Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, Tennessee

Date PostedMarch 14, 2019
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Job Summary: In order to Exceed Great Expectations, the academic potential for all learners must be identified, nurtured and maximized. A 0.5 FTE Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) will be in every elementary and middle school. The AART acts as a liaison between the Office of Advanced Academics and schools to implement advanced academic programs and services and build teacher capacity for rigorous instruction. Advanced Academics Resource Teacher collaborates with classroom teachers in Professional Learning Communities and grade level/content area meetings; provides teachers with demonstration lessons; models, coaches, and gives feedback on effective rigorous teaching practices and instructional strategies that extend and enrich learning and develop talent in classrooms; coordinates Encore screening and selection processes; provides content-based direct instruction that is advanced, differentiated, and appropriate for learners of varying levels and abilities in grades K-8.

Reports to:The Principal and Office of Advanced Academics

Department Name:Advanced Academics

Primary Job Duties/Responsibilities: List, in the order of importance or time spent, the essential duties/tasks performed by the position. This is not an exhaustive list and employees may be assigned
additional duties by management as required
Job Duty/Resp. 1:Recognizes the characteristics, including non-traditional characteristics, of gifted and highly able learners and adapts curriculum to meet their unique needs.
Job Duty/Resp. 2:Accelerates instruction in an evidence-supported way that meets the needs of gifted learners while ensuring a variety of instructional techniques, strategies, and media are used.
Job Duty/Resp. 3:Provides content-based instruction that is advanced, differentiated, and appropriate for learners of varying levels and abilities.
Job Duty/Resp. 4:Promotes a growth mindset philosophy and works with teachers, principals, and families to find and nurture advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations
Job Duty/Resp. 5:Facilitates the intellectual and professional development of teachers in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, facilitating professional learning opportunities. Collaborates with general classroom teachers in planning lessons and instruction in both the general classroom and the Encore classroom. Implements various co-teaching approaches in content delivery. Models effective teaching practices and instructional strategies in classrooms; designs and delivers professional development modules as needed (i.e., differentiating instruction, critical reasoning, etc.).
Job Duty/Resp. 6:Conducts non-evaluative observations and provides feedback to teachers on their implementation of appropriate instructional strategies and teaching practices; provides instructional resources, structured opportunities for peer coaching and reflection on lesson design, delivery, and assessment in order to appropriately adjust instructional practices to meet the evolving needs of students; and provides demonstration lessons and coaching for teachers.
Job Duty/Resp. 7:Coordinates screenings and assessments to determine a student’s eligibility for advanced academic services. Coordinates screening processes for rescreens and students new to the system; uses pre- and post-assessments and observations to guide ongoing instruction, differentiation, grouping, and measuring student growth. Analyzes student needs, including quantitative and qualitative data analysis for instructional decision making; assists school staff with understanding the instructional implications from assessments.
Job Duty/Resp. 8:Works with the community, parents and outside agencies to facilitate Advanced Academic Education awareness; reacts to change productively; and, handles other tasks as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements

Education: Required minimum - Bachelor’s degree in tjhe appropriate content area from an accredited college or university required, coursework in gifted education; Master's degree preferred

Experience: Five (5) years’ teaching experience or proven expertise working with gifted and talented students. More specific degree, certification, and experience requirements will be included in the position announcement as vacancies occur.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations Required: Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations refers to professional, state, or federal licenses, certifications, or registrations required to enter the position. Applicant must hold a valid TN teaching license with the appropriate endorsement

Additional Requirements
  • Submission of 3 letters of reference from a supervisor, colleague, and teacher the candidate supported who speaks to the candidate’s teaching skills as well as human relations and interpersonal skills
  • Admission to the Metro Nashville Public Schools K-8 Advanced Academics Teacher Pool
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of tools, especially instructional technology, to enhance and extend instruction
  • Willingness to attend summer training through Vanderbilt University and MNPS
  • Five (5) years of highly successful teaching experience or proven expertise working with advanced learners;
  • Demonstrates superior knowledge of pedagogy as it relates to gifted identification, programs and services, talent development, and Growth Mindset;
  • Knowledge of recent research and best practices in Gifted education including the non-traditional characteristics and masks of gifted and highly able; students as well as equity and access;
  • For middle school positions, has a variety of content area expertise at the middle school level;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a teacher leadership role (i.e., departmental/grade level chairperson, school leadership team member, etc.);
  • Evidence of effective leadership skills;
  • Excellent human relations skills; relates positively with teachers, administrators and other central office personnel; Interacts effectively with students and parents; and,
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; possess excellent public speaking abilities.

ADA Requirements/Compliance

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires MNPS to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

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