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Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Classroom Culture Lead Teacher

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Social Affairs
    • Youth
    • Culture and Sport
    • Managerial positions
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Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in New York City.The Education and Learning Program provides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.


Job Overview/Summary: The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy (NYSA) is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students from ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field trips are held on Fridays.

Classroom Culture Lead Teachers play an important, highly visible role in the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy. Classroom Culture Lead Teachers work with a single class level throughout the program (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, or 11th-12th grades) providing support and continuity for their class throughout the day, week, and program. Grade level groupings are subject to change based on student enrollment demographics. Classroom Culture Lead Teachers are responsible for planning and leading daily mindfulness, facilitating small-group instruction as per the Academic Lead Teacher’s plans, working with students one-on-one, providing additional sheltered instruction support for multilingual learning, and for setting the bar and leading classroom vulture, rituals, and routines.


Classroom Culture Lead Teachers are directly responsible for driving classroom culture and behavior management in alignment with Academy philosophy and classroom guidelines.Classroom Culture Lead Teachers are primarily responsible for leading their classroom Peer Mentors and they play a critical role in ensuring consistent, timely communication among Academic Lead Teachers, Peer Mentors, Administration, and students’ families.


In addition, Classroom Culture Lead Teachers are responsible for observing, assessing, recording, and monitoring students’ individual progress on the IRC’s School Readiness goals.This requires understanding of the IRC School Readiness indicators, gathering input from other staff to accurately assess individual students’ school readiness assets and needs, and fostering School Readiness growth through implementation of IRC’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), and School Readiness Strategies.

Position term:    June 29  –  August 13, 2021



• Training: June 29, 30 & July 1: Up to 24 hours of training, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

O Foundational online training modules to be completed independently ahead of synchronous staff training dates

• Main Program: July 6 – August 13: Monday – Friday, 7.5 hours per day plus 1 evening of parent/teacher conferences.Expect 2-3 hours per week of external planning, grading, and assessment analysis.


Major Responsibilities:

• Participate in the Teachers Meet & Greet (tentatively scheduled for June 17, 2021), planning sessions, pre-program All Staff trainings, and all program meetings and staff development activities, thereafter

• Plan and lead (15 minutes x2 - x3, daily) whole-group mindfulness lessons

• Lead weekly family-communication plan for all students in assigned class

• With input from IRC Staff and the Academic Lead Teacher, assist in the implementation of a 6 week curriculum

• Complete on pre- and post-School Readiness observational assessments for each student in assigned class

• Collaborate with Academic Lead Teacher(s) in planning, coordinating classroom activities, and reviewing student progress

• Lead classroom climate and culture in accordance with Academy philosophy and protocols

• Drive management of volunteer Peer Mentors, young people who support students in the classroom

• Manage dismissal protocols

• Supervise students in cafeteria during breakfast in the event of an in-person program

• Engage in classroom instructional coaching cycles with the Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Student Support, as needed

• Participate in weekly Classroom Culture Lead Teacher meetings lead by the Dean of Instruction, as well as all weekly whole-school events

• Complete weekly progress reports and all required reporting on time. Comply with all IRC policies and protocols


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Youth Education Coordinator, Rosalie Arndt

Position directly supervises:N/A

Indirect Reporting: N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts: The Classroom Culture Lead Teacher drives guidance of Peer Mentors, and will provide assessment data to the Education & Learning Manager.

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