Staff Qualifications

Encore shall comply with all applicable provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including only employing highly qualified teachers for core subject courses, which includes a requirement that a teacher hold a Bachelor’s degree, subject matter competency, and a basic teaching credential. Encore shall only assign teachers to subjects to which they are properly credentialed, including English Learner authorization.

Pursuant to –Education Code Section 47605(l), all teachers must hold the same certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to that which a teacher in other public schools would be required to hold. These documents shall be maintained on file at Encore and are subject to periodic inspection by the District. It is the intent of the Legislature that charter schools be given flexibility with regard to noncore, noncollege preparatory courses.

Chief Executive Officers – For all executive positions, successful candidate must represent either college education (Master’s preferred) or life experience (Management work experience) equivalent to ten or more years in business management and/or education. This includes Chief Officers, Executive Officers, and Executive Directors. At least five years of charter school management or charter school business experience is desired. Prior to employment approval, a candidate’s credentials are verified and a Department of Justice Livescan is completed.

Administration – For all administrative positions at Encore, successful candidates must represent either college credentialed experience or life experience equivalent to five or more years in business management and/or teaching. See Section 5, above, for specific employee qualifications for all administrative positions. Prior to employment approval, a candidate’s credentials are verified and a Department of Justice Livescan is completed.

Certificated Teachers – Must be properly credentialed in their field plus have the necessary ESL certificate. They must also follow the definitions of a “highly qualified” teacher as outlined by the California Department of Education. Certificated teachers should have experience teaching or training for multiple levels of students from the low achievers to the high achievers. Every certificated teaching candidate will be required to submit a resume with a description of their teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation to make sure that their teaching philosophy is in line with Encore’s overall mission. Prior to employment approval, a candidate teacher’s credentials are verified and a Department of Justice Livescan is completed.

Non-Core Classified Instructors – For Arts teachers, if they are teaching an academic core class, they must be considered a “highly qualified” teacher as outlined by the California Department of Education. For non-core arts enrichment courses, non-core arts enrichment instructors must have qualifying life experience in their field and complete an Executive teaching certification course (Encore developed, equivalent to BTSA) within the first two years of employment at Encore. Instructors must audition within a class environment and will be evaluated by Executive Officials and students prior to employment. Portfolios and/or audition pieces must be submitted at time of interview. Prior to employment approval, a candidate’s credentials are verified and a Department of Justice Livescan is completed.

School Staff – Individual requirements will be outlined for specific jobs as the jobs become available. Prior to employment approval, a candidate’s credentials are verified and a Department of Justice Livescan is completed.