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The North Valley Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (NVMI) is a grades 6-12 public charter school in Sun Valley, CA (Northeast San Fernando Valley). We serve a wonderful, yet challenging demographic of students, most of whom come to us having experienced trauma in their young lives – trauma from violence in homes and the community, substance abuse, gangs, exploitation, and death to name just a few sources. More than 90% qualify for free and reduced lunch, more than 20% are identified Special Education, half as English learners, and nearly all have experienced significant academic and behavioral failures in previous school settings.
Our vision is simple yet demanding – get every one of our students accepted into a four year college or university and have them ready for college English and math without having to take remedial coursework.
Our school is built on four pillars – ACADEMICS that prepare cadets for college; LEADERSHIP which is learned and practiced by leading peers; CITIZENSHIP to become the best human beings possible that treat others with respect, do the right thing, and make our world a better place; and ATHLETICS which promote lifelong habits of wellness (physical, emotional, and psychological).
NVMI is not a boot camp. We use the structure and discipline of a military model to provide an environment with predictable standards and high expectations where every student (called a cadet at NVMI) knows they are loved and cared for both as people and as learners. We believe that every student can learn and will learn if they have enough support to overcome the many obstacles they face.
As a military school, people often assume NVMI cadets will march everywhere, do push-ups on command, and sit in straight rows yelling “yes sir” and “no ma’am” as a matter of habit. Cadets do march and do physical fitness activities and use military courtesy. But academic classrooms at NVMI look and feel like any QUALITY academic classroom in America. Students collaborate regularly in small learning teams that are essential elements of all classes. They are expected to participate in group discussions and occasionally work independently and do silent work. But cadets are expected to be active participants in their learning and teachers expected to create conditions for learning which maximize the likelihood that each cadet masters Common Core State Standards.
The role of a teacher at NVMI is the most challenging teaching job you will ever face. It requires the best you can be:
- Caring, compassionate, and dedicated to helping each cadet achieve to their full potential
- Patient, forgiving, and consistent
- Committed to improving the academic performance of each student as measured both on internal and external assessments
- Willing to support student success through academic intervention during and outside class
- Planning engaging lessons that are standards based, make use of multiples teaching and learning modalities, and that students enjoy
- Insisting on student compliance with school rules and policies in a way that gains student cooperation and buy-in because such cooperation has logical positive consequences
- Promoting the college-going mindset by implementing and supporting a variety of schoolwide “executive function” programs and activities (school planner, backpack and notebook organization systems, etc).
- As NVMI is very much at the nascent stages of its development (we are finishing our fourth year of operation), the successful applicant not only needs to possess the characteristics listed and be philosophically be 100% committed to the vision, but must also welcome the challenge of building a school community that achieves that vision and has ideas about how to do so.
A successful NVMI teacher may have lots of teaching experience or may be new to the teaching profession. But each teacher will possess ALL of the above characteristics and philosophically be 100% committed to the above vision.
Further, NVMI Teachers fulfill the 15 duties of an NVMI Teacher, which are aligned with the 15 duties of an NVMI cadet and 15 duties of an NVMI parent:
15 Duties of an NVMI Teacher:
1. Strive to provide academic excellence
2. Promote daily, proper use of the school planner
3. Work well as a member of teams and departments
4. Offer engaging lessons that prepare students for college
5. Communicate with colleagues, students, and parents about student progress
6. Demonstrate integrity and professionalism
7. Set and uphold high expectations for your students
8. Be an active participant in the school community
9. Practice honest professional judgment
10. Show pride in your work and appearance
11. Uphold the Cadet Code of Honor
12. Follow the three NVMI Golden Rules: Do the right thing, treat others the way you want to be treated, make NVMI and the world a better place
13. Provide positive reinforcement for a college-going culture
14. Respect all four pillars: Academics, Athletics, Leadership, Citizenship
15. Practice self-care and reflection of your professional practices
NVMI is currently looking to fill the following teaching positions for the 2017-2018 academic year, which runs from August 1 – May 30. All teachers at NVMI teach five periods a day, attend military formations at the beginning and end of each school day, provide support for the instruction of physical education and character development/military science courses, and participate as auxiliary members of a military “company” to promote cadet morale and esprit de corps and show pride in that company by active participation in company spirit-building activities.
- Substitute teachers
Only individuals with a valid California credential (or eligibility for an Intern Credential) need apply. People with military experience and at least a Bachelor’s Degree are particularly encouraged to apply. Please submit a copy of your credential(s) along with a resume and a cover letter explaining HOW you embody the job description above to the attention of:
Dr. Mark P. Ryan, Superintendent
North Valley Military Institute
8309 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #295
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NVMI provides fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits for the employee and participates in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS).