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Crossroads Charter Schools

Music/Performing Arts Teacher (2020 - 2021 School Year)

Teachers · Kansas City, Missouri
Department Teachers
Employment Type Full Time

Crossroads Charter Schools is looking for highly effective, highly qualified and highly motivated individuals to join our organization. Ideal candidates will have experience in urban education and be committed to our four core values: High Expectations, Authentic Learning, Creative Culture, and Educational Equity.

Crossroads Charter Schools organization is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor prohibited by law.

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Job Description: Performing Arts Teacher (Elementary)

Direct Supervisor: Principal, or designee

School Summary:

At Crossroads Charter Schools, we…

  • Understand the significant difference between equity and equality. Every student deserves to receive what he/she needs to succeed (equity), not that every student receives the same amount of resources, instruction, attention, etc. (equality).
  • Develop school environments where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction and authentic learning tasks.
  • Interrupt the “school to prison pipeline” – policies and practices that are directly and indirectly pushing the most at-risk students out of school and on a pathway to the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
  • Engage families as partners in meaningful ways.
  • Build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students.
  • Nurture an open, collaborative, and trusting environment because the work is enormous, deeply personal, emotional and often difficult. 
  • Engage in on-going job-embedded professional development through co-teaching and co-planning

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities are to implement a performing arts program for the school.  The ideal candidate has experience with teaching drama, music, and/or dance. The teacher must be a hardworking, goal-oriented and enthusiastic professional with a growth mindset, excellent subject knowledge and a sound understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards. The teacher is a motivated individual with a keen interest in encouraging and inspiring students to love learning and excel academically, artistically, and socially.   The teacher collaborates with staff to co-plan, co-deliver, and individualize instruction for all students in a class; work together creatively to accommodate special needs, diversity and educational backgrounds of the students; and overcome instructional challenges constructively. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Establish weekly objectives based on the Missouri Learning Standards.
  • Coordinate school performances, arts-related learning expeditions, and partnerships with arts organizations.
  • Oversee the process of cleaning, repairing, and storing all equipment.
  • Collaborate with grade-level teams on interdisciplinary plan units of study.
  • Maintain a clean and organized classroom.
  • Use the discipline model of BIST to maintain a positive, encouraging a learning environment.
  • Implement instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. 
  • Maintain effective and efficient record-keeping procedures and uses data to drive instruction.
  • Provide a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.  
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and community.
  • Assumes responsibility for meeting his/her course and school-wide student performance goals.
  • Demonstrates gains in student performance.
  • Participates in training and professional development
  • Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating, etc.
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner at all times and comply with school policies, procedures, and expectations.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in the field of music, theater, or dance
  • Valid Missouri teaching certificate for K-8
  • Minimum 3 years of teaching experience preferred
  • Desire to continue professional development
  • Excellent organization skills and an ability to coordinate multiple tasks and activities
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and an ability to keep multiple stakeholder groups, including parents, teachers, staff, volunteers and partners, informed of critical issues, activities and schedules.  
  • An ability and enthusiasm for promoting the school and its mission to a broad and diverse group of people.
  • Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility and willingness to perform tasks assigned
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students and teachers in the school environment and community.
  • Must pass an extensive background check and drug screening.

Key Working Relationships in Addition to Supervisor:

 Teachers, Students, Parents, Volunteers, Office Staff, Support Staff, Assistant Principal, Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director

Both federal and state law requires all public school personnel to submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to employment by the school.  Crossroads Charter Schools is required by law to exclude from employment any person who has pleaded to or been found guilty of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude under the laws of the State of Missouri, any other State of the United States or any other country, whether or not a sentence is or was imposed.

Please be advised that Crossroads Charter Schools does not seek information related to the conviction of crimes unrelated to those described in this question.  Your conviction of a crime not otherwise listed above is not an automatic disqualification from employment consideration.  The school will consider the nature of the offense and the relationship between the offense and the position for which you are applying.


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  • Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time