The Middle School Innovation & Computer Science Teacher carries three main areas of responsibility:
1) Providing direct and/or partnered instruction of GDS’s computer science curriculum to students across grades PK - 8
2) Working with teachers to develop curriculum in support of technology literacy, STEAM, digital wellness and design thinking
3) Serving as a trusted voice, teacher coach and inspiration for the powerful and purposeful integration of technology into teaching and learning
This position teacher will design lessons, units, projects, and classroom activities to convey computer science principles and computational thinking knowledge to GDS’s lower and/or middle school students. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience with teaching computer science, information literacy and media production within a project-, challenge- and inquiry-based framework. They will work to share that knowledge with our students through engaging, meaningful and relevant experiential learning activities.
The innovation and computer science teacher will be a strong communicator, a team player, a reliable source of computational thinking pedagogy best practices, and will appreciate the joys of working in a school serving a diverse student and family population. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will have a passion for being with and teaching children, and will be driven by the core charge of working to enhance and bring joy to every student’s individual learning experience in equitable and meaningful ways.
Principle duties include:
· Provide direct & partnered innovation & computer science instruction
· Collaborate with teachers to develop their own curricula to include technology literacy skills & capacities
· Build new curricula in two distinct spaces in the GDS Middle School: 1) computer science & robotics as integrated units in 5th & 8th grade Science, and 2) a new, year-long challenge- and inquiry-based learning experience that integrates disciplines and grade levels
· Provide in-house professional development for teachers to effectively integrate technology into their practice to enhance the student experience
· Provide curricular structure & inspiration for teachers whose students are participants in GDS’s 1:1 iPad and Chromebook programs
· Build networks with students & families to ensure communication about innovative teaching practice are disseminated and understood
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
· 5 or more years of innovative teaching experience, rich with creativity, technology, and student-centric practice in an elementary or middle school environment
· Experience teaching computer science/computational thinking to elementary or middle school students
· Experience with robotics and electronics
· Interest & experience in computer science, coding & programming
· Interest & experience in the “maker arts,” DIY & fabrication
· Expertise in project & inquiry-based learning
· Experience with contemporary learning technologies including GSuite for Education, Blackbaud, Hapara, Flipgrid, Kahoot, VoiceThread, PearDeck, etc.
· Strong written and communication skills
· An open, energetic and engaging personality
· A positive, can-do attitude
· An insatiable need to try new things, reinvent, take risks, evolve, and embody the spirit of innovation
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and, list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
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