General Purpose of Job: To inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.
The purpose of the magnet schools is to better integrate the District 279 learning community so students have daily interaction with a diverse population. Magnets are based on the concept of choice. Each magnet will be visibly different and will "scream the theme" so anyone walking through the door will know the focus. All schools will meet state academic content standards and will follow district curricular outcomes. Instruction will be filtered through the lens of the magnet theme. All schools will be held accountable for required state assessments. Community partnerships with businesses, non-profits and/or higher education are expected for each magnet. Any continuing contract licensed staff member who is 0.5 or more is expected to attend training outside the normal work calendar. Any continuing contract teacher who is 0.4 or less will be invited to attend training.
Responsibilities: Provide rich learning opportunities for students through daily, integrated science, math, and technology. In addition to a comprehensive inquiry-based, hands-on classroom program, students will work in a science lab to do experiments and collect and analyze data. Through partnerships with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, students will collaborate with real scientists and mathematicians in actual research projects.
Weaver Lake teachers will facilitate various science investigations and STEM value added curriculum integrated projects , including but not limited to: Monarchs in the Classroom (K-6); Insect Investigations (Gr. 1), Ocean Odyssey (Gr. 2), Crayfish Investigations (Gr. 3), Ornithology (gr. 3), Environmental Lake Study (gr. 4), Rocketry (gr. 5), Clay Animation (gr. 6), Lego Robotics (Gr. 6); engineering process (Gr. K-6); using probes and sensors; curriculum and technology integration (K-6) including planning and training. Weaver Lake teachers will implement Responsive Classroom strategies.
Required Qualifications: Valid Minnesota teaching license in appropriate field; Bachelor's degree with completion of approved program for licensure.
- Considerable knowledge of the curriculum areas the teacher is responsible for instructing.
- Considerable knowledge of educational philosophy, teaching methods and approaches, current researched best practices and strategies.
- Considerable knowledge of students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
- Considerable knowledge of multicultural, gender and disability fair curriculum concepts.
Working knowledge of instructional technologies.
- Considerable skill in classroom management and organization.
- Ability to effectively facilitate and/or participate in team meetings and parent meetings.
- Strong communication skills both written and verbal.