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 225 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 2022-2023 School Year.  Common Ground offers full time employees a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Support Educators at Common Ground are represented by UAW local 2110 with a collective bargaining agreement in progress. 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 5 out of 7 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.

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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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