Commerce HS (Empowerment Zone) ( learn more )

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 4200482
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
  • Posted : March 30, 2023
  • Starting Date: August 21, 2023

Job Description

Grade Level: 9-12

Start Date: August 2023 (anticipated)

Salary Range: $55,467 - $88,006


Aspire Program High School Humanities Teacher

The Commerce Aspire Program (CAP) is a program within the High School of Commerce dedicated to disrupting high school dropout rates by creating and cultivating a community of At-Promise learners with a more flexible and targeted approach to learning. The Commerce Aspire Program is a personalized approach to education for scholars who may not have been successful in the traditional setting with intentional social emotional support, individualized academic experience that removes the fluff and targets the academic need of each scholar and access to post-secondary pathways including career training and Early College options. CAP is an innovative and reimagined high school experience with personalized schedules, blended learning opportunities, small class sizes, individualized support, wraparound services, work- based and project-based learning opportunities, career labs and early college opportunities.


By coaching teachers to support and deliver high-quality well-structured lessons with appropriate sequencing and pacing, develop active monitoring plans to collect meaningful data, and plan targeted intervention and intentional MCAS support, CAP scholars will be prepared to graduate high school and become successful in their college and career journeys. Additionally, by partnering with students and families we will support students to meet high expectations and build the habits necessary for accelerated academic growth. 


Job Responsibilities

Educator responsibilities at CAP include:

  • Enacting anti-racist instructional practices that ensure students own the learning. 
  • Providing grade level rigor in the course content using the hybrid design model
  • Providing embedded interventions for students needing additional support, time, or scaffolds
  • Working closely with a co-taught team of two to three additional educators in the classroom to support all scholars. 
  • Engaging with families as partners in the learning around successes, challenges, and problem-solving on behalf of our scholars  
  • Other duties as determined by the Principal.


  • Experience teaching ELA, English, or History at the middle and/or high school level preferred.
  • Appropriate content/program area educator license (e.g., English) and grade level licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education required. (Educators who are not licensed by MA DESE in the appropriate area or grade level may be eligible for a licensure waiver and are still encouraged to apply.)
  • Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. 

If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know that historically marginalized groups – including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.


We encourage you to reach out to Principal Tiffany Carr ( if you have questions about the role or your qualifications. We are happy to help you feel ready to apply!



SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience; salaries for new teachers start at $55,467. Teachers in SEZP qualify for benefits (sick days, retirement, health insurance, etc.) offered to other teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.


In addition, there are several opportunities unique to SEZP schools to increase earnings above base salary. While not guaranteed, those opportunities currently include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanded Learning Time stipends at some schools, based on the yearly schedule
  • Empowerment Academies: Intervention and instruction opportunities we implement during February, April, and summer breaks, following an application and selection process

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please contact with any questions.


About the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership

While Massachusetts is consistently ranked as one of the top states for education results in the country, we have one of the highest and most persistent opportunity gaps. The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) - established in 2015 as a collaboration between Springfield Public Schools (SPS), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Springfield Education Association (SEA) – seeks to improve the longitudinal life outcomes of the more than 5,000 students in our eleven middle and high schools.


As a “zone” of schools within the city of Springfield, SEZP’s approach draws on a deep and embedded partnership with the school district and local teachers’ union, while harnessing the flexibility and innovation found in autonomous school models. As a result, each school within SEZP is accorded significant school-based autonomies - in curriculum, talent, calendar, schedule, and budget – while being held accountable for realizing achievement gains for historically marginalized students. In all of our work, SEZP is in pursuit of equity and anti-racism – acknowledging the systemic oppression our students and families encounter daily and working to disrupt these provision gaps urgently and courageously.


Nondiscrimination Statement

The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability or military service or marital status. The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in admission to, access or treatment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.


Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination

Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Springfield Public Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discrimination on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, 1550 Main St. Springfield MA, 011103, 413-787-7100, ext. 55428, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Springfield Public Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Springfield Public Schools may be referred to Kathleen O’Sullivan or to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone 800-421-3481.


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    • Springfield Public Schools
    • Springfield, Massachusetts 01103

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