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English Language Arts Teacher at Catholic Blended Learning School

Teach in a High-Performing Urban Catholic Blended Learning School

St. Francis de Sales and Seton Education Partners seek a mission-driven, faith-filled, results-oriented teachers to serve as an English Language Arts Teacher in grades 6-8. Teachers at St. Francis de Sales school maintain high expectations of themselves and their scholars, are organized and prepared to teach, and treat all scholars, families, and colleagues with the utmost respect. Prior experience with blended learning is not required, but talent, drive, and a desire to develop college-bound scholars and saints is mandatory.

About St. Francis de Sales School
St. Francis de Sales School (SFDS), located in Cincinnati’s historic East Walnut Hills neighborhood, has served students and families seeking an academically robust and faith-filled education since 1877. St. Francis de Sales School’s motto is, “Rooted in Faith, Achieving Excellence, Serving Others” and the entire school community prides itself on living out that motto on a daily basis. As a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, SFDS provides students with plentiful opportunities for prayer, personal faith formation, and community-building while also emphasizing the values of Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Faith, and Service.

SFDS serves students hailing from more than 40 unique ZIP codes in the Greater Cincinnati area. Over 90% of SFDS students qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunch program and 94% of students are African American. SFDS is open to students from all faith traditions and is committed to providing a high-quality Catholic education to all students, regardless of their family’s financial background.

As a blended learning school, SFDS provides each K-8 student with highly personalized instruction that combines the best adaptive computer-based learning solutions with teacher-led small group instruction. This instructional approach ensures that each student is prepared not just for success in selective high school coursework, but for success in college and beyond.

About Seton
Seton Education Partners was co-founded in 2009 by KIPP Foundation co-founder Scott Hamilton and Teach For America alumna Stephanie Saroki de García to expand opportunities for traditionally underserved children to receive a Catholic education that builds knowledge, character, and faith. Seton does this by strategically infusing creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and talented leadership to reverse the widespread decline of urban Catholic education. Seton pioneers new, “break-the-mold” approaches to achieving the academic, character, religious and social justice goals of Catholic education in an economically viable way.

About the Network 
The Seton Blended Learning Network is an innovative fourteen school, nine city blended learning network driven by results, smart collaboration, and character formation that serves 4,100 students, of whom 95% are minorities and over two-thirds qualify for the federal meals program. Our model employs a mixture of technology, creative problem-solving, game-changing “no excuses” school culture, and nationwide sharing of best practices. This approach can help Catholic schools continue their social justice mission of providing character-building, opportunity-equalizing, and faith-forming education for children most in need. To learn more, you can view our results, watch this video, or read our FAQ.

Our Results
Since joining the network, Seton Blended Learning schools have seen climbing enrollment, reduced per pupil costs, and improved student achievement. Our schools have achieved growth on par with or outpacing that of the highest-performing charter networks while simultaneously driving a collective 31% increase in enrollment. Furthermore, Seton Blended Learning Network schools will realize a 20% operating cost reduction in year two and beyond, thus increasing viability and showing the way for other financially struggling Catholic schools to do the same. Click here to read more about the Network’s results.

What it takes to be a Seton Blended Learning Teacher
You acknowledge authenticity
We are transparent in our work through continual assessment of how our scholars and ourselves are growing and learning with honesty and humility. We bring our genuine self to work and allow our faith to guide our decisions, words, and actions. We value the differences of others and know that we learn best from multiple perspectives.

You believe in tenacity.
We set and pursue goals for ourselves and our scholars. We know that demonstrating hard work and grit is necessary to achieve these goals. We work with a purpose and do not let challenges prevent us from achieving excellent outcomes for students.

You are resilient.
We understand that the world around us is constantly changing and act swiftly to adjust and grow. We are positive and upbeat in order to show our scholars that there is nothing too big to handle. We act courageously in the face of challenge and persevere through difficulties because we know it will make us better people.

You believe in innovation.
We stretch beyond the status quo in order to help our scholars and ourselves. We use technology and peer collaboration to teach actively, in order to create the best products for our scholars. We are not afraid to push the envelope and develop new methods in teaching.

You exhibit vigor.
We are enthusiastic about our community, our job, and our Church. We love working with our scholars and will put in the extra time to mold a “college-ready” scholar. We create an environment that is motivating, purposeful, inclusive, and unapologetically Catholic. We encourage our scholars to have zest about their life and education.  

You strive for excellence.
We work consistently to improve our results in response to data and feedback. We prioritize in order to make the most of our time and maximize our impact. We believe that all children have dignity and can succeed. We always do what is in the best interest of our scholars.

About this Job
The duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Teach the knowledge and skills, nurture the confidence and character, and inspire the passion needed for our students to achieve their goals, live their best lives, and positively impact our community.
  • Plan and prepare lesson plans for 6th - 8th grade English Language Arts classes, that utilize a variety of instructional strategies based on the diverse needs of all students.
  • Successfully integrate blended learning into content instruction, with the coaching and support from the school administration and Seton’s team
  • Analyze data (formal and informal) and use this information to drive and inform instruction.
  • Help maintain a strong “no-excuses” school culture using elements including defined core values, class chants, and a school slogan; incentive systems framed around effort and grit; and dissemination of a college-bound vision.
  • Maintain high expectations for students’ academic achievement and conduct.
  • Communicate and collaborate professionally with colleagues, parents, and visitors.
  • Participate in professional development sessions and teacher feedback coaching sessions.

Qualifications and Desired Characteristics

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to St. Francis de Sales’s mission and four core values of faith, community, respect, and perseverance.
  • Core belief that all children can achieve both moral and academic excellence.
  • Relentless, results-oriented achiever who is always looking for a better way to improve outcomes for their students.
  • Experience teaching disadvantaged students, with above-average achievement results.
  • A desire to innovate by using technology and feedback to stretch the status quo and make the impossible possible.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Salary & Benefits
We offer a competitive salary and benefits in accordance with experience and qualifications.

Diversity & Inclusivity
We are building an organization in which talented individuals from all walks of life and past work experiences can join our team and make significant contributions. We are particularly committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences or backgrounds of the students we serve.

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