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Boston Public Schools Teacher - STEAM Specialist, Gr. K-6 (SEI Endorsement Required) (SY23-24) in Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from over 114 different countries and nearly 9,000 employees (including 4,800 teachers), BPS is the largest school district in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse as well. Recognizing that the elimination of opportunity gaps is critical to the success of all students, the Boston Public Schools works to remove barriers and to promote culturally and linguistically sustaining practices. The Tobin K-School seeks a highly qualified STEAM Specialist to provide engaging standards-aligned instruction in a specialty classroom setting. Under the direction of the school’s principal and the BPS STEM and Arts Departments, the STEAM Specialist will teach students in all grades and programs. The STEAM Specialist is also responsible for collaborating with colleagues from other schools during ongoing professional learning to ensure alignment across contents. The role is broadly defined to include all content under the STEAM umbrella, both individually and collectively. Teachers certified in science, technology, arts and/or math are invited to apply. Demonstrated experience and ability to integrate two or more disciplines is preferred. STEAM specialists should have the ability to provide hands-on learning, provide context and connections to issues around social justice/engagement, tap into student passions, and develop skills aligned to the 21st Century professional demands. This is an exciting opportunity for teachers who desire to serve where their efforts matter. In BPS, the teachers and leaders are committed to the vision of high expectations for academic achievement, equal access to high levels of instruction, and the closing of the opportunity gaps among subgroups within the schools. BPS is a great place for those who seek to work in an environment that supports their creativity and innovation, and respects their skills and abilities as a teacher. REPORTS TO: School Principal, Executive Directors of STEM and/or Arts Programming RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach a standards-aligned curriculum: the curriculum incorporates state DLCS, STE, Math, and ARTS standards to elementary/middle school students. Support curriculum design and refinement: Collaborate with the principal, central office departments, and other specialists to make necessary revisions to the curriculum. Develop students’ ability to design final products that demonstrate a sound understanding of content concepts. Closely collaborate with classroom and other specialist teachers to make data-driven and student-focused adjustments to practice. Attend ongoing professional development, training, workshops, and more. Administer mid-year and end-of-year assessments along with formative assessments to guide instruction. Creatively provide an interdisciplinary course of study that incorporates state curricular frameworks that demonstrates an understanding of the content and how to develop this understanding in all students. Implement district learning goals and objectives using appropriate curriculum as identified by district departments. Develop students' capacity to see STEAM as a way of thinking, investigating, and problem solving to make sense of the world around them. Other duties as assigned. CORE COMPETENCIES: Using the Rubric of Effective Teaching, the Office of Human Capital has identified priority skills and abilities that all BPS teachers should possess: Accountability for Student Achievement Sets ambitious learning goals for all students, creates cognitively demanding tasks, and models the belief that all students can master challenging material through effective effort Assesses students’ understanding regularly with ambitious learning goals in mind and takes ownership of making necessary adjustments to instruction to reach goals despite setbacks Passionate and optimistic about their students, their content, and the teaching profession Communicating Content Knowledge Demonstrates mastery of and enthusiasm for content area and the pedagogy it requires Demonstrates understanding for how the subject matter applies in real-world settings and connects to other content areas and relevant standards Can convey content in creative and engaging ways that align to standards Equitable & Effective Instruction Scaffolds and differentiates instruction in order for all students to do complex thinking and rigorous academic work Uses instructional practices that are likely to challenge, motivate, and engage all students and facilitate equitable, active student participation Builds a productive learning environment where every student participates and is valued as part of the class community Cultural Proficiency Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected Parent/Family Engagement Engages with families and builds collaborative, respectful relationships with them in service of student learning Professional Reflection & Collaboration Regularly reflects on practice, seeks and responds to feedback, and demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to continuous learning and development Seeks to participate in and contribute to a collaborative adult learning community. QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED: Bachelors in content area or related field preferred Hold a Massachusetts Teaching License in general science, technology, visual and performing arts, or mathematics at the appropriate grade level OR dual certification in ESL. Meet all state and federal guidelines in order to be fully licensed and Highly Qualified. Ability to meet the Standards of Effective Teaching established by the Boston Public Schools as outlined above Have an understanding of Design Thinking, Project-based learning, and the Engineering by Design protocol Evidence of at least three (3) years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. A proven ability to apply content knowledge in the classroom at a high level. Ability to provide a wide range of effective classroom management approaches and methods including Social & Emotional Learning and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment. Evidence of professionalism, teamwork, planning, organization, and time management skills that are necessary for success in the classroom. A commitment to equity ensuring that an educational and working environment unimpeded by bias or discrimination, where individuals of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed, included, encouraged, and can succeed and flourish. An unmovable conviction that our most marginalized students in Boston Public Schools can and will achieve Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment. Creative problem-solver; ability to adapt and learn quickly QUALIFICATIONS - PREFERRED: Experience teaching in urban schools. Degree in relevant science, visual and performing arts field, math, and/or Education Experience with and successful implementation of digital resources and technologies to advance teaching and learning BPS values linguistic diversity and believes that candidates who speak another language bring added value to the classroom, school, and district culture and diversity. BPS is particularly interested in candidates who are fluent in one of BPS' official languages: Spanish, Creole (Cape Verdean), Creole (Haitian), Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, & Somali. In order to best serve all students, BPS prefers all core content teachers to be certified in their subject area and one or both of the following: Moderate Disabilities, English as a Second Language (at the appropriate grade level(s)). Terms: BTU, Group I Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step. The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work. " />

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Teacher - STEAM Specialist, Gr. K-6 (SEI Endorsement Required) (SY23-24)

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Primary Location Tobin K-8

Salary Range 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Traditional

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