Middle School Computer Science Teacher

Green Dot Public Schools Washington Published: May 16, 2017
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ABOUT GREEN DOT

Green Dot Public Schools Washington (wa.greendot.org) is dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for students across Washington State as part of a larger solution for educational equity and access for all students. Green Dot Washington is part of the larger Green Dot Public School network (www.greendot.org) which is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of the largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform. Green Dot’s mission is to transform public education so that every student can graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. We achieve this mission by running a high performing network of 23 secondary schools in academically underserved communities in Washington State, Los Angeles and Memphis. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. Learn more about our work in Los Angeles and Memphis here.

Green Dot Seattle Middle School (SMS), located in Seattle’s thriving Rainier Valley is the second school in the Green Dot Washington network and will open its doors to a founding class of 6th grade students in August, 2017. Green Dot’s mission is driven by an unwavering belief in the potential of ALL students, eliminating barriers to learning and continuously striving for student success. We believe every student in every community deserves to go to a great school. The Seattle Advisory Team, a group of parents, educators, community members and stakeholders, came together in 2014 to explore the possibility of bringing Green Dot’s model to the diverse Southeast Seattle community and is thrilled to welcome the first class of 6th grade students this August.

OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking mission-driven 6th grade teachers to join Seattle Middle School’s founding team. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with academically underserved students. We are looking for teachers who are passionate about middle school and excited to become a founding member of a new school community.

Green Dot teachers are committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field, ensuring a quality education for all.  SMS will have small class sizes; twice-weekly professional development and specialized cross-network professional development days; regular observations, coaching and feedback; summer training; new teacher support meetings; and various opportunities for teachers to attend professional development conferences. We believe strongly in providing training and support to our staff in order to enable strong teaching and learning in every classroom.

Leadership opportunities will also be available as SMS grows to a full middle school serving 6-8th grade over the course of three years. These roles will include professional development leader, teacher leader, demonstration teacher, curriculum coach, data fellow, Instructional Leadership Team member, and various administrative positions. To learn more about what it’s like to be a teacher at Green Dot, please visit: http://careers.greendot.org/

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and prepare rigorous daily lessons focused on computer science, multimedia, keyboarding, engineering, design and maker skills, digital citizenship, and other forms of computer-based technology.
  • Build a classroom culture in which students develop a genuine passion for computer science
  • Motivate students to think critically and take ownership over their own learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues and partners to incorporate the arts into content classes.
  • Create visual support for all school-wide culture building activities.
  • Teach an Advisory section to a group of students centered on College Leadership and Life.
  • Maintain effective supervision and discipline in the classroom.
  • Set clear short-term and long-term goals to drive instruction.
  • Develop and submit weekly and long range lesson plans containing standards, objectives, essential questions, and assessments; assign lessons and review homework.
  • Consistently administer tests to evaluate pupil progress, record results, and issue meaningful reports to inform parents of progress.
  • Attend faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary team and within content areas planning and aligning curricula to ensure that instruction follows curriculum guidelines or requirements of state and school.
  • Create and implement student intervention plans when necessary for students with special education program and general education students.
  • Maintain the school's student management policies and procedures (i.e., attendance records, dress code, etc.) and report to the school administrators when necessary.
  • Work with other teachers and administrators to address and resolve student issues.
  • Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for growth and success of all students
  • Lead and participate in student activities such as: sponsoring student activities or student organizations, coaching a sports team, working with parents and the community as part of a committee or group, provide morning or after school supervision, and chaperoning student events.
  • Abide by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect.
  • Special projects and duties outside of primary teaching responsibility as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Washington State Teaching Credential (required) with a Computer Science or Technology Education endorsement (strongly preferred).
    • If you do not hold a valid WA teaching credential you may qualify for an Emergency Teacher Certificate. To qualify for this certificate, you must meet the following criteria:
      • Bachelor’s degree and
      • Substantial completion of a teacher preparation program
    • Click here to learn more about become a licensed teacher in Washington State
  • Background in math and science (strongly preferred)
  • Prior experience teaching STEM subjects, especially in a low-income community (strongly preferred)
  • Passion for expanding access to computer science education (especially to students who are historically underrepresented in the field) and a fierce hunger to learn computer science
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the Southeast Seattle community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.

COMPENSATION

Our annual teacher salary scale ranges from $46,000 - $80,000, based on education and experience. In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of Seattle/Tacoma students.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we hire on a rolling basis. The start date for this role is July, 2017.

To Apply

Please submit an application online application at: https://greendot.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/WA

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