• Posted Date: Jun 9, 2020 Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
  • Walkabout Bronx High School

Job Details

School Name: Walkabout Bronx High School (07X625)

District: 7

School Site: 730 Concourse Village West, Bronx, NY 10451

Position: Paraprofessional

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Walkabout Bronx High School is a Structurally Anti-Racist community that honors individual and cultural identity with a foundation rooted in Design Thinking, Community Learning, and Action. We experience learning and life through the five challenge areas: Applied Academics, Internship, Service Learning, Wilderness and Presentation. Our students disrupt social, economic, and environmental injustices to harness the innate resilience, talent and wisdom of The Bronx. WBHS is being launched by a team of educators and alumni from the Walkabout Program, a highly successful experiential education program that the US Department of Education honored as one of the top 40 experiential education programs in the United States.

Key Design Elements

1. A consilient curriculum where learning and life become one.
A consilient curriculum eliminates the gap between what students learn in school and what they experience in life. At Walkabout, students progress through five “Challenge Areas”: Applied Academics, Career Internship, Service Learning, Presentation and Wilderness Expeditions. Throughout these challenge areas, students engage in a transdisciplinary, experiential, self-directed, and project-based learning process.

2. Design Thinking Intersessions create Collective Impact while building efficacy and resilience in students and communities.Educational transformation requires the collaboration of educators and community members from all sectors. Design Thinking Intersessions bring these constituencies together through community-based projects, exposure to careers and student/teacher exchange between schools.

3. An engaged school community that develops student independence and interdependence.Students cannot meaningfully engage in academics until they connect with themselves, their emotions, their peers, and their communities. Walkabout is grounded in an evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework that empowers students through self-reflection and the practice of community.

4. A deeply embedded component of the local community.The Walkabout Bronx High School is designed, governed, and owned by our local community—our greatest asset. Strong relationships with our community partners contribute to a more applicable and authentic student experience.

5. A diverse, equitable and inclusive school community makes us stronger.
Walkabout practices equity and inclusion throughout all of our procedures and instruction. We create an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported to participate fully in their education and the realization of their goals. These values are manifest in classrooms through student-driven curriculum development and course offerings, culturally responsive instruction and inclusion classes. We foster a culture of fellowship where students and staff support one another through challenges and achievements.

Other Elements

Because we believe that all staff members play an important role in the education of our students, the school will offer opportunities for paraprofessionals to support and participate in activities such as:

  • A 5-day summer planning institute that will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program.
  • After school and/or Saturday tutoring and internship assistance, enrichment, sports, arts, and family and community programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.

Eligibility Requirements

UFT Paraprofessionals hired after 2004 must have a Level 1 NYSED Teaching Assistant Certificate. UFT Paraprofessionals hired before 2004 currently on DOE payroll are eligible for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Working within a non-traditional school schedule and organization structure that meets the needs of English Language learners and students requiring special education services
  • Supporting students in the classroom
  • Contributing to student observation and documentation files
  • Collaborating with individual teachers and teacher teams to provide targeted, small group and one-on-one instructional support to students
  • Working with teachers to implement an integrated curriculum and student-centered environment
  • Collaborating with teachers to create a learning environment where students’ emotional and social needs are met through conflict resolution, peer mediation, collaborative learning, team building activities, etc.
  • Seeking professional growth experiences, and contributing to the professional growth colleagues

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing reading and writing strategies in daily lessons
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing mathematical and scientific strategies in daily lessons
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing study skills and organizational strategies in daily lessons
  • Ability to work with classroom teachers to implement collaborative learning activities
  • Strong student management skills
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate orally and in writing with colleagues, students, and families
  • Ability to work in teams and collaborate and support school wide initiatives including student engagement and learning
  • Commitment to continuous professional growth (i.e. professional development, formal education, outside reading)
  • Ability to assist teachers in all independent, partner, group and whole class projects, work and activities
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality and organizational skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.

Work Schedule & Salary

As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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