Mission: At the Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School, families, educators and community members will join together to create a supportive and rigorous academic environment for all students. Through the pursuit of 21st century learning, project based & ...
What a wonderful time of year! As our scholars and families enjoy the holiday season, our staff has enjoyed a season of fun and giving!
Last week our staff participated in our annual Secret Snowflake week. Each team member randomly selected another staff member to be their "snowflake" each day small presents were left by the Secret Snowflakes, and on Friday they revealed themselves to the staff member they had selected. It was a fun week of giving and celebration for our staff!
As we prepared to close the doors for the winter break (December 22nd-January 1st), the BSNBCS team would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
Our Middle School ELA team is taking reading to new heights by introducing Shakespeare to our 6th Grade Scholars! Helping our scholars improve their reading skills by exposing them to text that is well above their grade level to further increase their reading development! Great job, Team!
At Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School (BSNBCS) we grow responsible global residents. Going beyond just the development and delivery of rigorous curriculum and challenging academics, we strive to prepare our scholars for growth in the global community through encouragement and empowerment.
Our Mission and Vision is to join together as a community of educators, families, and community members to create a supportive and rigorous academic environment for all students. We do this through the pursuit of 21st century learning, project and service based learning, and traditional coursework. Our goal is to help each of our scholars be prepared to succeed in being academically competitive as well as to become responsible members of the global community.
Staff and scholars alike work within the guidelines outlined in our core values:
BSNBCS Core Values: T.H.R.I.V.E.
Temperantia - Self-Control - Our students and staff understand that self-control and self-discipline are keys to success. In order to succeed academically and become responsible citizens, students must follow directions the first time they are given. They must stay focused and follow the school rules to maintain a positive and safe learning environment.
Humanitas - Kindness - Our focus on service learning and helping others is part of the foundation of our school. Being kind to others means being caring, helpful, and understanding of others, without expecting anything in return.
Respectus - Respect - Our school community is built on respect. Learning Coaches (teachers) respect students by treating them with fairness and having high expectations for them. Students respect themselves, their peers, their teachers, and their school environment.
Industria - Hard Work - Staff, students, and families understand that hard work is essential. Hard work is doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals. It means overcoming mistakes and not giving up.
Veritas - Truth - BSNBCS believes that honesty is the best policy. Lying, cheating and stealing are not tolerated.
Excellentia - Excellence - In order to achieve academic excellence, BSNBCS believes in committing ourselves to the character values defined above. Good character and academic excellence go hand in hand.
Through the pursuit of excellence and in the spirit of collaboration while being the embodiment of the adage it takes a village to raise a child, we are proud to serve our community as we continue to encourage and empower our scholars to reach their full potential. As our motto states, we bring our scholars “Ad Summum”…to the top!
What We Do
BSNBCS is a ‘mom and pop’ charter school located in the heart of Bed-Stuy. Our team of dedicated educators serves more than 670 scholars who live in Central Brooklyn. Our School consists of a Lower School (serving grades K-4) and a Middle School (serving grades 5-8) which are co-located in our single building campus in Bed-Stuy. Our school culture has been designed to support our specific population of students, in this community, and our framework develops opportunities that are local to our school and borough.
Both our Lower School and Middle School teams are driven by the belief that our students can be successful at high levels regardless of their background. To empower our scholars to be successful our school team is made up of hard-working and highly talented educators who use a variety of innovative and creative instructional methods to reach each scholar where he or she is and help propel those scholars to the next level.
Our school team provides K-4 scholars with rigorous academics that put exceptional emphasis on literacy and mathematics. Our teachers provide direct and small group instruction while utilizing foundational curriculum that strictly align with common core standards and help to prepare each scholar for continued academic growth. We focus our efforts on project and experimental based learning that taps into the natural curiosity of each scholar and encourages growth and engagement.
We also focus on whole child development. Scholars perform hands-on and interactive tasks that encourage higher level and critical thinking while encouraging creativity in learning. We encourage scholars to be active participants in their learning environment and personal growth.
