Laguna Blanca School is a college preparatory, coeducational day school located on two campuses in Santa Barbara, California. Grades EK-4 are located on a quaint campus in Montecito, while Grades 5-12 are located on Laguna’s historic campus in idyllic Hope Ranch. Laguna Blanca emphasizes its core values of scholarship, character, balance, and community in its programs.
Laguna Blanca School is seeking a full time MS Science and MS/US STEM instructor beginning in August 2021.
Please send all application materials to Tina Braniff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Delivers excellence in MS science classroom instruction and ensures that following:
Creates multifaceted assessments that not only speak to students’ content acquisition, but the process skills of science
Understand thematic instruction and the use of interdisciplinary units to contextualizes students’ science education
Works to intertwine experimental design and inquiry into student’s lab experiences
Delivers STEM-oriented instruction through Project-Based Learning methods in the following subject areas:
As a full-time position that will work in both our Middle and Upper School divisions, the instructor must have a passion for instructing a wide range of ages.
Teaches existing curriculum, or develops curriculum that focuses students on the design thinking process and meets Laguna Blanca’s pedagogical standards. Developed curriculum should be created through a collaborative process that strives for interdisciplinary connections, enhances existing programs, and meshes with existing courses. Curriculum should help students work both collaboratively and individually to solve complex authentic problems.
Creates a classroom environment that is safe, conducive to learning and is appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
Employs a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and assessments, which meet the needs of the spectrum of students enrolled at Laguna Blanca School.
Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all lessons, curricular units, and projects.
Facilitate, create, and participate in a variety of STEM related admission activities, clubs, competitions, and outreach events.
EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional experience. Formal education in computer science is required.
EXPERIENCE: Teaching experience is preferred, but subject area experience and a willingness to develop instructional skills will also be considered.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & ABILITIES
Knowledge of the current theories, techniques and methodologies of STEM. We require a person with a passion for all things STEM and some experience with computer science. Experience with the following is preferred, but not required:
3D printers and 3D print software
Router and mills
VEX robotics platform
Sphero robotics platform
This position requires someone with a magnetic personality that can draw students into trying STEM electives and participating in extracurricular STEM activities. The position will require someone who can adjust to the needs and interests of students and has the ability to learn new and complex technology as it presents itself.
Teachers at Laguna Blanca:
Encourage a culture of mutual respect and equitable practice
Exhibit knowledge of student cognitive development and various learning styles
Communicates effectively with students and families about classroom activities and student progress
Demonstrates content knowledge
Sets high academic achievement expectations
Identifies and supports students’ social, emotional, and behavior learning needs
Implements Project-Based Learning techniques and strategies
Facilitates and designs effective group work
Provides timely feedback and collaborates with faculty to offer specialized support
Fosters student growth through semi-annual Student-Led Conferences (SLC) and Presentations of Learning (POL)
Showcases student work within the community
Scaffolds instructional activities that facilitate engaging and appropriate learning opportunities
Differentiates instruction based on feedback, needs, and learning levels
Provides opportunities for student engagement through “Voice and Choice”
Creates relevant and authentic learning experiences
Implements backward design to align all lessons, activities, and assessments
Designs formal and informal assessments that measure student progress
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times
Must be able to traverse school facility and lead students to safety in the event of an emergency
Laguna Blanca School does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any characteristic that is legally protected under applicable local, state, or federal law. This nondiscrimination policy includes but is not limited to admission, financial aid, educational programs, athletics, and employment.
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