The Lincoln Academy is a new K4-12 charter school in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. We will serve 700 scholars when fully enrolled after four years. We will offer K4 through 2nd grade and 6th through 9th grade the first year. We will add a grade in elementary and high school each year until we grow into K4-12.
The Lincoln Academy has three pillars - Academic Rigor, Character Expectations and Career Pathways.
Academic Rigor: We will ensure all scholars are prepared with foundational skills and will be on grade level within three years of enrolling. This will be accomplished through specifically designed curriculum, longer instructional day, interventions/enrichment, blended learning opportunities, strong professional development, coaching and a growth mindset expectation.
Character Expectations: A strong emphasis on character development and citizenship will build our school culture. Civic responsibility, service learning and community outreach will play an important role in developing character in our scholars. Restorative Practices and the Jubilee framework for character education will guide TLA in a joyous, collaborative and healthy school environment where all scholars thrive.
Career Pathways: Career exploration will begin in K4 and scholars will develop an Individualized Learning Plan by 8th grade to help guide them in their course selections in high school. Scholars will set career goals and be fully prepared to graduate high school. They will be able to have choices to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical school, enlist in the armed forces or be employed in a living-wage job.
Vision: The Lincoln Academy will be the premier K4-12 school in the state of WI providing college and career pathways for scholars to lead happy, choice-filled lives. We are committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships.
Children First-Every decision we make is in the best interest of the scholars we serve. We are completely focused on their education and their well-being and we always act accordingly.
Trusting Community-We model and expect transparency, honesty, open communication and respect to collaborate with one another and push each other to always be our best.
Get it Done-We are fiercely determined to do whatever it takes to ensure scholars reach their goals. Innovation and productivity will drive our quest.
Find the Joy-The work is challenging. And in the face of those challenges, we choose joy. We choose positivity. We choose to find the wins. We choose to lift each other up.
Community Focus -We work alongside our families and community partners to build alliances that afford our scholars unique learning opportunities. Shared voices will be honored and help us grow.
The teacher is the person responsible to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in an elementary or secondary learning environment that guides and encourages scholars to develop and fulfill their academic and social potential. It is the expectation that this individual will work with the colleagues, parents, and scholars to create a school environment that is focused on student achievement, character and success beyond high school. TLA is a school where scholars and families are supported, while maintaining high expectations for all. The teacher is expected to fully embrace the school’s methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy. The teacher will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the teacher will fill, specific job responsibilities include:
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning
Develop lesson plans and assessments from the grade/content school provided curriculum
Instruct and monitor scholars in the use of learning materials and equipment
Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction
Manage scholar behavior in the classroom by establishing a strong classroom culture, with consistent routines and procedures
Develop strong working relationships with scholars and support a joyous culture
Maintain discipline in accordance with the scholar code of conduct
Provide appropriate feedback on work
Encourage and monitor the progress of individual scholars and use information to adjust teaching strategies
Maintain accurate and complete records of scholars' progress and development
Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by laws, district policies and school regulations
Use formative data, such as exit tickets and interim assessments, to drive instruction
Maintain the educational bar of equity with high expectations for all scholars
Implement Universal Design for Learning differentiation supports as provided in curriculum
Work collaboratively with specialist teachers, special education teachers, educational assistants, and administration
Deliver or ensure that RTI interventions occur as specified
Attend and participate in RTI and IEP meetings
Lead whole class and small group instruction
Participate in department, school, and parent meetings, including teacher coaching cycles
Communicate necessary information regularly to scholars, colleagues and parents regarding scholar progress and scholar needs
Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
Prepare classroom for class activities
Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
Observe and evaluate scholar's performance and development
Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments
Keep Skyward grade books up to date
Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with scholars from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
Ensure parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails
Participate in appropriate professional activities
Provide supervision in the lunchroom and on the playground, as appropriate
School duties as assigned
Maintain confidentiality of scholar records
Prepare and participate in parent/teacher conferences
Other duties as requested
Alignment with The Lincoln Academy’s vision and values
Strong people skills and leadership ability to develop a team environment
Belief in maintaining the bar for educational equity for learners at every ability level
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting with high expectations
Demonstrated professionalism and integrity
Strong critical thinking skills and strategic problem solving skills
An ability and passion to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
A joyous attitude and drive for personal excellence
Strong organizational skills and ability to adapt to change quickly and efficiently
Interpersonal skills that encompass strong relationship building and communication
Ability to use technology and data to drive toward exceptional outcomes for scholars
Demonstrated strong work ethic
Adaptability in working with various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school
Commitment to professional growth and personal development
Bachelor’s degree in education
Experience teaching in an urban setting preferred
Elementary and Middle K-9, or K-12 in specific content area
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Certification required annually before first day with scholars
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of this job involves walking, sitting or standing necessary to observe classroom and school activities, mostly indoors. The ability to physically perform the duties and work in the school setting is required. Some conditions include:
Must be able to stand up to 2 hours instructing staff or instructing a classroom of learners
Must be able to sit and look at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing for up to 2 hours at a time
Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.