English/Humanities Teach- Middle School
Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA
Worcester Academy teachers are part of a team committed to moving our mission, core values, and academic vision forward. That vision includes a commitment to diversity in all its forms, innovative teaching and learning, urban leadership and global engagement. Teachers at Worcester Academy embrace varied teaching strategies, collaborative inquiry, and student-centered teaching with a commitment to student agency and differentiated instruction.
Worcester Academy Faculty members:
- are comfortable wondering together what education might look like as we move forward in this age of unprecedented change;
- are committed to professional growth; and
- have a deep and abiding belief that all students can grow and that all students can succeed.
We expect our teachers to design learning experiences for students who are learning how to learn in a global, digital, inter-connected world. Worcester Academy teachers model insight, enthusiasm and competence within their disciplines, and hold a passionate interest in both adult and adolescent learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Guide students to become passionate, serious scholars capable of effective communication, sustained work, independent thought, meaningful collaboration, and original expression.
- Design programs appropriate to the developmental characteristics of this age.
- Employ a range of teaching strategies and support students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
- Teach to the learning styles, abilities, and life experiences of their students.
- Develop and sustain relationships with colleagues that benefit their students and further their own professional growth.
- Develop and sustain relationships with parents that support each student’s well-being and increasing autonomy.
- Take responsibility for being role models.
- Affirm and defend the dignity and worth of each member of the community and maintain an environment that fosters respect.
- Guide students take more and more responsibility for themselves and the multiple communities in which they live.
- Prepare students to take advantage of subsequent opportunities for learning and to take their places as members of a democratic society and the global community.
- Follow and develop curriculum for the respective department which encourages a sustainable program of content and skill development across grades.
- Use data to make decisions about student learning.
- Teach four or five sections with an enrollment of approximately 65 students
- Lead or assist in leading the equivalent of 2 major activities during the academic year
- Advise a group of up to 12 students
- Participate in Residential Life supervision a few times a year
- Complete grading, comments and progress reports in a timely manner
- Adhere to departmental & classroom budgets and procurements
- Regularly attend scheduled faculty meetings
- Attend all school events and functions as assigned by the Head of School
- Teacher/Parent relations
- Maintain open communication with parents
- Facilitate parent conferences
- Attend Parents night
Daily /Ongoing Operations
- Maintain assigned classroom/office spaces
- Maintain daily student attendance and adhere to tardiness procedures
- Accident & illness procedures
- Participate in all safety drills, including fire, lockdown and evacuation.
- School trips
- Other duties as assigned by the Division Director, Department Chair and/or Associate Head of School.
- Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Master degree highly desirable
- Relevant teaching experience
- Knowledge of relevant technology including MS Excel, MS Word and online course management tools and experience using them in a professional capacity
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Self-motivation; high energy level
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Problem solving; decision making
- Organizing and planning
- Learning orientation
- Critical thinking
- Demonstrated ability to embrace and share the school’s mission, values and goals
- Demonstrated commitment to professional development
- Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and parents with fairness, respect, and consistency
Faculty members have a multi-prong reporting structure and as such report to the Division Director for operational matters and to the Associate Head of School and Department Chair for academic programming.
- Hear, see, and speak to effectively communicate in-person and by telephone with faculty, staff, parents, students and external contacts.
- Ability to navigate within the walking campus community during all weather conditions.
- Occasional travel in a safe and expeditious manner to off-site locations.
- Work full-time and maintain regular and predictable attendance with the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends