Mount Vernon Presbyterian School seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative Middle School Learning Coach for the 2018-19 school year. This person will support all learners to be seekers and explorers by partnering with grade-level teams to guide both curricular initiatives and innovations as well as student services. Versatility and openness to innovative instructional practices are essential. Availability to sponsor athletic, artistic, or academic teams/clubs is preferred.
Faculty at Mount Vernon are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of the School beyond their classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
This individual will:
Report directly to the Head of Middle School and work closely with the MS Head of Learning and Innovation, Dean of Student Life and Operations, and Director of Academic Resources
Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
Provide meaningful instruction in executive function and Study Skills courses using a variety of research-based and innovative teaching methods
Model interdisciplinary, learner-centered, curiosity-driven learning experiences
Collaborate with the team of MS teachers and schoolwide learning coaches to build and model innovative instructional approaches and student support services
Build teacher capacity by collaborating and coaching, pushing into classrooms and planning periods
Participate in co-teaching experiences
Collaborate with faculty across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and project-based learning experiences
Collaborate with teachers, parents, and outside providers to support students’ individual needs through small-group instruction, student progress monitoring, student support accommodations, and parent/tutor support in conjunction with the classroom teacher
Document and communicate important milestones in students’ learning journeys
Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (Collaborator, Communicator, Creative Thinker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, and Solution Seeker).
Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School
General Teaching Responsibilities:
Knowledge of the curriculum (subject-specific and interdisciplinary connections) of courses being taught and of those throughout the program
Design and execution of well-planned lessons with appropriate connections within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas, problem solving, and application)
Timely maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of each student’s performance and progress
Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
Effective, proactive, and timely verbal and written communication with students and parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information
Maintenance of an organized, inviting, and student-centered learning environment
Collaboration with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on schoolwide goals
Active search and participation in professional growth opportunities
Creation of differentiated lessons to match the needs of each student in the classroom
Participation on Research, Design, and Iteration teams and faculty meetings working toward schoolwide goals
Participation in duties (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool) and others as assigned
Current Pedagogical Influences include:
Understanding by Design
Stanford University Design Thinking
Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero and Visible Thinking Routines
Comprehensive focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
Neuroscience and human development
Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, or related field; classroom teacher and teacher-leader experience; deep knowledge of curriculum, child development, learning differences, and gifted education; proficiency and facility with technological tools and platforms.
About Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Established in 1972, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, MVPS remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).