ABOUT US: Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, Kingsley is a premier, independent day school guided by a unique blend of Montessori philosophy and innovative programming. Kingsley offers a Montessori education tailored to the talents, curiosity, and growth of each student. Our progressive, inquiry based programs cultivate students’ social and academic development, and prepare them to advance successfully to top public and private middle schools. Our core values of knowing every child during their Foundational Decade of Learning and partnering with parents propel students to reach their potential.
JOB SUMMARY: At Kingsley Montessori School, our mission is to help facilitate each child’s social and academic development through a collaborative effort between the home and school. The ultimate objective is to help students strengthen their unique capabilities and empower them to be competent learners socially, emotionally, and academically.
The Math Educational Specialist is a dynamic, energetic, and forward-thinking member of the Learning Resource Team who reports to the Directors of Elementary. The Math Educational Specialist acts as a resource person to promote student and teacher growth in learning and teaching mathematics. The Math Educational Specialist works collaboratively with teachers to implement a quality mathematics program that is research-based and differentiated for student needs. This position supports teachers by modeling instructional strategies and lessons, developing and modifying lesson plans, and expanding teacher and parent understanding of current mathematics research and knowledge. This position is responsible for working with the Directors of Elementary to develop a vision for mathematics at Kingsley and to design and implement a mathematics program that balances the Montessori and progressive elements of the Kingsley educational experience.
The Math Educational Specialist must possess a profound understanding of differentiated mathematics instruction and research-based best practices related to the unique learning profiles of all children. The Math Educational Specialist communicates frequently with faculty, as well as with families, as part of Kingsley’s Parents as Partners initiative.
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-Minimum requirement: BA/BS degree in Education
-Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education, or Mathematics, preferred
-Minimum of 3–5 years teaching experience with children from early childhood through elementary age in a school setting
-Montessori training helpful
-Experience with balanced mathematics program, preferably Math in Focus program
-Ability to analyze and use data to design, modify, and evaluate mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment
-An understanding of and commitment to Montessori philosophy
-An understanding of and commitment to best practices in progressive education philosophies
-The ability to lead and work collaboratively with faculty and parents to enhance both curriculum and community
-Are committed to professional development and growth
Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Exhibits personal interest and enthusiasm for mathematics to support the teaching of mathematics and encourage the learning of mathematics.
1. Engages collaboratively in the school-wide effort to build a shared vision and supportive culture, identify common goals, and monitor and evaluate progress toward those goals.
2. Works with the Directors of Education to identify and define the role the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy play in mathematics programming within the Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary divisions.
3. Actively investigates and considers new ideas that improve mathematics teaching and learning, which draw on current research in mathematics.
4. Assists administrators and teachers in implementing and monitoring a comprehensive mathematics program in accordance with Montessori philosophy and Kingsley best practices. This is achieved by evaluating and modifying instructional resources and curriculum materials for their comprehensiveness and accuracy in teaching mathematics concepts and practices.
5. Collects and maintains appropriate records of student progress and provides timely and accurate oral and written feedback to teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
6. Uses a variety of data to evaluate abilities of students and works with teachers to adjust their instruction to meet the needs of all students.
7. Participates actively as part of the Learning Resource Team working closely with the Directors of Education, giving feedback on mathematical practice, examining student mathematics work, analyzing data from multiple sources, making decisions to improve student learning, and being accountable for each student’s learning in mathematics.
8. Helps design and participates in school professional development activities to improve mathematics teaching and learning.
9. Plans how to achieve student learning goals in mathematics, choosing appropriate mathematics strategies, mathematics resources, and materials to differentiate instruction for individuals and groups of students.
10. Develops appropriate sequencing of mathematics learning experiences; and allowing multiple ways to demonstrate knowledge and skill in mathematics.
11. Assists with the development and implementation of projects that guide students in analyzing the complexities of mathematics using perspectives from varied disciplines and cross-disciplinary skills.
Student and Family Support
Ensures that students are meeting developmental-level mathematics expectations. Collaborates with parents as partners, teachers, the Academic Learning Specialist, and Education Directors to help increase student achievement. Supports nurturing, respectful, and safe school environments that respond to theneeds of each student, faculty member, and family.
1. Participates in parent–teacher conferences to share results from standardized assessments (ERB, ISEE) to provide feedback/insight on students’ mathematics progress and learning profile.
2. Responds to emails and phone calls from parents in a timely manner, while keeping Education Directors and teachers well informed.
3. Participates in discussions with Education Directors and classroom faculty regarding the successful transition of children from level to level from a mathematics perspective.
4. Works with teachers to convey information (including classroom work samples and other types of data) to parents about their child’s mathematics growth.
5. Builds capacity among Kingsley teachers for administering formal and informal assessments in math; helps teachers analyze and interpret results.
6. Demonstrates knowledge of mathematics content and pedagogy in plans and practice.
7. Sets instructional outcomes and individual student goals, which reflect high-level learning and curriculum standards, represent different types of learning, and administer appropriate types of assessment.
Professional and Personal Growth
Models lifelong learning and meets professional development requirements.
1. Attends professional development workshops outside of school at the discretion of the Education Directors.
2. Sets professional and personal goals to be discussed with supervisor.
3. Creates an environment of respect and builds rapport amongst teacher to student, student to teacher, and student to student.
4. Communicates clear expectations for learning, directions, procedures, and content.
5. Communicates effectively orally and in writing; in a clear, correct, and appropriate manner.
6. Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to promote collegiality.
1. Assists in the efficient and effective management of the School.
2. Demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of the job and adheres to American Montessori Society guidelines and professional standards in the Kingsley Montessori Faculty Handbook.
3. Follows protocols for managing information (i.e. attendance) and completing requests (i.e. purchase orders, supplies, personal days, etc.), as further detailed in the Kingsley Montessori Faculty Handbook.
4. Meets all school deadlines including attending weekly meetings.
5. Attends appropriate division and staff meetings, as well as all faculty meetings at the discretion of the Education Directors.
6. Participates in the support duties common to all Kingsley teachers.
7. Maintains open communication with administration and colleagues.
8. Uses a timely and positive manner when voicing concerns or seeking help from administration.
This is a full-time position offering the following benefits:
-Competitive salary and benefits.
-Professional development opportunities.
-Qualified transportation program.
-Tuition reimbursement for eligible employees seeking Montessori Certifications.
TO APPLY, CANDIDATES SHOULD SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION* BY EMAIL:
-A cover letter describing your interest in the position, with an overview of your background and experience with children and education
-A current resume
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:
Karen Diamond at email@example.com
*One PDF containing Cover Letter and Resume. File name must be in the following format: FirstName LastName Year
About Kingsley Montessori School
Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, Kingsley is a premier, independent day school guided by a unique blend of Montessori philosophy and innovative programming. With a growing enrollment of 327 students in Toddler through Sixth Grade, Kingsley offers a dynamic and student-centered education that strives to make the most of each student’s unique gifts and creative interests. Our progressive program offers a rigorous, integrated curriculum, which includes vast offerings in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).