FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking Summer School Teachers

Common Ground Is Seeking Summer School Teachers in Science
About Common Ground High School 

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


Teachers at Common Ground High School believe in the mission and vision of the school and are interested in developing themselves and students as lifelong learners.

Teachers must be student-centered, collaborative, creative educators that embrace change.

Summer School at Common Ground will be held from July 11th through August 5th, 2022 from 8:00AM – 1:00PM. Specific teacher hours may be adjusted within this time frame depending upon the number of enrolled students in each course. 


The following job duties and responsibilities are essential functions of the position:

  • Implement and engage students in the instructional program
  • Maintain up-to-date records of student work
  • Instruct students in a classroom setting and foster classroom atmosphere conducive to learning
  • Develop and implement appropriate and effective lesson plans and curriculum that align to Connecticut Common Core State Standards to achieve instructional objectives and employ a variety of instructional strategies to augment student achievement
  • Monitor and record student attendance
  • Determine and implement student disciplinary and remedial measures and maintain appropriate records of the same
  • Evaluate students and grade their work
  • Maintain professional relationships with parents, students, co-workers and other stakeholders
  • Adhere to established laws, policies, rules and regulations, including those policies and procedures adopted in the Employee Handbook



  • Critical, constructive thinkers able to adapt to the changing needs of adolescents and teenagers
  • Effective communicators that are able to meet all the contracted expectations for the delivery of information to the administration, parents and students
  • Act as informed decision-makers in the day to day delivery of instruction and classroom management
  • Be able to effectively use technology to deliver instruction, communicate with stakeholders and be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all staff, students and community groups
  • Ability to communicate effectively using written and oral communication skills and use effective, positive interpersonal skills
  • Basic knowledge of technology
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to supervise and manage students
  • Skill in analyzing, diagnosing and evaluating student progress and programs
  • Knowledge of varied learning styles
Please send cover letter and resume to: 

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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. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)< Act 1, Section 1 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution, Governor Grasso’s Executive Order Number 11, Governor O’Neill’s Executive Order 9, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Law (Sec. 46a-60-69) of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Code of Fair Practices (46a-7081), Deprivation of Civil Rights (46a-58(a)(d)), Public Accommodations Law (46a-63-64), 

Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity 



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