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About Us:

The success of Uncommon Schools is driven by rigorous academic programs, as well as social emotional learning opportunities that better prepare students for success beyond the classroom...

Job Synopsis:

Uncommon Middle School History teachers work in grade level teams and departments to push students towards being self-guided learners. Our teachers develop subject mastery and have a keen sense of the socio-emotional changes middle school students experience. History classes aim to empower students' voices and develop them into global citizens by emphasizing textual analysis, analytical writing, and discourse. Teachers also use engaging instructional strategies to make history come alive! At the conclusion of eighth grade, students are prepared for the academic autonomy and college preparatory focus of our high schools.


1. Instruction
• You'll facilitate student-led discourse of historical topics, where students grapple with open-ended guiding questions, engage in peer-to-peer debate, and synthesize arguments.
• You'll guide students to understand the author's claim and the power of sourcing while developing the skills of argumentation, corroboration, inquiry, and historiography through primary and secondary source analysis.
• You'll teach an in-house curriculum that prioritizes the diverse histories of Indigenous peoples, African Americans, women, ancient cultures, and the impact all of these groups have had on the development of the United States.
• You'll build an inclusive and safe environment where students are empowered to use their voices to express evidence-based opinions and perspectives.

2. Data Analysis
• You'll meet weekly with your principal and/or instructional coach to analyze and respond to trends in student work samples and assessments.
• You'll learn and implement strategies to differentiate instruction for all learners in your classroom.

3. School Culture
• You'll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard.
• You'll partner with students families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their child's learning needs.
• You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions.
• You'll participate in weekly, school-wide meetings to cultivate community, model our core values, and encourage student achievement.
• You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic goals and practice instructional strategies

• A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
• A demonstrated commitment to supporting students social emotional and academic development
• An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external partners in the best interest of students
• A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives

Required Experience:
• A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban schools and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
• Academic expertise in Education, History, Geography, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, or the Humanities.
• Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or 2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a reasonable period after beginning employment.

Further Details:

At the heart of our entity are the people who make it happen. We believe that a compensation and benefits system that reflects equity, transparency, and clarity is essential to our ability to attract and retain highly skilled individuals and recognize their contributions. Our mission is to establish and manage schools that provide superior education to our students and their families, and we accomplish this by offering our staff first-rate training, mentoring, and support.

Your starting salary for the Camden-based position will vary depending on your education, professional experience, training, duration of service with Uncommon Schools and your work location, amongst others, with New York is between $50,000 to $64,700. We understand the value of retaining individuals in each capacity and do not have salary range limits. It should be noted that there may be differences in salary ranges for employees working outside of Camden.


Our company recognizes the need for comprehensive benefits that meet the needs of our diverse workforce. We are proud to offer a competitive package that helps our employees maintain their physical, mental, and financial health.

Our organization is committed to creating a team that is representative of the diverse individuals that we serve. As such, we actively seek out individuals of all races, genders, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, ages, and sexual orientations. We celebrate differences and believe that they are what makes us stronger as a team
Caledonia NY United States


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