Upper Elementary Guide

Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School
Published
May 1, 2024
Category
Job Type
Salary
$57,0000- $72,000
Education Requirements
Bachelor's
Experience Requirements
1 year
Work Hours
7:45am - 3:45pm
Street Address
1600 GUILFORD AVE

Description

Baltimore Montessori Public is a mission-driven school in the urban heart of Baltimore City’s Arts and Entertainment District. Founded in 2008, we serve a diverse and vibrant community of students aged 3 through 8th grade. Our school features an extensive Seed to Table program, a beautiful outdoor learning and play space, a talented and dedicated staff, a supportive and visionary administration, a dynamic and engaged parent community, and fruitful partnerships with local universities and cultural centers. With a waitlist of over 600 students, Baltimore Montessori Public is Baltimore City’s only public Montessori school and the charter school with the highest demand.

 

We are currently inviting applications for a lead teacher (“guide”) for a mixed-age upper elementary classroom.

 

The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, and flexible lifelong learner who is committed to meeting the needs of every child in a collaborative and inclusive environment, and believes all children should have access to a high quality Montessori education. To be considered, candidates must possess Montessori certification and be eligible for or willing to work toward certification by the State of Maryland. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references for prompt consideration to hiring@bmpcs.org. For more information about the position, please visit our website at bmpcs.org.

Qualifications

Valid teacher certificate

Responsibilities

Preparation and Management
Build a strong classroom community with positive communication skills, grace and courtesy lessons, and community meetings based on the school’s core values, pillars and three commitments
Create an engaging, student-centered environment where there is provision for individual, small and large group work
Prepare and maintain a clean and orderly environment - materials are complete, well maintained, accessible and in proper sequence
Provide an attractive learning environment with thoughtful displays of art and student work
Incorporate pets, plants, soft lighting, peaceful areas and practical life activities
Create and maintain a leveled literacy library
Designate and model use of the classroom peace area
Submit a substitute plan by the second week of school and weekly schedule to the office and Principal by the first day of school
Provide notice and information as per field trip approval form to the office
Comply with state, district and school policies and procedures, report any possible deviations
Guide students in leading community meetings/circles/songs daily
Support school mission and personal growth by taking leadership roles within the school

Teaching and Learning
Provide gradual release of responsibility from small group, explicit instruction to guided practice to differentiated independent work
Record lessons and progress on weekly basis
Foster equitable participation in lessons and ensure engagement of all students
Integrate and document recommended interventions for struggling learners and required accommodations for students with IEPs or 504s
Collaborate with team and specialists regularly
Analyze and use data from a variety of assessments to determine students’ strengths and needs, to plan appropriate lessons and follow-up work, adjust instruction and to monitor progress
Provide a culturally relevant, literacy-rich learning environment with a variety of print materials appealing to diverse levels, learning styles and interests
Stay abreast of current research based educational best practices aligned with the Montessori method
Integrate Common Core Standards within the Montessori framework
Be open to new curriculum ideas that are relevant to our students’ interests
Integrate higher order thinking strategies/questions/discussions into daily curriculum
Plan daily reading and writing work for students using various materials (Waseca, leveled readers, literature, Fountas and Pinnell, Wilson, phonics program)
Provide ample opportunities for students to connect with new vocabulary and experience in multisensory ways based on prior experience and applying to real life context
Provide daily math practice for students connected to lessons, seminar or projects
Facilitate explicit opportunities for building critical thinking skills and collaborative work opportunities
Work with each student to develop personal learning goals, encourage self-reflection and provide ongoing feedback to encourage high quality work
Provide regular conferencing and feedback
Incorporate restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and Conscious Discipline tools
Adhere to the prevention and intervention protocol and complete discipline forms as needed
Integrate the garden, cooking, outdoors, art, movement, and area resources into instruction
Use the Epic Project Planning Tool for clear expectations and student reflection with projects
Integrate arts integration and cultural studies that are enriching and engaging
Expose students to other cultures and current event issues
Conference with each student at least monthly to develop and reflect on goals and discuss support needed
Ensure accurate completion of attendance daily
Notify parents and Principal of attendance and tardiness concerns

Assessment and Use of Data
Set aside time to observe students weekly
Maintain electronic portfolio for each student
Implement Math and ELA benchmark assessments and progress monitoring - ie. Amplify, MAP
Use multiple formative and summative measures to plan lessons, instructional adjustments, intervention, and progress monitoring
Create ambitious and realistic Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) according to required timelines and guidance
Submit progress reports in a timely, comprehensive, personalized, and well written manner
Complete level target document at year-end
Continue to collaborate on the planning and implementation of the social studies and science curriculum

Communication and Collaboration
Build an open and trusting relationship with each child and family
Send weekly newsletter to families via Classroom Parent
Send monthly communication to each family regarding their child’s personalized work - document in Google doc shared with admin
Promptly communicate student concerns to parents/guardians in a private, respectable manner
Plan, encourage and document parent participation in conferences three times a year – Fall, Winter and Spring - or as needed
Be sensitive to multiple household families and those without email and work to communicate with all
Increase cultural competence to work effectively with families of all backgrounds
Respond to emails within 24 hours – weekends and holidays excluded. Copy admin on concerning emails
Address concerns through a direct conversation, free of emotion or judgment, ask questions
Ask for help when needed
Participate in regular evaluation process - observations, feedback conferences, self-evaluation, and goal setting to refine practice
Maintain regular communication with support staff re: lessons, planning, student support, etc.

Professional Growth
Be prepared to actively participate in level meetings each week
Be open and present to actively participate in equity PDs and other school PDs and staff meetings
Seek resources and ask for help for those requirements or areas of curriculum that are not your strength
Stay abreast of current research and stay connected in the Montessori community.

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