The Ideal Candidate - Bridgeport Board of Education

Bridgeport, Connecticut
Come join us and make a
difference in a child’s life!
 As current BPS
employees retire or move
out of the District, it must
be our focus to seek and
actively recruit highly
qualified, effective
candidates for every
 Furthermore, the desired
candidates must have a
commitment to life-long
learning and the
willingness to actively
participate in
professional learning
 Every candidate, upon
hire, must hold the
appropriate certification
and endorsements for the
position for which they are
o Certified staff must be solution-focused and work
effectively with colleagues
o They must have the aptitude for gathering data and
analyzing that data to improve their effectiveness
o Classified staff must have a commitment to continuous
improvement as they support the operational and
instructional needs of the system
o All new hires must have a capacity and a commitment to
using and fostering the use of technology
o The common denominator among all candidates is an
unwavering commitment to the success of all students
as well as a dedication to meeting the differentiated
needs of student groups, including special education,
English Language Learners, and highly capable
The City of Bridgeport
The City of Bridgeport is the home of 144,000 residents
It’s the fifth largest city in New England
Close to New York City and Boston
Located along the Long Island Sound at the
mouth of the Pequonnock River
The city is made up of 70 distinct neighborhoods
and districts
Several Colleges and Universities in close proximity
The city is rich in culture with museums, parks, musical
theaters, a zoo and an arena that host concerts and
sporting events
Bridgeport is located on the Metro-North commuter line,
which offers daily train service to New York City, and
regional service to other areas in Connecticut
CT Transit offers express and local bus service Monday
through Saturday, with limited service on Sundays
Bridgeport and the Port Jefferson Ferry offer service from
Bridgeport to Long Island, NY., Monday-Sunday with a
total trip time of 1 hour and 15 minutes
Colleges and
• The University of Bridgeport -The fastest
growing four-year University in the area. The University
offers more than 125 career-oriented programs, many
of which benefit from industry connections unique to the region.
• Housatonic Community College- A two-year public
community college that offers Associate Degree programs
in preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.
• St. Vincent’s College- A four-year Catholic College
and leader in quality health and Science education.
• Yale University- is the largest research university
with a wide array of programs, located in
New Haven, Connecticut.
• Southern University- is a big commuter school and is
one of four state universities in Connecticut. Southern has 69
undergraduate degree programs and 45 graduate
degree programs.
• University of New Haven- is a private, top-tier
comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in
experiential education.
• Fairfield University- A Catholic University that promotes a
sense of social responsibility, and making sure all students
embrace and develop their full creative, intellectual potential.
• Sacred Heart University- is the second-largest
Catholic university in New England. The University
comprises five distinct colleges and offers more than
55 degree programs.
• Boston University- is a leading private research
institution with two primary campuses in the heart of
Boston and programs around the world.
• Harvard University- is a private Ivy League
research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts
and is the oldest institution of higher learning
in the United States.
• NYU- is an American research university based
in New York City. NYU is organized into more
than 20 schools, colleges, and institutes.
• Cornell University- is a privately endowed
research university and a partner of the State University
of New York. The university is broadly organized into
seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate
divisions at its main Ithaca campus.
The Public Schools
Bridgeport Public Schools' 2013-14
breakdown of minority students and
minority professional staff:
Student Race/Ethnicity: 89.9%
Professional Staff (Teachers and
Administrators): 26% minority
As a result, Bridgeport Public
Schools has a crucial need to
increase the diversity of its teaching
force, particularly in the crucial
STEM fields (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) that
are needed to prepare students for
the jobs of tomorrow.
We strive to provide a comprehensive benefits and incentives
package to match for the best and brightest!
o We strive at offering growth opportunities to our employees
o Full Benefit Package (e.g. dental at no cost to the employee,
vision, medical, etc.); life insurance at no cost to the
o Longevity Pay Incentive after completing years of service as
outlined in collective bargaining agreements
o Pension Plan
Benefits continued…
o 403B and 457 Plans (no employer match contribution)
o Credit Union
o Salary Incentives for Advanced Degrees (certified staff
o Tuition Reimbursement for Non-Certified Staff
o 10% discount for educational purposes at University of
Bridgeport which includes family members
o Student loan forgiveness for certified staff only through
the federal government
o Support for first year teachers we offer: Mentoring via
TEEM through the Connecticut State Department of
o Health and Wellness Program with Breast Cancer
Awareness, Flu Shot clinics, Zumba fitness, Yoga, Biggest
winner contest, Weight loss and much more
Our Students
Who are our students?
o Exceeding 20,000 students in over 40 schools, including
neighborhood, choice, and magnet
o More than 50 languages spoken
o 43.5% from non-English speaking homes
o A mix of both suburban and city students
Student Race /Ethnicity
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific
Islander (0.11%),
American Indian
or Alaska Native
(0.35%), 0.35%
Two or More
Races (0.51%),
Asian (2.78%),
American Indian
or Alaska Native (0.35%)
Asian (2.78%)
of any race
(49.06%), 49.06%
Black or African
American (37.98%),
Black or African American
White (9.22%)
of any race (49.06%)
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander (0.11%)
Two or More
Races (0.51%)
White (9.22%),
The Division of Human Resources actively
recruits for positions through a wide range
of advertising venues.
The current system,
Applitrack, enables the District to post open
positions, including job descriptions and salary
For the 2014-2015 school year,
Human Resources will post all vacancies with a
close date or an initial screening date to notify
candidates of deadlines when applying for positions. Per the association
contracts, Human Resources will post all vacancies for continuing positions for
a minimum of 5 days.
Applicants inquiring about the application process may be directed to the
Bridgeport Public Schools’ website at WWW.BRIDGEPORTEDU.COM
On the Human Resources’ page, all applicants must complete the Online
Directions on required documentation as well as the ability to print our
applications both certified and non-certified are then made available.
ARC Program – An intense teacher program with a
minimum of a bachelor’s degree to enter the
teaching profession – for more information visit the
higher education department.
NASDTEC Interstate agreement with 30 other states
– an applicant may qualify based on
Information at
and click on fact
sheets – fact sheet number 106

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