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The Portland Public Schools (PPS) launched a public Pre-K program in 2007 and has recently refocused its commitment to ensuring city-wide access to high quality Pre-K programs for all students. This effort is a key strategy in the district’s comprehensive plan, The Portland Promise, and is specifically aligned to the “Equity” goal. The Portland Public Schools currently operates nine public Pre-K classes with a mix of district-run and community partner run classrooms. The program will add two more classes in 2019-2020, with a goal of creating at least 140 more Pre-K seats in the city over the next five years.
We are seeking a Pre-K teacher for our existing PK class at Portland Arts and Technology (PATHS) . The ideal candidate is someone who has deep knowledge of early childhood pedagogy, curriculum and the Maine Early Learning Results. We are seeking a teacher who brings an equity-oriented approach to their instruction and who holds all students to high expectations, recognizing that some may need more support to meet those expectations. The ideal teacher will have experience working in diverse communities and with students who are English Language Learners. We seek an educator who is collaborative, has strong leadership skills, can work independently and is open to giving and receiving feedback in service of the shared goals of the school and the district. The PK Teacher will report to the Director of PK.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides a welcoming environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of all students.
- Plans learning experiences that are aligned to the Maine Early Learning results and responsive to individual student needs.
- Develops, selects and modifies instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students.
- Implements common curriculum and assessment, adapting it to the unique needs of the students.
- Monitors and evaluates student outcomes and takes responsibility for student growth.
- Establishes relationships with colleagues, students, parents and community which reflect recognition of and respect for every individual.
- Oversees PATHS ECO (Early Childhood Occupations), students, Ed Techs and volunteers in collaboration with the ECO instructor.
- Collaborates with English Language Learning (ELL) teachers to ensure that lessons and classroom environment are culturally and linguistically responsive and to ensure individual student plans are implemented.
- Collaborates with special education teachers or CDS to ensure IEP accommodations and modifications are implemented appropriately.
- Participates in a community of learning with other PK teachers throughout Portland. Actively contributes to and learns from colleagues.
- Monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities.
- Maintains accurate and complete records as required by law, PPS policy and administrative regulation.
- Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct and, for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure.
- Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms.
- Plans and supervises purposeful assignments for instructional assistants, teacher assistants, and volunteers. May evaluate assistant’s job performance with department heads and/or administrators.
- Appraises his/her own effectiveness and demonstrates successful application of skills and information acquired to increase effectiveness. Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required. Performs related work as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Strong equity orientation and an openness to personal reflection on deepening awareness of personal bias and being culturally responsive and humble.
- Record of success with meeting goals related to student learning and growth.
- Deep knowledge of evidence-based pedagogy, specifically in the realm of early childhood.
- Ability to provide linguistically and culturally responsive instruction.
- Ability to establish clear expectations and provide consistent consequences in service of running an efficient and joyful classroom.
- A growth mindset. Sincere belief that all students can rise to high expectations and a passion for differentiating in support of ensuring all students meet goals.
- Strong relationship builder. Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office and school based staff, parents and community.
- Excellent oral and written communication.
- Ability to work collaboratively with effectively with high school students.
- Team player. An openness and desire to collaborate with colleagues and administration, including sharing lessons, assessments, student work and data.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor's degree in applicable field of education from an accredited college or university.
- Combinations of applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, will determine salary.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
- Meets Maine state certification requirements in appropriate field of education.
- Maine DOE Early Childhood 081 (0-5) endorsement.
- Maine State fingerprint (CHRC) authorization. Cost $70. Website: https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting
- All preschool staff must join the Maine Roads to Quality Registry.
- Light physical effort may be required
- Required to attend school meetings, programs and activities outside the instructional day as needed.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No
Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.