SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER - MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL


Williams Middle School
Longmeadow Public School District
Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 2795349 Application Deadline: June 5, 2017
Posted: May 19, 2017 Starting Date: August 28, 2017

THIS IS AN INTERNAL JOB POSTING

Job Description
REPORTS TO: Principal

JOB MISSION: To lead, encourage, and assist students to develop their individual potential for intellectual and emotional growth, resulting in their learning and achievement of high standards of knowledge and skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: Other duties may be assigned.

1. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE

1.1 Continuously improve professional knowledge and practice through appropriate professional development activities; share information and knowledge with other teachers; apply the best research in the design and development of school curriculum.
1.2 Maintain and incorporate the best research in instructional materials and techniques.

2. PLANNING FOR INSTRUCTION

2.1 Set short-term and year-long goals for curricular units based on sound principles and practices of learning.
2.2 Develop and maintain lesson plans based on short-term and year-long goals and share when appropriate.

3. USE OF MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT

3.1 Integrate current technologies as tools to enhance instructional strategies and increase student learning.

4. EFFECTIVENESS OF INSTRUCTION

4.1 Promote a high level of active learning through setting high standards and clear goals and modifying instruction to help all students achieve those standards.
4.2 Maintain systems of assessment and measurements which reflect progress in achieving instructional objectives.

5. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Establish an atmosphere that encourages sensitivity and respect among students and with the teacher, and practices and routines which create an appropriate learning environment.
5.2 Design instructional experiences in which students achieve high standards and optimize their performance by taking responsibility for their own learning

6. EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

6.1 Maintain open and effective communication with students, parents, staff and administration using expected professional standards.
6.2 Participate actively in team/department/staff meetings.

7. CONTRIBUTIONS TO STUDENTS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

7.1 Be available for student and/or parent conferences.
7.2 Be available for curriculum related extracurricular activities.

8. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHOOL AND/OR TEACHING PROFESSION

8.1 Work collaboratively to identify areas for school improvement, develop possible strategies, and assess results.

9. ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE WITH SCHOOL REGULATIONS

9.1 Observe and implement the rules and regulations established for the school system.

EVALUATION: Consistent with current Agreement Between the Longmeadow School Committee and the Longmeadow Education Association.

The following information is provided pursuant to ADA requirements.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: NONE


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands are a way of describing the physical activities that a job requires.

Strength: Light-lifting, 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Key: Occasionally (O) Up to 1/3 of the time
Frequently (F) From 1/3 to 2/3 of the time
Constantly (C) 2/3 of the time or more
Standing: (F)
Sitting: (O)
Walking: (F)
Lifting: (O)
Reaching (F) – Extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
Handling (F) – Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise work with hand(s)
Fingering (F) – Picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers primarily
Talking (F) Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
Hearing (C) Perceiving the nature of sounds by the air
Near Acuity (C) Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
Far Acuity (C) Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more
Color Vision (F) Ability to identify and distinguish colors
Field of Vision(C) Observing an area that can be seen up and down or right and left when eyes are fixed on a given point.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Environmental conditions are a means of describing the physical surroundings of a worker in a specific job. This position is performed in a school setting where the environmental conditions should have no effect on how the job is performed.

Noise: Level 3 – Moderate level of intensity.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Williams Middle School!

Welcome to the Williams Middle School web site. Williams is a grade 6 through 8 public middle school in Longmeadow Massachusetts, a suburb of Springfield. We are committed to building relationships with our students to help foster a successful transition from childhood to early adolescence. We strive to create an environment for learning that develops a spirit of inquiry, encourages personal excellence, validates respectful and responsible choices and fosters self-esteem. Our staff is exceptional and offers a strong, diverse curriculum that recognizes and accommodates individual learning styles. Our efforts have resulted in being named a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Compass School for exemplary improvement efforts. Additionally, in 2001, the Mass Insight Education designated Williams as a Vanguard School.

We offer the traditional academic subjects of language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies along with an exploratory program, which includes art, music, technology education, health and physical education. All classes are heterogeneously grouped with the exception of grade 7 and 8 mathematics. A full year of high school french or spanish is taught in grades 7 and 8. Our outstanding performing arts program includes men's and women's chorus, mixed choruses for grade 6, orchestra, band, and jazz band. Academic, exploratory and performing arts classes take place during a seven-block school day.

While we currently offer an exceptional variety of engaging curriculum and a top notch exploratory and arts programs, we continue to look for areas in which to grow. We will continue to grow professionally in the area of differentiating instruction and hope to continue to gather and use data to better inform what we do and how we do it. We are extremely fortunate to have students, families and a community who deeply value education.

Williams Middle School has the following goals:
  • Create an environment for learning that develops a spirit of inquiry, encourages personal excellence, and fosters self-esteem.
  • Support and encourage each individual to reach his/her potential.
  • Provide a highly motivated and supportive staff, and a strong, diverse curriculum that recognizes and accommodates individual learning styles.
  • Foster a climate of understanding, compassion, and respect.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Longmeadow Public School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106, (413) 565-4210 ext. 4019.

Job Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Meets Massachusetts state certification requirements Social Studies 5-8.
2. Knowledgeable of Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum Frameworks.
3. Educational preparation relevant to area of instruction.
4. Prior relevant successful experience preferred. Middle School experience preferred.
5. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Such other qualifications or alternatives as the Principal and Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. If you have a MA certification, have you participated in a mentoring program?
    Yes/No

    2. MA Certification Field:
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    3. MA Certification Level:
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    4. MA Certification #:
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    5. In what other states other than MA are you certified to teach?
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    Contact Information
    Taylor Wrye, Principal Williams Middle School
    410 Williams Street
    Longmeadow, Massachusetts 01106
    Phone: 413-565-4260
    Email: twrye@longmeadow.k12.ma.us