Advancing Scholars in Pursuit of Innovation, Real-world connections, and Excellence in Education (ASPIRE). This position in GCISD’s ASPIRE Academy will provide highly gifted learners with appropriate learning activities and experiences in the core academic subject area(s) assigned to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop competencies and skills to function successfully in society.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum program and show written evidence of preparation as required.
Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles.
Present subject matter according to guidelines established by Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations.
Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect an understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned.
Conduct assessment of student learning styles, readiness and use results to plan instructional activities.
Work cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curricula as needed for special education students according to guidelines established in Individual Education Plans (IEP).
Work with other members of staff to determine instructional goals, objectives, and methods according to district requirements.
Plan and supervise assignments of teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s).
Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process to include basic computer programming, coding, web design, blogging, etc.
Student Growth and Development
Help students analyze and improve study methods and habits.
Conduct ongoing assessment of student achievement through formative and summative assessments.
Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned. Sponsor outside activities approved by the campus principal.
Be a positive role model for students, support the mission of the school district.
Classroom Management and Organization
Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
Manage student behavior in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.
Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
Assist in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
Professional Growth and Development
Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
Keep informed of and comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.
Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing. Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment.
Applicants for all positions are considered without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status. Additionally, the district does not discriminate against an applicant who acts to oppose such discrimination or participates in the investigation of a complaint related to a discriminating employment practice.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
Valid Texas teaching certificate with required endorsements or required training for the subject(s) and level(s) assigned.
Applicants must hold one of the certifications listed:
Life Science 7-12 or 8-12
Science 7-12 or 8-12
Master Science Teacher 8-12
Additionally, applicants will have:
Demonstrated competency in the core academic subject area assigned
Gifted & Talented Endorsement or Certification preferred
GT 30 hours plus annual six (6) hour update
Experience teaching gifted students preferred
Knowledge of core academic subject(s) assigned
General knowledge of curriculum and instruction
Understanding of the unique social and emotional needs of highly gifted students
Ability to cultivate positive relationships with highly gifted and high achieving students and their families
Ability to create a positive learning environment
Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior
Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to bring Digital tools into the classroom
Ability to differentiate according to student readiness, interest, and needs
Must have three (3) years of experience teaching gifted learners (such as GT Specialist, Cluster teacher, Discoveries teacher, Accelerated Math/Science teacher, etc.)
Curriculum Design experience specifically related to differentiating instruction and creating differentiated learning experiences for gifted students
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, is a K-12 public school system in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that is committed to educational excellence, a rigorous curriculum, and bold, innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Our mission is Building Excellent Schools Together — to be the BEST!
Out strategic vision guides us. GCISD’s strategic plan is called LEAD 2.0, which stands for Leading Excellence-Action Drive. It builds upon the success of our previous strategic plan, LEAD 2021. LEAD 2.0 consists of four goals:
1. Actively identify and remove barriers that limit access to and opportunity for learning
2. Design learning environments that support social and emotional well-being
3. Create a culture that fosters learning environments that reflect student voice and promote student engagement
4. Effectively communicate with targeted audiences
GCISD measures success with more than test scores. In addition to college and career preparation, our Portrait of a Graduate defines our expectations of students: that they are global citizens who are skilled problem solvers, effective communicators, self-regulated learners, and collaborative workers. This approach encour...ages creativity, perseverance, citizenship, and patriotism for students.
GCISD promotes a positive culture among teachers and staff. In each of the last two years, GCISD has been named a Top 100 Workplace by the Dallas Morning News. In six of the last seven years, GCISD has provided a compensation increase to staff, and the percentage of our staff who are directly involved in instruction has risen every year since 2012-2013.
Student safety is a priority. Campus administrators emphasize building relationships with students and encourage students to share information and report concerns. In 2011 and 2016, GCISD voters approved a number of upgrades to support a safe and secure school environment, including video camera replacement, controlled vestibules, and updated video hardware. GCISD partners with the Colleyville, Euless and Grapevine Police Departments to place a School Resource Officer on every middle and high school campus.
GCISD manages taxpayer resources responsibly and efficiently. The district's Financial Services department consistently receives recognition for its high level of transparency and financial reporting from ASBO International, Government Finance Officers, and the Texas Comptroller. In September 2019, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings upgraded GCISD to an AA+ rating. Over the last 14 years, GCISD has exercised efficient financial management through the prepayment and refinancing of bonds resulting in a savings of $91.9 million in interest cost.
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