We are seeking a Digital Fabrication/Computational Thinking Teacher to begin in January, 2020. The Digital Fabrication/Computational Thinking Teacher reports to the Head of School, and collaborates closely with the Founding Director of Research and Learning Design, as well as the entire faculty and staff.
Implements digital fabrication and computational thinking, software programming and data analysis curriculum
Integration and support of digital fabrication into all projects
Direct work with students in groups and 1:1 in makerspace work, fabrication
Integration and support of computational thinking into all projects
Orients and trains all students in digital fabrication
Trains teachers in digital fabrication
1:1 support for individual projects
Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all makerspace equipment and material
Assists group teachers as necessary with classroom activities and classroom management
Assists with the planning, implementation and chaperoning of place-based trips
Assists with exhibition planning and implementation
Writes narrative reports
Communicates regularly with parents about school activities
Collaborates closely with Curriculum Specialist
Teaches math and literacy
APTITUDES AND INTERESTS
Enthusiasm for supporting, and collaborating with K-6 students
Interest in working in an innovative school with a focus on project-based learning, and a grounding in an authentically multidisciplinary, team-based approach to education
Flexibility and ability to embrace change and adapt to new situations.
Ability to develop curriculum, construct and implement innovative lessons, and share best practices.
Commitment to a growth mindset wherein open, respectful feedback is valued, and professional growth and learning are central to the culture of the school.
Ability to teach differentiated lessons and build projects that are accessible to different kinds of learners.
Enthusiasm for partnering with parents.
Commitment to collaborating closely with colleagues, and to working in a closely-knit team.
Thrives in an open space environment.
Interest in supporting, and developing, performance-based, skill-centered, holistic assessments
Teaching experience preferred.
Experience working in a project-based school desired.
Experience working in a collaborative, open environment valued.
Deep knowledge of digital fabrication and computational thinking required.
Ability to teach coding K-8 desired.
Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
Informed by research from institutions such as Stanford and MIT, Portfolio School is a K-5 independent school in New York City that redefines what is possible in education, actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry and creative design. The school currently serves children grades K-6, and is growing year-by-year to become a K-12.
Immersed in collaborative, interdisciplinary project-based learning, high-quality academics, and thoughtful self-reflection, students delve into the sciences and humanities, literature and math, technology and the arts, not just as memorizers, but as thinkers and creators.
Engaging in deep learning with curiosity and passion, Portfolio students develop the abilities, insights, and qualities of character needed to thrive in the ever-changing, technological, entrepreneurial and global world which they will inherit.
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