Jan 13, 2024

Long Term Substitute Specialist Teacher - Art and/or Music

  • TrulyHired
  • Woodland, WA 98674, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

Woodland Public Schools - Long Term Substitute Specialist Teacher - Art and/or Music We appreciate your interest in employment with Woodland Public Schools. All applications are considered and reviewed. The most qualified and competitive applicant(s) that possess directly related experience and expertise, training, and education may be invited to participate in the interview/selection process. As part of the selection process, the District conducts confidential reference checks to include former and present employers and also requires a criminal background investigation. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications received, not all applicants will receive an interview.

All district employees are encouraged to review their personnel file periodically to ensure that their file includes current and relevant documentation that supports their education, experience, training, etc., as it relates to qualifications described on job postings.

Position Title: Specialist Teacher - Art and/or Music
Posting #: 3315
Location: North Fork Elementary
Days/Hrs: 7.0 hours per day, M-F
Start Date: 02/21/2024 through 05/03/2024
Pay Schedule: Link to Schedule
Benefits: Position alone does not qualify for health benefits, but hours worked are included in the SEBB 630 hour eligibility (hours worked at WPS for the year) requirement. Position is eligible for retirement through the WA State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)

Job Summary: To teach and educate students according to their educational needs and abilities. Plan, prepare and deliver the lesson. Assess, record and report on the development, progress, and behavior of students. Communicate, consult and cooperate with other members of the school staff. The work assists the superintendent toward the accomplishment of the mission of the Woodland Public Schools of preparing students for career, life, and college so that they can become a responsible and compassionate citizen. Work is performed under the direction of the principal.

Woodland Public Schools is seeking exceptional teachers who want to be part of an excellent school that promises to deliver impressive student learning results. We are looking for teachers who love kids and teaching, who know how to balance rigor and joy in a classroom setting and who are leaders in their current school. This position requires a self-motivated, collaborative professional who is deeply knowledgeable about instruction, assessment, and curriculum, and who thrives in a demanding and team-oriented culture.

Woodland School District is committed to preparing all students for college and career and to serve as leaders in their communities.

We believe that teachers are the cornerstone of creating an exceptional school. Our teachers create a classroom culture of high expectations, learning, curiosity, hard work and support for each student.

Our teachers will not just teach content. They will forge deep relationships with families; they will seek community resources to supplement our basic program; they will integrate technology into daily lessons; they will advise students; they will focus on the long term outcomes for students; they will use data to drive instruction; they will share their practice and they will lead activities within the school day.

  • Hold a valid Washington State teaching certificate with proper endorsements for assignment
  • Well-developed management skills, people skills, and effective communication skills
  • Experience in data analysis and instructional design responsiveness to data
  • Growth mindset and belief that all children can learn at high levels
  • Team player willing to roll up their sleeves to get the job done
  • Experience in art instruction
  • Experience working with diverse students and families, and a commitment to advocating for all children
  • Additional endorsements in other subject areas are preferred, but not required
  • Candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to use a variety of teaching strategies addressing differing student learning styles, often within the same class setting and blocks of time
  • Well-developed management skills, technology skills, people skills, and effective communication skills
  • Regular and punctual attendance to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position to achieve program requirements
  • Preference in the screening of applications will be given to bilingual candidates
  • COVID-19 Vaccination or approved exemption required
  • Ability to speak clearly to students, other teachers, parents, and administration officials
  • Ability to explain new ideas and unfamiliar concepts with authority and in a clear and concise way so that students can understand and keeps their attention
  • Ability to deal with students from different backgrounds and abilities
  • Ability to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of students
  • Ability to engage parents and healthy relationships with students and faculty
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Strong technology skills - proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program
  • Excellent relationship building and communication skills with adults and students alike
Such alternatives to the above requirements and desirable qualifications may be made as the district finds appropriate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Establish Strong School and Classroom Culture:
  • Cultivate a healthy classroom and school culture, modeling an approach to learning which emphasizes risk-taking, respect, curiosity and constant commitment to quality improvement
  • Establish/encourage a culture of flexible and collaborative collegiality in which mission and goals of the school are the foremost focus of all decision making; lead students to handle adversity and ambiguity well
  • Thrive in an innovative, reflective culture that demands flexibility and quick adjustments to meet student needs
Deliver Excellent Results:
  • Teach high-quality project, problem and/or inquiry-based lessons
  • Plan units of study and daily lessons with clear outcomes that students can understand
  • Plan with the end in mind using UBD (Understanding by Design) principles
  • Plan high-interest, multimedia, fast-paced lessons
  • Daily use of formative assessment to guide instruction
  • Seek additional knowledge about how to diagnose students' misconceptions and correct quickly
Collaborate with Colleagues:
  • Seek, provide and implement high-quality feedback from/to colleagues
  • Collaboration with grade-level and subject colleagues on all common courses taught
  • Model a growth mindset and foster continuous learning in students, families and colleagues
  • Open classroom doors to colleagues, families and community members
  • Observe peers teaching and provide feedback to improve teaching and learning
  • Create and support common school-wide systems
  • Assist in special projects as needed and other duties as assigned or assumed
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement
  • Demonstrate effective teaching practices
  • Recognize individual student learning needs and develop strategies to address those needs
  • Provide clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum
  • Foster and manage a safe, positive learning environment
  • Use multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning
  • Communicate and collaborate with parents and the school community
  • Exhibit collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning, work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Teach the District-approved curriculum
  • Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional material and provides individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil
  • Encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
  • Communicate regularly with parents outside normal classroom day by means of newsletters, notes, phone calls, conferences, etc.
  • Diagnose the learning disabilities of students
  • Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere
  • Recognize and manage conditions which may lead to student control problems
  • Establish clear parameters for student "in classroom" conduct and makes these expectations known
  • Evaluate pupils' academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports
  • Create a climate of mutual respect between the teacher and their students
  • Develop substitute plans when absent in enough detail for continued learning
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs, and student organizations
  • Participate in department and school meetings, parent meetings
  • Perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit. Occasionally the employee will bend or twist at the neck more than the average person. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being, or work output of other people.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Position Opens Internally: 1/3/24
Position Closes Internally: 1/9/24
Position Opens Externally (if necessary): 1/10/24
Position Closes: Open until filled

If you are hired for this position, you will be required to pay for a background check, unless you have completed the background check in the past two years, and it is on file with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

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