Common Ground High School — the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders — is seeking a Full Time Teaching Assistant (TA).

The TA is responsible for supporting teachers in the classroom during the school day, providing targeted supports in academic labs both during and after school, and assisting with summer academic programs.

Responsibilities of the TA are as follows:
  • Assisting teachers with instruction in the resource room as well as teachers in the classroom for a minimum of four periods a day. Support will include individual small group instruction, facilitation of on-task behavior, implementation of students’ IEPs, including accommodations, goals, and objectives, and conducting formative assessment, co-planning and co-teaching. The specific role of the TA in the class should be worked out and agreed upon by the Lead Teacher and Teaching Assistant within the first few weeks of the academic year and communicated to the Assistant Director.
  • Providing intervention support and after school supports. This includes large group or small group intervention support during the school day and after school, as well as facilitating instruction during lab/support time, taking attendance, and helping with coverage.
  • Teaching STEM after school as part of the after school program three times per week.
  • Summer responsibilities include assisting with planning and delivery of summer school for four weeks in the summer, and for academic recovery and freshmen orientation for incoming freshmen.
  • Oversee student Science Fair projects.
Additional TA responsibilities:
  • Assist with collaterals, including supervision of common areas during lunch, passing times, and after school at the bus stop.
  • Provide substitute coverage throughout the school year as needed, including subbing for teacher coverage during meetings and guidance
  • Provide support to administrative staff as needed
  • Attend all school assemblies and functions that happen during the day.
  • Attend Family night and Back to School night in September.
  • Attend all Wednesday Faculty meetings
  • Communicate directly with teachers and other supporting staff for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
  • Check work-related communication, including e-mail
  • Arrive on time to report to assigned classes and above-mentioned responsibilities.
  • Attend at least two school evening events (to be decided by the Assistant Director or Student Affairs Director.)

At Common Ground, a truly diverse community of 200 students from 18 different towns experiences a mix of high academic standards, active learning and leadership opportunities, and small school supports that are producing dramatic educational results. More than 90% of our students are accepted to college, and our students’ graduation rates and test scores have pushed above the state average.

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who help us fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society.
It is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment, because of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, civil union status, sexual orientation, mental retardation, and past/present history of mental disorder, learning disability and physical disability.

It is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to age, color, marital status, civil union status, national origin, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender in all personnel actions, including recruitment, evaluation, selection, daily interactions, promotion, compensation, training and termination. 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, it is the policy of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and Common Ground High School not to discriminate against protected qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in all aspect of employment.

To apply, Please send cover letter and resume to:

Ashton Killilea

Student Affairs Director

Common Ground High School

358 Springside Ave., New Haven, CT 06515

akillilea@commongroundct.org