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Full Time 2nd Grade Teacher

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Molalla River Academy

Molalla River Academy is a hidden gem! Utilizing a thematic, project-based learning approach, teachers are able to creatively collaborate with their partner teacher, as well as specials teachers, to provide engaging learning experiences for students. With an emphasis on arts and science, our students participate in music a minimum of three times per week, weekly STEM classes, and outdoor learning at least once per week.

"Taking care of each other" is a core value we hold and staff, students and parents agree we uphold this value everyday! We begin each day with morning circle, where our core value of community and our monthly character traits are taught/reinforced. We invite applicants to spend a day with us as a way to experience how these values extend beyond the classroom and throughout our campus.

If you are interested in applying, please send a resume, letter of interest and letters of recommendation to: director@mra-k8.com or to learn more about our school, please email Dr. Melanie Marrone at director@mra-k9.com

Applicants must have a current Oregon Teaching Certificate and must be highly qualified to teach Elementary Students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and Learning:
Design culturally responsive lesson plans, aligned to state standards and thematic units.
Define goals, objectives and assessment strategies for unit and daily plans.
Sequence content and activities appropriately.
Plan for differentiated activities to meet the needs of all learners.
Develop effective classroom routines and structures to maximize learning.

Classroom Management:
Begin each day with a “soft start” and morning meeting; teach and reinforce school-wide expectations: We take care of ourselves; We take care of our spaces; We take care of our materials.
Develop or select instructional activities that foster student engagement and encourage students to “wonder” about their learning.
Utilize growth mindset language to create a classroom environment that is challenging and attainable.
Foster student responsibility, appropriate social behavior, integrity, valuing of diversity, and respect for self and others.

Delivery of Instruction:
Present material clearly and explicitly, utilizing exemplars, vivid and appropriate language.
Successfully reach all students by differentiating, scaffolding and using peer and/or adult helpers.
Regularly involve students in engaging activities and discussions in which they are active learners and problem solvers.
Use highly effective strategies, questions, materials, technology and groupings to boost the learning of all students.
Adapt lessons and units to exploit teachable moments and correct misunderstandings.
Consistently have students summarize and internalize what they learn and apply it to real life situations.

Monitoring, Assessment and Follow Up:
Posts and reviews clear criteria for proficient work, including rubrics/exemplars and ensures students understand expectations.
Gives well-constructed diagnostic assessments and uses the information to guide instruction and/or interventions.
Checks for understanding through a variety of methods; immediately addresses confusion or misunderstandings.
Has students set ambitious goals, continuously self-assess, and take responsibility for improving performance.
Frequently posts, publishes, or shares students’ work to celebrate progress and motivate and direct effort.
Relentlessly follows up with struggling students, with personal attention, so they all reach proficiency.
Works with team teacher or other colleagues to analyze student data to draw actionable conclusions and leverage student growth.
Works with team teacher or other colleagues to reflect on what worked and what didn’t and continuously strives to improve instruction.

Family and Community Outreach:
Demonstrates sensitivity and respect for family and community culture, values, and beliefs.
Shows parents an in-depth knowledge of their child and a strong belief they will meet or exceed standards.
Provides teachers with clear, user-friendly learning and behavior expectations.
Makes sure parents hear positive news about their child first, and immediately flags any problems.
If assigned, homework is highly engaging and prompt feedback is provided.
Deals immediately with parent concerns and makes parents feel welcome any time.
Uses student-led conferences, correspondence, report cards and informal conversations to provide parents with helpful feedback on their child’s progress.

Professional Responsibilities:
Has perfect or near perfect attendance; complete necessary absence leave request form in timely manner or promptly notifies the office when an unplanned absence will occur.
When communicating with parents or stakeholders, speaks, and writes correctly and succinctly.
Presents as a consummate professional and observes appropriate boundaries.
Collaborates regularly with teaching partners and specials teachers to ensure alignment of curricular goals.
Is ethical, honest, and forthright, uses impeccable judgment, and confidentiality.
Is an important part of the MRA community; promotes and encourages positive staff and school culture and climate.