- Successfully integrates the Montessori teaching philosophy and curriculum with the MN State standards and District grade level expectations.
- Responsible for teaching a multi-aged class at appropriate Montessori Level.
- Acquires knowledge of the goals of the Minneapolis Public School District Improvement Agenda and site/school goals. Works to support and achieve those goals.
- Establishes developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for him/her and communicates those to students and their families.
- Creates lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful, and interesting as well as Multicultural/Gender/Ability Fair.
- Selects, adapts and individualizes materials appropriate for diverse student populations and skills.
- Uses a variety of teaching strategies such as group work, lecture, mini lessons, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques
- Develops and maintains long range and daily instructional plans.
- Teaches students the required curricula using strategies that foster thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.
- Promotes problem solving, cooperative skills and conflict resolution strategies.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration, and/or job-embedded staff development.
- Acquire working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students’ learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
- Work to support and achieve agenda and site/school goals.
- Establish developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self and communicate those to students and their families.
- Create lessons and learning environments that is safe, respectful and interesting as well as multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate. Select, adapt and individualize materials appropriate for diverse student populations and skill levels.
- Teach students the required curricula using strategies that foster thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
- Collaborate and communicate regularly with families in making educational decisions and use family and community resources to support learning.
- Assess students’ developmental, cognitive and social needs and provide developmentally appropriate instruction to meet those needs.
- Regularly assess student learning by using multiple forms of assessment.
- Facilitate positive interactions between students and teacher, student and peers and student and other adults.
- Model learning and behavior consistent with the expectations for students.
- Assess own instructional effectiveness through the Professional Development Process (PDP).
- Participate in ongoing and regular staff, team and individual professional development.
- Collaborate with peers to develop, plan and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
- Participate in site-based management and shared decision making.
- Always keep the students’ needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision making.
- Demonstrate competence in the Minneapolis Standards of Effective Instruction.
- Have a working knowledge of and implement the Minnesota State Standards and the District graduation requirements.
- Must have valid appropriate MN Elementary teaching license-- (Kindergarten endorsement for Kindergarten positions/Early Childhood license for pre-school, 1-6 for Elementary level).
- Must have completed Montessori training from an AMS or AMI accredited institution.
- Responsive Classroom Training preferred.
- Strong communication skills.
- Prior successful experience in urban, multicultural education desirable.
38 weeks, Teacher Contract, 1.0
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on employment). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested. Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.
Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.