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Teaching at EFC: Frequently Asked Questions
Who makes decisions regarding instructional program, budget, and staffing?
All of our schools have a high level of autonomy over instruction, budget, staffing, and accountability, and teacher leaders have an important voice in shaping these decisions.
What professional development opportunities are available at EFC?
Every teacher receives an individualized development plan that can include individualized coaching, release time to observe other teachers and visit other schools, and participation in workshops and conferences. All teachers collaborate in grade level teams, do grade-level and cross-grade observations, participate in weekly site-level professional development, in organization-wide professional development, and in data-based cycles of inquiry.
New teachers receive two years of intensive coaching from full-time Induction Coaches, an additional week of summer professional development, and additional release time to observe other teachers.
What’s the compensation and benefits package?
EFC’s salary and benefits package is one of the most competitive in the Bay Area.
What is your teacher retention rate?
The average EFC teacher has been with the organization for 5 years. The organization is 10 years old.
What does collaboration look like at EFC?
Grade-level teams collaborate weekly to share classroom culture and instructional practices, plan lessons, and design student interventions. In addition, the EFC teacher work calendar includes 10 collaborative planning/professional development days spread throughout the school year, as well as several collaborative data analysis days that facilitate grade-level team reflection and data-based planning.
What are EFC’s teacher leadership opportunities?
EFC is working on an innovative teacher leadership pipeline program where teachers are acknowledged and rewarded as demonstration teachers, mentor teachers, coaches, grade-level facilitators, professional developers, and curriculum developers. Every site has an instructional leadership team and additional site-based leadership opportunities. Organization-wide, teacher leaders participate on the Staff Leadership Council, the Data Champions team, and ad hoc strategic teams like the Teacher Evaluation Working Group, Assessment Working Group, and Teacher Compensation Working Group. EFC also supports teacher leaders to take part in leadership development programs such as Emerging Leaders and NAATE.
Substitute Teaching at EFC: Frequently Asked Questions
How are substitutes supported at EFC?
We treat substitute teachers like we treat our teachers – as invaluable members of our team. Substitutes are provided quality lesson plans, regular check-ins by school leadership, and support as needed by grade-level leads. Long-term substitutes are treated as part of the faculty, and new long-term substitutes are treated as new teachers receiving intensive coaching and additional release time to observe other teachers.
What are the professional growth opportunities for substitute teachers?
Excellent substitute teachers are our first recruits for permanent positions. Many of our current EFC teachers are former substitutes who demonstrated excellence.
What is the daily rate for substitute teacher with EFC?
The daily rate for both short-term substitute teachers is $160. The daily rate for long-term substitute teachers is $185.
How frequently are substitute teachers paid?
EFC and OUSD use the same pay schedule: work done from the 1st- 15th is paid the last day of the month; work done from the 16th -30th gets paid on the 15th of the month.
Am I entitled to any benefits?
EFC substitutes are temporary, part-time employees and do not receive any benefits.
If I apply to be a substitute teacher with OUSD, do I also need to apply to EFC?
Yes, OUSD and EFC are distinct organizations and run independent hiring processes.
How do I apply for a job?
Submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.