Associate Teachers are placed on grade-level (K-5) or subject level (6-12) teams in Match Public Charter Schools for an intensive year-long apprenticeship. Throughout the year, our Associate Teachers are coached and mentored by school leaders at Match and slowly assume more classroom responsibilities. All of our Associate Teachers are also enrolled in the Sposato Graduate School of Education. SGSE offers highly practical, hands-on training in effectively designing and implementing rigorous instruction, and in building classroom cultures consistent with achievement, purposefulness and joy. Through courses, coaching and classroom experience, Associate Teachers improve their teaching and planning expertise with the goal of becoming lead teachers at Match and other schools with similar missions the following year. This role is based at either Match Community Day School (100 Poydras St.), Match Middle School (at 215 Forest Hills St.) or Match High School (1001 Commonwealth Ave.) in Boston, MA.
HOW IT WORKS
- Match Associate Teachers (MATs) spend full days in the nationally acclaimed Match Charter Public School, which serves low-income students in grades pre-K-12 in Boston.
- MATs spend time daily in classrooms where they observe, assist, and ultimately assume student teaching responsibilities.
- Two nights per week plus Saturdays in the fall, MATs attend graduate classes, complete assignments (e.g. practicing lesson planning and analyzing video of effective teachers), and participate in teaching simulations through the Sposato Graduate School of Education (SGSE).
- SGSE coaches and faculty provide frequent personalized feedback to MATs as they ramp up in their teaching responsibilities.
- At the end of the year at Match, successful MATs get a Massachusetts “Initial” teaching license, and obtain a full-time teaching position in a high-performing urban school in the city of their choice.
- MAT graduates work as full-time teachers in high-performing public schools serving low-income populations.
- As Sposato students, they participate in a year-long remote course that’s supported by individualized coaching. Their classroom practice is evaluated using a battery of assessments to determine conferment of a Master’s in Effective Teaching (MET) degree.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities of a Match Associate Teacher include (but are not limited to):
- Observe and provide in-class support to a host teacher.
- Actively receive coaching from Match and Sposato staff.
- Teach in a host teacher’s classroom with a gradual increase in teaching responsibilities as the school year progresses.
- Support the host teachers with grading, material development, family communication, etc.
- Support school-wide duties (breakfast, lunch, dismissal, etc.) as needed.
- Lead after-school activities as needed.
- Provide coverage for classrooms as needed.
- A Bachelor’s degree required;
- A minimum of one year teaching or tutoring experience in an urban public school or charter school setting;
- A commitment to working with underserved youth from low-income backgrounds;
- An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Match Education, including Match’s values and educational model;
- Dedication to constantly improving;
- An ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
- Eagerness to receiving feedback on teaching practice;
- Strong communication and writing skills;
- Relentless work ethic;
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice through improving educational outcomes;
- Grit and determination.
ABOUT THE MATCH CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL
The Match Charter Public School is a nationally recognized, high-performing school that serves low-income students in Boston. The school has three campuses: Match Community Day, Match Middle School, and Match High School, cumulatively serving grades Pre-K through 12. Our mission is to prepare ALL of our students to succeed in college and beyond. Many of our students arrive at our school several grade levels behind. We believe that with great teachers, tutors and staff, as well as quality instruction and uncompromising expectations, these students can and will succeed. Our work is done through a combination of innovation, drive and an emphasis on relationship building with students and their families.
ABOUT THE SPOSATO GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 2012. The school’s mission is to prepare rookie teachers with the necessary tools to be unusually effective teachers in high-poverty urban schools across the US. Those who successfully complete this two-year program will earn their Master’s in Effective Teaching (MET). As one of the only graduate programs in the country that’s based in a K-12 school setting, SGSE offers highly practical, hands-on training in classroom management techniques, lesson planning protocols, and strategies to build strong relationships with students and families. Graduates of this program are highly sought after by top charter and turnaround schools across the US and have a 100% job placement rate. Visit our website to learn more about SGSE.