This position reports directly to the Head of Middle School.
The Vision. We seek to be the best in developing and delivering a 21st century learning experience.
The Goal. How might students be empowered to pursue their unique passions and curiosities, while building a solid academic foundation for Upper School and beyond?
The Opportunity. At Mount Vernon, we are building something extraordinary. We are interested in solution seekers, ethical decision-makers, communicators, creative thinkers, collaborators and innovators. We are not interested in red tape or blending in.
Faculty at Mount Vernon are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of the School beyond their classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
Innovative Collaborator. We are interested in individuals who are excited about collaborating with teachers on projects and experiences that make a difference. What if school was less about learning facts/figures and more about answering important questions?
Opportunity Maker. What opportunities can we make available for students to demonstrate their passions, curiosities, and learning? How can we showcase students in deep and meaningful ways? How might students inspire their peers & parents through excellent, meaningful demonstrations of learning?
Passionate Learner. Our teachers are always looking to improve their skills by learning new educational approaches, investing in their strengths, seeking out professional development opportunities, and continually learning what emerging technologies & practices exist.
Student Champion. Our teachers come alive in the classroom. They are fueled by student success and invigorated when students develop a passion for learning.
Professional Leadership & Purpose
Regardless of title or position, leverage your influence for the good of the School and its stakeholders in pursuit of our shared Mission, Vision, MV Continuum, Strategic Plan, and Wildly Important Goal.
Commit to and act in accordance with the Standards of Professional Excellence.
Seek to be the best in your field by engaging in consistent goal setting, research, and growth towards the practice and craft of teaching and learning.
- Instruction - Use innovative and research-based approaches.
- Assessment - Master the use of formative and summative assessment, as well as the creation authentic, real world performance tasks.
- Curriculum & Content - Possess a growing, expert knowledge of the content and learning outcomes. Give input and feedback regarding resources.
- Learning Environment - Practice the art of flexible and interactive space, creating welcoming, inviting, and stimulating learning environments, not only in the classroom, but on the campus and beyond.
Seek to build community and relationships through constant, pro-active, positive communication with all stakeholders (students, parents, colleagues, and all others). Our goal is to gain commitment, not mere compliance.
Utilize the School’s specific channels of communication: Haiku, PowerSchool, 73 & Below, Student-Led Conferences, major assessment calendar, email/call within 24 hrs or less, Twitter, etc.
Engage in seasonal reflection and discussion with colleagues utilizing Folio, SMART goal setting, cultivating a PLN (professional learning network), and attending/leading at conferences.
Operations & Safety
Assist with the daily operations and safety of the School by gaining clarity around your role in emergency procedures, carpool & lunch supervision, chaperoning trips and events, maintaining red binder sub plans, serving as advisor and conference mentor, facilitating Christian Education small groups, following PTO process, and abiding by handbook, etc.
Engage in life beyond the classroom by sponsoring a club, coaching a sport, attending events, and participating in the annual Mount Vernon Fund, etc.
Specific Responsibilities and Opportunities for Middle School Maker Program Coordinator and Teacher (Grades 5-8)
- Teach 9-week rotation of maker classes during elective block (Grades 5-6) providing access to Studio(i) makerspace and curriculum.
- Coordinate access to the Hive makerspace and maker curriculum for all students (Grades 7 & 8) as appropriate each semester.
- Expand capacity for Middle School teachers for a maker community by co-planning, co-teaching, and co-assessing targeted maker activities.
- Interface with Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) as a member of the Middle School team to develop and implement the PS-12 Maker, Design and Engineering program, as well as represent Middle School needs and access. Build on gains made in Lower School maker program and position students to go farther/faster upon entering Upper School maker program.
Specific Responsibilities and Opportunities for Innovation Diploma Partner (Upper School)
As a joint program between the School and MVIFI, iDiploma students engage with leaders in various industries, to create value through intensive ventures, and to build capacity as young innovators. Rather than merely preparing students for the future, iDiploma empowers young leaders to inspire, innovate, and implement high-impact work now. As a partner in this work, this educator will work in coordination and collaboration with the Director of iDiploma to:
- Design appropriate guidelines for first year student deliverables
- Facilitate vigorous design-thinking experiences and advanced project-based learning
- Provide coaching and input to older students as they create plans for ventures and design briefs including guidance in managing project scope, so that students can reach their fullest potential and be granted numerous opportunities to succeed
- Assist in managing multiple projects with multiple teams across multiple industries at any given time
- Create and foster a team-like atmosphere with mentors and student learners, acting as both a primary mentor and a liaison between external experts and student learners
- Offer students opportunities to pursue passions and contribute meaningfully to the world
- Support efforts in iDiploma connected to work in Maker, Design and Engineering, especially assisting iDiploma cohort members in increasingly sophisticated fabrication techniques
- Participate in the assessment and feedback cycle for portfolio and project work
- Forge partnerships and relationships with community members who are closely connected with maker, design and engineering industries.