Reports to: Middle School Head Status: 9-month, full-time exempt
For nearly 25 years Boulder Country Day School has been at the forefront of education in the Boulder Valley. The hallmarks of our school - Community, Character, Academic Excellence, and Small Class Sizes - are the keys to our success and allow us to create an educational experience where children innovate, create, grow and thrive. We believe our children are our future, and, to that end, we offer a broad-based liberal arts education that focuses on developing lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. The Boulder Country Day challenge, Discover Your Excellence, recognizes that excellence is teachable, personal, and can be achieved in a variety of different disciplines - academic, athletic, community service, leadership, and more. We seek to provide just the right amount of nurture, structure, and latitude to live up to this challenge.
Teaching and Curriculum Responsibilities Include (but not limited to):
Teach 6th-8th grade STEM classes, integrating design thinking and coding skills using the IB MYP Design framework
Teach 6th-8th grade media arts classes (video production, graphic design, etc.)
Teach 6th-8th grade introductory technology classes that “explore” a variety of applications (17 days each - previous offerings have included digital media, graphic design, robotics, etc.)
Develop and regularly update an engaging, innovative, forward-thinking 6th-8th grade programming, STEM, and technology “explore” curriculum
Foster and support cross-curricular integration of STEM and programming
Model lifelong learning and innovation via participation in PLNs and engagement with EdTech publications; allow active learning to inform curricula development and evolution
Update and maintain all Innovation Lab hardware, software, and supplies
Research and make recommendations to the Technology Director regarding future Innovation lab upgrades and additions
Interest in facilitating an after-school LEGO Robotics program (FIRST LEGO League) a plus
Advisory responsibilities include supporting students with daily meetings and having three parent teacher conferences a year
Characteristics of Professional Excellence
Members of the BCD Faculty:
Are passionate educators; they are optimistic about and love working with children
Possess a strong sense of integrity; they embody and promote character in our school and its community
Employ innovative educational practices to ignite curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm
Have a growth mindset; they are open minded, flexible, and reflective
Believe in and are committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community
Model balance, are deeply curious, and share their interests within and outside of school
Find joy in taking risks and failing forward
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Commitment
Boulder Country Day School recognizes and values all forms of diversity and is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment which honors each member for their individual differences, experiences and strengths. Our intentional commitment to embracing and exploring issues of diversity, equity and inclusivity in support of social justice affords the freedom for all members of our school community to flourish as unique, confident, compassionate, and ethical individuals.
Bachelor’s degree required; focus in educational technology, STEM or similar field preferred
2+ years’ experience working in elementary or middle schools preferred, experience in independent school settings a plus
Passion for STEM and programming, and an interest in inspiring young students to code
Prior experience using or willingness to learn LEGO EV3, Sphero, 3D printing, Laser Cutting, and other STEM/Innovation Lab technologies
Demonstrated ability to learn to use, problem-solve and troubleshoot technologies (hardware and software) independently
Proven collaborator with a history of working closely with a variety of colleagues
Forward-thinking vision and a demonstrated interest in exploring ways technology and design thinking can enhance learning
Strong organization and communication skills coupled with the ability to work and learn independently
Technical experience with computer hardware and peripherals and/or network and systems administration a plus
Technical and/or teaching certifications a plus
IB MYP Experience in Design a plus
Experience mentoring and supporting teachers in development of cross-curricular STEM/programming lessons a plus
Experience with the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) a plus
About Boulder Country Day School
Boulder Country Day School is located on 5 acres in Boulder, Colorado. We serve 340 students 3 years old through 8th grade. The Middle School is an approved International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
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