Kent School District is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):
Teacher, 1st Grade 1.0 FTE - CO1712
Covington is a whole-school Title I elementary school with about 500 students located in the city of Covington six miles east of downtown Kent. It serves a diverse community and offers varied instructional strategies for each student customized to his or her learning needs. As a tiered intervention school, Covington offers a strong academic program with emphasis on basic skills and rich opportunities in the arts and physical education. In support of the classroom teacher there are full-time music and physical education specialists as well academic interventionists and a full time library paraeducator. An extensive special education department with Integrated Programs, Support Center, and an ECE program for our 3 – 5 year old students with disabilities is an integral part of the school. The ECE program includes peer models. We currently offer an after-school intervention program entitled DAWG Pack for third through sixth grade students needing an additional dose of instruction to close the achievement gaps in reading and math and rotate participation at three intervals throughout the year. Title I and LAP programs also provide support to students that need additional time and help to learn. Covington enjoys a strong, cooperative relationship with the community, including a very active PTA and parent volunteer program.
ASSIGNMENT: This assignment includes responsibility for the effective implementation and instruction of Balanced Literacy using the Literacy Workshop Model, Writers Workshop and the Math Expressions (K-5) or College Prep Math (CPM - Grade 6) programs. Knowledge, proficiency and integration of instructional technology is critical to all instructional models and programs. All teaching staff are expected to be contributing members of the school and grade level team's Professional Learning Communities and participate in related professional development.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position is part of the KEA bargaining unit.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Valid Washington State certification with an elementary endorsement required and must be on file prior to beginning work.
All teachers of kindergarten students must complete WaKIDS 101 training and the inter-rater reliability assessment. Classes are offered by the PSESD June through August. Contact the building principal or the district Early Learning Director for information on registration and compensation.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Major or minor in elementary education
Experience working with elementary school students
Excellent technology skills and can use and incorporate computers/technology into curriculum
Must maintain positive learning environment and have ability to relate to all students, parents, and colleagues
Must be a team player with excellent management and communication skills
Must be willing to share professional skills with other staff members
Must have experience with or willingness to participate in integrated programs and/or team teaching
Knowledge and/or training in balanced literacy, whole language/integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, assessment tools and techniques, EALRs, constructivist mathematics, inquiry based science and social studies, cooperative learning, student learning styles, positive discipline and multicultural education
Ability to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the ability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community.
Experience working with a diverse student population and the specific school demographics
Desired teacher characteristics are: flexibility; ability to organize ideas, time and materials to accomplish goals; enthusiasm; ability to express ideas clearly and understand concepts being discussed; ability to learn new ideas and skills; ability and willingness to develop favorable relationships with students; knowledge of current approaches to teaching; and willingness to model behavior deemed appropriate by the school district and the community.
Primary Location: Covington Elementary School
Salary Range: State Salary Schedule DOE & Education / Per Year
Shift Type: Full-Time
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