JobID 1727 : Teacher - 4th Grade (#1504942)

Job | Posted 5 months ago

Mapleton Public Schools, Adams County District #1 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.  Inquiries may be referred to the Executive Director of Human Resources, 7350 N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80221. (303) 853-1000, or the US Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80204.

POSITION: 4th Grade Teacher 

LOCATION: Explore Elementary

REPORTS TO: School Director
Out of District applicants must fill out a District application at: Current employees must e-mail a letter of interest and resume to Erica Branscum, Assistant Superintendent, Talent Recruitment and Development at
  • Colorado teaching license with an elementary endorsement required.
  • Additional endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education also required (or willingness to pursue endorsement or equivalent coursework). 

The mission of Explore Elementary, an innovative, inclusive, and adventurous learning community, is to guarantee brilliant success intellectually and personally for each and every student through a system characterized by:
  • A nurturing community that facilitates risk taking and passion for learning;
  • Authentic experiences that connect students to the diverse world that is our classroom;
  • Rich and in-depth learning expeditions that promote character development, self-discovery, and life-long learning;
  • Cycles of dynamic inquiry and meaningful reflection; and
  • Unlimited opportunities to discover our abilities, beliefs, and social/environmental responsibilities.
The school utilizes EL Education to provide a comprehensive school development model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.  The five EL Education core practices—learning expeditions, active pedagogy, school culture and character, leadership and school improvement, and structures—work in concert and support one another to promote high achievement.
 At Explore Elementary, learning expeditions/ investigations are the primary way of organizing curriculum. Learning expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understanding and skills and to create products for real audiences.
Correlating Job Responsibilities:
  • Design and implement expeditions/investigations as the primary means of organizing curriculum. Expeditions must align with district and state standards and the school content map;
  • Write detailed expedition documents including: compelling topics, in-depth investigations and detailed project plans, including plans for integrating literacy instruction;
  • Arrange and facilitate well-planned fieldwork experiences to support expeditions;
  • Develop and use rubrics to assess student work throughout the expedition; and
  • Support students in the development of their portfolios and preparation for passage presentations, as well as public exhibitions of work. 
Teaching and learning are active and engaging in Explore Elementary classrooms as a commitment to experiential, participatory, and interdisciplinary education is essential to our work.  Effective instructional practices promote equity and high expectations: they make the content of expeditions come alive, ensure that all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well.  Knowledge of each student's level of understanding and participation leads teachers to differentiate instruction.
 Correlating Job Responsibilities:
  • Utilize the principles of active and participatory pedagogy to engage students to take an increasingly active role in their learning;
  • Employ a range of effective instructional practices to give students the support they need to complete projects and meet standards;
  • Develop in-depth lesson plans that ensure instruction is well paced, encourages all students to think, engages all students in productive work throughout the class period, and ensures smooth classroom management;
  • Use flexible groups based on ongoing assessment to confer with students and provide differentiated instruction;
  • Work with students to create assessment criteria that are connected to standards, portfolio, and passage requirements, and help students understand, reflect on and take responsibility for their learning;
  • Design lesson plans that integrate literacy and support understanding of content in all subject areas; and
  • Design lesson plans that effectively teach math and support understanding of content in all subject areas; 
 At Explore Elementary school culture is developed and sustained through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understandings, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers. A nurturing community that facilitates risk taking and passion for learning, physical and emotional safety, respect and courtesy, and a disciplined environment of high expectations characterize the climate at Explore for students and staff alike. Teachers foster student character through challenging academic work, service, and the expectation that students can accomplish the impossible. Within such an environment we take a positive and proactive stance on classroom management/discipline in which we focus on mutual respect, relationships, and classroom interventions.
School leaders, teachers, and staff in EL Education schools are members of a community of learners. Professionals work together to share expertise, improve the school's program, build background knowledge in their disciplines, and model collaborative learning for students. Staff culture is characterized by a respectful collegiality where teachers resist judgment and blame and support each other in improving practice.  Through a participatory approach to education we engage students as active participants in decision making at Explore.

Correlating Job Responsibilities:
  • Prepare students for and participate fully in student-led conferences;
  • Give students and families clear and instructive information about student progress in all progress reports;
  • Choose instructional practices, compelling topics, and projects that promote character development;
  • Participate in adventure activities with students including but not limited to ropes courses, mountain, and camping excursions;
  • Participate fully and positively in a staff culture of reflection and the relentless pursuit of our mission;
  • Be willing and able to collaborate with peers in the development of curriculum and school structures;
  • Be willing to give and receive support from peers to improve teaching practices;
  • Attend and take full advantage of the range of professional development offered including school, regional, state, and national trainings which are offered throughout the calendar year.
  • Facilitate students to take an active role in their own learning and a leadership role in their community through structures including but not limited to service learning and leadership training;
  • Effectively manage classroom and school-wide structures that promote positive student behavior; and
  • Utilize effective practices for community building, including rituals and traditions that build a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment.
 Leaders in EL Education schools create a professional community that focuses on curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicles for improving student achievement and school culture.  Teachers and school leaders in schools working with EL Education collect data to understand student achievement, assess teaching practices, and make informed decisions about instruction.  Explore Elementary is committed to a shared leadership model in which all stakeholders take responsibility for implementing the mission and objectives of the school.
Correlating Job Responsibilities:
  • Use data to inform decisions about what instruction will best support students;
  • Use data to assess your own performance and set individual improvement goals;
  • Appropriately participate in a shared decision-making model, which balances the need for centralized (administrative), representative (leadership team), and collective (whole school) decisions; and
  • Work with school leadership to evaluate school performance and set school improvement goals.
 At Explore, the schedule serves instructional and curricular priorities with the key features that there are blocks of class time, opportunities for integration of the disciplines, and common planning time for teachers. The schedule accommodates project work, fieldwork, service learning, and flexible groupings of students. Training time is scheduled during the school year and summer for whole-school professional development and collaboration across grade levels and subject areas.
The school utilizes a "looping" structure in grades 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6.  Teachers begin teaching students at the bottom of the loop with the lower grade level.  The following school year, teachers loop up with their students to the higher grade level.  This structure provides opportunity for the teacher and students to develop a deep, connected relationship which allows students to dig deep and take risks socially and academically.
 Correlating Job Responsibilities:
  • Work with school leadership to revise drafts of calendars, schedules, and other school structures;
  • Attend and take full advantage of the range of professional development offered including school, regional, state, and national trainings which are offered throughout the calendar year.
  • Establish effective structures for classroom management and progress reporting for your classroom that align with the school's reporting systems.
  • Aligned belief and commitment to teaching students for two years within our looping structure.
Specific Teacher Requirements
  • Valid and current certification;
  • Commitment and passion for the principles described in the narrative of this posting;
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues in planning and implementing;
  • A commitment to integrating literacy instruction with science and social studies content; and
  • Willingness to loop or teach in a multi-age setting. 
Preferred Attributes
  • Experience and passion for working within a rigorous participatory, integrated, and active pedagogy;
  • ELL/Bilingual Endorsement;
  • Experience in coordinating fieldwork experiences that support in depth learning projects;
  • Experience with adventure-based education;
  • Experience in integrating art and music into in-depth learning expeditions;
  • Experience in designing compelling topics, in-depth investigations and detailed project plans, including plans for integrating literacy instruction; and
  • Experience in developing a classroom culture of respect and caring through effective and ongoing rituals and traditions.

Posted By

Mapleton School District No. 1

7350 N. BROADWAY, DENVER, CO 80221
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,513 (USD)

State Average: $10,278 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 12%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 17.36

% IEP Students

State Average: 11%



State Average: 415