Required Certification(s) and/or Degree: NJ Certificate Teacher of Science/ TOSD or TOH
Reports to: Principal, Executive Director
The Teacher of Science position is responsible for creating a classroom environment that develops in each student an awareness of the role of science in economic and social progress; that motivates each student to acquire knowledge of scientific facts and principles, and skills in scientific methods of problem solving; and that discovers and develops special talents of students in scientific fields.
Primary Function: Instructs assigned pupils in accordance with curriculum adopted by The Center School.
Major Duties and Performance Responsibilities (not exhaustive)
- Teaches skills, knowledge, and scientific attitudes through courses in general science, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or science problems to students, utilizing curriculum.
- Adapts science material and methods to develop relevant sequential assignments and lesson plans that guide and challenge students.
- Plans a science program involving demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and student experiments; organizes laboratory activities for optimal learning.
- Demonstrates scientific concepts by use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aids.
- Instructs students in the proper use, care and safe handling of chemicals, science equipment, and plant and animal life.
- Demonstrates competence in subject field(s) assigned.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Implements the school’s goals, objectives, and policies, and the state's goals and requirements.
- Implements personal, building, and department goals.
- Instructs students as outlined in the school approved curriculum.
- Creates lessons and instructional opportunities taking into consideration the planning process, classroom environment, and instructional needs of the students.
- Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, collect data, interpret results, and determine students’ strengths and areas of needs.
- Create and administer performance-based assessments in order to evaluate students’ learning progress and use data to drive instruction.
- Recommends to the immediate supervisor updates to or changes in policies and/or procedures relating to the implementation of the educational program in the school.
- Creates a positive image of the school and promotes the best learning and teaching climate possible.
- Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity, interests, and special needs of students.
- Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives.
- Monitors administration of assessments to ensure that students are following procedures as outlined as well as maintaining security and confidentiality for all assessments.
- Prepares for classes assigned and develops lesson plans related to established curriculum and IEP goals and objectives.
- Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
- Utilizes the school approved evaluation process for self-reflection and personal growth.
- Attends school-sponsored professional development opportunities.
- Seeks professional development opportunities outside of the school district for areas of professional interest or need.
- Attends all mandated school-wide ½ day professional development days.
- Follows policy and procedures related to school safety practices.
- Follows policies and procedures as outlined in the Center School staff policy manual.
- Conducts extra help sessions as needed.
- Implements guidelines and procedures as outlined for school trips and other functions off school grounds.
- Attends special events held to recognize student achievement, and school-sponsored activities, functions, and events connected to the position.
- Perform student supervision duties such as, but not limited to, assisting in hall duty, cafeteria monitoring, recess monitoring, bus arrival and dismissal procedures.
- Plan, attend, supervise class projects, field trips, guest speaker visits, and other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
- Establishes and maintains, with the support of administrators, standards of pupil behavior appropriate to school code of conduct and Center School student policy manual.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by state laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Ability to verbally and physically de-escalate acting out students using approved CPI training methods.
- Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials in order to prevent injuries and damage.
- Demonstrates competence in special education and the academic subject field(s) assigned.
- Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance and growth, and track progress.
- Provides instruction to classified pupils in accordance with each pupil's individualized education program.
- Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated teaching objectives, and student individual education plan (IEP) objectives.
- Provides activities and experiences to meet the needs, interests and abilities of students.
- Assesses the academic and behavioral status of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports, PLAAFPs, and report card grades as required per scheduled dates and timetables established by the school and in student individual education plans.
- Attends IEP meetings.
- Assists in developing Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and updating IEPs for students.
- Create and adapts lesson plans to address students’ learning needs and abilities as identified in IEPs and assessment measures of growth and proficiency.
- Discuss student’s progress with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators.
- Maintains parent/guardian communication in accordance with school policy and building protocol.
- Attends staff meetings at the department, school, and administrative levels.
- Works closely with administrators and counseling department staff regarding student scheduling problems, changes, and student progress.
- Meets and collaborates with curriculum coordinators.
- Meets with other staff to discuss students’ needs and progress.
- Confer with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems or challenges.
- Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to achieve student IEP goals and objectives.
- Serves on committees as required.
- Maintains confidentiality in all areas of the assignment.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the administration of the school.