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Teacher, Academic Interventionist/Social Studies - Middle School - NW2109

Employer
Kent School District
Location
Kent, WA, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 10, 2021

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Job Category
Teaching, English / Reading / Language Arts Teacher, Social Studies Teacher
Grade Level
Middle School
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Job Details

This position is .6FTE Academic Interventionist and .4FTE Social Studies/9 months

Northwood Middle School is located in the northeast corner of the Kent School District in Renton, Washington. Our school motto is Learners Today...Leaders Tomorrow. We are a school of approximately 650 7th and 8th grade students. We believe in high expectations for both students and staff. We take pride in a strong tradition of academic excellence . Using a collaborative data-driven approach to decision-making, we focus our academic and social/emotional interventions based on the needs of our students . We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities designed to enrich their academic experience as well as support their social and emotional development during their transitional years. We are proud of our strong music, STEM and athletics programs offered to students. We are also pleased to have a supportive community and strong partnership with our parents and PTSA.

Academic Interventionist Basic Function:

Under the direction of the Principal, the Academic Intervention Teacher assists in the students' adjustment and integration within the general educational setting. The Academic Intervention Teacher ensures contact with students, families, school staff, and administrators via individual, group, and family meetings to resolve student, home, and school-based academic challenges and facilitate the educational process.

The Academic Intervention Teacher works directly with student, teachers, and support staff to provide classroom intervention in grades K-12. The Academic Intervention Teacher will be responsible for collaborating with classroom teachers to plan lessons in a variety of subject areas (math, health, social studies, science, etc.). The Academic Intervention Teacher will teach in large and small groups of students within the regular classroom setting and provide additional individual and group interventions to students.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

Incumbent may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities, associated with this classification but is intended to accurately reflect the principal job elements.
  • Assists the principal in achieving school and district objectives and carrying out policies established by the Board of Directors in Successfully Preparing All Students for Their Futures.
  • Works with teachers and school/district staff to develop instructional and academic programs to meet the individual learning needs of students; implements alternative academic modification techniques that meet individual student needs, assists in developing accommodations and supports for successful inclusion in general education.
  • Provides direct individual and/or group academic services to students and families.
  • Consults, assists, and meets with school or district administrators, teacher teams, individual teachers, support staff, and outside agency personnel (e.g., tutors) in management of students displaying academic challenges.
  • Maintains appropriate and timely student records and other reports using designated district computer systems.
  • Assesses, determines, and interprets current levels of academic achievement for students and assists with achievement assessments.
  • Plans, develops, and monitors academic support programs carried out by non-endorsed certificated staff and classified staff.
  • Works collaboratively with administrators, program teachers, classroom teachers, paraeducators, and other staff involved with students, outside agency personnel (e.g., tutors), and others.
  • Works closely with parents/guardians to develop a strong home-school partnership.
  • Provides academic intervention during school hours.
  • Provides needed training on social, academic assessment and instructional strategy modification, classroom management and team building to school and district staff and parents/guardians.
  • Provides information to staff and families on a variety of academic related topics to support students'' educational programming.
  • Assists in coordination of policies/programs that promote parent/guardian education and parent/guardian, student, and community collaboration is support of district initiatives.
  • Collaborates with Inclusive Education Services, Health Services, and Instructional Services to ensure a comprehensive and coherent continuum of services for students.
  • Maintains professional competency by attending district and other staff development conferences and workshops.
  • Communicates regularly with colleagues, administrators, other district staff, and parents in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Maintains order in the classroom and in the building.
  • Maintains adequate and careful records as required by the principal and district.
  • Provides for the care of school property and appropriate use of supplies, equipment, and utilities.
  • Participates in required district-level, school site, and department level meetings.
  • Serves on committees and works on special projects.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Washington Multiple Subject or Single-Subject Teaching Credential
  • Advanced training in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in related field.
  • Bilingual (oral and written).
  • Proven successful experience in working with students requiring academic supports.
  • Proven successful experience teaching in urban public education.
  • Proven successful experience in an ethnically diverse public school district.
  • Proven successful experience in working and learning in a Professional Learning Community.
Employment eligibility may include fingerprints, health (TB), and/or other employment clearance.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Current research-based strategies, programs, and procedures to meet the educational needs of students with academic challenges.
  • Principles, practices, trends, goals, and objectives of public education.
  • Research, best practices and technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Federal and state laws governing education, Washington state standards, and Common Core State Standards.
  • Knowledge of data management systems to measure the educational effectiveness of individualized student programs.
  • Effective facilitation skills for various professional interactions with adults.
  • Laws, principles, practices, goals, and objectives of public education.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • District organization, operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Educational and business technology programs, procedures and methods, computer equipment, and computer software necessary to perform required duties, including but not limited to record-keeping and integration of instruction in the classroom.
  • Oral and written communication skills, including English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, composition, and skills in mathematics.
Ability to:

  • Earn trust and credibility with colleagues, students, and parents.
  • Effectively model, co-teach, and co-plan with teachers; effectively team with school staff and outside consultants/agencies.
  • Analyze data to identify and implement appropriate instructional practices and academic interventions.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and utilize motivational techniques and strategies in the development of an effective teaching and learning environment.
  • Operate technology hardware and software necessary to perform assigned duties/responsibilities.
  • Successfully implement intervention models - academic intervention strategies and techniques.
  • Collaborate with others, including certificated and classified staff, who used varied learning/teaching styles to meet student needs.
  • Demonstrate multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity, and communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Write/present in a clear and concise manner for broad public appeal and interpretation.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; promote consensus in groups of individuals with diverse interests and values.
  • Facilitate and promote collaborative decision-making; facilitate conflict resolution.
  • Analyze complex situations and synthesize diverse information carefully and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work to meet multiple schedules and deadlines, and manage simultaneous tasks, with many interruptions.
  • Work independently with minimum direction and supervision; work under pressure.
  • Understand, analyze, and prepare comprehensive, narrative and statistical reports.
  • Use effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with school and district personnel, parents, and external partners.
(Allowable Substitutions: Any combination of experience and training which provide the incumbent/applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work, as determined by the district.)


SOCIAL STUDIES ASSIGNMENT: Teaching Social Studies and Intervention Support to middle school students; grades 7 and 8. This assignment may involve working with students individually, in small groups, or entire classes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position is part of the KEA bargaining unit.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. Appropriate Washington State certification and endorsements required and must be on file prior to beginning work

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. ELL endorsement
  2. Able to work cooperatively with a team of teachers
  3. Demonstrated strong communication skills
  4. Must maintain positive learning environment and have ability to relate to all students, parents and colleagues
  5. Candidate should be knowledgeable of differing student learning styles and cooperative learning and teaching students of varying abilities
  6. Excellent management skills
  7. Willing to share professional skills with other staff members
  8. Excellent technology skills and can use and incorporate computers/technology into curriculum
  9. Strong background in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  10. Experience working with middle school level students
  11. Ability to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the ability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community
  12. Experience working with a diverse student population and the specific school demographics
  13. The willingness or qualifications of an applicant to coach or supervise activities and/or sports in addition to his/her teaching responsibilities will be considered.
  14. Desired teacher characteristics are: flexibility; ability to organize ideas, time and materials to accomplish goals; enthusiasm; ability to express ideas clearly and understand concepts being discussed; ability to learn new ideas and skills; ability and willingness to develop favorable relationships with students; knowledge of current approaches to teaching; and willingness to model behavior deemed appropriate by the school district and the community.
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