SECONDARY SCIENCE - LIFE SCIENCE/BIOLOGY
Project Impact STEM Academy (learn more)
Kuna, Idaho (map)
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Our secondary school science teacher will provide instruction with an interdisciplinary structure and project-based learning approach. Our science teacher will nurture student learning through advanced exploration of the integrated Idaho science standards.
PiSTEM Learning Environment
Teaching at PiSTEM is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and growth areas for each student. We empower students to own their learning.
By design, our school is made up of small communities where every student is known. Our school is intentionally heterogeneous and reflective of the diverse demographics of the community PiSTEM is a part of. As a teacher, you will be expected to be culturally responsive and to create equitable learning pathways for all students.
PiSTEM teachers plan by deeply understanding student data and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their students to move forward on complex projects.
This planning requires teachers to consider not only how students are integrating content information into their projects but also how they are applying cognitive skills (hypothesizing, questioning, logic and reasoning, etc.) that stretch across all content areas and the habits of success (e.g. perseverance) that allow them to prepare for the world beyond the classroom.
PiSTEM teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge but instead, facilitators and coaches to their students.
We are committed to continual growth at PiSTEM. We prioritize developing leaders from within and are dedicated to providing professional development opportunities built into the academic year. We equip teachers with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues.
What You’ll Do
• A student school day starts at 8:00am and ends at 3:25pm. Teachers arrive at 7:30 am.
• Project Time: Teach two to three 60-minute blocks per day of project time. Most teach one course for the entire grade (e.g. 9th Grade Biology), and see each section daily.
• Interventions and Personalized Learning Time: Facilitate daily science interventions and integrated personalized learning time. During this time teachers provide student support, monitor progress, and check-in with individuals or groups of students.
• Prep Time: Between teaching blocks, you’ll have prep time which includes meeting with other teachers, analyzing student data, building lesson plans, supporting school culture, and other personal development activities.
• Mentor Time: Meet daily with a mentor group of around 20 students for a quick check-in. One day a week, teachers meet one-on-one with mentees to work with them on habits of success and academic success. Mentors coach and advocate for their mentees both inside and outside of the classroom, get to know them, and strive to support them as they develop their sense of purpose and become self-directed learners.
• Professional Development: Once per week we meet after school to work on professional development and faculty collaboration.
• Teachers are also expected to participate in back to school nights, open houses, or other community events after school hours.
What You Need
• Commitment to uphold PiSTEM’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
• Teaching Credential in Idaho.
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• Clear health and background check.
• Teaching experience in your subject preferred, but not required.
Who You Are
• You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
• You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of teaching in a heterogenous community and working to close the achievement gap.
• You are enthusiastic about STEM experiences.
• You embrace STEM education as a culture that crosses multiple disciplines.
• You facilitate learning experiences , using a variety of method: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more.
• You’re passionate about serving as a mentor and advocate for a group of students that you’ll follow year to year.
• You are empathetic and culturally competent. You design and implement social and emotional learning experiences in all courses, and you’re open to having hard conversations.
• You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
• You are a leader and actively participate as a member of weekly faculty meetings.
• You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
• You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with colleagues to maintain the academic integrity of planned lessons and learning experiences for students. You find positivity in share successes.
• You use data to track and provide updates on student achievement to faculty, directors, and families
Equal Opportunity Employer
Project Impact STEM Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
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