Seeking Coaches* for 2023-2024
I Dream PCS is seeking Full-Time Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Elementary Coaches. This is similar to an Assistant Teacher position.
*Teachers at I Dream PCS are called "coaches". A coach facilitates the learning process, instead of directing and doing the thinking for learners. The role of coaches at I Dream is a critical example of our commitment to transform relationships between learners and themselves, the curriculum, and the community.
I Dream PCS Mission
I Dream PCS co-designs purposeful, self-directed learning with children and families, so they have voice and choice on the path to discovering and pursuing their dreams.
I Dream PCS is growing! Starting in August 2023, we will serve learners in grades PK3-5th. We expect to enroll 107 learners for the 2023-2024 school year. I Dream PCS will remain a PK3-5th grade school as we grow to 240 learners at full capacity in subsequent years.
I Dream PCS is seeking coaches that will work to actively dismantle hierarchical systems of power that prevent young learners from realizing their full potential in the world. You will collaborate with other lifelong learners and social justice warriors to reimagine school design in a way that includes all voices in the decision-making process. You understand the task in front of us will require a monumental amount of work, but you see the vision and know this is difficult work we must do for our children.
This position involves working directly in a multi-grade classroom of two grades OR across two classrooms. Both scenarios provide opportunities for vertical collaboration with other cohort teaching teams that span two grades. Coaches will have significant opportunities to learn from Lead Coach(es), Special Education Coaches, and the entire I Dream PCS staff. Coaches fully participate in the life of the classroom, gradually assuming more responsibility for planning and teaching as the year progresses.
This job description is meant to provide an overview of this position. There may be additional responsibilities assigned by the Lead Coach(es) or the Principal as the needs of children, families, and the school arise. The Coach will report to the Lead Coach.
Coaches are encouraged to take the Praxis exam and to pursue outside professional development that will lead to teacher certification.
When you read the I Dream PCS mission, your eyes light up and you smile on the inside. Our website speaks to you and you know you want to be a part of making this school a reality for children. You can see it. Our mission and vision align with your beliefs and passion.
You are a lifelong learner that is in constant evolution. You know you are good at what you do, but you also know that you always have room to learn. You learn from your mistakes and failures as much as you learn from books and from others. Growing yourself and your expertise comes natural to you. You approach the growth and development of learners and school programs by leveraging strengths and assets rather than focusing on deficits.
You can easily work alone, but you recognize how important and fun it is to be a positive and productive member of a team. You have excellent interpersonal communication skills. People want to work with you.
You understand that the current public education system perpetuates systemic racism and that the achievement gap exists by design. You are committed to social justice and ready to transform the current public school model to one that values the gifts and talents every child and every family brings to the world. You are also committed to doing your own work to identify and mitigate your biases and prejudices in service of this work.
Teaching and Learning
Qualifications - At least two of the following are required:
All candidates must be committed to meeting the needs of all learners and have experience working in urban communities.
I Dream PCS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package to promote self-care and overall wellness, including employer-covered health insurance for employee, dental and vision insurance, free life insurance up to $50,000, 403b retirement including employer match, and included short term disability insurance.
I Dream PCS is excited to build a diverse team, and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy/parenthood, veteran status, or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodations, please let us know.
Salary Range: $40,000 - $45,000