English/Language Arts Teacher
Geary County USD 475
Division/Department: Secondary Education
Job Category: Teacher
Title: English/Language Arts Teacher (Middle School)
*Current Kansas Teaching Certificate with endorsement appropriate to the assignment on file in the Devin Center
*Health certificate on file in Devin Center
*Highly Qualified according to state of Kansas requirements
Reports To: Building Principal
The English/Language Arts instructor provides effective curriculum instruction that promotes and supports college and career readiness for each student based on the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. The individual accepting this position will also work collaboratively within the English Department in support of the Department’s goals and objectives. The teacher will also regularly use diagnostic literacy screeners to monitor student’s reading progress to inform instruction.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee performing the duties of this position is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, hear, bend, stoop, and reach. The employee may be occasionally required to manually lift, move, or carry up to 50 pounds. The employee is required to interact with staff and meet the demands of several different people. The employee is responsible for the work output of others. The employee occasionally works extended hours. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to maintain regular and good work attendance and come to work on time.
- Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with others.
- Ability to respond to information requests in a courteous, timely and helpful manner.
- Ability to manage job responsibilities while meeting established deadlines.
- Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of student and staff information.
1. Planning and preparation based upon students’ needs
Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogy, content, and students
Select instructional goals
Demonstrate knowledge of resources
Assess student learning using appropriate measures
2. Classroom Environment
Create a classroom environment of respect and rapport
Establish a culture for learning
Establish and maintain classroom procedures
Establish expectations for and manage student behaviors
Organize space for learning
3. Instruction based upon state standards, district curriculum, and student needs as well as industry standards
Communicate clearly and accurately
Use a variety of instructional strategies and techniques
Engage students in learning
Provide timely feedback to students
Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to student needs
4. Professional responsibilities
Follow contractual responsibilities
Engage in reflective practice
Maintain accurate records
Communicate with families
Engage in professional development activities
Maintain appropriate licensure
Collaborate with others to achieve a common goal
- Instruct and direct English/Language Arts content classrooms, which include, but are not limited to English levels I – IV, Advanced Placement and Honors coursework, and multiple ELA elective course offerings, to include MTSS literacy interventions in all forums.
- Responsible for the organization and implementation of English/Language Arts curriculum, based on the development of content “Units at a Glance,” as approved at the building and district level(s).
- Submit required reports in a timely manner; participate in staff, department, committee, and team meetings.
- Obtain instructional resources and materials through processes outlined by the principal and/or the department of Teaching & Learning.
- Keep informed regarding new technologies and research-based teaching practices that facilitate and support student learning.
- Support the vision and mission of JCHS, a Career Academy High School, and work to develop and sustain the climate and culture of the academy model.
- Participate as a team member with the department, academy and both licensed and non-licensed staff in a comprehensive evaluation, review, and re-evaluation process.
- Be knowledgeable in the JCHS Strategic and School Improvement Plans with a focused effort of implementation with fidelity and purpose.
- Communicate clearly and accurately with administrators, staff, parents, students and support agencies.
- Collaborate with all members of the JCHS staff as an active member of the Kansans Can Redesign effort and as a member of the Gemini I cohort.
- Be an active member of the professional learning community: student, committee and academy meetings, as well as assist in early recognition and prevention of educational problems.
- Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics, and state, and federal laws.
- Attend/assist with school events; supervise students in all activities related to classroom and student publications
- Strive to communicate the positive aspects of our school program to the public in word and deed.
- Uphold and enforce Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules, and federal and state regulations including but not limited to
- Consolidated Plan for Federal Programs
Acceptable use of technology
Sexual and racial harassment
Child abuse reporting
- Perform other duties assigned by the principal or other building or district administrators.
Salary Range: Determined by placement on teacher salary schedule.
Evaluation Frequency: Job performance will be evaluated in accordance with state regulations and the terms established in the negotiated agreement.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Geary County USD #475 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and/or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions or complaints based on race, color, national origin, sex or age, please contact the USD 475 Director of Personnel Services, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000. For questions or complaints based on disability, please contact the USD 475 Director of Special Education, 123 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441. Telephone: 785.717.4000