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Essex Street Academy is a small, project-based high school in the Lower East Side.  As a member of the NY Performance Standards Consortium, ESA students are exempt from state tests and graduate by completing in-depth projects demonstrating the mastery of core skills and content.  We value diversity and inclusion in our community with respect to all identities and learning styles, and we strive to continuously build a community at ESA that is affirming, inspiring, and advances racial and social justice.


The staff at ESA is committed to learning from one another and our students. Our teachers write their own curricula to be student-centered with an emphasis on authenticity, depth of understanding, and multiple perspectives.  This past year, ESA teachers collaborated on interdisciplinary teams to design innovative curricula that integrated practices from multiple disciplines to examine important questions such “What makes a democracy?” and “How is technology impacting our society?”


We view our community at ESA as a family.  Our foundation is advisory, where our students build close ties while developing social-emotional skills over the course of four years together.  We meet regularly as a whole school for our student-led Town Meeting to celebrate accomplishments, discuss tough issues, and just have fun.  We have built a strong foundation in restorative practices as a way of strengthening and maintaining our community over time so that ESA can always be a place where all students thrive. 



We are currently interviewing F-Status or part-time candidates for Spring 2021 in Visual Art and Special Education.


Visual Art

For our visual arts position, we are seeking an instructor with a traditional arts background and experience with: drawing, painting, craft making, screenprinting, sculpture, etc. Previous experience working with adolescents is preferred.


Special Education

General Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teach students via ICT and/or SETSS models in one or more content areas
  • Coach and collaborate with content teachers 
  • Develop accessible and engaging curriculum
  • Modify instruction and learning materials to meet the needs of all students (including those with IEPs)
  • Contribute in annual and tri-annual IEP meetings and IEP writing
  • Participate in weekly special education department meetings 
  • Develop strong relationships with students with IEPs in order to support them academically and otherwise and to advocate for their needs within the school
  • Support the collegebound department with transition planning for students with disabilities


Selection Criteria:  

  • Applicants must bring a strengths-based, inclusive perspective to special education
  • Applicants must be interested in revealing ableist practices in schools and implementing innovative practices to ensure inclusion
  • Applicants must bring an intersectional analysis to their work supporting students with disabilities 
  • Applicants must be able to and interested in developing strong relationships with general education teachers in order to facilitate collaboration
  • Applicants must have knowledge of ICT teaching models and effective SETSS strategies
  • Applicants must be open to learning all STEM and humanities content subjects




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