Teach five sections of English; two sections will be in our foundational freshman course, College Prep English I, and three sections will be our sophomore course, College Prep English II. Our English Department’s four-year program begins with College Prep English I and focuses much of the first semester on grammar instruction, sentence structure, paragraph development, thesis formulation, and an introduction to the literary analysis essay. In addition to literary analysis, students learn and practice the elements of effective oral presentations. College Prep English II expands on the work of freshman year and exposes sophomores to important works of American literature, ensuring that students have exposure to works from diverse American authors. Check out the English Department’s philosophy and course offerings at https://www.dsha.info/page/academics/curriculum/english.
A strong candidate for this position would have experience teaching analytical writing, and would emphasize critical thinking as the foundation for our students’ strong writing ability. The English Department is highly collaborative, especially in the freshman and sophomore levels, where teachers are aligned in course pacing, sequence of units, common final exams, common topic options for writing assignments and common oral presentation rubrics. Across all courses/grade levels, grading practices are discussed to ensure department faculty members evaluate student writing within a similar framework, with similar high expectations.
Each full-time English teacher is also responsible for staffing our ALPHA Center one period each day. The ALPHA Center is DSHA’s academic help center, staffed each period by an English teacher, math teacher and science teacher. Data analysis shows that these three subjects are the ones students struggle in the most at DSHA. The English Department is fully committed to supporting all students and works hard to ensure that each student grows markedly in her critical thinking, writing, critical reading and oral presentation skills.
Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English or an appropriate subject area, a WI DPI license, and high school teaching experience. A Master’s Degree in English would be beneficial, but not required. Highly effective communication skills, strong organizational skills, and a strong desire to assist all students to be successful are also required.