Elementary Science Teacher (1st through 5th grades)

Summary:

  • The elementary science teacher is responsible for creating and implementing a science education program with a focus on inquiry and experimentation via established scientific processes and methods, (see http://ngss.nsta.org/AccessStandardsByTopic.aspx), encompassing physical, life, earth and space science. Differentiating curriculum and assignments for a variety of learners is essential. The room is equipped with computers, microscopes, a number of models, and a collection of source books. There is a utility sink nearby. Bixby School is sited on 3 acres and is close to Bridgewalk Pond and other natural features.
  • There are supervision duties. In addition, it is anticipated that the science teacher will offer an elective or an “open” class or club.
  • This is a full-time position (approx. 8-4 p.m., M-F, for 9.5 months) including benefits.
  • The science teacher reports to the Head of School and K-5 Director.
  • Offering after-school classes/lessons is a possibility.
  • There may be the option of summer work in the Bixby Summer Day Camp for additional pay.

Responsibilities:

  • Understanding and implementing Bixby’s mission and core beliefs as they relate to science education.
  • Preparing for and teaching two 45-minute science classes p/week for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders (approx. 6-10 students p/section) using a curriculum that is developmentally and intellectually appropriate, creatively engaging, and hands-on.
  • Preparing for and teaching three 45-minute science classes p/week for 4th/ 5th graders (approx. 7-11 students p/section) in a “looped” two-year program using a curriculum that is developmentally and intellectually appropriate, creatively engaging, and hands-on.
  • Assessing student progress regularly via in-class assignments, journals, presentations, and school performances (such as Invention Convention and Science Fair), as well as, providing regular verbal and written feedback to students.
  • Documenting each student’s growth and learning using the Fall Checklist, the Rubric of Student Growth, the End of Year Report, and the Student Portfolio.
  • Writing for the Bixby Blog, which describes the work that has been done, previews what is to come, and explains why it matters – 4-6 times p/year.
  • Collaborating on integrated projects with colleagues.
  • Coordinating a variety of activities and special guests (with budget approval) related to science.
  • Participating in all staff meetings, in-service days, Back-to-School Night, Portfolio Night, and other special activities that include the teaching staff.
  • Scheduling a few additional “duties” such as: supervising before school, during free time, after lunch clean up, or games, attendance/assistance with events, field trips, performances, etc.
  • Responding to parent questions in a timely and professional manner.
  • Keeping timely and accurate attendance records.
  • Maintaining the room and its resources and getting expenditure approval prior to repairing or ordering same.
  • Following the policies and practices as described in the Bixby Staff Handbook, especially regarding health, safety, and discipline, as well as applicable city, county, and state requirements.

Education/Licensure:

  • A college degree in a science field along with education coursework or a degree in science education is a requirement
  • A Colorado teaching license is preferred

Skills/Training/Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience working with elementary-aged children is a requirement
  • Classroom teaching experience is preferred
  • Training and/or experience in inquiry-based or experiential learning is preferred; a willingness to obtain such training is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with organizing, planning and collaborating is a requirement
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are essential
  • Experience with computers (Macs) is essential
  • A background check is required

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to continuously walk, stand, sit throughout the shift
  • Frequent bending or stooping, and reaching above shoulder level
  • Ability to routinely perform light lifting of 1-20 lbs., with occasional moderate lifting, pushing or pulling of 21-60 lbs.

Non-Discrimination: Bixby School provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

Application: Letter of interest, resume, three current references to Ms. Elizabeth Hubert, K-5 & Academic Director, elementary@bixbyschool.org, by March 31, 2017.

 

 

4th/5th Literacy Teacher

Summary:

  • The 4th/5th grade literacy teacher is responsible for understanding and implementing Bixby’s mission and core beliefs as they relate to providing a balanced literacy program in a progressive educational setting. The “helpful, calm, smart teacher with a good sense of humor” (as described by our students) will focus on: building the habits of lifelong readers via wide reading in the literary genres and non-fiction, developing fluency, expression, and a range of comprehension skills, as well as building the skills needed for budding writers, researchers, artists, and thinkers to communicate effectively and purposefully via writing and other modalities.
  • This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position.
  • Instructional class size is approximately 8-10 students p/section.
  • The teacher reports to the K-5 & Academic Director and the Head of School.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing a genre based sustained reading plan with each student utilizing the book collections within the classroom and throughout the school (see Donalyn Miller’s books)
  • Tracking each student’s progress toward reading goals using a reliable, valid method such as DRA, QRI, Fountas & Pinnell, etc.
  • Offering a writing curriculum that is intellectually and creatively engaging utilizing resources such as the 6+1 Trait model, Katie Wood Ray, Aimee Buckner, and Ralph Fletcher
  • Creating and following up on assignments/projects that prepare students for meaningful independent or small group work and/or discussions about writing and/or literature
  • Assessing learning in a variety of ways, possibly including: journals/blogs, giving presentations/performances, and creating artifacts, in addition to written work and projects
  • Providing regular verbal and written feedback on progress to students and their parents
  • Documenting each student’s growth and learning using the Rubric of Student Growth, End of Year Report, and Portfolio of Student Work
  • Writing blog notes and posting photos showing the work that is being done and previewing what is to come
  • Developing and practicing a set of classroom routines, habits, and attitudes that promote a respectful, functioning community utilizing techniques and strategies from Responsive Classroom, or other “agency and responsibility” based SEL programs
  • Participating in staff meetings, in-service days, Back-to-School Night, Portfolio Night, and other special activities that include the teaching staff
  • Being scheduled for some additional “duties” such as supervising before school, during free time, after lunch clean up, or games, attendance/assistance with events, field trips, performances, etc.
  • Responding to parent questions in a timely and professional manner
  • Fostering collegial, productive relationships with colleagues
  • Keeping timely and accurate attendance records
  • Maintaining the room and its resources and getting expenditure approval before repairing or ordering items
  • Following the policies and practices as described in the Bixby Employee Handbook, especially regarding health, safety, and discipline, as well as applicable county and state requirements.

Education/Licensure:

  • A college degree in English or elementary education is required
  • A current Colorado teaching license is preferred
  • An endorsement as a Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, or Gifted and Talented specialist is a plus

Skills/Training/Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching elementary-aged children is a requirement
  • Training in and demonstrated experience with teaching reading and/or writing, or equivalent professional experience is a requirement
  • Training and/or experience in 6+1 Trait writing model (or similar) is preferred; a willingness to obtain such training is a plus
  • Participation in the Colorado Writer’s Project is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with organizing, planning, assessing learning is a requirement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential
  • A capacity for engagement and collaboration is essential
  • An understanding of/passion for progressive education is a plus
  • Experience with computers (Macs) is essential
  • A background check is required

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to continuously walk, stand, sit throughout the shift
  • Frequent bending or stooping, and reaching above shoulder level
  • Ability to routinely perform light lifting of 1-20 lbs., with occasional moderate lifting, pushing or pulling of 21-60 lbs.

Non-Discrimination: Bixby School provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

Application: Letter of interest, resume, transcripts, three current references, and either 1) a description of an activity you have done with literacy class and how it went, or 2) a dream activity that you would like to do with a literacy class and why. Send your materials to Elizabeth Hubert, K-5 Academic Director, elementary@bixbyschool.org or 4760 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO, 80305, by March 31, 2017. A background and reference check will be completed for any applicants being considered for employment.