First Grade InstructorNorthwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University School of Education is seeking applications for a full-time first grade instructor of Horace Mann Laboratory School. The successful candidate will serve as an instructor and educational leader in a co-teaching capacity (with 2nd grade) at an innovative, project-based, child-centered kindergarten through sixth grade laboratory school. The instructor will provide elementary students with exemplary instruction within a laboratory school setting with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics within a social justice framework. The instructor will work collaboratively and assist in the facilitation and co-evaluation of teacher candidates in clinical field experiences, and mentor/co-teach with graduate assistants. The first/second classroom is unique in that the students share a classroom with specific grade level instruction and blended learning of integrated subjects.
The instructor is responsible for promoting high expectations for students, working collaboratively with co-teacher, communicating effectively with parents, developing curriculum infusing art and music into content areas, and working collaboratively with the School of Education faculty and staff. The position includes supervision and evaluation of graduate assistants and student employees, supervision of teacher candidates in clinical experiences, and implementation of state and national standards into the curriculum. The teacher works closely with other university departments to ensure quality feedback and superior clinical experiences are provided to teacher candidates. The instructor must demonstrate an appreciation and promotion of diversity as a commitment to the School of Education and Northwest Missouri State University.
1. Provide research-based instruction to a diverse student population in a laboratory school setting.
2. Co-teach in a first/second grade blended learning environment.
3. Facilitate, co-evaluate, and provide timely feedback to practicum students about instruction in the areas of literacy, math, science, and social studies.
4. Participate in highly collaborative, professional learning activities with colleagues.
5. Build relationships with families and community members to promote regular parent involvement in school activities and ongoing partnerships.
6. Supervise and co-teach with a graduate assistant and classroom teaching assistant(s)
7. Supervise, coach, mentor, and support teacher candidates in clinical practicum experiences.
8. Exhibit strong skills in educational technology, scholarly research, and collaboration.
9. Create lesson plans in all curricula areas.
10. Support University and School initiative related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
11. Assist with university and program accreditation (HLC, CAEP, DESE, and/or other)
12. Perform other duties as assigned.
Education: Earned Master's degree in Education from a four-year, accredited university. Certification/License: Missouri Elementary Teaching Certification (or ability to attain certification)
Experience: Successful experience teaching in an elementary setting (post-Master's degree) Skills: Integration of technology and online course management system in teaching; strong communication skills; collaboration skills; ability to work well with others toward common goals; strong organizational skills.
Education: Master's degree in Education.
Experience: At least three years of post-master's degree teaching in an elementary setting; Project Lead the Way experience; Microsoft excel expertise; experience with digital learning platforms and school information systems.
Working Conditions: Collaborative team-based academic environment in a university-based laboratory school.
International Travel: Willing to be able to acquire/maintain required travel credentials and participate in international study away with faculty and teacher candidates.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Will supervise teacher candidates, practicum students, and graduate assistants.
Equipment/Materials Used: Interactive SMART Board, iPads, laptop computers, document cameras, and emerging technologies.
Typical Physical Demands: Actively instructing elementary students from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular school year (January - May). Instruction of Practicum students may occur from 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Participation in after school committees and faculty meetings as assigned. Ability to complete essential classroom functions and lift up to 20 pounds.
Community: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri.
University: Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location and through Northwest Online. With an enrollment of about 6,500 students, Northwest has met all measures of the state's performance-based funding initiative during four of the model's first five years, and U.S. News and World Report has ranked it as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri during three of the last four years. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the "Safest College Towns in America," while BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the "50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S."
The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor's degree earners and 97 percent of master's degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job. Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.
Salary: Competitive/market based and commensurate with qualifications; Not eligible for benefits.
Application Deadline: The search committee will begin review of applications immediately and the position will remain open until successfully filled.
Date Available: August 13, 2018
Application Materials: A letter of application describing teaching/administrative experience and suitability for and interest in the position, current resume, copies of all relevant university transcripts, and a list of current references.