McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland seeks applicants for a K-12 Academic Technologist to begin July 1, 2023.
McLean’s mission – and its unique Abilities Model® – embrace the idea that every one of us has a unique learning path waiting to be discovered and tended toward growth. McLean places students at the center of the content and structure of their education, it deploys the skills of talented and expert teachers, provides a pedagogy that is both flexible in approach and academically rigorous, and delivers this to students in a supportive, inclusive culture that unlocks each student’s core potential.
Bright, college-bound students with dyslexia, ADHD, academic performance anxiety, and executive functioning challenges thrive at McLean as their confidence and self-advocacy skills grow. Alongside them are more traditional learners who excel in smaller classes where they are challenged and grow through a student-centered view of learning. Together, these students are served by an amalgam of teaching models that reach students individually, enabling them to achieve impressive heights of learning. Students, in turn, share their strengths with one another, creating an inclusive and diverse community of learners who support and help each other grow. McLean students graduate as proud and capable learners, able to recognize and embrace their unique abilities, and advocate for what they need to learn, enabling them to find their way successfully in the world.
The K-12 Academic Technologist works as part of the Technology and Learning team to ensure the optimal use of technology in teaching and learning. This is a full-time 12- month position that works with students and teachers in all three of our divisions spanning grades K through 12. The K-12 Academic Technologist reports to the Director of Technology Innovation but works closely with the Heads of the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. This job reports on-campus and is not a remote position.
Lead the school in the implementation of innovative technology to enhance teaching and learning
Share expertise in the area of assistive technology to support students in the areas of reading, math, and executive functioning
Provide thought leadership in the area of digital literacy, media literacy, digital citizenship, and student safety online
Support Faculty and Students
Collaborate with teachers to support best practices of technology usage in teaching and learning
Facilitate professional development for faculty to increase competencies in the areas of technology to effect positive change within the classroom
Assist in lesson planning that involves digital literacy and citizenship skills
Create and implement faculty professional development related to academic technology skills
Train students, faculty, and staff to use hardware or software in one-on-one or groups including assistive technologies like Google’s Read & Write, the Blackbaud Learning Management System (LMS), Google Suite, Seesaw and GoGuardian
Teach Upper School students multiple times per month in the areas of digital literacy skills in the Community-Oriented Reflective Education (CORE) program
Teach digital literacy modules for grades 5 through 8 over several months during the school year
Teach digital literacy skills throughout K through grade 4 dispersed throughout the year on an agreed upon schedule with the Lower School, division heads, and teachers
Software and Database Support
Manage aspects of the Blackbaud learning management system and other educational software tools including IXL, SORA, Learning Ally, Seesaw, Google Classroom and Read&Write.
Maintain the list of educational Apps and subscriptions for the IPADs and chromebooks
Research and Assessment
Research, evaluate, and foster adoption of educational technologies
Keep up-to-date on assistive technologies to meet the needs of the neurodiverse student population
Attend and present at conferences related to education technology
Academic Technology Resources
Create, update, and maintain student and teacher resources for education software programs including shared materials and resource boards
Stay up-to-date and share information on media literacy
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Technology Innovation, which may include occasional weekend and evening hours.
Qualifications & Personal Attributes
The ideal candidate will have an appreciation for, and understanding of, and experience working with college-boundstudents who reflect a range of learning experiences. In addition, the candidate will have:
Expertise with Macintosh computers, Chromebooks, and IPADs
Knowledge of educational technology and best practices in the industry
Experience with Google Apps for Education
Strong organizational, technical, communication, and presentation skills
Minimum of 3 years of full time equivalent work experience in Academic technology
At least, 2-3 years of classroom teaching experience
Ability to work onsite Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during regular school and after school hours
A love of learning about academic technology and thirst to stay current in the field
Qualifications - Preferred
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Instructional or Academic Technology or related field preferred
Knowledge of Blackbaud Student Information System
Prior experience with G Suite administration
McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.
Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their Cover Letter and Résumé.