The Park School seeks a Makerspace Educator beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. The Makerspace Educator is a member of the school’s technology department and reports to the Director of Instructional Practice, working within the 10-month academic calendar. The Makerspace Educator will lead the Maker program in grades 3-8, managing a space equipped with Epilog Laser Cutter, Makerbot 3D printers, Inventables Carvey CNC machine, vinyl cutter, Cricut machines, Drill press, Robotics (including Lego, Wonder Workshop, Cubetto, Bee Bots, Makey Makeys and more), basic power hand tools and hand tools. The Makerspace Educator partners with classroom teachers to actively promote hands-on, authentic activities that support student innovation and Park’s curriculum.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative, collaborative, highly engaging professional who is adept with exploring, tinkering, building, and teaching. They will provide inspiration, guidance, and support to faculty in the innovative use of technology in making within an educational makerspace.
Roles & Responsibilities
Collaborate closely with the Technology Department and The School’s technology partners
Attend meetings regularly with academic departments and grade level teams to understand the curricula of the school and build connections between curriculum and maker activities
Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core value of the School and in teaching and learning
Partner with faculty to use the makerspace and its resources for innovative class projects for design thinking and making
Develop outreach opportunities for faculty, staff, parents and other community members to introduce the creative opportunities offered by this space
Partner with Park’s Communication Department to share projects by students and faculty with the larger school community
Provide one-on-one and group sessions in the use of educational tech tools and planning for innovation for faculty professional development and faculty coaching
Supervision of the makerspace each day with classes from Grades 3-8, with opportunities for individual students during recess
Scheduling and overall management of the makerspace, including establishing best practices and safety protocols for the space
Attend faculty meetings, department meetings, and serve on faculty committees as needed
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree in Education or Educational Technology preferred
Excellent knowledge of child development, latest education theories and practices, and current trends in education and professional development
Proven record of accomplishment in facilitating student-centered, exploratory learning with a design-learning or engineering design process
Experience with the use and maintenance of a variety of Makerspace devices and tools
Knowledge of safety protocols with machinery
Experience with the Google Apps for Education suite
Experience with coding and robotics
Effective project management, organization, and classroom management skills
Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community and commitment to DEI and antiracism
Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and both oral and written communication skills, allowing one to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
Please visit Park’s career page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, philosophy of innovative teaching, and the names of three references including two present or past supervisors
The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs
About The Park School
The Park School is a PreK to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.
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