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Connections Academy – Middle School Art Teacher (Virtual Education)

Title Middle School Art Teacher, 2014-2015 School Year
City Duluth
State GA
Description

Company Summary

Connections Education is a leading, fully-accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12.  Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy.  In the 2012-13 school year, 24 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students in grades K-12 (some schools do not serve all grades) from across the U.S. 

Georgia Connections Academy is a tuition-free, full-time virtual school, authorized by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. Our mission is to maximize academic achievement for students in grades K–12 throughout the state of Georgia who need an alternative to the traditional classroom. Georgia Connections Academy fulfills the intent of the Georgia legislature in the Charter School Law to “increase student achievement through academic and organizational innovation” by reaching students for whom a cutting-edge virtual approach provides the best pathway to school success. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Working from our office in Duluth, Georgia, certified Teachers will “virtually” manage instructional programs.  Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program.  

The Secondary Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

·         Complete all grading, create progress reports and conduct parent conferences in a timely manner;

·         Support the instructional program with asynchronous web conferencing sessions and synchronous instruction;

·         Review curriculum and devise alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding (working directly with students and parents);

·         Communicate with parents, students and other teachers on a regular basis to develop and update Personal Learning Plans and schedules, score assessments, provide feedback on student work, suggest instructional approaches and strategies, monitor completion of assignments and coach special projects;

·         Work collaboratively with other teachers to ensure that all students are successfully progressing through the program, that parents have a central point of contact, and that tasks are distributed among the teachers;

·         Develop a general knowledge of the entire program’s K-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the courses for which responsible; 

·         Support students and parents with alternate strategies and provide additional assistance with daily assignments and projects;

·         Communicate regularly with parents, students, and curriculum specialists through use of computer and telephone;

·         Keep student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;

·         Consult with other teachers and staff learning specialists to develop alternate enrichment activities and modifications to students’ programs to increase student understanding;

·         Work with other teachers to coordinate social activities and relevant field trips for students;

·         Manage regional field trips and make efforts to integrate trips into the curriculum; 

·         Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”;

·         Participate in the organization and administration of the State Testing, as directed;

·         Participate in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that require teacher representation;

·         Work with Advisory Teachers and School Counselor to ensure students and families are receiving appropriate communications, students are making adequate progress and established goals are being met;

·         Attend field trips and other community activities implemented for families; and

·         Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

·         Highly qualified and certified to teach Middle School Art in Georgia (appropriate to grade level and content area responsibilities)

·         Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft OS and MS Office programs)

·         Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

·         Customer focused approach

·         High degree of flexibility

·         Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment

·         Team player track record

·         Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events  (may require occasional overnight travel)

·         Ability to work remotely, if necessary

·         Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families

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