Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy, our tribal school, imparts a strong foundation of Wintun culture by weaving together modern education techniques with our cultural traditions in art, music and our Patwin language. Since its opening in 1998, the Academy has helped students develop confidence and integrity while respecting each other, the environment and the world around them. Guided by the Tribe's Strategic Plan for Education, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy is creating and maintaining a rigorous and unique academic program that instills a lifetime of success within today's world, while still upholding our Tribe's core human values.
The Elementary School Teacher will provide multi-subject and multi-grade instruction that serves all students utilizing research based and best teaching practices for all students, specifically, Native Americans. The teacher in this position will plan and prepare courses and lessons which reflect the school's high academic standards, and are appropriate to the needs, experiences and existing knowledge of the students. The teacher will provide individual and whole class instruction, and will assess students' work and record and monitor their development and progress. The Elementary School Teacher will promote understanding of the school rules and the values and culture of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.The Elementary School Teacher is under the direct supervision of the Director of Education. Performance will be evaluated by the Director of Education through direct observation, student assessment data, adherence to established policies, and achievement of performance standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMTIED TO):
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Provide classroom assessments of students to determine educational and subject matter levels and needs, learning styles, interests, and motivational influences.
Collect background information regarding the student's health and development, educational history, and learning behaviors in conjunction with the Lead Teacher and Director of Education.
Develop goals and objectives to provide individualized instruction, small group and whole classroom instruction utilizing appropriate educational programs and materials based on the learning needs and styles of the individual students.
Follow a scope and sequence for multi-subject and multi-age classroom instruction that serves all students and sets high academic standards.
Establish and maintain standards of behavior for students to provide a productive learning environment.
Assess student work; maintain accurate records of student assignments, grades, and individual written agreements, and record student development and progress.
Develop and communicate to students and parents the expectations regarding student achievement and behavior.
Provide on-going assessment to determine student progress, effectiveness of educational programs and materials, and the need for program modification.
Confer and consult with parent/guardian and appropriate faculty regarding the results of assessments, classroom progress; if necessary, refer student/s to Director of Education for additional services.
Promote understanding of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's culture and historic background.
Maintain a clean, organized, and effective learning environment.
Consult with Director of Education regarding purchase of or discontinuation of educational programs and materials.
Participate in continuing education appropriate for the job responsibilities and implement new skills and abilities.
Recommend to Director of Education, educational intervention, enrichment and/or experiences as appropriate, based on student classroom performance and assessment.
Foster an atmosphere of positive communication and partnership with parents/guardians and faculty.
Participate in whole-school reviews of policy and academic scope and sequence and in the revision and formulation of guidelines.
Prepare for and participate in staff meetings.
Perform basic attendance accounting.
Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree or better in an educational field, and/or state of California Teaching Credential
Three to Five years' experience in education within educational area noted for the position.
Experience in individualizing instruction and teaching to different learning styles, using differentiated and multi-modality instruction.
Direct experience working with Native American children and adults preferred.
Knowledge of Native American culture and history preferred.
Knowledge of best practices in teaching Native American students preferred.
Knowledge of different types of learning styles and the appropriate, related interventions and services.
Ability to develop positive relationships with children.
Ability to accurately administer, score and analyze criterion-referenced and teacher-devised assessments for the on-going assessment of student progress.
Ability to recognize background information and observable behaviors associated with different learning styles and learning disabilities.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing; ability to adjust communication to be effective with a variety of audiences.
Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and parents.
Ability to write and/or contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references which relate to the development and learning of individual students and groups.
Knowledge of the scope and sequence for learning goals in each grade as well as across the grades.
Knowledge of educational principles guiding elementary instruction using Montessori methods.
Ability to effectively develop goals and objectives and implement individualized educational plans utilizing appropriate programs, materials, and teaching techniques.
Knowledge and implementation of appropriate and effective diagnostic teaching techniques, multi-modality instruction, multi-modality learning activities, and program/material modification.
Knowledge and implementation of appropriate and effective computer-assisted learning activities.
Ability to evaluate and review one's own teaching methods, materials and schemes or work, and to make changes as appropriate.
Knowledge and implementation of motivational techniques and activities.
Skill in use of computers for word processing, emailing, and utilizing educational programs.
Ability to acknowledge need of and to seek additional sources of information to meet the needs of the students.
Ability to work under pressure, to pay attention to detail, to concentrate and to follow directions.
Ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality in all matters pertaining to students, parents, staff and program.
Communication and Comprehension Skills
Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality concerning Tribal matters by using excellent interpersonal skills, tact, diplomacy, and an understanding of the organizational culture, climate, and/or politics. Must have excellent communication skills in both verbal and in written form.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to create routine statistical compilations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use email, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Advanced principles and procedures of record keeping and filing to include both hard and electronic copies.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Individuals must be able to successful pass the Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) Background Check and be able to have regular and reliable attendance.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, occasionally stand or walk and talk and hear. The employee will sometimes be asked to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Additional Conditions of Employment
Must have the ability to travel up to 15% of the time.
Must be able to work with diverse population and with cultural sensitivity.
Job Type: Full-time
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