Children's Kiva Montessori Lower Elementary 1-3
Montezuma-Cortez School District
Cortez , CO 81321
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Children's Kiva Montessori School Position Description and Responsibilities Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary (1-3) Overview Children's Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School (CKMS) is a public charter school serving children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located in Cortez, Colorado in the beautiful Four Corners Region where rivers, mountains, mesas, and canyons offer unparalleled access to the outdoors for recreation, sport, enjoyment, and solace.
CKMS provides a stimulating, carefully prepared environment that nurtures students' intellectual and social-emotional development through the use of Montessori methods, Community-based educational approaches, and STEAM integrated academics. Position Summary The Lead Teacher Lower Elementary (LTLE) is a curriculum leader responsible for providing a stimulating, carefully prepared environment that nurtures students' intellectual and social-emotional development through the use of Montessori methods, Community-based educational approaches, and integrated academics (STEAM). As a standard-based institution, CKMS educators work together to develop curricula that advance student academic growth as established by the school and the Colorado Department of Education. The LTLE joins a team of education leaders who are committed to cultivating an academically rigorous classroom where independence, creativity, responsibility, and respect are fostered.
CKME educators model positive interpersonal relationships with students, parents, staff and community members. Qualifications ? Minimum of Bachelor's degree in a related subject from an accredited university. ? AMS or AMI Montessori credential, and ESSA teacher qualified status as per Colorado Department of Education https://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/tii/a_hqt (or) be enrolled in a Montessori program, (or) be willing to enroll in a Montessori program and/or participate in on-site training. ? Lead teacher experience in a hands-on, child-centered learning environment (e.g. Montessori, STEM, STEAM, Project-based, and/or Expeditionary preferred). ? Willingness to balance the demands of providing high-quality Montessori experience in a charter school environment; authorized through the Charter School Institute (Denver, Colorado). ? Understanding of standards-based curriculum alignment and progress monitoring systems that ensure fidelity of program implementation. 1 ? Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement Review support plans (e.g., IEP, ALP, RTI, 504), and, in collaboration with support team, to implement the recommendations, accommodations and modifications for special needs/at risk students ? Verifiable experience in collaborative environment and clear awareness of role (s) played in collaboration.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities ? Plan and develop age appropriate curriculum that promotes intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of the student, to include the school year lesson plans, special units, projects, field trips, speakers, and material requirements. ? Demonstrate knowledge and implement curriculum that meets or exceeds Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) as outlined by the Colorado Department of Education, and at the direction of the Head of School and the School's Employee Handbook. ? Maintain an orderly, aesthetic, and purposeful classroom environment. ? Prepare and use class materials that are consistent with the Montessori philosophy, relevant to the curriculum and developmentally appropriate for the student. ? Implement standards-based data tracking system (Teaching Strategies GOLD, Montessori Compass) and use data to inform instructional development and delivery. ? Train, mentor and lead Assistant Teacher in the school's teaching philosophy and use of materials, and support their professional development. ? Compile and maintain continuous student progress records and track daily attendance. ? Schedule and conduct parent/teacher conferences to communicate student progress, development, and individualized learning plan recommendations and review implementations methods. ? Review support plans, (e.g., IEP, ALP, RTI, 504) and collaborate with support team to implement the recommendations, accommodations and modifications for special needs/at risk students. ? Support and facilitate required student assessments. ? Plan and manage off-campus activities in a manner that ensures proper parental consent, supervision, and student safety at all times. ? Communicate consistently with parents and encourage parent involvement in their student's education and the school. ? Work collaboratively with other Lead Teachers and staff and actively participate in professional development and learning activities. ? Work to continuously improve effectiveness in all instructional practices. ? Exhibit open, honest, professional, and respectful communication with the students, parents, staff, and Board of Directors. ? Perform other duties as assigned. Additional
? Assure the safety and welfare of students including necessary actions to insure that students are supervised at all times. 2 ? Demonstrate faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work. ? Submit required reports promptly at the times specified. ? Demonstrate care of and protection of CKMS property. ? Report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law. ? Use the CKMS internet and E-mail system as specified in Policy. ? Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or their designees. Education and Training ? Minimum:
Bachelor's degree in a related subject from an accredited university. Experience ? Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring. ? Certificates, Licenses, & Registrations: Colorado Teaching License with endorsements for the levels and subject areas teaching.
Pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II Test. Meet CDE and NCLB requirements for Highly Qualified. May be required to complete CPI training depending on assignment.
Technical Skills, Knowledge & Abilities ? Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills. ? Strong decision making, analytical and organizational skills. ? Ability to work with students with diverse needs at various levels. ? Ability to develop and implement engaging lessons that facilitate student mastery of the Colorado Academic Standards. ? Critical thinking and problem solving skills. ? Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job. ? Ability to promote and follow CKMS policies and procedures. ? Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively in a team setting. ? Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator. ? Ability to utilize formative and summative assessments to access student learning. ? Ability to implement IEP's, 504's, and behavior support plans. Materials and Equipment Operating Knowledge ? Microcomputers and general office equipment. ? Microsoft Office applications. ? Student Information Systems. Administrative Details ? Position:
Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary (1-3) ? Status: Full Time, Exempt ? Supervisor: Head of School ? Salary:
DOE (see published Step Schedule) ? Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, Personal Days, PERA (Colo. Retirement) ? Revised: June 2019 3 " />