Creative Minds International Public Charter School (CMIPCS) is currently seeking a Middle School Science Teacher who has 3-5 years of experience as a lead science teacher. Candidates must have experience implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and have a passion for inquiry and project based learning for 6-8th graders.
CMIPCS is a tuition-free school located in NW Washington, DC, authorized to serve students from preschool through 8th grade. Now in its fifth year of operation, CMI serves 341 students in Preschool (3 year olds) through 6th grade. Beginning this school year, CMI expanded to include two 6th-grade classes, marking the opening of its new Middle School. Two sections of 7th grade will be added in 2017-2018 with 2 classes of 8th being offered in the subsequent year.
Our mission is to provide students with the foundational skills required for successful participation in a global society. CMI is a unique and dynamic working environment with a respectful and positive school culture. We offer a highly-engaging, international curriculum with project- and arts-based activities with an emphasis in STEAM that foster creativity, self-motivation, social and emotional development, and academic excellence.
The Science Teacher provides rich, differentiated learning experiences for 6th-8th grade students with a diversity of learning levels (remedial to advanced). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Merging the Next Generation Science Standards with International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) standards and objectives to develop an engaging STEAM program for 6-8th grade learners;
- Researching, planning and advising on the procurement of lab supplies with grant funds;
- Differentiation and small group instruction planning to meet the needs of the diversity of learners in our group;
- Establishing clear objectives and student outcomes for each science unit and lesson;
- Backwards planning using student data from assessments to plan future projects and formal and informal assessments;
- Providing an inviting, exciting, and innovative learning environment;
- Meeting the needs, interests and abilities for all students, including students with disabilities, ELL students, and those who are gifted and talented;
- Developing lesson plans that draw content from CMIPCS professional development in the areas of arts integration and child development to reinforce student learning;
- Regularly observing students and taking anecdotal notes to inform planning in the arrangement of small groups, classroom set up, integrations of students' interests in learning activities, and subsequent assessments;
- Monitoring student progress in science through frequent formal and informal student evaluations recorded in portfolio assessments;
- Using a variety of instructional materials, resources, and experiences to enrich student learning;
- Providing educational opportunities that reflect an understanding of students' unique sensory and information processing profiles;
- Using appropriate techniques and strategies that promote and enhance creative problem-solving and evaluative thinking of students;
- Creating a learning environment that reflects the theme(s) being studied through displays of student work and teacher-created materials;
- Working with families to support the progress of individual students;
- Valuing the importance of play and providing opportunities for child-initiated explorations in the classroom throughout the day;
- Using effective, positive, and respectful interpersonal communication skills;
- Establishing positive relationships with colleagues, students, families and the community which reflect recognition of and respect for every individual;
- Incorporating technology into instruction;
- Attending required professional development sessions.