Our scholars are full involved in their learning through regular classroom learning, creative and performing arts, music, and a wide variety of afterschool education enrichment activities. Our scholars are also developed on a community level through frequent field trips out of the classroom which helps them to learn more about their community and experience more of what NYC has to offer. All of this if offered to help prepare these scholars for their next academic step: Middle School!
Our Middle School scholars continue to learn in an environment that is both academically challenging and encourages personal growth. Our Middle School team provides rigorous lessons that are inquiry based and project focused so that our scholars can continue to hone their critical thinking and cognitive skills.
It is important that students learn to use the tools that will be needed for continued success. Our Middle School students are offered several electives classes that include technology, dance and movement, and foreign languages. Our Middle School students are also offered a wide variety of afterschool education enrichment activities to help them to further develop.
As BSNBCS does not include a High School, part of our challenge is helping our scholars prepare for the transition to a high school of their choice upon graduation from 8th grade. Our Middle School team helps to guide our scholars and their families through the NYC high school application and selection process. Middle School counselors work closely with 7th and 8th graders to help set realistic expectations based on academic performance and proficiency, select high schools that match academic ability and desired curriculum, and complete the application process.
We prioritize daily collaboration through our scheduling and school structure, while offering a higher level of autonomy and teacher creativity than many other public schools. We also include our students in the local community. Events such as the BSNBCS Community Health Action Day, participation in the neighborhood community garden, and the planning for community playgrounds are just a few examples of how our scholars are involved with their community. See one examples of how our scholars are involved in their community here:
Working together as a community of educators to develop our scholars to not only grow in academic learning, but to be involved in the rapidly shrinking global community....Ad Summum!
Join the BSNBCS Family!
BSNBCS is a community of educators dedicated to the success of our scholars. We are a diverse team of collaborative professionals who are passionate about providing our scholars with the high quality, whole person learning environment they need, want, and deserve.
We seek instructors who understand our scholars: their strengths and needs. We are looking for education professional who seek to grow their professional practice as a member of our team. Our organization is dedicated to the success of our team members through a career path that provides opportunities for professional growth and development. We offer strong total compensation, training, and development programs with a chance to work alongside others who take pride in growing our scholars.
The ideal BSNBCS team member has a “can do,” results-oriented attitude and a dedication to the quality of education our scholars need and deserve. Our most successful team members are hardworking, responsible, teaching-oriented individuals who are devoted to improving the learning environment through patience, flexibility, innovation and perseverance. We are looking for talented educators who are passionate about teaching, creative in helping students develop and who ask the question “Is what am I doing RIGHT NOW improving student learning?”
Our Hiring Process
Our Interview process is designed to help us identify highly qualified professionals who possess both the technical skills to provide our scholars a quality learning environment and characteristics that match our culture. We move pretty quickly when we find highly talented educators. When we find the quality educator we are looking for, our hiring process is pretty short. On average from phone interview to offer letters being extended is about two weeks! Here is what you can expect during the Interview/ Hiring process:
BSNBCS believes providing quality total compensation and additional opportunities for development are essential to taking care of our team members. We believe in professional honesty and integrity, and offer a high level of caring for those we work with and who work for us. We are an equal opportunity employer and make every effort to reasonably accommodate employee needs.
As part of our team, you are eligible for the following benefits:
Please view our employment opportunities and complete an online application to express your interest in joining the BSNBCS Team at:
If you have any questions regarding opportunities at BSNBCS please email the HR team at email@example.com.
We provide our team members with excellent professional development opportunities and support networks that help each teacher to grow in his or her craft. Providing excellence in academics requires a staff that is well trained and developed in the art of teaching. Whether it be the development of instructional technique or improving classroom management capabilities, we recognize that our educators require professional growth just as our scholars require academic development.
Professional Development includes:
So…Why work at BSNBCS?
