Teacher Resident

Alpha Public Schools - San Jose, CA - Full time

POSITION: Teacher Resident

*multiple openings

REPORTS TO: Assistant Principal


  • Alpha Public Schools students and families
  • Alpha school leaders, office manager, teachers, education specialists and Network staff


  • Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School (5th-8th grade)
  • Alpha: Jose Hernandez Middle School (5th-8th grade)
  • Alpha: Cornerstone Academy (K-7th grade)
  • Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School (9th-10th grade)


Alpha is seeking entrepreneurial Teacher Residents who will thrive in a dynamic startup environment. Teacher Residents are entrusted with advancing the mission of Alpha Public Schools through supporting all students in meeting behavioral, cultural and academic expectations. Teacher Residents will gain hands-on experience in the classroom, participate in school-wide professional development, lead instruction, and receive frequent feedback and coaching. Teacher Residents are supported and held accountable by their Lead Teacher, Teacher Residency Manager, and Assistant Principal.

Teacher Residents will be participating in our year-long Project 408, Teacher Residency Program, where individuals will spend the school year learning the foundations of teaching. Teacher Residents will have the benefit of spending significant time with students by leading instruction via a gradual release model within the placement of their assigned Lead Teacher’s classroom, receiving meaningful professional development, and receive frequent feedback and coaching. All Teacher Residents will pursue a teaching credential with our credential partner. In completing the Residency year, Teacher Residents are prepared to be certified teachers in the state of CA and in the strongest position to take on a full-time teaching role within Alpha Public Schools.

Alpha Offers Residents:

  • **First year of credential 100% paid for by Alpha**
  • Excellent medical, dental and retirement benefits
  • In-class placement with a Lead Teacher
  • Frequent instructional coaching and high level of support
  • A remarkably supportive staff and mission-driven organization
  • A parent community committed to educational excellence

Apply to work at Alpha:

Please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter that includes the following:
    1. Why do you want to pursue a teaching career? (250 words or less)
    2. Describe a time you faced an immense challenge. What was the situation and how did you overcome it? (250 words or less)

*Space is limited for the 17-18 Residency*

Application Deadlines:

  • February 27, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • April 15, 2017


  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDER: Engage and work closely with fellow staff members; demonstrate strong communication and relationship building with students, families, and colleagues
  • COMMITTED: Strong desire and commitment to working with students in a K-12 setting and the ability to motivate and support diverse students in reaching high levels of academic success
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL: Take risks, innovate and problem-solve to best meet the needs of students and learn from data to improve student learning
  • DRIVEN: Relentless drive to advance the minds and lives of students in and out of the classrooms and have a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • FLEXIBLE: Adapt to meet the needs of students and a startup work environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree, required
  • Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus
  • Openness to feedback, desire to continue development as a professional, and commitment to the teaching profession
  • Excellent decision making and problem solving skills
  • Stellar interpersonal and communications skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills


Instruction & Delivery

  • Embody mission and vision of school
  • Support teachers in the creation of rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum including scope and sequence, unit plans, and lesson plans.
  • Teach & enforce school-wide systems, rules & consequences, disciplinary codes, and rewards at all times
  • Provide engaging, motivating, and rigorous instruction in whole-class, small group and individual settings
  • Residents build, with the support and coaching of their Lead Teacher, to this responsibility throughout the year, carrying a larger teaching load as the year progresses
  • Provide academic support and tutoring to small groups or individual students as needed
  • Implement pre-planned curricula aligned to Common Core standards when serving as a substitute teacher
  • Participate in all professional development meetings/retreats and opportunities to further enhance your expertise as an educator and leadership skills as an Alpha employee
  • Reflect regularly on your practice and act on constructive feedback
  • Procter student assessments as necessary
  • Plan and implement student academic interventions as required
  • Communicate regularly and proactively with students and families
  • Continuously use feedback to make productive changes in instructional practices and overall performance
  • Participate in additional activities including intensive academic support sessions, and other required programs as needed throughout year

Residency Program

  • Complete all requirements and milestones required in the Teacher Residency Program set by Alpha and the credentialing program
  • Participate in monthly Resident meetings/dinners and trainings as required
  • Meet all Intern Credential requirements as stated by the credentialing program

Data & Student Achievement

  • Support teachers and students with all blended learning applications to ensure data is collected in a timely and accurate manner
  • Analyze data with school leaders and classroom teachers as needed
  • Analyze student achievement data and action plan accordingly in collaboration with staff and leadership.
  • Draft and process student report cards and revise as required

Incomplete applications or those with errors will not be considered. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

If you have any questions, reach out to the Recruitment Team at jobs@alphapublicschools.org

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Alpha Public Schools

Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose. Alpha students, families and teachers collaborate to develop the 21st century academic skills and character strengths 

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