Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial, organized, independent, flexible, and creative professional to teach, shape, implement, and grow a new, innovative high school computer science program beginning July 2018. This position will also include supporting academic technology. The new computer science program will be guided by the following principles:
Emphasize computational thinking and its interdisciplinary nature
Elevate experimentation, the courage to fail, and intrinsic motivation
Utilize project-based learning and standards-based grading (guided by CSTA standards)
Empower student choice with a mix of independent and structured learning
Promote accessibility to all students
Employ multiple delivery methods and resources (e.g. in-person/online/hybrid)
Teach four trimester-long sections of a required Introduction to Computer Science course to high school students.
Teach two trimester-long electives, titles and content to be determined; elective offerings would expand in subsequent years.
Guide students working on individual projects in computer science.
In partnership with the Director of Technology, develop and implement the Computer Science program and curriculum, including:
desigining new courses, modifying existing courses, and building online versions of courses
budgeting for software and hardware
researching and creating menus of activities, projects, and resources for students to advance on the standards
working with teachers to facilitate integrated projects and growing this aspect of the program
tracking student achievement
gathering feedback from students and teachers to evaluate the program
some portion of this work will take place over the summer in the first few years of the program and will be stipended
Academic Technology responsibilities include:
Train, orient, and support teachers and students to utilize the Student Information System (SIS), iPads, online learning tools, and other types of technology to facilitate learning and teaching.
Work one-on-one with teachers.
Advise and implement best practices for advancing the use of academic technology.
The ideal candidate would have teaching, curriculum development, and computer science experience, a degree in related fields, and be committed to ongoing professional development. The Computer Science Teacher will relish working with young people and adults and have the social skills to market the program, appeal to students, and partner with teachers to integrate computer science throughout the curriculum. Beyond simply being a master of specific programming languages or systems, the Computer Science Teacher will value the concepts inherent in computational thinking, recognize its power to solve complex, real-world problems, and design opportunities in which all Burke students can access this way of thinking and problem-solving.
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on experience.
About Edmund Burke School
Edmund Burke School is a co-educational day school for grades 6-12. We emphasize a progressive, student-centered, constructivist approach to education. In addition to demonstrating expertise in their subject matter and skill in their delivery of lessons, we expect teachers to:
Run orderly but energetic classes.
Use innovative, developmentally-appropriate classroom activities and assignments designed to engage many types of students.
Include multicultural perspectives in classroom instruction.
Employ appropriate technology in the classroom, especially using iPads.
Use our web-based Student Information System to write comments, report cards and post assignments.
Enjoy building curriculum through collaboration with colleagues.
Take pleasure in the company of adolescents.
Be open-minded, patient and maintain a respectful, supportive environment.
Teachers at Burke are an integral part of a lively, informal and inclusive school community; we are committed to building a diverse, multicultural faculty. Many teachers and staff serve as advisors for six to eight students. We are always looking for teachers who can enrich Burke’s community outside the classroom, especially ...by coaching.
We are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and are a member of Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools.
A nonprofit educational institution, Edmund Burke School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or handicap, veteran status, marital status or any other classification protected by law.