We offer you the opportunity to change the future: one scholar at a time. Each BSNBCS Scholar (present and future) deserves the chance to receive the quality education they deserve to help prepare them for academic success and growth. You also deserve to work in environment that is collaborative, fosters professional growth and development, and that empowers each staff member to take ownership of the learning environment in their classrooms or functional area. This is your chance to join a collaborative team with the intent of teaching young minds, helping our scholars grow, work in key roles within the school, and to develop your career.
Here is what scholars think about their teachers:
Collaborative-Friendly Working Environment
We use a co-teaching model in our classrooms. Each lower school general education classroom and middle school content specialty classroom (i.e. math, science, ELA) has two teachers. This reduces our teacher: student ratio, allowing for more meaningful contact for each student. Our co-teachers are partners in all areas of lesson planning, instructional delivery, classroom management, and student development.
Our grade and school teams work collaboratively to improve the learning environment by collaborative to improve processes, provide special assistance and guidance to meet the needs of our students, strengthen our classroom teams, and to make ours a culture filled with team spirit and spirit de corps. Each staff member provides peer assistance as needed so that all team members can meet our goal of improving student learning.
Our staff members really are like family. We hold frequest off-site staff get togethers to enjoy the sense of camaraderie we share as a team. Our team members have a chance to relax and enjoy time apart from the work setting and get to know each other.
Grow in your profession
No matter what your role is on the BSNBCS team, your development is as important to us as that of the scholars in each classroom. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of professional development opportunities internally and externally as you grow as a professional. Each staff member has an Individual Professional Growth Plan (IPGP) that is designed to help him or her develop as a professional and that helps shape the progression of training and development.
A Day in the Life
As a charter school, we do not follow the same daily/ yearly calendar as the NYC DOE. Our annual calendar consists of 190 school days for students, and our staff work day is from 7:30-4:30 each day. Our schedule looks like this:
Our teachers typically start back from the summer break in mid-August; which is usually about two weeks prior to the students starting their school year. During this time, the teachers go through two weeks of intensive professional development and training workshops.
Our scholars start school at the end of August. In order to maximize the use of our school calendar in a way that is the most effective and least disruptive to the student learning environment, we do not close our school for all of the same holiday observances as the NYC DOE. We do observe all federal holidays and many religious holidays (as apply to the demographics of our student population). Of course, if there is a religious holiday you would like to observe that is not observed by the school calendar, accommodations can be discussed with your supervisor.
The staff workday begins at 7:30 am each school day. As a Title I school, we offer free breakfast to our scholars. The doors open for staff entry at 6:30 am, but scholars are not allowed entrance until 7:30 am. Scholars begin classes at 8:05 am. Teachers are provided with two prep periods each day. The scholars are dismissed by 3:30 pm each day. From 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm, staff members will either have an additional prep time, professional learning community meetings, or grade team meetings (depending on the day and team you are a part of). At 4:30pm, staff members are allowed to leave.
I have been working at Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School full-time (Less than a year)
I interviewed with Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter school and found the process to be thorough and very straight forward about the expectations for the teaching position. The morale of the school is positive and everyone I have interacted with has a similar goal, "student success." The team I am currently on is very dedicated, and we are all open to advice and tips from one another, as a new teacher to the school these are great qualities to have on a team! The administration is very "tight," and it is evident that they are in constant communication with one another. So far the school year has been amazing, and the future seems promising. As a teacher who has taught for two years, I would highly recommend employment for Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School.
There are no cons for this school. The students that Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School serve are from a low-socioeconomic environment. Researching the area to ensure it is a community you would like to serve would be beneficial.
Advice to Management
Keep up the great work!
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School (Brooklyn, NY).
The first step was a 20 minute phone interview. After that, I was invited to the school for a 20 minute demo-lesson. I went a little bit over, but it went well. After that I met with several other school administrators and answered a few more questions about my background and experience. After that was over, they asked me for my salary requirements, a good sign, and I went home. The offer came a few days later.
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