Student Advisor - Reports to Head of School
About Williamsburg Charter High School
Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) is a high performing public charter high school located in Brooklyn, New York. WCHS opened in August 2004 as the first Chancellor-authorized charter high school in the City of New York with a ninth grade class of 267 students. Now in its thirteenth year of operation, WCHS has grown to serve approximately 963 students in grades nine through twelve. The school's mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world.
Williamsburg Charter High School provides a broad liberal arts academic program to the high-school age youth of north Brooklyn. School programs are individualized to connect to each student's particular level of development, including English Language Learners and students with Special Education Services. Further, WCHS provides supportive relationships with faculty, extended instructional periods, and opportunities after-school and on Saturdays for additional academic support. Social and emotional support is also available to students to ensure their non-academic needs are addressed. Students are accepted to WCHS through a random lottery with no minimum requirements, tests, or auditions required to gain entrance and, as a public charter school, there is no tuition.
Our advisors play very critical roles in realizing the core mission, philosophy, and unique youth-centered approach of the school's educational design, and are committed to facilitating the entire learning and instructional process -- coaching young people to become independent learners, thinkers and researchers.
In service of our students, Advisors administer to between 12-15 students for the duration of their high school career. Advisors serve students and families by:
Taking complete oversight of the academic, behavioral and overall success of a group of 12-15 students and ensuring that their students take ownership of their academic standing
Ensuring advisees are in attendance, punctual, excelling in all their classes, and seeking out appropriate support when needed
Fostering an advisory period that acts as 'home base' for each student
Leading scholastic check in meetings with students at least one time per week
Spearheading educational field trips based on student interest, then creating that opportunity for students as determined by available funding.
Serving as the liaise between the student, the family and the school teams
Maintaining the fidelity of the advisory curriculum that has been created for your cohort of students
Contacting their advisee's families in all instances of behavioral infractions and at signed of academic struggling
Actively reviewing student performance data with students
Attending at least 85% of all professional development in social emotional training, advisor training and academic case counseling
Facilitating discipline-related required meetings on behalf of their advisees
Maintaining and archiving the academic and interim assessment data of advisee students
Ensuring that advisees create academic and social emotional goals as well as ensure that advisees monitor their goal progress
Train advisees to properly host a student-led conference and facilitate conferences when scheduled
Performing any other advisor-related duties as requested
The Advisor as Interventionist
A primary function of our instructional staff is to ensure that the instructional programming for students is differentiated based on their needs. In service of meeting all students' needs, instructors will:
Deploy research based strategies and programming to improve the foundational skills of students.
Utilize researched based programming with high fidelity.
Participate in professional development opportunities applicable to programming and strategies used for building student capacity and growth.
The Advisor as a Steward of School Culture
Participating in all class level assemblies, student support meetings and school-sponsored events
Participating in focus groups, evaluations, and committees as requested to assist with the constant improvement of the school as a whole
Lead four advisories per school day, unless otherwise designated
Proactively involve the student's family in their learning through regular communications including, but not limited to: weekly informal communication via emails, notes, telephone calls, and meetings
Hold students to high behavioral and academic expectations and support students to succeed
Model professional and collegial behavior for students.
Respond to all school-related communications within 48 hours, including but not limited to voicemails and emails, from Williamsburg Charter High School faculty and staff (including supervisors and other teachers)
Attend and participate in school-related activities and events outside of normal school hours (e.g., Back to School Night, Student Led Conferences, Parent Advisory meetings, Back-to-School Night, field trips, student events and performances, etc.)
Adhere to the WCHS Student Handbook, Teacher Handbook, Personnel Policies, and Instructional Manual
Education and Credentials (minimum)
Two years of experience teaching in an urban high school setting (preferred)
New York State certified/equivalency (in certain circumstances)
New York State Fingerprint clearance
Williamsburg Charter High School