1.0 LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST GRADES K-5

Foster School Department - Captain Isaac Paine ( learn more )

Foster-Glocester Regional Schools

Foster , Rhode Island ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2835172
  • Application Deadline: August 17, 2017
  • Posted : August 9, 2017
  • Starting Date: August 28, 2017

Job Description

Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School is currently accepting applications for a highly effective educator to work collaboratively as part of a team to provide high-quality instruction to the students in our high-performing elementary school. Our elementary school includes a new library, a mix of renovated and existing classrooms, and is actively investing in the purchase of technology. This summer our school was one of three schools in the State of Rhode Island selected to receive a $200,000 grant to bring personalized learning to scale schoolwide and serve as a Lighthouse School. Our school, and the other two Lighthouse Schools, will serve as models of how learning can be personalized within the walls of your typical school building.

Captain Isaac Paine Elementary is small K-5 school community that embraces creativity, collaboration, continual learning, educating the whole child, and integrating technology to enhance students’ education. Time and resources are allocated so that teachers can plan and learn together, create fun and engaging classroom environments, and students have the supplies needed for a top-notch education. We are a PBIS school with a focus on teaching students how to be contributing, positive members of our community. Parents and community members work hand-in-hand with our staff through volunteer opportunities, community service projects, after school enrichment programs, and community events held at our school.

Captain Isaac Paine sits on picturesque grounds that include a living campus that supports learning in and out of school. Our high-performing elementary school has strong academic, art, music, health and physical education programs. We have resourced and will continue implementing a multi-year plan to purchase mobile technology for our students and staff to cultivate a blended learning environment. Grades 3-5 have a 1:1 computer student ratio and grades K-2 have a 2-3:1 ratio.

Our student-focused school has a strong mix of experienced and new to the profession educators who are dedicated to the academic, personal-social development of the whole child. We are actively working to revise curricula to meet the learning needs of students. In short, Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School is one of the best kept secrets in Rhode Island.

Hopefully you’ll be the next addition to our amazing school staff!

Position: Full-time Library Media Specialist

Report to: Building Principal

Function: To work as part of an instructional team as the library media specialist to provide support, instruction, and digital and print media learning opportunities to our students, staff, families, and larger CIP community in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the district and goals of the school. Specifically, the library media specialist will focus on four main goals:
- To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information;
- To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information;
- To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information;
- To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, assess student learning, and create a positive family and community culture around literacy.

SALARY: As Per Certified Contract

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
In the role of a teacher, the library media specialist will help students:
- Read for understanding, exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure;
- Use information for defined and self-defined purposes;
- Build on prior knowledge and construct new knowledge connected to student interests and needs;
- Embrace the world of information and all its formats;
- Work with peers in successful collaboration for learning;
- Constructively assess their own learning and the work of their peers;
- Learn how to access and analyze information (on and off-line);
- Understand and practice positive digital citizenship and create a positive digital footprint.
- Become proficient keyboarders and coders.

In the role of a member of our Professional Learning Community, the library media specialist will:
- Serve on decision making teams in the school;
- Take an active role in school improvement and grant specific activities;
- Participating in the curriculum development and/or review process to ensure that the curricula includes the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy) necessary to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners
- Align the library media curriculum to school, state, and national program standards and advocate for library media programs aligned to the mission and vision of the district;
- Share expertise by presenting at professional learning sessions, and possibly school committee meetings;
- Create and foster an environment that is conducive to active and shared learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with staff and the community;
- Support staff, students, and parents with the use of instructional technology and the design process to meaningfully enhance students’ learning experiences and staff’s teaching experiences.
- Collect and analyze data to improve instruction, make programmatic recommendations, and demonstrate correlations between the library media program and student achievement;
- Maintain active memberships in professional associations;
- Remain current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, the Maker Space movement, and educational research applicable to library media programs;
- Collaborate with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking;
- Participate in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction, assessing student progress, and evaluating activities;
- Develop, maintain, and organize a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community;
- Create and maintain a library media center that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to student and adult learning;
- Cooperate and network with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school;
- Participate as a collaborative team member including the attendance at meetings beyond the school day if needed;
- Maintain confidentiality of students and support the teacher as the primary, but not only, contact for communication with families and others directly involved in that student’s education;
- Exhibit attributes of reliable attendance, promptness, dependability, and professional ethics;
- Use effective communication skills with students, colleagues, families and related agencies (spoken, written and non-verbal);
- Perform the functions of the position in accordance with the RI Professional Code of Conduct;
- Perform the functions of the position in accordance with the RI Professional Teaching Standards;
- Perform the functions of the position in accordance with all laws, regulations, school district policies, mission of the district, school-based plans, and administrative priorities;
- Other duties and responsibilities assigned by the classroom teacher, school and district administrators.

The intent of the job description is to provide a representative sample of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required for this position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of this or any particular position.
  • Position Type: Part-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categor y : Student Services > Librarian/Media Specialist
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Foster-Glocester Regional Schools 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.

    Job Requirements

    • Qualifications:
      - Appropriate certification as a Library Media Specialist through the RI Department of Education.
      - Evidence of personal professional growth through the participation in professional development not sponsored by or offered through the district (in the past two years strongly preferred).
      - Preference given to those with experience with blended and personalized learning and the utilization of a Maker Space to enhance student learning. leading professional development in science/literacy integration and blended learning.
      - Capable of making decisions and recommendations regarding instructional models and resources using information from multiple sources (i.e. teachers, best practice resources, specialists, administration).
      - Possess a positive attitude and willingness and ability to collaborate successfully with others.
      - Able to prioritize responsibilities and be organized.
      - Demonstrated ability to effectively learn new strategies, techniques, and technologies.
      - Effective written and oral communication skills.
      - Be of good character
      - Demonstrated evidence of the knowledge and skills outlined in the RI Professional Teaching Standards
      - Perform the functions of the position in accordance with all laws, regulations, school district policies, and mission of the district;
      and / or any combination of education, experience, and knowledge and skills deemed substantially equivalent by the school committee or designee to those listed above

      REPORTS TO: Building Principal

      APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
      Interested persons should submit a letter of intent, resume, and other pertinent qualifications and information before the posted closing time and date.

      Qualifications will be determined by an examination of credentials submitted and/or by an interview process.

      The District reserves the right not to fill a position, to reject any/all applications for individual positions listed in the posting, and/or to re-post for the position if necessary.

      Candidates not previously employed by Foster schools must have a current BCI check completed with no disqualifying remarks to be appointed to any position.

      An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
    • No experience required
    • Bachelor 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. Please list all certifications and/or certificates that you currently hold in Rhode Island
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Please provide your philosophy of education which outlines the curriculum, instruction, assessment, and blended learning practices you would use in your classroom
      Long Essay (Answer limited TO 4000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Kristen Danusis , Principal
    • 160 Foster Center Road
    • North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857

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