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Science Teacher

Organization: RiseUp Community School
Date Posted: 4/26/2019
Date Needed: 7/1/2019
City: Denver
Location: Colorado
Country: United States
Primary Category: Science Teacher
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelors Degree
Experience Requirement: 1-2 years

Description & Details

RiseUp Community School:

Science Teacher Job Description

Employees at RiseUp Community School must be committed to the Vision and Mission of the School.


Our mission is why we show up to work

The mission of RiseUp Community School is to engage young people who have previously dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out in a supportive learning environment that holds each student to high expectations, cultivates social justice, and inspires every student to achieve a high school diploma and become prepared for college and careers after graduation.


Our vision describes the reality we are working to create

Our vision is that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequities and realize their full potential. Our school empowers young people to transform themselves and become leaders in their communities. Our school is a haven of trust and respect, where students can prepare for success in careers, post-secondary education, and life. 100% of our graduates are prepared for and go on to post-secondary education or meaningful careers.

School Overview:

RiseUp Community School strives to provide the most challenging, the richest, the most supportive, and the most engaging high school experience for all students that show up at our doors. Most of our students have met and continue to experience barriers to smooth schooling. We feel it is our responsibility to help diminish barriers and to teach young people how to be agents of change in their lives and communities. Some key aspects of our program are:

  • Project-based courses where students can apply learning in context

  • Connection with post-secondary options through internships and concurrent enrollment

  • Competency based grading so students can show 21st century skills vs strictly content knowledge

All RiseUp staff show a commitment to:

  • Using proactive and reactive restorative practices to build connections with students, families, and staff

  • Building bridges between school and students’ interests and goals

  • Establishing community connections to widen the reach of RiseUp and the net of support for students

  • Improving their impact by learning and practicing culturally relevant ways of interacting

General Teaching Position Description:

  • Teaching and Assessment aligns with best practices around competency grading, ELD instruction, and formative and summative assessments.

  • Curriculum development is focused around real-world applications of content, Common Core State Standards, post-secondary or career preparation, and/or addresses RiseUp’s competencies.

  • All teachers act as advisors to a small group of students and help to ensure and support their success in school. Advisors meet with advisees daily and meet agreed upon RiseUp advisor standards and have the freedom to design an advisory that is unique to the group.

  • All staff participate fully or lead the internal professional development. All staff are expected to use learning from professional development in the appropriate areas of their work. All staff must hold a two year ELD certification by their second year at RiseUp.

  • Each staff member acts as the department head since they are the only teacher in the subject. Staff are responsible for monitoring their budgets and maintaining accurate spending records and keeping up with current practices in their discipline.

  • Staff may be asked to or volunteer to do additional duties. They may not receive compensation for these.

Duties specific to the Science teaching position:

  • Maintain and build upon the current Robotics program in collaboration with the Math instructor

  • Reference Next Generation Science Standards when designing courses

  • Maintain all science equipment safely and securely and be responsible for maintaining consumable items


  • Applicants must be a Highly Qualified Teacher by holding one of the following:

1) earn an endorsement or hold a degree in assigned field,

2) pass a Colorado content test in assigned field (e.g., PLACE, PRAXIS II),

3) earn 24-semester hours in assigned field,

4) earn National Board Certification in assigned field,

5) or pass a secondary multi-subject HOUSSE* provision)

OR possess a current Colorado Teaching License.

  • Demonstrated belief in the vision and mission of RiseUp Community School

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Comprehensive benefits (health, dental, vision)

To apply:

  • Cover letter- address why RiseUp Community School is of interest and a good fit for you, and highlight unique skill sets and/or beliefs you posses that may not come through in your resume.

  • Resume/CV (include three references)

  • Start date July 2019

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To apply:

  • Cover letter- address why RiseUp Community School is of interest and a good fit for you, and highlight unique skill sets and/or beliefs you posses that may not come through in your resume.

  • Resume/CV (include three references)

  • Start date July 2019

Send materials to

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