Upper School Science Teacher (Talent Pool for 2020-2021 School Year)

Instructional Richmond, California


Description

Division:             Upper School

Location:            Richmond, CA

Reports to:        Upper School Associate Director

Status:                Full-time, Exempt

 

Position Summary

The role of the Upper School Science Teacher is to promote literacy across disciplines and collaborate to assess student work, design curriculum, and improve personal practice. Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom with parents/guardians. Teachers are to be present with students in the classroom, during lunch, and in the hallway while upholding norms and expectations. In addition, Teachers are expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.

 

Primary Responsibilities

 

Instruction

  • Teach courses in Modern Physics, Chemistry, Earth & Space, Biology and Health Science
  • Create effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and lesson plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core and California State curricular standards; these lesson plans and unit plans are differentiated and designed to engage and challenge students
  • Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system.
  • Integrate literacy and writing during instruction
  • Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles, including child cognitive and social development

 

Assessment

  • Create and consistently use Formative and Summative Assessments that embed and provide students practice for unit tests, finals, and standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and SBAC
  • Manage a formalized student and parent engagement plan that details engaging students and parents, as well as provides metrics to measure growth and development, socially and academically, on a quarterly basis
  • Design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides and California state standards
  • Administer, analyze and reflect upon quantitative and qualitative student data (school wide benchmark data and classroom data) to inform instructional practice

 

 

 

Additional Responsibilities and Expectations

 

Mission Alignment

  • Communicate with, teach and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed

 

Other

  • In addition to the core class, instruct students with foundational coursework in an alternate class setting (“Marlin Hour”) and advise a group of students (“Advisory”)—responsibilities include: 1-1 check-ins, advisory family conferences, SAT/ACT preparation lessons, community circles and post-secondary plan support, as needed
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

 

Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards and Chromebooks.

 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift items more than 10 lbs.

 

Travel                                                                                                

Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.

 

Qualifications

 

Experience

  • 2-3 years minimum of relevant professional work experience required
  • Teaching experience desirable
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school
  • Strong understanding of California’s A-G college readiness requirements
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Familiarity with reading and analyzing data
  • Previous mentorship experience desirable
  • Understanding and ability to implement restorative justice practices

 

Skills

  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Ability to design and revise authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students
  • Ability to adapt and align with school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides, NGSS and California state standards
  • Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, Kahn Academy, Newsla, Zinc/Springboard, etc.)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential or enrollment in a credential program required
  • Passing scores on CBEST and CSET required
  • CLAD/BCLAD

 

Preferred

  • Advanced Degree desirable
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required
  • National Board Certification