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MS/8th Grade Math Specialist

MS/8th Grade Math Specialist

School: The Howard School
Available Position: Teacher

FLSA Classification: Exempt, Instructional Staff
Reports To: Middle School Principal

Position Purpose: The position is responsible for supporting the learning of math students individually and in small groups, collaborating, coaching, modeling, and consulting with lead and support teachers about best practices in teaching mathematics, and staying abreast of current research and best practices in mathematics instruction. As a math specialist, this entails creating a classroom environment favorable to learning and personal growth of every student; establishing effective rapport with students; motivating students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation in math; and to establish good relationships with parents and with other staff members. These students receive instruction from the Math Specialist in small-group and in-class. Depending on individual student needs, components of different math programs or methodologies are utilized including, but not exclusive to Singapore Math.

Math Specialist Characteristics:
Committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests
Curious about current research related to math instruction and how the brain processes mathematics
Committed to multidisciplinary instruction, encouraging students’, creative expression, incorporating student interest and passions, and developing critical thinking
Committed to and skilled in differentiation
Highly collaborative and excited about generating curriculum and assessment ideas in a team setting
Curious, creative, self-reflective, and willing to take initiative and run with new ideas

Essential Functions:
Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the division’s basic instructional and philosophical standards
Conducts individual and small group instruction in order to adapt math instruction to the needs of each student and subgroups of students
Collaborates with other teachers on math planning for their groups • Models best practices and coaches math teachers
Translates lesson plans into learning experiences to effectively and actively engage students
Guides students to know their own profile and to advocate for their learning needs
Provides support and continued coaching in the area of math for new and veteran teachers by modeling lessons, conducting observations and facilitating conversations, periodically delivering training, and helping find appropriate outside professional development
Conducts individual diagnostic assessments of students and provides staff and parents with a summary of findings and implications for instruction • Works collaboratively with the teaching team on behalf of students, and seeks the ideas, feedback or advice of colleagues as an integral part of effective planning
Integrates current technologies, media and other tools into instruction • Assists in the evaluation and purchase of supplemental materials to support the math program
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior through relationship, positive reinforcement and support
Evaluates and documents academic and social growth of students, and keeps required records
Communicates regularly and thoroughly with parents or guardians through conferences and other means to discuss student progress and to provide guidance in supporting their child’s math development
Participates in K-12 math committee and collaborates with LS math specialists • Supervises and monitors students in class and during transitions so that students are safe physically and emotionally
Models’ nondiscriminatory practices in all activities
Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job • Performs other duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree required
Advanced degree and 3-5 years of classroom experience preferred
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills
Desire to plan and work collaboratively on a team is essential
Ability to differentiate instruction, including working with students with learning differences, and the skill and willingness to adjust to student understanding and misunderstanding
Experience with modeling math concepts, manipulatives, and technology that supports math learning with young children
Experience with Singapore Math preferred
Familiar with math assessments (informal and formal)
Displays proficiency in all related computer applications, including; Mac OS, Apple iOS, Microsoft Office programs, email and Internet, and Google Apps for Education Suite, experience with assistive technology is a plus
Flexible teaching background and interest in teaching electives, coaching and/or advising clubs is a plus

Contact name: Claudia Ramos
Contact email address:

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