ASHEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Middle School Project Lead The Way Teacher
Under the direct supervision of the Middle School Principal, the Project Lead The Way teacher is responsible for classroom instruction of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics courses, which integrates science, technology and math concepts with engineering. Provides support to the instructional process with specific responsibility for supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas. This includes developing lesson plans and delivering group and/or individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines, collaborating with other teachers, other professional staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues. Additionally, the classroom teacher responds to a wide range of inquiries from students' parents or guardians regarding the instructional program and student progress. Candidate must hold a current teaching license.
More about Project Lead Their Way:
A national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools and high schools to implement curriculum that promotes math and science achievement
Implements curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experiences in STEM
Provides nationwide support network for teachers
Uses activities, project, and problem-based learning that have real world application Allows students to explore math, science and technology
Visit the website at http://www.pltw.org/ Major responsibilities include:
Attend necessary training (including summer)
Participate as an active member of the Technology Committee
Introduce district selected computer applications to students
Assist with the dissemination of materials related to computer technology
Expand the STEM initiative at the middle school level especially reaching out to underrepresented groups
Technology and coaching professional development
Teach other assigned subjects
Lead TSA club and other STEM related activities (ex., VEX robotics)
Bachelor's degree in Technology Education or Instructional Technology, Math and/or Science
Gr. 7-12 certification required, English, Math or Science preferred.
Experience in teaching PLTW, CAD or engineering courses at the middle or high school level
Knowledge and experience in using Microsoft Office applications, Google Docs for Education, and web 2.0 interactive tools
Familiarity with basic troubleshooting for Windows machines
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Understands and administers the curriculum guides of the District as based on state and common core standards
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials based on district curriculum guides, standards, and expectations; includes emergency plans in the case of absence and/or illness
Establishes and communicates well-defined objectives for each lesson, including relevant projects and activities
Translates lesson plans into learning experiences that reflect research-based instructional strategies, including a variety of instructional strategies such as inquiries, group discussion, lecture, discovery, etc. and addresses the individual needs, interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students
Communicates and plans with other members of the staff in the delivery of meaningful instruction for shared students who participate in other programs such as special education programs, CTE, ELL, etc.
Attends staff meetings and district in-service programs; serves on curriculum and other school committees as requested and able
Is responsible for discharging instructional and non-instructional school-related activities in a thorough and timely manner
Supervises, evaluates, and provides work assignments to assigned instructional assistants and/or student teachers; works collaboratively with teachers throughout the District; may be responsible for the evaluation and supervision of classified staff
Acts as a supportive and contributing member of the professional staff by participating in group decision making, and contributes to the development of a positive, cooperative educational environment
Participates in professional development activities to enhance professional skills and maintain Arizona certification
Evaluates, provides, and maintains accurate reports and records of individual student progress on a regular basis; this includes accurate attendance records, grade reports, and special program requirements
Identifies and refers unusual student behavior to the appropriate specialists
Reports any student injury or illness or injury to self on school grounds or at school events to the site nurse and principal
Enforces and follows the school and district approved discipline plan
Is responsible for the supervision of students at all times on school grounds or at school events
Advises administration in accordance with established policies and completes all required forms accurately and in a timely manner.
Accounts and maintains inventory for classroom, school and district property as required
Advises administration of needed repairs, replacements and/or unsafe building conditions as soon as they occur
Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss student educational needs and progress
Interprets and communicates school policies and programs to students and parents
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of strategies and materials for the education of children
Ability to review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
Knowledge of data usage, including collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting
Ability to communicate effectively using all forms of communication; Ability to maintain confidentiality
Produce accurate work and complete assignments with minimal supervision
Ability to apply common sense understanding to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations
Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with staff, students, parents and community members
Knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, district procedures and Board policies
Ability to handle confrontation and conflict
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Must be physically able to sit, stand, walk and drive a car. Must be able to lift boxes up to 40 pounds. Physical demand requirements are for Light Work.
Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or composite characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants.
Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and write complex text and data.
Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagrammatic form; to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in or from standardized situations.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in standard English.
Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas, to add, subtract, divide and multiply, and to understand and interpret complex statistical analysis.
Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.
Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using computers and other technology.
Manual Dexterity: Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under average levels of stress.
Physical Communications: Requires the ability to see, talk and hear.
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