Middle School History Teacher


Title: Middle School History Teacher

Reporting to: Principal, Rachelle Nelson

Compensation: TBD based on experience and qualifications. In consideration of the longer school day and 180-day school year, College Achieve is committed to paying 10% above the local school district pay scale.

Looking for teachers who can close the achievement gap and inspire their students with a love of learning. In her recent book, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way” claims history is the subject America is the worst at teaching. At College Achieve, we want to reinvent the instruction of history and make it the strongest subject we teach. First, we are looking for history teachers who are extremely strong at teaching students to write, think, and speak clearly. Second, we intend to teach 70% of history through the lense of “the history of freedom.” We plan to use the life and words of Dr. ML King as a starting point to seeing world history. Third, we believe in the Core Knowledge approach of E.D. Hirsch – that their are certain historical figures, events, movements, ideas, and eras that must be taught if students are to be literate. You cannot make cogent arguments for or against a view of history without a knowledge of accepted facts. Fourth, we expect all of our students to take at least one Advanced Placement hisotry exam in high school and pass it with a 3 or higher. This will be in no small part to the excellent history instruction they receive in grades 5 through 8. To that end, we will be backward mapping the AP US History, AP World History, AP European History from 12th grade down to 6th grade. Our K-5 history curriculum will follow the Core Knowledge outline. Finally, there will be significant time devoted to the study of artifacts and experiental learning through field trips, re-enactments, and international travel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Work as part of the instructional team to design, deliver, and assess the College Achieve curriculum based on PARCC and NJASK.
  2. Administer periodic pre-and post-assessments testing mastery of subject skills, concepts and knowledge
  3. Use data from on-going assessments (formal and informal) to impact future instructional decisions
  4. Design a syllabus detailing course goals, learning objectives, and scope and sequence to be given to students during first week of class
  5. Attend professional development training before the beginning of the school year and during non-instructional days/times
  6. Utilize the knowledge from professional development in order to improve instructional practices in the classroom
  7. Attend weekly staff meetings, Back to School Night, parent conferences, and school events
  8. Participate and assist in supervision of all activities and functions dealing with the class and the student body as a whole
  9. Maintain a timely class record of assignments and grades in the College Achieve Student Information System
  10. Serve as a positive adult mentor for students


  1. Deep seated belief in the mission and vision of College Achieve
  2. Believe in the greatness of our students
  3. Believe all of our students are college material
  4. Excellent classroom management and teaching skills
  5. Experience in collaboratively developing lesson and unit plans
  6. Strong computer skills and desire to teach with technology
  7. Be willing to do “whatever it takes” to ensure all students learn
  8. Hold all students to the highest expectations in order to ensure college-readiness
  9. Ability to use data to inform instructional practices
  10. Reflect on your own practices and model life-long learning

Experience Required:

  1. Previous success working with students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds
  2. A minimum of two years teaching experience in the subject area applying
  3. Current New Jersey credential in the subject area applying for (or information indicating your eligibility to receive one).

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/ harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/ domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

All applications should emailed to our talent team at teach@collegeachieve.org.

Complete applications include:

  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Cover Letter

Please discuss – a) why you are interested in being a founding teacher at College Achieve Central b) why you enjoy teaching the subjects that you do, and c) what you have to offer the future students of College Achieve Central.

Please submit applications to teach@collegeachieve.org

Visit our website at www.collegeachievechartersnj.org

Plainfield, New Jersey
College Achieve Central Charter School

365 Emerson Avenue, Plainfield, NJ, US