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Job Opening Information Elementary Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist

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Position Title
Elementary Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist
Required Application Type
Teacher / Admin
Salary/Pay Scale
Per SFT Contract
Job Description

Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist (PreKindergarten-5)

The Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist will serve to provide students in our elementary schools with specific, targeted instruction that relates to a content area within the Common Branch certification area. This could include, but is not limited to, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and/or Science, depending upon the subject area defined per building by the building principal. 

This position is tied to helping to make the six-day special area rotation happen most effectively. It will assist to guide students to become effective users of ideas and information, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic learners. The Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist will:

·  Provide students with equitable access to information, and help them access it  

·  Collaborate with classroom teachers and special area teachers to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness.

·  Provide the leadership and expertise necessary in collaboration with the building principal to ensure that all work is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and the school district, and is an integral component of the learning/instructional program.

·  Take an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities.

·  Join with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning.

·  Use effective management principles, resources, and facilities, in developing and implementing program goals and objectives

Elementary Elective Common Branch Teaching Specialist Key Qualities

  • Embraces an assets based perspective;
    Places students at the center of learning;
    Values students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds;
    Challenges and supports students;
  • Demonstrates good critical thinking skills to understand student and staff experiences;
  • Demonstrated skill in Data Driven Instruction (DDI);
  • Demonstrated ability to close the opportunity gap with vulnerable subgroups including Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Black, and Hispanic/Latino;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including families, teachers, paras, social workers, principals, coordinators, coaches and community members for student success;
  • Knowledge of developmental literacy, the District Literacy Plans and literacy assessments;
  • Instructional practices that reflect an explicit understanding of being culturally responsive
  • Excellent listening and questioning skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Proactively plans for situations and circumstances;
  • Imparts a positive impact with students and staff.
Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certified in New York State.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)
Application Procedure

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement.  Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender.  This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

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