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Music Teacher at Propel Montour Middle School

Propel Schools
McKees Rocks, PA, United States

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Teaching, Fine Arts Teacher

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Title: Music Teacher

Propel seeks a Music Teacher at Propel Montour Middle School. This position is for the 2024-2025 school year.

Propel schools operate with an extended school year to increase learning time and opportunities for our scholars. We have 190 instructional days (10 more than traditional school districts) and 30 professional development days to better support our teachers and staff for a total of 220 work days annually.
  • Compensation: Propel provides a competitive salary for teachers. Based on relevant prior work experience, our salary range for this role is $49,490- $99,475 (year 2 of salary scale).
  • Relocation Allowance: A relocation allowance for new hires moving to the area from 60 miles away or further.
  • Health Insurance: Medical, dental, and vision plan options at a low cost for individual employees and families.
  • Retirement: New hires participate in a 403(b); Propel contributes 5% automatically and matches up to 4%. This increases after 5 years.
  • Paid Leave: In addition to 2 paid Wellness Days annually, all teachers receive 5 sick days and 10 Personal Days
  • Tuition Assistance: Reimbursement of up to $3,000 annually upon completion of course and receipt of grades for coursework that meets our eligibility requirements.
  • Wellness Benefit: Reimbursement of $20 per month for wellness activities including Gym Memberships, health programs, etc. Additionally, staff have the ability to earn up to $300 for participation in a Wellness Program each year.
  • Professional Development: At Propel, we believe in supporting teacher growth and provide substantial school-based and network-wide professional development support for teachers, including an extensive onboarding process called Induction for new teachers with on-going annual support during the school year called Immersion. All teachers receive 11.5 network-wide Professional Development days annually in addition to school-specific Professional Development.
  • Leadership & Career Development: Leadership opportunities are extensive at Propel, both in and outside of the classroom. Staff have the opportunity to apply for Leadership Pathways as content, grade level or other school-based support roles which allow for experience in many different areas including Content, Wellness, Technology and more.
Job Summary:

This Teacher position is accountable to collaborate with administrators and staff in planning for and leading students to learning success. This position will be accountable for developing and teaching curriculum based on the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Design coherent instruction using prescribed unit and lesson structures that align with state standards and emerging best practices.
  2. Develop and continually update learning resources and actively participate in professional development .
  3. Create an instructional environment characterized by respect and rapport that promotes a culture of learning.
  4. Use a variety of instructional strategies that engage students in age-appropriate learning, e.g., computer-assisted, cooperative learning, and various student-centered approaches.
  5. Manage student behavior and classroom procedures effectively which promotes a safe learning environment.
  6. Assess student learning using formal and informal assessment techniques and utilize that information to drive instruction.
  7. Implement student IEPs and participate in the special education process as needed.
  8. Maintain accurate and up-to date records and report student progress in accordance with school policy and procedure.
  9. Prepare and achieve annual performance expectations as prescribed or approved by administration.
  10. Communicate with families on a regular basis and reply to family initiated communication in a timely manner.

Essential Mindsets
  • Own It. Our teachers are instructional experts who hold high expectations for themselves and their scholars. We work hard, set goals, and take responsibility for our scholars learning.
  • Walk Through the Door. Our teachers are professional with their scholars, families, and colleagues. We show up on time with a positive mindset and never give up on what's possible for our scholars.
  • Look in the Mirror. Our teachers value feedback and work to continuously improve for our scholars. Our staff is accountable, dedicated and honest.
  • Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated. Our teachers are culturally competent. In all interactions they are courteous, engaged and empathetic.
  • Do Your Part. Our teachers are relationship builders. We make connections with our scholars, our families, our colleagues and our community and realize that education is a team effort.
Why Work at Propel - Arts

Propel schools are unique in that we offer scholars a wide variety of Arts experiences as an essential, required part of the core curriculum. In our Fine Arts classrooms, scholars experience a culturally affirming, emotionally and physically safe space for all to take artistic risks. All scholars have access to grade-level content through engaging, authentic learning experiences. In our Fine Arts classrooms scholars plan, create, revise, refine, and share artistic ideas and work, connect through and respond to authentic works and media, actively play, practice, produce, present and perform, and discover and share who they are and their unique expression in the world.
  • As a Visual Arts Teacher you have access to curriculum aligned to the National Core Arts Standards, embedded exhibition opportunities, and access to Art of Education University's resources including FLEX, their K-12 curriculum, and PRO, their individualized professional development coursework.
  • As a Fitness & Wellness Teacher you have access to curriculum aligned to the National Shape Standards, opportunities to coach sports teams, and opportunities to work with local fitness partners.
  • As a Music Teacher you have access to curriculum aligned to the National Core Arts Standards, embedded performance and competition opportunities, and opportunities to work with local and national music partners.
  • As an Instrumental Music Teacher you have access to curriculum aligned to the National Core Arts Standards, there are opportunities to teach in grades 4-12, and performance opportunities with local organizations as well as competition opportunities.
  • All teachers who work in the Fine Arts department have access to collaboration opportunities with local organizations, dedicated supply budgets, and individualized professional development and support.
  1. Valid PA certification in corresponding content area that is being taught.
  2. Strong instructional and classroom management skills
  3. High level of personal organization and planning
  4. Ability to develop rigorous lesson plans and assessments
  5. Deep content area knowledge
  6. Strong communication and relationship building skills
  7. Willingness to participate in ongoing professional development
  8. Ability to utilize data to differentiate instruction
  9. A commitment to the Promising Principles of Propel
  10. Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competency, high degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness with the ability to reflect and adapt to diverse environments.
  11. Skilled in the use of Google Suite and willingness to experiment and work with new technologies.

Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to walk around the classroom at least 75% of the time while engaging with scholars.
  • The person in this position constantly operates a computer and other technology in the classroom to support instruction.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with various internal and external stakeholders regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations
  • When deemed age and/or developmentally appropriate, assist students in daily personal tasks (i.e.-tying shoes, assisting with coats, escorting to busses, and etc.)

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Organizational Overview

Propel Schools is the largest network of public charter schools in Allegheny County consisting of 13 schools and approximately 4,000 scholars. Our mission is to provide high-quality schools to underserved communities. Each of our schools provide a rigorous academic environment and small class sizes where educators focus on providing each scholar with support and individualized attention. With one of the top starting teacher salaries in Allegheny County, a customizable benefits package and extraordinary career and professional development opportunities, Propel Schools is one of the area's premier education organizations.


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