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Middle School Computer Science Teacher
DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Middle School Computer Science Teacher to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
Overview of Position:
DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum, and using data to drive their daily practice. Our teachers believe in inspiring students to use the creative power of computer science to impact the world around them. Whether that's through building a website, designing an app, or writing a program create art or music, our teachers believe in curiosity and exploration.
Our Computer Science teachers are responsible for developing and executing transformative educational experiences with students that provide them with the computational thinking, programming, and design thinking skills to increase their college, career, and personal success. Our teachers also play an integral role in ensuring student success by fostering the development of essential skills such as resilience and critical thinking, developing project based learning experiences, and building strong relationships with students. In our STEM electives program, students connect their studies to the world as they solve real and urgent problems for industry and their community. As a result, we encourage Computer Science teachers to regularly solicit student voice as well as input from industry experts to design cutting edge curriculum and projects.
We are seeking teachers with experience or interest in teaching the following languages or topics:
Mobile App Development using tools like Code.org’s App Lab, MIT App Inventor, or potentially languages like Swift or Java.
Wearable Technology and Robotics using Arduino-C
Demonstrate relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students
Take holistic accountability for student success- taking ownership of each student’s academic success or failure.
Reinforce the school’s core values, guiding philosophy, rules and school spirit.
Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes
Work closely and collaborate with other teachers within the school and throughout the DSST network
Teach 3-5 classes a day of various lengths depending on the DSST campus and subject area
Average 150+ minutes of plan time per day
Plan lessons and implement targeted curriculum and assessments for each student which adheres to the school's curriculum and standards.
Keep an up-to-date gradebook for each class
Work to implement and master DSST Public Schools’ core instructional practices
Data and Analysis
Implement a variety of targeted assessments and perform a root cause analysis that measure progress towards learning outcomes and that adhere to the DSST Assessment Framework.
Use assessment data to adapt curriculum and instructional practices to help students meet the school's performance standards. Such use of data includes re-teach weeks, spiraling skills, and changing daily instruction to meet student needs.
Participate in weekly feedback sessions with an instructional coach
Devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration.
Actively participate in the school’s professional development programs including data analysis and planning, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences.
Model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community.
Perform as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life.
Checking homework completion
Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences
Meeting with advisee’s parents and communicating with families regularly
Leading reading and culture circles
Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons.
Grade level “House” teammate
Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade
Data tracking and observations in between meetings will be likely
Participate in planning and execution of grade level events
Weekly Staff Meetings
Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture, and teacher initiatives
Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher “duties” throughout the week
After School Duty
Behavioral Support Intervention
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus**
DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.
In order to be considered qualified to teach at DSST Public Schools, you will need a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and AT LEAST one of the following:
36 credits hours (DPS approved) in the subject you are teaching.
Passing of the #5435 Computer Science Praxis exam
CDE license endorsement within subject area
Commitment to Equity
We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Commitment to Continuous Growth
We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Commitment to Healthy Team
We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals
Drives to Results
We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Reports to: School Director
Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
DSST Benefit highlights include:
Medical Plans offered through Kaiser
$0 employee cost option!
Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
2 Dental Plans options offered through Principal Dental Group and Vision through VSP
Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
401 (k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution
FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid)
Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff
*Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice process. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 83% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,700 students at fourteen schools on eight campuses across Denver, and DSST will open its first campus in Aurora, Colorado in the fall 2019. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students and will more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.
DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:
Respect - We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
Responsibility - We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.
Integrity - We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
Courage - We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.
Doing Your Best - We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.
DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).
DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.
Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.
DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.
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