TEACHING FELLOW - SCIENCE (7729) NOEL COMMUNITY ARTS - LN130467009-1213
Denver Public Schools - Denver, CO

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Job Title: Teaching Fellow - Science

Location: Noel Community Arts

Application Due Date: Open until filled

Compensation: $21,000 annual fellowship

Start Date: Approx July 2012

Position Overview:

The NCAS Teaching Fellow Program is an intense but rewarding year-long classroom experience that will provide each teaching fellow with extensive professional development of their core curriculum and experience under state core content standards and expectations, as well as invaluable knowledge of the most rigorous and effective teaching practices that maximize instruction time, while also having a very tangible opportunity to identify and implement strategies that create rapid growth and drive student achievement.

Teaching Fellows will be integral to Noel Community Art School’s turnaround process, driving growth and helping build a culture of high expectations for 6th and 7th grade students in far northeast Denver. Teaching Fellows will assist in facilitating the delivery of daily core content instruction to small groups of middle school students in Math, Language Arts, Science or Social Studies.

The Science Teaching Fellow will promote and develop in each pupil the ability to apply the processes of scientific investigation and acquire the inquiry skills and concepts needed to design, conduct, communicate about, and be able to evaluate such investigations. Science Fellows will work to motivate students to understand the characteristics and structure of living things; the processes of life; how living things interact with each other and their environment; to understand the processes and interactions of Earth's systems, as well as the structure and dynamics of Earth and other objects in space. Teaching Fellows will encourage students to think critically about their responsibilities as citizens and help them develop knowledge and skills to participate productively in our increasingly technological society.

Each Science Teaching Fellow, under the direction of the core content Lead Teacher, will be in charge of the data collection, differentiation and growth of approximately 30 total middle school students. TF’s will be integral in the delivery of instruction, as designed by the Lead Teacher, incorporating project-based learning strategies aligned with the State of Colorado’s content standards for science. Each Science Teaching Fellow will facilitate content instruction to a group of three to six 6th or 7th grade students for seven 50-minute periods each day.

Note: This posting is for one of 32 Teaching Fellow positions in either math, science, language arts or social studies. Applicants interested in applying for more than one core content, must submit separate applications for each and must indicate which of the four content areas they prefer and take the core assessment for that position specifically.

Essential Functions:

Teaching Fellows have a variety of responsibilities that position them as an integral component of their students’ educational growth. Fellow’s responsibilities predominantly fall into one of the following categories: Instruction, Planning, Communication & Feedback, Compliance and Student Engagement.

The following examples provide an overview of an Instructor’s responsibilities under the categories listed above:
Instruction:

• Carry out the responsibilities of a core content teaching fellow and focus on ensuring students are consistently engaged, and challenged.

• Assist students in setting and reaching academic goals.

• Present subject matter to students using a variety of research-based instructional strategies centered on students’ individual needs.

• Combine targeted instruction methods with strategies that teach students how to be self-directed learners and practice independent studying habits.

• Continually observe, monitor, and assess students’ performance and record data to track student growth and achievement. Instructors will utilize classwork, homework, daily exit tickets, weekly quizzes, unit projects and participation to consistently assess and evaluate students.

• Modify instruction strategies and pace based on formative assessment results.

• Work alongside school staff to broaden the academic and instructional resources available to students.

Planning:

• Prepare instructional activities that drive learning and ensure each student is meeting the specific state standards for the core content, including subject matter content and state-mandated, end-of-course assessments.

• Collaborate with your core’s Lead Teacher and other members of the Science Teaching Fellow team to maintain rigor of instruction, engage and drive achievement, and continually make sure each student’s progress is on track.

Communication & Feedback:

• Maintain a frequent and consistent line of two-way communication between each student’s family and the school regarding student’s academic status.

• Reach out to students’ parents or guardians to provide bi-weekly updates on students’ academic progress.

• Participate in quarterly Parent and Community Engagement school events

Student Engagement and Development:

• Promote and expand 6th and 7th grade enrichment opportunities.

• Work with community partners and the NCAS leadership team to encourage student participation in leadership and youth development, as well as artistic, academic, athletic, and social activities that engage students beyond the classroom.

Compliance:

• Maintain confidentiality of student information as required by law and district policies.

• Enforce school/district behavior rules and policies.

• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

The following are a list of qualities and core beliefs of an NCAS Teaching Fellow:

• Exhibit both a willingness and ability to go above and beyond the means necessary to consistently drive growth and accelerate student achievement.

• Possess an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, demonstrating an ability to be flexible and handle the unpredictable.

• Display a willingness to collaborate and work as a team player, while maintaining a strong sense of personal accountability and strong communication skills.

Initial training for Noel Community Arts School’s Teaching Fellows lasts two weeks and is held in Denver, Colorado. All teaching fellows must be prepared to start training the week of July 23, 2012. For candidates ultimately offered a position in the program, an exact start date will be given before you decide whether to accept the position.

Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree Required

• Experience working with adolescents or related field preferred

• Experience tutoring or mentoring youth is preferred

• Spanish speaker/Bilingual a plus

Due to the volume of applicants, you will only be contacted if an interview is requested.

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