Title: Middle School Makerspace / Computer Science Faculty
The Miami Valley School’s mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. For over 50 years, The Miami Valley School has provided a unique learning option for families in the Dayton, Ohio community. MVS is looking for unique educators who are ready to help refine a truly differentiated educational opportunity as MVS becomes a nationally-recognized leader in experience-based learning. Come be a part of designing a school of the future.
MVS is seeking a dynamic and innovative Middle School Makerspace/ Computer Science teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. The ideal candidate is a passionate and skillful educator who is eager to invest her/his talents in our middle school program. They must establish a supportive and engaging environment for students ranging from 6th-8th grade, demonstrate the ability to create developmentally appropriate curricula, work collaboratively with colleagues and parents, have excellent communication skills, and demonstrate a teaching proficiency and comfort with a variety of different teaching and learning styles. The middle school operates on an 85-minute modified block schedule. The candidate should be well-versed in creating and implementing a curriculum that is innovative, student-centered, and interacteractive, bringing together diverse disciplines and cutting across silos. Candidates should also have experience working with early adolescent children.
Interested candidates should submit a completed MVS Employment application (found here) and their credentials, including a letter of interest, resume, list of references, and a philosophy of education to Mike Boyer, Middle School Director at email@example.com
Embrace the vision of The Miami Valley School, incorporates Immersion Method, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL), in the classroom, as an advisor, and on the playing field.
Develop a lifelong appreciation for learning and foster a lifelong learning ethos in their students
Candidates should be willing to take risks, look for opportunities to integrate disciplines in authentic and meaningful ways to make a difference in the world, and be action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative
Demonstrate an ability to develop a positive rapport with students.
Communicate with parents in a prompt and effective manner, both orally and in writing.
Collaborate with the Middle School team and the Computer Science department to develop a continuity of instruction from EC through 12th grade.
Develop Maker Curriculum for middle school with an eye toward expanding to lower and upper school in the future
Implement Computer Science curriculum for middle school
Teach a total of 4 Makerspace / Computer Science electives (per day)
In those electives, facilitate and identify projects suitable for middle school aged students
Plan, prepare, deliver, and model instructional lessons that facilitate a maker mindset and use design thinking
Work one on one with students or in groups to ideate, prototype, and present projects; providing technical support of project documentation (video, photos, sketchbook, lab notebook, blog
Lead students in time management and project planning skills
Maintain a safe and efficient learning environment
Manage equipment upkeep and organization of makerspace
Serve as an advisor for a group of 10-12 students, leading weekly social-emotional lessons as well as parent-teacher conferences twice per year.
Serve as a leader or assistant for immersion, a 2-4 week integrated program across 6th-8th grade.
Attend faculty meetings, division meetings, and department meetings.
Fulfill all other faculty responsibilities that may occur outside the school day, including writing reports and planning.
Undergraduate or Master Degree is required, preferably in the subject area or education.
Teaching experience strongly preferred, work with adolescent children required.
A background in and passion for making. Qualified applicants will have experience in any of the following: wood-work, metal-work, hobby electronics, engineering.
Knowledge in maintaining fabrication equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, vinyl cutters, power tools, electronics, sewing machines, etc.
Experience in inquiry-based learning and cooperative learning with a focus on a student-centered approach; experience in an educational makerspace environment; experience with project-based curriculum design
Interest/ability in physical computing
Coding experience with Sphero, Scratch, Codester, etc. and proven ability in the use of digital arts/fabrication software and equipment.
About The Miami Valley School
The Miami Valley School’s mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. For a half-century, The Miami Valley School has provided a unique learning option for families in the Dayton, Ohio community. MVS is looking for unique educators who are ready to help refine a truly differentiated educational opportunity as MVS becomes a nationally-recognized leader in experience-based learning. Come be a part of designing a school of the future.