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Teach in Salem
TEACH IN SALEM!

THE TEACHERS WE SEEK
Salem Public Schools (SPS) knows that there is no more important factor in a childís education than a great teacher. Here in Salem, great teachers are passionate about urban education, drive student achievement, reflect and respect the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools also seeks individuals who are able to serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language, have experience teaching in urban schools, are bilingual, and hold dual certifications. At a minimum, candidates must:

For 2016-17, SPS In particular, SPS has a number of High-Need Areas:
  • Elementary
  • Special Education (Moderate)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish
SALEM TEACHER POOLS
Postings for the Salem Teacher Pools were created to recruit teachers to attract more teachers to Salem in roles for which we anticipate having more than one vacancy in the coming year. Applications submitted prior to April 1st will be included in the Salem Teacher Pools, which give candidates the opportunity to apply early and demonstrate their alignment to the Salem Teacher Competencies through pre-screening interviews with fellow Salem educators. By applying to one or more of the Salem Teacher Pools, candidates demonstrate their interest in the Salem Public Schools and to our students and will have their application materials available to all school leaders who have openings for the upcoming school year. This year, we are recruiting for the following teacher pools:

  • Elementary Teacher Pool
  • Special Education Teacher Pool
  • ESL Teacher Pool
  • Middle School Math Teacher Pool
SPS will be posting specific job vacancies as soon as they are confirmed. Once specific positions are posted, interested applicants should forward all relevant application materials to apply for the specific vacancies for which they are qualified.  Click here to download and print an Overview of the Teach in Salem Initiative and Application Process.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SALEM TEACHER POOLS

STEP 1: SUBMIT ONLINE APPLICATION
Create an application profile on SchoolSpring by applying to a Salem Teacher Pool posting.

STEP 2: APPLICATION SCREENING
All applicants for the Salem Teacher Pools will have their resumes and cover letters screened. Resume screening will look for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, a well-written cover letter, a clear and easy to read resume, and experience or interest in the role. Resume screeners will recommend candidates for a phone interview (described in Step 3, below).

STEP 3: PHONE INTERVIEW WITH A SALEM EDUCATOR
Applicants recommended for a phone interview will be contacted by an educator currently working in the district for a 30-45 minute phone interview. Interviewers will assess communication skills, teaching competencies, and level of interest in teaching in an urban school district.

STEP 4: ASSIGNMENT TO CATEGORIES
Screeners will assign applicants to one of four categories based on his/her assessment of the degree of fit for a teaching role within Salem Public Schools and the degree to which the applicantís skills and experiences align to the Salem Teacher Competencies. Categories include:

  • Pool 1 - Applicantís background and skills are highly aligned to Salem's needs
  • Pool 2 - pplicantís background and skills are aligned to Salem's needs
  • Pool 3 - Applicantís background and skills are somewhat aligned to Salemís needs
  • Pool 4 - Applicantís background and skills are not aligned to Salemís needs
STEP 5: ALL APPLICANTS (AND CATEGORY ASSIGNMENTS) SHARED WITH PRINCIPALS
Starting April 1st, lists of all applicants in the teacher pools with their category assignments will be shared with all of the Salem Principals. Principals will then reach out to applicants of interest to them to learn more about them, schedule additional interviews, and to recruit for specific vacancies in their schools.

STEP 6: SPECIFIC JOB VACANCIES POSTED ON SCHOOLSPRINGóPOOL APPLICANTS NOTIFIED
Salem Public Schools will be posting specific job vacancies on SchoolSpring as soon as they are validated as a viable vacancy by the districtís leadership. Pre-screened candidates from the teacher pools will all be notified when such postings occur. Candidates in the teacher pools should forward their online applications to the specific job postings for which they qualify. Candidates must apply to a specific job posting in order to be considered and/or hired for a specific job.

For questions, please contact the Salem Public Schools Human Resources department at humanresources@salemk12.org or call 978-740-1115.

ABOUT THE SALEM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Salem Public Schools aspires to ensure that all students are prepared to achieve and inspired to learn. Our mission is to provide an inclusive learning experience and environment where all students achieve academic and personal excellence, ready to contribute to the community. The district believes in the core values of success for all, diversity, accountability, commitment to improvement, collaboration, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness, and safety and security.

We serve over 4000 students who speak more than 34 different languages coming from 37 different countries. More than 50% of our students identify as Hispanic, Black, Asian, or Multi-Racial while just under 50% of our students identify as White. Over 60% of our students come from low-income households, 21% have disabilities, and 14% are English Language Learners.

Although identified as a turnaround district by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in 2011, in recent years, Salem Public Schools is currently on a clear trajectory of success. Focused investments have been made in curriculum, instruction, professional development, as well as improvements in the districtís systems and supports, district-wide. With two of our schools (Carlton Innovation School and Salem High School) this year achieving the stateís highest level of accountability (Level 1) along with other recent gains across many of our schools, it is clear that these investments are paying off. Under the new leadership of Superintendent Margarita Ruiz, a rejuvenated environment of high expectations coupled with collaboration and ongoing support makes Salem a wonderful place to teach and to learn.

ABOUT SALEM, MA

Salem, Massachusetts is an historic seacoast community located 16 miles north of Boston with a culturally diverse population of 40,000.  Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th~century Salem Witch Trials.~ In the 19th~century it was one of the most important seaports in the country. Today it is lively destination with numerous recreational and cultural attractions that draws people from around the world.