FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a Support Educator

Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful community of learners and leaders. These students benefit from a unique learning environment: an urban farm and 20-acre site, home to state of the art school facilities, adjacent to West Rock Ridge State Park, and located in the City of New Haven. We strive to create a learning environment grounded in foundational building blocks: rigor, responsive relationships, relevance that’s rooted in the local community and environment, and real roles & rights. Common Ground’s graduation rate consistently surpasses the state average, and between 97 and 100% of our students are accepted to college each year.

Common Ground High School is part of a community nonprofit organization that also operates an urban farm and community environmental education center. As a whole, Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. We work toward this mission through active, authentic learning rooted in justice and our environment: a farm, in a forest, in a city.

About the Position
We are seeking a dynamic, passionate, effective Support Educator to join our team in the 2021-2022 School Year.  Salary is commensurate with the Common Ground High School Support Educator Salary Scale.

Responsibilities: The Support Educator supports, and works closely with teachers, administrators, and other team members in providing a quality instructional program to continuously improve student achievement. The Support Educator will:

  • Provide Academic Support in 6 out of 8 classes – 2 out of 8 periods to be used for preparing materials, grading student materials, supporting students and meeting with colleagues and families as needed.
  • Provide 2 hours of after school academic support 
  • Have up to 3 collaterals or student support duties – not to exceed 90 minutes per week except with mutual agreement.

Additionally, the Support Educator will:

  • Effectively observe assigned work hours.
  • Maintain a pattern of prompt and regular attendance.
  • Follow the daily schedule as prescribed.
  • Adjust to work assignments and/or schedule changes.
  • Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of materials or skills initially introduced and outlined by the teacher in CORE subjects such as but not limited to Math (Algebra I, II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Remedial math), English, Social Studies, Science
  • Provide extra assistance to students with exceptionalities, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and/or mental disabilities, and 504 Plans.
  • Assist as directed by the supervising teacher in the effort to successfully maintain students with special needs in an integrated setting, as determined by the IEP team.
  • Assist the teacher in preparing materials and equipment for direct instructional activity, including locating, collating, distributing and/or grouping materials to support instructional activities planned by the teacher.
  • Perform assigned non-instructional classroom duties, such as daily collaterals, assist with supervision of students in hallways, field trips, and scheduled non-classroom time.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervising teacher, Principal or his/her designee.
  • Participate in professional learning activities which align with school improvement goals.
  • Accept responsibility for the work assigned and accepts constructive criticism.

Common Ground anticipates all students and staff to be fully in person for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to 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.
Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. 
Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity


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