High School History Teacher

  • Educators for Quality Alternatives (EQA Schools)
  • New Orleans, LA, USA
  • 07/10/2024

Job Description

Educators for Quality Alternatives

EQA serves students who have dropped out, been expelled from, or have struggled academically or behaviorally in traditional settings and are looking for an accelerated path to graduation. There are three high school campuses, The NET: Central City which opened in 2011, The NET: Gentilly which opened in 2017, and a third high school campus, New Orleans Accelerated High School (NOAH), which opened in 2020 as a merger with ReNEW Accelerated High School. Students at the high schools earn a high school diploma and participate in internships, career counseling, and career training in various fields including construction, medical, and digital media.  EQA also serves middle school students through The Bridge Middle School, a therapeutic program for 7th and 8th grade struggling students. For all settings, our goal is that our students leave school with the skills, confidence and experience necessary to succeed in the career and education path of their choice. 

Why become a teacher at EQA Schools? 

We believe that our students, who are some of the city’s brightest and most vulnerable young people, thrive when their teachers do. Because our schools are focused on meeting students where they are, teachers have autonomy to do what is best for their students. We trust you to make thoughtful choices to set students up for success.


EQA teachers often become agents of change in their students’ lives and in our schools. In addition to autonomy, you will be part of a close knit team that works collaboratively to support students.  With your guidance, you can work towards helping our city’s youth in developing to their greatest potential.  

Roles and Responsibilities 

Depending upon the school and position, history teachers generally teach a combination of two of the following courses:

  • US History 
  • Civics
  • Other course development and instruction, in development with a co-teacher for a project based or cross-disciplinary course 

EQA High School History Teachers are responsible for:

Developing and using Tier 1 curriculum and assessments 

  • If a curriculum is selected-- study and supplement the curriculum to meet students needs; if no curriculum is selected-- develop scope and sequences which align with the LA State Standards, LEAP2025 exams, and Act 833 portfolios 
  • Develop and execute on aligned Weekly and Daily lesson plans 
  • Develop and execute on aligned Labs, Projects, and other hands-on learning experiences 

Planning and implementing engaging, rigorous, and differentiated instruction 

  • Implement instructional best practices for students with academic skill gaps and struggles 
  • Collaborate and/or co-teach with special education teachers and other staff to insure all students receive the appropriate, high quality modifications and accommodations 
  • Develop differentiated assignments and assessments 

Building and leveraging transformative relationships for student growth 

  • Actively get to know your students as individuals 
  • Conduct structured meetings with students’ to review their progress and develop plans for success 
  • Create a trauma informed classroom culture 
  • Plan and conduct weekly community building activities for each class 
  • Plan student expeditions and experiences to develop social skills development and expose students to a variety of opportunities 
  • Actively practice restorative approaches and collaborative problem-solving in order to teach students how to take responsibility for improving their behavior and communication 
  • Coordinate with counselors, special education teachers, administrators and others to insure each student receives the appropriate interventions and supports 

Assessing and monitoring student progress on an individual and course level 

  • Develop rigorous, authentic assessments to accurately gauge student understanding and mastery 
  • Collect and analyze a variety of data to assess student’s strengths, gaps, and growth areas 
  • Use this information to appropriately adjust course curriculum and delivery and individualize approaches and supports 

Constantly developing your own craft 

  • Set goals for student performance and professional growth 
  • Actively reflect on your own work and monitor progress toward goals 
  • Productively seek, give, and use feedback 
  • Positively contribute to the school’s collegial community 
  • Participate in all scheduled professional development activities and seek out additional opportunities 
  • Involve yourself in the continual development and improvement of the school’s curriculum, culture, and program 

Position Requirements:

  • 3+ years teaching at risk students with a demonstrated record raising student achievement
  • A BA or BS required; Louisiana Teacher Certification preferred
    • All uncertified teachers must be authorized in order to become a part of the EQA team as a teacher under Louisiana State Law. Read more here!  
  • Degree in and/or extensive knowledge of content area
  • Specialized interest and skills in working with students with learning and emotional difficulties
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, relationship building & management skills
  • Learning mindset dedicated to effectively and innovatively problem solving and constantly improving
  • Passion for improving educational opportunities for urban students and for being a part of a strong, mission-driven team
  • Commitment to EQA’s mission, vision and growth


  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Location: TBD
  • Schedule: School is year-round with generous leave schedule.
  • Salary: $45,000-$55,000 depending upon experience. Initial salary is set based on years of experience and degrees. Future salary increases are based on performance and responsibilities.
  • Benefits: Comprehensive benefits and 403b retirement plan

EQA encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer, fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. EQA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment. EQA does not sponsor employment visas.