Teacher 2017-2018

Rocketship Education - San Jose, CA - Full time


I’ve never heard of Rocketship. What makes Rocketship schools special?

We’re a nonprofit network of public elementary charter schools serving students in low-income communities in the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville and DC. We work in neighborhoods where kids have limited access to excellent schools. Through our intensive professional development, coaching, and support framework, we work with teachers to ensure that our students leave us in fifth grade at or above grade level. Most of these students start many grade levels behind when they enter Rocketship, but studies show that not only do our students get at or above grade level with us, but they stay a year ahead of their peers on average in middle school.

Aside from the communities we serve, what makes us special is that we engage parents to be advocates for their kids and we personalize learning to each student. This means that teachers are content specialists in elementary school, and that we use technology to differentiate instruction in the classroom.

So, who are Rocketship teachers?

A teacher at Rocketship engages kids in the love of learning through personalized and group instruction, individual coaching, and by starting every day with a joyful celebration of who we are at Rocketship. Our teachers are content experts which means they teach either Humanities or Math/STEM and students rotate from class to class starting in kindergarten. We have network provided curricula that teachers are able to adapt to meet the needs of their classes. With personalized coaching from either your principal or assistant principal and from a team of teachers who are all committed to kids, you are surrounded by a network of support all year long.

What does a typical day look like for a teacher?

  • Students school day is from 7:45-3:45, teachers typically arrive before 7:30.
  • We start each day as a whole school, going over our vision for the day, celebrating our successes, and dancing to get loose and energized for learning.
  • Humanities teachers teach two blocks of the same content to two different cohorts and STEM teachers teach four blocks of the same content to four different cohorts throughout the day. This allows our teachers to refine lessons and tailor each subject to student needs.
  • Between content blocks, teachers have meetings with their grade teams and their coach throughout the week to work on perfecting lesson plans and to analyze student data.
  • Teachers regularly talk to parents, welcome them as volunteers, and do home visits during the beginning of the school year.
  • School ends around 4pm and teachers tend to leave campus around 4:30pm.
  • Once a week we have all-school professional development after the kids leave and every few weeks teachers get together for drinks, book clubs, and to play sports.

How could I grow in my career at Rocketship?

There are a variety of ways for teachers to emerge as leaders at Rocketship, and we encourage all of our teachers to take advantage of these pathways and grow in their craft. Whether you want to stay in the classroom long term or move into leadership or a network staff role, there are options for you! Across the network, we have grade level leads who lead their grade team, as well as planning leads who develop exemplar content for their subject area. Beyond that, the majority of our Assistant Principals are former Rocketship teachers and all of our Principals have been promoted from within our schools. Whatever your education career path, Rocketship has opportunity for growth and actively supports teachers to grow in whatever way is best for them.

Ok, am I qualified for the role? Possibly! Do you have a...

  • Bachelor's Degree,
  • Belief that all kids can succeed,
  • Experience teaching is a plus!

This might be a fit. How do I apply?

  • Check out our application and full job description here http://www.rsed.org/Teachers.cfm
  • If you want to read more about us, check out our blog Beyond or our LinkedIn page to learn more about life at Rocketship.
  • Applications are rolling and teachers report in mid-July for our Summer Training
  • Have more questions? Please email recruitment@rsed.org.

Rocketship Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Education complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Rocketship Education expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Education’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org) is a network of public K through 5 charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. Using a blend of traditional instruction, adaptive technology and targeted tutoring, Rocketship strives to meet the unique needs of each and every student. We believe that truly transformative schools do more than educate students; they empower teachers, engage parents and inspire communities. Together, we can eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime.

Rocketship is based in San Jose, California but we realize the achievement gap stretches across the nation. We're opening new schools every year to help reach the millions of students striving in underperforming schools every day.

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