African American Literature Teacher, 0.10 FTE

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) provides students with a supportive and challenging environment that is responsive to multiple learning styles, emphasizes learning through the arts, and integrates critical and creative thinking throughout the curriculum. Since 1996, PVPA has prepared students for higher education by employing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum in a nurturing and collaborative environment.

PVPA has an opportunity for a dynamic English Language Arts teacher who will teach one section of African American Literature to students in grades 11 and 12 beginning in February 2020 for the 2019-20 spring semester. We are looking for a reflective practitioner who enjoys working with high school students and collaborating with colleagues. The African American Literature course is an upper-level English Language Arts elective based on core skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking with opportunities for flexible, teacher-designed curriculum content.


  • Teach one block (class) of African American Literature to students in grades 11 and 12 (the course will meet from 8:30-9:45a on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from February 3 through mid-June 2020)
  • Prepare curricula and instructional materials based on set departmental learning objectives
  • Assess student work and provide timely feedback to students and parents via PowerSchool online grading system
  • Attend and participate in meetings with students and/or parents/guardians, including parent-teacher conferences in April 2020.
  • Optional opportunity to attend and participate in regular faculty collaborative time meetings and school-wide professional development activities
  • Assist with other faculty administrative duties as necessary

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CORI and Fingerprint background checks

Preferred Requirements:

  1. Two to five years of experience teaching African American literature or similar in a public or private school
  2. Eligible for “Highly Qualified” teacher status
  3. Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement
  4. Knowledge of discipline curriculum standards
  5. Massachusetts teaching license in subject area
  6. Computer literacy

Supervised by: Director of Teacher Development/Director of Arts and Academics

Calendar: Spring semester 2020


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EOE: The Board of Trustees of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA)subscribes to the fullest extent to the principle of the dignity of all people and of their labors and will take action to ensure that any individual within PVPA who is responsible for hiring and/or personnel supervision understands that applicants are employed, assigned and promoted without regard to their race, creed, color, age, gender identity or gender expression, veteran status, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. Every available opportunity will be taken in order to assure that each applicant for a position is selected on the basis of qualifications, merit and ability.