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Kindergarten & First Grade Crew Leads The Odyssey School of Denver

  • Date Posted
    • 3.30.21
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Mountain
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Denver, Colorado

The Odyssey School of Denver is a diverse, K-8 Expeditionary Learning (EL) charter school. We believe in teaching students how to learn through a focus on academic achievement, critical thinking, and social responsibility, preparing them for high school and beyond. Our EL curriculum is supported by a robust outdoor Adventure program in which all students and staff participate. Crew Lead teachers work with staff and students to design, implement, and support the educational program of the Odyssey School of Denver in a manner that is true to the principles of EL Education and the mission and vision of the school.

Primary responsibilities include:

● Building Crew & Character

○ Build school culture and foster character through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understanding, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers

○ Ensure equity and have high expectations by creating and adapting structures to ensure that all students have access to comprehensive and challenging curriculum

● Learning Expeditions

○ Design, develop, document, and evaluate two learning expeditions from EL Modules per year, aligned with the core elements of the learning expedition framework including standards, compelling topics and understandings, guiding questions, fieldwork, high quality student work, service, assessment and documentation

● Planning, Instruction, & Assessment

○ Develop compelling unit and daily lesson plans for phonics, writing, content-based literacy (EL Modules), and math.

○ Consistently use instructional practices that are engaging and promote equity and high expectations through reading and writing across the disciplines, utilizing inquiry-based approaches, and effective instructional practices that make rich content come alive, ensure all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well.

○ Utilize effective assessment practices to analyze student work and evidence of student thinking to understand learning and to shape instruction.

● Family Communication

○ Make families welcome, know them well, engage them actively in the life of the school, and communicate regularly with them.

○ Make use of effective classroom management practices and communicate challenges and celebrations with parents

● Professionalism & Responsibilities

○ Participate in strong professional culture that is sustained via collective leadership and action.

○ Observe and support the Odyssey staff community courtesies and Habits.

○ Work with Adventure Director to schedule, plan, and support facilitation of two overnight trips per year, as well as a variety of Adventure days throughout the year, and coordinate parent chaperones.

○ Attend and participate in all Staff Council and professional development meetings. Avoid scheduling conferences, medical appointments, etc. during these times.

○ Be prompt for school, meeting and supervision responsibilities.


● Must be a self-aware, mission-driven, solutions-oriented, team player looking to become an expert learner.

● Commitment to outdoor education and adventure programming for students.

● Certified teacher with 2 or more years of experience leading a classroom

● Experience with EL curriculum or project-based learning a plus but not required

This is a full-time position (195 days as described in the school calendar) between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Compensation is based on experience and includes health and retirement benefits.