Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

Melrose Public Schools

Melrose, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3916241
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : June 6, 2022
  • Starting Date: August 29, 2022

Job Description

Title: Middle School Science Teacher
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

  1. Degree in content specific field.
  2. Knowledge of current Massachusetts Frameworks expectations for Reading and Writing across the curriculum.
  3. Deep understanding of scientifically based reading research and evidence-based practices for teaching in science. Knowledge of best practices for assessing student progress toward achievement of standard.
  4. A minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience.
  5. Excellent communication skills.
  6. Must be SEI endorsed.
  7. Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check (C.O.R.I.) and fingerprint check.
Reports to: Building Principal

Work Year: In accordance with the Melrose Education Association’s contract

Salary/Benefits: In accordance with the Melrose Education Association’s contract.

Standards for All Teachers

Plans Curriculum and Instruction
  • Draws on content standards of the relevant curriculum frameworks to plan sequential units of study, individual lessons, and learning activities that make learning cumulative and advance students' level of content knowledge.
  • Draws on results of formal and informal assessments as well as knowledge of human development to identify teaching strategies and learning activities appropriate to the specific discipline, age, level of English language proficiency, and range of cognitive levels being taught.
  • Identifies appropriate reading materials, other resources, and writing activities for promoting further learning by the full range of students within the classroom.
  • Identifies prerequisite skills, concepts, and vocabulary needed for the learning activities.
  • Plans lessons with clear objectives and relevant measurable outcomes.
  • Draws on resources from colleagues, families, and the community to enhance learning.
  • Incorporates appropriate technology and media in lesson planning.
  • Uses information in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to plan strategies for integrating students with disabilities into general education classrooms,
  • Uses instructional planning, materials, and student engagement approaches that support students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, strengths, and challenges.
Delivers Effective Instruction
1. Communicates high standards and expectations when beginning the lesson:
  • Makes learning objectives clear to students.
  • Communicates clearly in writing, speaking, and through the use of appropriately designed visual and contextual aids.
  • Uses engaging ways to begin a new unit of study or lesson.
  • Builds on students' prior knowledge and experience.
2. Communicates high standards and expectations when carrying out the lesson:
  • Uses a balanced approach to teaching skills and concepts of elementary reading and writing.
  • Employs a variety of content-based and content-oriented teaching techniques from more teacher-directed strategies such as direct instruction, practice, and Socratic dialogue, to less teacher-directed approaches such as discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning, and research projects (among others)
  • Demonstrates an adequate knowledge of and approach to the academic content of lessons.
  • Employs a variety of reading and writing strategies for addressing learning objectives.
  • Uses questioning to stimulate thinking and encourages all students to respond.
  • Uses instructional technology appropriately.
  • Uses effective strategies and techniques for making content accessible to English language learners.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the difference between social and academic language and the importance of this difference in planning, differentiating and delivering effective instruction for English language learners at various levels of English language proficiency and literacy.
3. Communicates high standards and expectations when extending and completing the lesson:
  • Assigns homework or practice that furthers student learning and checks it.
  • Provides regular and frequent feedback to students on their progress.
  • Provides many and varied opportunities for students to achieve competence.
4. Communicates high standards and expectations when evaluating student learning:
  • Accurately measures student achievement of, and progress toward, the learning objectives with a variety of formal and informal assessments, and uses results to plan further instruction.
  • Translates evaluations of student work into records that accurately convey the level of student achievement to students, parents or guardians, and school personnel.
Manages Classroom Climate and Operation
  • Creates and maintains a safe and collaborative learning environment that values diversity and motivates students to meet high standards of conduct, effort and performance.
  • Creates a physical environment appropriate to a range of learning activities.
  • Maintains appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety.
  • Manages classroom routines and procedures without loss of significant instructional time.
Promotes Equity
  • Encourages all students to believe that effort is a key to achievement.
  • Works to promote achievement by all students without exception.
  • Assesses the significance of student differences in home experiences, background knowledge, learning skills, learning pace, and proficiency in the English language for learning the curriculum at hand and uses professional judgment to determine if instructional adjustments are necessary.
  • Helps all students to understand American civic culture, its underlying ideals, founding political principles and political institutions, and to see themselves as members of a local, state, national, and international civic community.
  • Collaborates with families, recognizing the significance of native language and culture to create and implement strategies for supporting student learning and development both at home and at school.
Meets Professional Responsibilities
  • Understands his or her legal and moral responsibilities.
  • Conveys knowledge of and enthusiasm for his/her academic discipline to students.
  • Maintains interest in current theory, research, and developments in the academic discipline and exercises judgment in accepting implications or findings as valid for application in classroom practice.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to improve instruction, assessment, and student achievement.
  • Works actively to involve parents in their child's academic activities and performance, and communicates clearly with them.
  • Reflects critically upon his or her teaching experience, identifies areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan that is linked to grade level, school, and district goals, and is receptive to suggestions for growth.
  • Understands legal and ethical issues as they apply to responsible and acceptable use of the Internet and other resources.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Middle Grades
    Classroom Teacher > Science: General
  • Location Description

    Vision Statement

    Our vision is that all children in the Melrose Public Schools be given the opportunity to achieve greatness and educational excellence through the dedicated efforts of inspired educators, involved families and a supportive community.

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to inspire, engage and challenge all students to achieve excellence. to become lifelong learners, and to be successful participants in our global community. Learn more about us...

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    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Melrose Public 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

    • Applications accepted through School Spring ONLY

      NO phone calls please.
    • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa 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. Culturally responsive teaching and social equity are important goals of the Melrose Public Schools. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion? Explain how you have demonstrated that commitment.
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Melissa Rice , Dept. Director Science
    • 360 Lynn Fells Parkway
    • Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

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