FTE: HOURS PER DAY: CONTRACT TYPE: ANTICIPATED START DATE: POSITION REQUIREMENT: PREFERRED ENDORSEMENT:
1.0 8 Continuing SY 2014-2015 Washington State Teaching Certificate or ability to obtain one. Talented and Gifted
SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENTS:
One of Washington's premiere emerging charter schools, The Village Academy is seeking outstanding candidates to provide direct instruction and support student acceleration and achievement in the Talented and Gifted program in grades fourth through eighth. Successful candidates will coordinate and provide a systematic and continuous program that will meet the educational needs of our most Talented and Gifted students through rigorous learning practices taught in a variety of methodology. Successful candidates will be adaptable and able to teach visual and kinesthetic learners, while placing an emphasis on character development, laughter and joy, and respect for all diversity.
Assist building principals in identification of gifted students.
In cooperation with the regular classroom teacher, provides direct instruction to identified 4th through 8th grade students.
Serve as a resource person for the classroom teachers, providing materials, methods, and ideas to ensure appropriate educational experiences for the gifted student in the regular classroom. Plan, develop, advise and coordinate enrichment activities for use by the classroom teacher.
Provide enrichment activities and/or thinking skills training in the regular classroom when time allows.
Serve as a member of the school team which is made up of the principal and classroom teacher, communicating frequently and regularly with parents of the gifted students.
Plan orientations and ongoing inservice training of staff in areas pertinent to gifted education and the development of teaching skills necessary to better meet the needs of the gifted in the regular classroom.
Has knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics, needs, and problems found in gifted students as a result of their atypical mental development.
Develop and implement a flexible, individualized, enriching curriculum appropriate to meeting the individual gifted pupil's needs and nurturing group interaction.
Work cooperatively with other teachers, principal(s) and the director of instruction to develop an appropriate instructional program consistent with the Village Academy's goals and philosophy.
Provide the staff in each grade materials, equipment, support and training to improve enrichment resource instruction.
Attend workshops and conferences as necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the job.
Inform staff of available conferences and encourage attendance.
Remain informed of current information related to enrichment resource students and programming.
Provide materials and serve as a resource to NPO curricular and instructional committees.
Serve as a resource in staff development.
Communicate in an appropriate manner with other staff members, district specialists and administrators.
Communicate to the building principal any enrichment resource student or program concerns
Communicate to parents regarding gifted and talented identification and programming for students
Provide leadership for the development and implementation of the kindergarten through grade 12 gifted and talented curriculum
Provide leadership for the integration of the kindergarten through grade 12 gifted and talented curriculum into all content areas.
Plan, develop, advise and coordinate gifted programming in the Ducere Group Board of Governance of Education.
Order, organize and disseminate materials that can be appropriately used with gifted students by classroom teachers.
Utilize assessment techniques and resources that can assist in the identification of gifted and talented needs for students
Assess the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provide progress reports as necessary.
Monitor student progress and interpret the results of evaluation.
Perform any and all other duties as prescribed by the School Administrator.
A Master's Degree from an accredited university with a minimum of 15 hours in gifted/talented education.
Five years of successful teaching experience.
Demonstrated ability to individualize and make use of techniques for teaching gifted students.
Enthusiastic and displays an overall optimism toward teaching and student learning with a strong commitment to gifted education.
Demonstrates classroom management procedures that provide for large and small groups, and individuals, and provides an environment conducive to learning.
Uses appropriate disciplinary procedures, establishes clear parameters for student behavior, responds properly when problems occur, and helps students toward self-discipline.
Demonstrates ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral form.
Flexible in learning new concepts, cooperates with others, and adapts to a variety of assignments and conditions.
Assesses needs of students, prescribes and implements effective lessons to meet students’ needs through the use of appropriate and current instructional skills.
Gains the respect and confidence of students, parents, and staff through modeling appropriate demeanor, behavior, and attire.
Sets and attains high level of expectations with a commitment to using available resources so that accomplishment and growth occurs.
Develops favorable relationships with students; listens to, cares for, and works collaboratively with them.
Relates positively to youth and adults of varying socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds, different learning styles, and various disabilities.
Demonstrates the ability to learn new ideas and skills and to solve problems; the possession of a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 is expected.
Aware of current educational developments and applications, works collaboratively with others; believes in the importance of education, and interested in the welfare of all students.
Uses democratic processes to work out problems in a supportive and understanding non-authoritarian manner.
Integrates technology into planning, learning, and record-keeping activities.
Knowledge of effective teaching strategies related to the appropriate age of instruction. Demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge in a classroom setting.
Willingness and commitment to participate in professional collaboration and student supervision.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of students, teachers, parents, and administrators in a confidential manner.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Familiar with unique school structure and APPLE.
Right Response or Mandt training.
Experience with visual/ hands on teaching methodologies.
Knowledge and understanding of FAPE, 504, and IDEA.