City University Schools is a network of open-enrollment college preparatory schools established under Tennessee charter school laws in under-resourced communities throughout the state.
Since its founding in 2004, City University Schools strives to meet the need of public education as well as the demand for alternative institutions committed to post-secondary preparation.
Each school operates on the principles of providing a valuable, well-rounded academic experience through the support of a diverse and dedicated group of qualified educators and administrative staff, an extended school year and rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
City University Schools will prepare its students with the necessary skills to be twenty-first century scholars and citizens. As college preparatory schools operating as Centers of Excellence for Student Development, City University Schools will provide academically rigorous and socially enriching educational opportunities for its scholars. Upon graduation, these scholars will be better prepared to enter secondary education and college as intellectually sophisticated citizens with vigor for learning.
To instruct scholars by delivering a grade 6-12 curriculum in multiple disciplines, teach effectively, utilize a group-focused instructional system, and preserve the end goal of student learning and achieving academic success.
- Plan/organize lessons—includes homework, test enrichment and remedial material.
- Motivate scholars, focus instruction, use point system, and make clear presentations.
- Check the learning, use group and group leaders, review or re-teach as needed.
- Evaluate and provide feedback to scholars from diagnostic assessment tools that identify leaning strengths and needs of every scholar for the purpose of intervention and/or acceleration toward academic excellence.
- Give presentations, explanations, and directions in a manner understood by scholars.
- Maintain scholar attention in class—involve scholars by asking questions, and encouraging participation.
- Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter through a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media with best practices, specific content knowledge, and the needs and capabilities of the scholar(s).
- Maintain a safe classroom environment by implementing precautions to assure safe surroundings in the classroom and for all scholars.
- Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and is developmentally suitable to the maturity and interest of the scholars.
- Uphold The Student Scholars Code of Conduct.
- Prevent behavior problems by keeping scholars engaged and intervening early before an issue arises.
- Reinforce/reward appropriate social and academic behavior in compliance with school rules and the Scholar Parent Handbook.
- Participate in general supervision through the school.
- Maintain accurate, complete and correct records of the scholars as required by law, school policy, and administrative regulations.
Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching based on results of student achievement (daily student performance and standardized tests). Please note, student achievement on standardized assessments is critical to the efforts of the schools and are accounted with the teacher evaluation process.
Rapport with Scholars and Parents
- Work with students enthusiastically, interact with students effectively, and contribute to the success of student life.
- Offer time outside of classroom time to speak with parents/guardians by phone/email to address questions/concerns regarding their scholars’ grades/classroom issues.
- Sponsor scholar activities/sports/clubs/organizations.
- Parents (professionalism in all aspects)
- Colleagues (respect, help others)
- Administrators (cooperation, willingness to try new ideas, ability to accept constructive criticism and improve)
Commitment to Organization
- Take initiative in promoting/marketing the school.
- Maintain and project a positive image of the school.
- Actively participate in the general success of the school.
- Involvement in school improvement—bring issues/concerns to administration for resolution.
- Perform other related duties as assigned or directed in order to support the overall success of all schools on one campus.
Professional Growth (self and others)
- Learn/study—become a student of learning
- Read and promote reading to scholars
- Share expertise/ideas with others and help them develop professionally
- Pursue higher education and life-long learning activities
Bachelor’s degree and teacher certification required, master’s degree preferred. City University Schools complies with all Tennessee policies regarding minimum requirements that teachers be certified in the instructional subject area, or demonstrate progress toward obtaining proper certification.
NOTE: Only applicants that hold the proper qualifications and current certifications in the subject area listed will be considered for review. Those applicants who do not hold proper certification will not be considered.
Terms of Employment
This is a 10-month position. All contractual information will be outlined in the contract between the Teacher and the City University Schools Board of Trustees. The Teacher will be evaluated in accordance with Board policy.
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary is commensurate with experience – with competitive incentive increases.
Health and dental insurance for full-time employees – a portion of the cost of these programs will covered by the employer; Group term life and long-term disability insurance is also available; Retirement – any staff participation requirements of the state retirement system will be followed.