Challenge Preparatory Charter Schools (Challenge Prep) are community-based public charter school designed to meet the unique needs of Far Rockaway’s at-risk students and families. Since 2010, Challenge Prep has provided children and families in Far Rockaway with a progressive, student-centered educational program that supports the academic growth and achievement of a diverse group of students.
Challenge Prep’s mission is to cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional and ethical development of its students and to prepare them to compete successfully for admission to high-performing public, private and parochial high schools in New York City. The middle school program is an essential part of Challenge Prep’s strategy to achieve its mission. Challenge Prep’s middle school program serves a population of scholars that reflects that of the traditional public schools in the economically distressed communities of the Rockaways and Community School District 27. Challenge Prep believes that demographics do not determine destiny and that low-income scholars can be successful at all levels of K-12 education and in the colleges of their choice.
- Develop effective, standards-aligned lessons that support student learning and achievement of school academic objectives and benchmarks and of CCSS and NYS learning standards.
- Plan purposefully to provide students with opportunities for constructing meaning and developing understandings of new concepts.
- Utilize developmentally appropriate and rigorous curricula and instructional materials and present students with new ideas and concepts through a variety of strategies that inspire and guide them to explore, express and uncover new ideas.
- Administer, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data gathered from a variety of assessments on each student.
- Reflect regularly on data from student assessments alone and with colleagues, administration, or students’ families in order to inform his or her work, modify practices and increase student achievement.
- Collaborate with other content area teachers, special education teachers, ESL teachers, and reading specialists and other colleagues in designing and teaching integrated lessons that improve student achievement.
- Collaborate with special education teachers to execute IEPs for students with special needs in order to ensure they achieve academically at high levels, and are fully included in the Challenge Prep Middle school community.
- Build relationships with families of Challenge Prep students through frequent communication about students’ progress and ways that families can support their children’s learning.
- Create a classroom community that maintains the school’s high academic and social expectations for students.
- Actively work to improve his or her own practice, to acquire and enhance the skills and knowledge necessary for excellent instruction and to generally increase his or her effectiveness in the classroom and in the school community.
Required Credentials and Educational Experience
- NYS Common Branch Certification (Grade 6) and NYS Content Specialist 7-12 Certification
- Minimum of two-years teaching in a middle school as a teacher or in other relevant educational positions (e.g. Teach for America corps members), preferred.
- Bachelor’s Degree, or higher degree, in content area or Education
- Demonstrated and successful record of prior employment in diverse educational environments.
- Experience with and/or understanding of blended learning preferred.
- Knowledge of and experience with assessments and relevant technologies.
- Experience working with diverse populations of students, parents and families
Challenge Preparatory Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.
Compensation is competitive. Challenge Prep offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.