Middle School] is transforming a neighborhood school that has struggled to demonstrate improvement in recent years.  Our students engage in interdisciplinary studies that result in cumulative projects and/or expeditionary learning and field work. Our school serves a high needs community that has been underserved for generations. There are many physical reminders of the historical obstacles our community has faced. Our school sits in the shadow of interstate 81 on the south-side of Syracuse, New York.  Our new EL Education School is part of the Syracuse City School District which serves over 20,000 students in 38 schools.
Mission Statement: At Danforth Middle School [new name], we practice Crew, Community, and Collaboration to drive our development as empowered learners who believe in themselves, and display respectfulness, care for others, intellectual curiosity, persistence and habits of virtue.

Vision: A Danforth Middle School [new name] Family working together to promote the success of all students, gain all we can from a high-quality education, and move on to High School as responsible active citizens, serving our community, and equipped for success in all aspects of our lives.

Specific duties:

Reporting to the principal, the teacher ensures that all their students achieve ambitious academic outcomes. The teacher must effectively:
Plan data-driven, standards-aligned and differentiated units, lessons and activities

Utilize data to differentiate instruction and promote student engagement  

Develop interdisciplinary projects, learning expeditions, and engaging curriculum

Plan and facilitate fieldwork and service learning that deepens understanding, interest, and engagement

Deliver clear, accurate and rigorous lessons with a range of instructional and formative assessment techniques

Establish and maintain a supportive, productive and positive learning environment with strong classroom management practices

Monitor and communicate about student progress while engaging in continuous reflection, adjustment and professional development

Collaborate effectively with colleagues at daily grade-level team meetings

Plan/teach daily classes for strong emphasis on literacy development and/or STEM connections (preferred)

Serve as a CREW leader to 10-15 students that involves leading character development and social emotional learning

Attend a summer institute and weekly professional development sessions

Perform additional related duties as required.


Proven experience accelerating measurable student learning in urban schools (preferred)

Training and or experience with Culturally Relevant Education (preferred)

Minimum of two years’ successful classroom teaching experience (preferred)

Prior demonstration of exemplary attendance is expected of any candidate for hire

All candidates must possess New York State teacher certification in their subject area, or qualify to obtain it by the first date of employment. This requires at least a Bachelor’s degree. Licensed teachers from other states may qualify for reciprocity.

Please note that New York State requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for certification, and once hired, this proof will be kept on file in the Office of Human Resources.

Salary/Salary Range:

Salary commensurate to experience according to SCSD compensation

All Applicants should:
Upload a cover letter and resume to this link 

Syracuse City School District is an EEO (Equal Opportunity Employer)

The Syracuse City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it is committed to providing equal access to all categories of employment, programs and educational opportunities, including career and technical education opportunities, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, Native American ancestry/ethnicity, creed or religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, disability or any other legally protected category under federal, state or local law.