Middle School Visual Arts Teacher (2020-2021 School Year)

Teachers · Kansas City, Missouri
Department Teachers
Employment Type Full Time

Crossroads Charter Schools is looking for highly effective, highly qualified and highly motivated individuals to join our organization. Ideal candidates will have experience in urban education and be committed to our four core values: High Expectations, Authentic Learning, Creative Culture, and Educational Equity.

Crossroads Charter Schools organization is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor prohibited by law.

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Job Description: Middle School Visual Arts Teacher

Direct Supervisor: Principal, or designee

School Summary:
At Crossroads Charter Schools, we…

  • Understand the significant difference between equity and equality. Every student deserves to receive what he/she needs to succeed (equity), not that every student receives the same amount of resources, instruction, attention, etc. (equality).

  • Develop school environments where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction and authentic learning tasks.

  • Interrupt the “school to prison pipeline” – policies and practices that are directly and indirectly pushing the most at risk students out of school and on a pathway to the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

  • Engage families as partners in meaningful ways.

  • Build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students.

  • Nurture an open, collaborative, and trusting environment because the work is enormous, deeply personal, emotional and often difficult. 

  • Engage in on-going job-embedded professional development through co-teaching and co-planning

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities are to develop in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression consistent with school guidelines and to develop multicultural understandings and appreciations.  The teacher collaborates with staff to co-plan, co-deliver, and individualize instruction for all students in a class; work together creatively to accommodate special needs, diversity and educational backgrounds of the students; and overcome instructional challenges constructively. The teacher is a hardworking, goal-oriented and enthusiastic professional with excellent subject knowledge and a sound understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Teach knowledge and skills in art, including drawing, painting, lettering, and art history

  • Instruct students in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state standards and procedures of the school

  • Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art

  • Demonstrate techniques in a wide-rang of art activities

  • Understand a variety of “masters” techniques  

  • Knows and can apply elements of design and modern principles of art

  • Knows the fundamentals and different approaches to different types of art

  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities

  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment

  • Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment, and tools to prevent loss or abuse, and to minimize the time required for distribution and collection

  • Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings, and prepare progress reports

  • Select and requisition books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records

  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community

  • Demonstrate gains in student performance

  • Participate in meetings, training, and professional development

  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating, etc.

  • Act in a professional and ethical manner at all times and comply with school policies, procedures, and expectations.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their supervisor. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Education

  • Valid Missouri teaching certificate

  • Minimun 2 years experience teaching preferred

  • The ideal candidate will have experience with Choice-Based Art Education

  • Desire to continue professional development

  • Excellent organization skills and an ability to coordinate multiple tasks and activities

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and an ability to keep multiple stakeholder groups, including parents, teachers, staff, volunteers and partners, informed of critical issues, activities and schedules.  

  • An ability and enthusiasm for promoting the school and its mission to a broad and diverse group of people.

  • Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility and willingness to perform tasks assigned

  • Demonstrates ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students and teachers in school environment and community.

  • Must pass extensive background check and drug screening.

Key Working Relationships in Addition to Supervisor:

 

Teachers, Students, Parents, Volunteers, Office Staff, Support Staff, Assistant Principal, Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director

Both federal and state law requires all public school personnel to submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to employment by the school.  Crossroads Charter Schools is required by law to exclude from employment any person who has pleaded to or been found guilty of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude under the laws of the State of Missouri, any other State of the United States or any other country, whether or not a sentence is or was imposed.

Please be advised that Crossroads Charter Schools does not seek information related to the conviction of crimes unrelated to those described in this question.  Your conviction of a crime not otherwise listed above is not an automatic disqualification from employment consideration.  The school will consider the nature of the offense and the relationship between the offense and the position for which you are applying.

 

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  • Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Department
    Teachers
  • Employment Type
    Full Time