TEACH. LEARN. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
At Chavez Schools we believe teaching and learning goes beyond the teacher-pupil relationship. We are committed to creating an environment where teachers and staff have access to all of the necessary supports to be successful.
Below are some of the ways we work each day to accomplish this:
Teaching at Chavez means committing to become a highly skilled teacher. At Chavez we believe in growth mindset and continual improvement, so each school has a team of instructional coaches that work closely with teachers to improve instructional practice and increase student achievement. Coaches collaborate with teachers to plan instruction and they regularly co-teach and model instruction as well. Coaches work with teachers between two-to-three times each week. Teachers have an overwhelmingly positive response to our coaching program. When polled, 95% of teachers who work with coaches agree that coaches have helped improve their instructional practice.
New Education Support Team (NEST)
Teaching at Chavez means getting the support you need to begin your teaching career. Teaching is complex work and at Chavez we are committed to ensuring there is an effective teacher in every classroom. Making the transition into the classroom can be difficult for many new educators. Chavez’s New Educator Support Team, or NEST, addresses the specific needs new educators have. NEST is run by the Executive Director of Teaching & Learning who meets with the NEST teachers each quarter to help them fine tune the skills needed to be an effective teacher. In the past NEST has focused on understanding students with special needs, increasing student engagement and increasing parent communication.
Public Policy Focus
Teaching at Chavez means helping students learn how to advocate, communicate, think, organize and present ideas to positively impact our world. Chavez believes that our scholars can use public policy to create a more free, just and equal world. Every year our students experience an advocacy project where they apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to make a positive change in their community. Throughout their years with us, scholars are regularly connecting their learning to public policy issues and seeking solutions to global problems.
Planning & Collaboration
Teaching at Chavez means regularly collaborating with your peers. Chavez believes very strongly in the power of collaboration. We know that effective teaching does not occur in isolation so there are opportunities to collaborate throughout the week and year. Teachers across the network share a common planning period which allows them the opportunity to virtually co-plan and collaborate. Departments and grade level teams collaborate on a weekly basis. Teachers meet quarterly with their course partners, coaches and curriculum managers to develop lesson plans and share best practices. Chavez highly values collaboration and believes that two minds are better than one.
Feedback & Professional Growth
Teaching at Chavez means committing to your own professional growth. Chavez is committed to providing teachers with feedback that informs them of strengths and provides areas for growth. Since we believe in continual improvement, principals, coaches and others often visit classrooms to provide teachers with feedback that will enhance their teaching and improve student learning. Unfortunately, in many schools, teachers may only have one visit from a school leader per year. Chavez is committed to providing teachers with regular receive feedback to help them grow as professionals.
At Chavez, I know I have a strong support system dedicated to my improvement as a teacher. From my curriculum manager to my superb coach that observes me each week, we are all committed to improving the scholar experience to boost student engagement. I value the strategies that my coaches help me implement, and they value my feedback as we strive to improve the curriculum for next year's scholars. The tremendous growth that I have enjoyed as a teacher is chiefly attributed to my Instructional Coach because she understands the mental and emotional challenges that teachers face in and out of the classroom, and she adeptly coaches me to manage both aspects of the job in order to be a more effective educator.
-Mateo Samper, ELA Teacher, Chavez Prep Middle School