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Turnaround: School Media Center Librarian (SY17-18)

Boston Public Schools | Boston MA - USA | Revised: 08/14/2017

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If you are excited by the idea of joining a team at the ground floor, and introducing transformational changes to turn a school around. then Excel High School is interested in you! We are seeking candidates who are committed to high expectations for achievement, closing achievement gaps, and academic proficiency for all.

As EXCEL HS enters its first year as a Level 4 Turnaround School, we are restructuring to introduce career pathways and interdisciplinary, project-based learning using the Linked Learning approach (see: /medias/1sxmywkrsq ). Through the interdisciplinary pathways, students will gain a vivid understanding of the connections between academics and the world of work via interactions with industry partners, job shadows, internships, and dual-enrollment industry certification programs. Students in these pathways will also benefit from the closeness of a small learning community. We are extending the day by 30 minutes to support student success, and adding time in the summer and school year for staff professional development and collaboration; teachers' compensation will reflect these additional time commitments. Teachers will have many opportunities for leadership and creativity as we build out programming to meet our students' needs, develop interdisciplinary curriculum, and create exciting connections to outside partners.

***This school has been designated as a Level 4 or 5 School by the State of Massachusetts. This designation allows districts to utilize the new tools granted in the landmark education reform law that was passed in 2010 to provide additional services for these schools. Some of these tools will allow for extended time and extra compensation where needed.

Boston Public Schools seeks a SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER LIBRARIAN who is experienced, highly qualified and knowledgeable to join our community of learners and leaders. This is an exciting opportunity for Librarians who seek an environment that supports their creativity, and innovation and respects their skills and abilities as a librarian. Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the vision of Focus on Children. S/he must possess an educational philosophy that embraces the community vision for a rigorous academic program and champions the belief that all children can learn at high levels.

Reports to: Principal/Headmaster

  • Creates a caring and safe environment where students are consistently engaged in meaningful learning activities.
  • Works effectively with colleagues as a team member in planning and implementing appropriate and meaningful learning activities
  • Communicates effectively with parents and colleagues both orally and in writing.
  • Provides leadership on committees, organizations and/or projects beyond the classroom.
  • Believes and works to implement the educational philosophy that all children can achieve high standards.

CORE COMPETENCIES: Using the Rubric of Effective Teaching, the Office of Human Capital has identified priority skills and abilities that all BPS teachers should possess:

  1. Accountability for Student Achievement
(II-A-1. Quality of Effort and Work, II-D-2. High Expectations, I-B-2. Adjustments to Practice)
  • Sets ambitious learning goals for all students, creates cognitively demanding tasks, and models the belief that that all students can master challenging material through effective effort
  • Assesses students' understanding regularly with ambitious learning goals in mind and takes ownership of making necessary adjustments to instruction to reach goals despite setbacks
  • Passionate and optimistic about their students, their content, and the teaching profession

  1. Communicating Content Knowledge
(I-A-1. Subject Matter Knowledge, I-A-4. Well-Structured Lessons)
  • Demonstrates mastery of and enthusiasm for content area and the pedagogy it requires
  • Demonstrates understanding for how the subject matter applies in real-world settings and connects to other content areas and relevant standards
  • Can convey content in creative and engaging ways that align to standards

  1. Equitable & Effective Instruction
(II-A-3. Meeting Diverse Needs, II-A-2. Student Engagement, II-B-1. Safe Learning Environment)
  • Scaffolds and differentiates instruction in order for all students to do complex thinking and rigorous academic work
  • Uses instructional practices that are likely to challenge, motivate, and engage all students and facilitate equitable, active student participation
  • Builds a productive learning environment where every student participates and is valued as part of the class community

  1. Cultural Proficiency
(II-C-1. Respects Differences, II-C-2. Maintains Respectful Environment)
  • Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students' diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected

  1. Parent/Family Engagement
(III-A-1. Parent/Family Engagement)
  • Engages with families and builds collaborative, respectful relationships with them in service of student learning

  1. Professional Reflection & Collaboration
(IV-A-1. Reflective Practice, IV-C-1. Professional Collaboration)
  • Regularly reflects on practice, seeks and responds to feedback, and demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to continuous learning and development
  • Seeks to participate in and contribute to a collaborative adult learning community.

  1. Education: Hold a Bachelors degree.
  2. Hold a valid Massachusetts School Librarian/Library License (All Levels).
  3. Meet all state and federal guidelines in order to be fully licensed and Highly Qualified according to NCLB.
  4. Ability to meet the Standards of Effective Teaching established by the Boston Public Schools as outlined above.
  5. Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.
  1. BPS values linguistic diversity and believes that candidates who speak another language bring added value to the classroom, school, and district culture and diversity. BPS is particularly interested in candidates who are fluent in one of BPS' official languages:Spanish, Creole (Cape Verdean), Creole (Haitian), Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, & Somali.

Terms: BTU, Group I

Please refer to (under ""Employee Benefits and Policies"") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.

Next year, many BPS schools will have a longer school day through the ""Schedule A"" Extended Learning Time (ELT) agreement. To learn more about ELT at BPS and whether or not this school is a ""Schedule A"" ELT school, check here:

The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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Location Boston, MA, United States
Categories Unspecified
Organization Type Public School
Teaching field Media Specialist/Librarian
Relocation Cost Paid None

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