Hear from Jordan Rice about how the teaching profession can spark change.
Not only are teachers the gateways to content, they also have a unique opportunity to communicate powerful messages. If you want to make a positive impact in a young person's life, then teaching is the profession for you. Instead of continuing to feel hopeless about our nation's future, you can teach someone how to be empathetic and reasonable in a time where such things may be fading.
I became a teacher because I was touched by one of my high school teachers who guided me and molded me into much of the person I am today. She showed me what I am capable of and how I can make a positive impact on young people's lives and my future through them.
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At Genesis Promise Academy, we share a common vision of the high quality instruction that meets our students’ needs and leverages the voice of teachers in school improvement.
Student Centered: We believe the primary activity in a classroom is “student learning” vice “teacher teaching.” Our classrooms are culturally relevant communities with student ownership in both the learning and assessment process. In addition to teaching an engaging and rigorous academic curriculum, teachers develop student character through instruction, modeling and feedback.
A Community of Practitioners: At Genesis, teachers work and learn together as they continually evaluate effectiveness. Teachers regularly share experiences, observe each other and discuss teaching. Shared practice and collective inquiry generates and sustains improvement by strengthening connections among teachers. Instructional leaders, professional learning communities and teacher teams hold each other accountable to employ shared practices that maximize student learning. As a professional learning community, research, innovation, trial, observation, feedback and assessment constantly guide administrators, teachers, faculty and students toward the discovery of ever-improving learning outcomes.
At Genesis, leadership is shared and distributed among formal and informal leaders. Sharing power and authority with teachers through decision-making and shared leadership accelerates improvement, increases leadership capacity and builds a belief in our collective ability to affect student learning. At Genesis teams plan, coordinate and implement curriculum, programming and operations. We believe committed professionals have an obligation to constantly advocate for student learning and therefore administrators must both systematically and informally seek input from all stakeholders. Decisions are made in the best interest of students and always are communicated in a transparent way.
At Genesis, we seek and hire professionals who believe in our mission, share our core beliefs and will commit to our vision: a school that will transform education in our community. In return, we commit to work tirelessly to increase the collective and individual capacity of our staff. We seek to be thought leaders in student-centered instruction, collaborative improvement, culturally relevant pedagogy and character development.
Genesis aggressively seeks and funds participation in fellowships, university cohorts and off-site development opportunities, as well as provides a generous tuition reimbursement policy. We have a performance-based competitive teacher compensation system that recognizes and rewards performance in the classroom and increased capacity to lead improvement in our school.
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