Teacher Secondary - 8th Grade Language Arts

Golden, CO, US
Feb 12, 2019
Grade Level
High School

Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's largest K-12 school district, with 85,000 students and approximately 14,000 employees, has provided educational excellence for more than 60 years. Nearly 10 percent of all Colorado K-12 students attend a Jeffco school and our employees benefit from partnerships with experienced, dynamic school leaders throughout our district. Our Jeffco Generations vision document and strategic plan map out with focus and clarity what we expect our schools to accomplish with our graduates. Come join us!


Bell Middle School's vision that all students will have the skills to be proactive citizens in an ever-evolving global society drives our teaching and learning. We take pride in being the only neighborhood middle school in Golden, and in having a diverse student population, both socio-economically and culturally. We genuinely believe that all means all, and continually seek equity in our educational opportunities. The focus on community, both inside and outside of Bell, makes Bell unique. Internally, we are organized in a teaming model for English, science, and social studies in grades 6-8, and we are in the beginning stages of implementing restorative practices to further enhance the focus on community. We also have revisited and redefined our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) at Bell. Outside of Bell, we often leverage our strong community partnerships in our Project Based Learning (PBL) activities, providing students with rare opportunities to engage in real-world projects and empathize with the world they live in. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, we are taking our highly successful PBL model present in our iSTEM pathway and replicating it in an Arts & Humanities pathway. Along with this, we are also taking the PBL experience to the next level and joining the NewTech Network, a nationwide academic network inspired by businesses in Napa and Silicon Valley. Not only does this enhance the student learning experience, the more appealing part is the professional learning that comes along with being a member of this network.


Bell's vision that All students will have the skills to be proactive citizens in an ever-evolving global society drives our focus on high expectations for ALL students. Because of the broad diversity of our students' abilities, teachers should be skilled in planning and implementing data-driven, differentiated lessons. Teachers at Bell have a passion for creating positive relationships with middle school-aged students (11-14 year olds), project-based learning, and collaborating with teacher colleagues, admin, and classified staff.


8th Grade Language Arts


Teacher Secondary
Annual Position
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.00000, Hours/Day: 8.000, Days/Year: 185
Salary Plan, Grade, Step: JCE - Professional - 185 days, GR1, 1
Min-Mid Annual Salary Range: $39,922.80 - $56,155.10


SUMMARY: Responsible for the delivery of specified course content. Responsible for providing an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, and psychological growth. This person is responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program that results in students achieving academic success.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

- Orient students to their coursework and communicate course requirements.

- Employ asynchronous and synchronous tools to supplement course content.

- Create and deliver live and recorded instructional sessions.

- Maintain regular office hours to provide students or parents one-on-one and small group support.

- Augment course content in the form of remediation, modification, and enrichment.

- Partner with special education staff to implement student's IEP's, ALP's and 504's.

- Set deadlines for student work and grant extensions.

- Attend face-to-face meetings with students and parent/guardian, as scheduled.

- Grade student work, enter grades into an online gradebook, and provide course grade.

- Communicate with parents as needed.

- Collaborate with other instructional staff.

- Administer school-wide assessments including CSAP, ACT, and Acuity.

- Conduct student/parent/teacher conferences.

- Attend (virtual and physical) and actively participate in all required staff meetings and professional development.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EXPERIENCE A minimum of five years successful teaching experience. Experience with curriculum, assessment, staff development, and online learning. Experience with effective use of technology with teachers and/or students supporting educational technology initiatives. Awareness, understanding, and application of a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Previous experience or current thinking about culturally responsive teaching that relates to achievement issues for all students. Demonstrated success using technology to ensure technological literate students.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Valid Colorado teaching license or certificate. Advanced degree or comparable experience in content area.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Must possess demonstrated skills in classroom and online implementation of best practices in instructional strategies, demonstrated success in working with learners, proficiency with Blackboard, and experience with leading online learning. Demonstrated leadership skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of standard District technology, ability to effectively and efficiently use for a variety of purposes, and demonstrated success in using technology and information literacy in instruction. Willingness to learn new technology. Ability to help others make sense of and adjust to change. Must be flexible and have capacity for dealing with ambiguity. Willingness to work a flexible schedule. Must be able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability in interpreting assessment data collected from a variety of sources. Willingness to be a contributing member of the school.


Important Notice Regarding Licensed Positions
Job Status: Ongoing
A successful external applicant will be issued a probationary contract. A successful internal applicant that currently holds a probationary or non-probationary contract with Jeffco Public Schools will maintain that contract status.


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The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, pregnancy, or gender.

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