Purpose of the Position/Job Summary: As a vital part of the SLO Classical Academy team, a Teacher is responsible for providing effective and engaging instruction in line with the classical tradition and unique qualities of the school. The Teacher is to provide a safe, dynamic environment for students and is to build and lead supportive partnerships with their students’ parents and/or caregivers. The logic instructor at SLOCA upholds one of the critical thirds of the trivium, and therefore is expected to have a firm mastery of and ability to communicate the intricacies of classical logic to middle school students, all while embracing SLOCA’s mission, vision and core values. Employee Status: Part time, exempt Job Structure: This is a ten-month contracted position Education and Experience Bachelor’s in philosophy or a related field Master’s in philosophy, or a related field, preferred Educational and instructional preparation in philosophy, logic, or rhetoric. Recent experience teaching philosophy, logic, or rhetoric. Conversant knowledge of both symbolic and classical logic. Experience teaching at the middle school level. Ability to utilize technology in order to engage students. Evidence of a mastery of both written and spoken English. Knowledge of Latin is also highly desirable. Core Competencies: A willingness to learn about and support the mission of SLO Classical Academy. Demonstrates a passion for learning and teaching children; demonstrates skills in the area of instructing others. Able to take guidance, work with a team and work independently. Able to help develop and carry out SLOCA’s vision for teaching. Service oriented; a team player. Hold a mindset of growth and willingness to learn Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both verbally and in writing Personal standard of excellence; flexible & adaptable; creative. Ability to foster and maintain a high level of morale with team members (other teachers and administration), students and parents. Ability to prioritize and carry out tasks in timely manner. Strong information gathering skills. Ability to carry out duties as described below. Physical Demands: The ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds on a limited basis. * The ability to sit at a desk for long periods of time. * The ability to work irregular hours if needed for meetings, etc. SLOCA’s Vision of and for an Employee Highly desirable employees at SLO Classical Academy are those that are: passionate about classical education and children, committed to personal and professional growth and development, effective and loyal team players, creative thinkers, in full support of our core values and interested in the health and growth of SLO Classical Academy. Primary Working Relationships with School Staff: The Logic Teacher reports first to the Upper Middle School Lead Teacher; then to the Associate Director. The Teacher interacts with their team members (leveled, subject-specific), the Lead Team and other support staff. Duties and Responsibilities: The duties and responsibilities of the Teacher include, but are not limited to, the following: Provide quality instruction and learning opportunities for SLOCA students in the contracted classes/areas. To do so in a manner to meet the educational guidelines and objectives as laid out by SLOCA’s approach to education. To do so by teaching necessary logic courses, including but not limited to, Symbolic Logic (including predicate logic), Classical Logic, and Socratic Logic. To do so by providing a safe learning environment for all students. To do so by adhering to all legal standards for teachers. To do so by adhering to SLOCA’s Professional Code of Conduct. Spend a reasonable amount of time out-of-class in curricula development, lesson planning and preparing to provide in-class services. While some of this work will be done individually, working as a team is an essential part of being a Teacher. Teachers must prioritize planning and meeting with their team and contribute to their team equally (as they progress as a teacher). Spend a reasonable amount of time providing care and training to parents and communicating well with parents and other staff. Teachers have 48 hours to reply to parent and staff emails; however, communication about their “system” for responding should be communicated regularly to avoid confusion. Teachers also must allow 48 hours for others to respond to him or her; if a response is required earlier, the teacher will take responsibility for making that clear. Teachers should be continually providing care and training in their communication - on classical education, on why we choose curricula and projects, etc. Teachers should read the Slates and Updates in order to stay aware of what is happening at the school. Attend and take part in various school events, including, but not limited to: Campus tours 2 history celebrations per year 1 math or science celebration per year 1 student fundraiser per year 2 Open House Events per year Occasional additional events as requested by Team Teacher or Executive Director (i.e. Parent Preview Night, etc.) Attend necessary student-support meetings, including, but not limited to: Classroom Connection meetings, as decided by the teaching team. A minimum of 2 conferences over the course of the year should be initiated by the Teacher (generally 1st and 2nd trimesters); may request additional conferences; must be willing to also meet for additional requested conferences. Family Action Plan meetings. Occasional IEP meetings. Attend required meetings, including, but not limited to: Summer in-service week. Team SLOCA meetings, on average 2x/month. Leveled team meetings, as scheduled with that team. Department meetings (such as science, math, etc.). Actively engage in enrollment and re-enrollment Pursue and develop both strong and struggling families for retention. Help families think long-term and see the sum of the parts in classical education at SLOCA. Work with Admissions Director regarding families of concern. Engage in professional development In addition to required trainings/meetings, teachers should be working towards developing professionally. This might include things like reading about Classical Education, taking Singapore training courses, reading the classics, seeking specific mentoring, etc. Adhere to, model and reinforce the students’ Code of Conduct. Emphasis on modeling to the children is part of this work. Teachers must be familiar with the Code of Conduct for students and be committed to modeling it for them. Teachers must also be willing to reinforce the Code of Conduct with students, seeing themselves as a responsible party in helping students fulfill the Code’s requirements. Dress Code - neatness and modesty are unalterable requirements; staff may wear open-toed shoes. Maintain room order and cleanliness: Teachers are expected to maintain a good degree of neatness and cleanliness in their classrooms, for safety reasons, to make sharing rooms more manageable, and to represent the school well. Rooms are to be neat and clean prior to the teacher leaving for the day. Rooms are to be left neat and clean at the end of the year, within one week of the last day of school. *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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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