Middle Grades (6 , 7, 8 ) Educator Position ( Starting with 6 th grade in fall 2014)

Overview
The  Schoolhouse  Learning  Center  in  South  Burlington,  Vermont  seeks  a  dynamic,  creative  Middle  Grades
(grades  6,  7,  8)  educator  to  fill  a  newly  created  position.
The  Schoolhouse  has  provided  Elementary  programming  for  over  40  years  in  the  Burlington  community.
The  Middle  School  program  is  a  new  initiative  for  the  Schoolhouse  and  will  occur  in  phases beginning
with  6th grade
Fall 2014.
It  is  anticipated  that  the  Middle  Grades  model  will  include  roughly  3  days  of  academic  or  “class  work”  and
2  days  of  hands-­‐on,  field  work.
The  teacher  will  have  the  opportunity  to  develop  an  engaging,  creative  and  expansive  program  for  the  students  that  engages  them  with  the  broader  community.
The  Schoolhouse  is  a  K-­‐6  (expanding  to  k-­‐8)  independent  school  in  South  Burlington,  Vermont  located
on  27  acres  of  wetlands  with  a  long  history  of  providing  a  quality  education  to  a  wide  range  of  students
and  their  families.    The  school’s  goal  is  to  lead  children  to  discover  the  rewards  found  in  the  process  of
active  inquiry  and  respectful,  cooperative  work  with  others.
Job  Duty  Summary
The  Middle  Grades  Teacher  will  help  to  develop  and  implement  The  Schoolhouse’s  6th
grade  curriculum
consistent  with  the
vision  for  the  Middle  Grades  program  and  the
school’s  mission.  The  teacher  will  be  responsible  for  developing  and  assessing  curriculum  for  students  across  all  academic  areas  and  integrating  the  academics  with  field  activities.
The  teacher  will  also  work  with  Schoolhouse  teaching
staff  to  integrate  with  the  existing  programs.
This  position  may  be  a  part  time  or  full  time  position  depending  on  the  skills  and  abilities  of  the
applicant  (e.g.,  one  academic  instructor  and  one  field  instructor).
Essential  Job  Functions
•Develop  strong  academic  curriculum
and  assessments  in  core  areas,  including  math,  science,  literacy,  art, social  sciences,  and  physical  education
•Develop  and  organize  field  based  program  including  communication  with  community  partners
and  integrate  the  program  with  core  curriculum
•Support  social,  emotional  and  intellectual  growth  of  all  students
•Be  conversant  in  the  national  and  state  standards  in  core  subject  areas
•Provide  opportunities  for  individual  student  progress
•Provide  a  strong  role  model  to  students
•Collaborate  with  other  student  to  expand  the  students’ social  experiences
•Communicate  with  other  Schoolhouse  staff  to  ensure  integration  of  middle  grades  activities
with  the  broader  program
Responsibilities  and  Expectations
•It  is  the  expectation  that  all  members  of  The  Schoolhouse  teaching  staff  will
•commit  to  professional  growth  and  renewal  on  an  ongoing  basis
•set  guidelines  to  promote  a  positive  self-­‐image  in  each  child
•understand  age-­‐appropriate  expectations  for  children  (emotionally  and  academically)
•respect  the  rights  and  dignity  of  each  child
•provide  a  stimulating  learning  environment  for  each  child
•exhibit  enthusiasm  for  the  topics  he/she  teaches
•collaborate  effectively with  teaching  colleagues  and  administrators
•partner  with  parents,  communicating  effectively  and  frequently
•market the  school  by  a  willingness  to  showcase  his/her teaching  and  to  communicate  with
prospective  families
•support  school  activities  by  attending  them
•keep  appropriate  records
•complete  required  professional  development
•learn  new  skills  as  changing  pedagogy  dictates
•model  self-­‐disciplined  and  ethical  behavior
•dress  professionally
•limit  personal  phone  calls,  emails,  texts,  etc.
to  non-­‐student  hours  and  seek  to  keep  electronic
devices  out  of  site  to  the  extent  possible
•perform such  other  duties  as  may  be  assigned,  from  time  to  time,  by  the  Head  of  School.
Basic  Qualifications  –Experience  and  Knowledge
•Experience  in  curriculum  development  and  assessment  at  the  middle  grades
•Ability  to  nurture  the  social,  emotional,  physical  and  intellectual  growth  of  middle  school
students
•Strong  organizational  and  leadership  skills
•Enthusiasm  for  teaching
•Love  of  the  natural  world
•Flexibility  and  creativity
•The  ability  to  establish  and  maintain  effective  working  relationships  with  all  members  of  The  Schoolhouse  staff,  administration  and  parents.
•The  ability  to  communicate  effectively  orally  and  in  writing
•The  ability  to  lead  and  individually  work  to  accomplish
academic  and  social  goals
•The  ability  and  willingness  to
be  a  member  of  The  Schoolhouse  community  and  align with  its
institutional  mission  and  goals
•The  ability  to  think  creatively  and  broadly  about  programming  and  children.
Education  and  Training
•Bachelors  degree  in  a  relevant  field  (ex:  education,  social  work,  human  development,  recreation)
OR  an  equivalent  experience;  teaching  certification  a  plus
•Minimum  of  3  years  teaching  experience  at  the  middle  grades  level
•Working  knowledge  of  personal  computers  and  word  processing
•A  working  knowledge  of  principles,  philosophy  and  practices  in  child  development,
education
•Any  equivalent  combination  of  experience  and  education  that  provides  the  required  knowledge,
skills  and abilities  associated  with  this  position  and  its  essential  job  functions  may  be  considered.
Physical  Demands
•The  physical  demands  described  here  are  representative  of  those  that  must  be  met  by  an
employee  to  successfully  perform  the  essential  functions  of  this  job.    Reasonable
accommodations  may  be  made  to  enable  individuals  with  disabilities  to  perform  the  essential
functions.
•While  performing  the  duties  of  this  job,  the  employee  is  frequently  required  to  walk,  sit
(on  floors  and chairs),  talk,  hear,  use  hands  and  fingers  to  feel,  handle  or  operate  objects,  tools  or
controls,  and  reach  with  hands  and  arms.
Specific  vision  abilities  required  by  this  job  include
near  and  far  vision  and  the  ability  to  monitor  multiple  children  in  indoor  and outdoor  settings.
The  employee must  occasionally  lift  and/or  move  up  to  75  pounds  (
i.e.,  tables,  chairs).
For  more  information  about  the  Schoolhouse  please  visit
the  Schoolhouse  website:
http://www.theschoolhousevt.org
South Burlington,, Vermont
2014-04-30
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