High School Instructor for Global Impacts Microschool and Designing Real World Impacts
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Type: Full Time
Salary: Range $40,000-$55,000
Based on step and scale
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 1
FLSA CLASSIFICATION:Full Time/Exempt
REPORTS TO:High School Principal
Sion’s goal is to develop students who are well-rounded, faith-filled citizens and servant leaders. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of love, respect, hopefulness, openness, and by building connections through relationships.
Sion educators are:
Confident Practitioners: they know their subject and the instructional techniques to help students meet educational goals.
Growth-Minded Learners:they understand that knowledge is not finite - students and teachers can grow, learn new things, and accomplish tasks they never knew were possible.
Mindful Communicators:they communicate in a way that is solution-focused, timely, and positive. This includes verbal, written, and non-verbal communication.
Collaborative Team Players: they pitch in and help with events outside their classroom to make Sion a place that is rich in community and models servant leadership.
Inclusive Community Builders: they use language and actions that are never destructive of egos. They ensure that students and other faculty members feel a sense of belonging at Sion.
This position offers a unique educator and leader the opportunity to teach and develop a visionary program that challenges young women at Notre Dame de Sion High School to show initiative, take bold risks, and develop/deliver creative solutions to address authentic problems in the school, local, and global communities. This instructor will function as the English lead on a collaborative team with other instructors to co-lead Sion’s signature programs of Designing Real World Impacts and Global Impacts Microschool. The right candidate will possess a depth of experience with the design thinking process, experiential education, and core learning objectives for English in the areas of research skills, analysis of informative texts, and helping writers to further develop their own style and voice by writing for a diverse audience and in different modes.
Global Impacts Microschool
The Global Impacts Microschool is a year-long interdisciplinary course with an English AP, Global Health, and Ethics credit that places emphasis on gaining a multi-perspective understanding of the world we live in. This comparative study examines the histories, philosophies, organizations, functions, and results of public health, conservation, and sustainability research and practices. Students receive an introduction to global health and environmental topics rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Content is presented in the context of current research, labs, case studies, place-based learning, literature, and technology. Topics evoke ethical, cultural, and medical foundations of thought. Through this course, participants connect with community partners, conduct research, create sustainable solutions, curate presentations, and develop digital content for their student portfolios. During the Spring Deep Dive, this course will culminate in a required field study. In 2023 the course partnered withThe Young Conservationists at Lewa Conservancy in Kenya, Africa.
Designing Real World Impacts
In this semester-long, dual-credit class with an ACCP English IV option, participants in the DRWI program meet off-site in a professional working environment for the three hours of the school day. Learners have the opportunity to travel to various sites across the KC area to meet with entrepreneurs and professionals who seek to inspire change and have a positive impact through their work.
Throughout this course, learners will:
Identify real problems impacting the lives of people in their community that pull at their heartstrings and inspire them to take action.
Work in teams to connect with professionals across the city and the country to explore these problems and gain a deeper understanding.
Engage in the design thinking process and respond with a solution that has a meaningful and lasting impact.
This program challenges students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and real-world professional skills, including presentation, interpersonal communication, project management and collaboration skills. This course meets the English IV standards through its focus on research skills, analysis of informative texts, and helping writers to further develop their own style and voice by writing for a diverse audience and in different modes.
Knowledge and understanding of and commitment to the Sion mission.
Commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse community as reflected through the curriculum and learning environment.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Education, or related subject matter. Special consideration given to candidates with Master’s degrees in subject area with the ability to teach dual high school/college courses.
Knowledge of best practices in instruction and curriculum design, including design thinking, experiential learning, writing across the curriculum, authentic assessment, global competencies, standards-based curriculum development, and project management.
Strong ability to work in a co-teaching environment that is rooted in mutual respect, clear communication, collaborative planning, & parity.
Deep understanding of the specific needs of adolescent girl development, including social emotional needs.
Demonstrated classroom management and facilitative skills including the ability to build the scaffolding and accountability measures necessary for student-generated ideas to come to fruition.
Ability to interact professionally with students, parents, faculty, administration, and stakeholders, as well as develop a positive presence in the external community.
Flexibility in working with a variety of faculty across the divisions on faculty committees.
Ability to set goals and accept professional feedback.
Must demonstrate competency with school related technology, social media, productivity, and visual storytelling.
Must be able to travel locally and globally for extended periods of time (two weeks). This includes being qualified and willing to transport students in a 15 passenger van and manage students in an off-site environment.
Maintain professional credentials as required by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) or other accrediting agencies.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Teaches the English curriculum for Global Impacts Microschool & Designing Real World Impacts which uses design thinking and entrepreneurial mindsets to engage students in real world work with community partners.
Co-teaches these signature programs with other faculty members.
Develops clear and appropriate lesson plans that align to the learning outcomes for the courses.
Delivers appropriate instruction utilizing a variety of instructional methods to support individual learning.
Creates a positive and functional learning environment that encourages bold thinking while maintaining professionalism.
Actively collaborates with the Academic Directors towards the continual development, refinement, and improvement Designing Real World Impacts and the Global Impacts Microschool.
Prepares and implements lesson plans for such instruction.
Notre Dame de Sion High school is a unique independent Catholic school rooted in interfaith dialogue. Our goal is to deliver a premier, college-preparatory education in an all-girls environment. We do this in an inclusive environment where each individual is connected to their unique purpose. Sion seeks to graduate well-rounded individuals, faith-filled global citizens, and servant leaders. We believe that moments of significant learning are achieved through experiences that allow students to connect to the real world, assert their independence, embrace ambiguity, validate their identity, and change their perception of the world.