K-8 Teacher - CAVA - Alameda County
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following, as well as other duties as assigned. In addition, teaching in this school requires a firm understanding of how best practices from a regular classroom can be applied to our innovative model, as well as an openness to explore the ways technology can help create new best practices.
· Know the curriculum in its entirety for grade levels K-8
· Support parents with student placement, curriculum, and instructional issues
· Support parents with school set-up and logistics questions
· Support parent and students with basic computer set-up, navigation, and troubleshooting
· Respond as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours to parent, student, teacher, and admin inquiries via phone and/or e-mail during regular work weeks
· Proactively track student academic progress and attendance on a weekly basis
· Conduct face-to-face meetings every 50 days or as needed with parents/responsible adults and students to assess student progress, learning style, and any other academic, social, or developmental issues
· Discuss pupils’ academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents
· Counsel pupils when adjustment and academic problems arise
· Conduct bimonthly conferences with parents/responsible adults to assess student progress, learning style, and any other academic, social, or developmental issues
· Generate informal and formal reports based on conferences
· Collect, review, and evaluate student work samples
· Grade and submit work in a professional and timely manner
· Ensure compliancy with state requirements
· Proactively check on student progress daily and e-mail/call families whenever a warning sign emerges
· Alert administrators of any concerns about student progress
· Actively participate in student SST and or IEP Process and Agreement
· Track and verify that attendance hours are being logged and correlate with number of lessons completed
· Complete monthly attendance spreadsheets to be used for state attendance reporting
· Make placement and promotion decisions
· Process student change in placement, as needed
· Write reports and assign grades for semester progress reports
· Organize orientation, training, social, and educational activities for students and families including community building activities such as school outings, service-learning opportunities, clubs, and events
· Organize and attend at least one school outing each month
· Take part in and utilize information on our discussion board
· Contribute to the CAVA Community Board
· Participate in a weekly teacher conference call, as needed
· Participate in monthly regional professional developments
· Actively participate in all aspects of standardized testing (including, but not limited to, working with administration to prepare students for testing, ensuring all students are tested, assisting with the logistics of selecting testing sites)
· Paid time off is not to be used during testing periods
· Serve as proctors for site-based proctored exams
· Utilize and test new technologies before families and students implement them
· Participate in the school's self-evaluation program
· Track the delivery and return of materials and computer equipment
· Conduct parent trainings
· Conduct a minimum of two Elluminate sessions per week
· Assist with various projects throughout the year with colleagues and administration, as needed
· Travel regularly within and between assigned geographic areas to support students; attend regularly scheduled meetings; and participate in school activities, Open Houses, xPos and Orientations
· Must attend all in-person meetings, as scheduled
Teachers are expected to help with the planning and delivery of regional Parent Orientations. This entails contacting the families of assigned students, participating in and attending the event(s), and following up with families to ensure they are prepared for the start of school. Orientations will run during the end of summer. Additionally, teachers are expected to participate actively in and attend Open House and Orientation events for new families throughout the year.
Most positions are full time; however, noting that some enrolled students live in more rural and remote parts of California, the need for part-time teachers to serve these students locally is high. Also, as a school with open enrollment, there are times when there are not enough students to fill a full-time position, therefore providing an opening for a part-time teaching position. A part-time position involves all of the same responsibilities as full-time but bears a reduced class load.
Assignment of Students:
Students will be assigned to teachers by the Head of Schools or designees according to a number of variables. In general, the Head of Schools assigns students by geographical location and grade level. Full-time classes will be filed prior to assigning students to part-time teachers. Teachers with special education experience will be assigned students with special needs. When appropriate, students from the same family will be assigned to a single teacher. Special education teachers will, in most cases, also be assigned regular education students.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Four-year college or university degree and three or more years teaching experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in the following areas:
· Microsoft Word
· Microsoft Outlook
· Microsoft PowerPoint
· Microsoft Excel
· Internet Explorer
Certificates and Licenses:
· Must hold a valid California Multiple Subject teaching credential.
· NCLB Compliancy
· California Certification to teach ELL students issued by the CTC
The Ideal Candidate Will Also Have:
· Experience working with students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade
· Knowledge of alternative public school environments, including charter schools
· An understanding of virtual schooling environments
· Ability to support and guide adults, as well as students
· Experience using a student information system and/or other type of database
· An ability to learn new technology tools quickly (e.g., database and web-based tools)
· Organization and time-management skills
· Flexible schedule
Competitive Salaries and Benefits
· Full-time compensation includes monthly salary, contribution to CalSTRS and a complete benefits package.
· Part-time compensation includes payment per student on a monthly basis.
· All teachers are provided with a computer on loan, high-speed internet access, and a second phone line.
· The school will only consider top candidates with relevant experience and a proven track record.
· The California Virtual Academies are an organization that offers our teachers and staff members the excitement of exploring an emerging concept in education. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap, disability, ancestry, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, veteran status, or political affiliation.
· Please note that all information herein is subject to change.
To Complete the Application Process:
After submitting your application and uploading all required documents on the Insperity Career Site, you MUST go to the CAVA positions on EdJoin.org as well, if you have not already done so. Once you have completed both processes, you will be fully involved in the process for consideration. Here is the link to the EdJoin posting - http://www.edjoin.org/searchResults.aspx?countyID=51&districtID=2659. Please search for the corresponding K-8 posting by searching alphabetically for the county of your residence.