Title: Teacher - Media Specialist
FLSA Status: Exempt
Classification: Certified Teacher
Immediate Supervisor: Building principal and/or designated administrators
Job Summary: This position is responsible for providing all students with an enriched library environment containing a wide variety of materials that will invite intellectual growth and research and to aid all students in acquiring the skills needed to take full advantage of media center resources as well as providing educational leadership through the Waterloo Community School District curriculum and to facilitate learning that challenges and supports all students in an equitable and safe environment and that meets Board Policy 102.0 (Educational Philosophy) and Board and building educational goals. This position delivers the curriculum selected by the district, congruent with the district-adopted curricula scope and sequence, in a manner congruent with district expectations for teaching strategies, approaches and methodologies. All criteria are Iowa Teaching Standards except for those denoted with an asterisk (*) which are Waterloo Community Schools criteria.
- Appropriate degree(s) earned from an accredited college or university
- Appropriate current state endorsement or certification
- Dependent on specific open position
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
- Ability to work effectively, cooperatively and respectfully with staff, parents and community members regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic/national origin, religion, marital status, age, socio-economic status or disability
- Knowledge of processes to address cultural diversity and associated issues related to student performance and instructional methodology
- Demonstrated record of commitment and sensitivity to affirmative action, equal opportunity and human rights
- Demonstrated experience as a self-starter
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Good organizational skills
- Ability to accomplish tasks through the group process
- Ability to recognize sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
- Basic computer skills (computer navigation, email, web browser, Employee Portal)
- Intermediate computer skills (Google Suites, search function, student information systems, basis promethean)
- High computer skills (familiarity with Education Tech Tools, Informational systems specific to position
- Ability to reach all skill levels listed if not already acquired
Supervision of Others:
- Para educators assisting in classroom
- Student teachers as necessary
- Students and families
- All district personnel
- Community members
- Enhances academic performance and support for implementation of the school district’s student achievement goals.
- Provides multiple forms of evidence of student learning and growth to students, families and staff.
- Implements strategies supporting students, building and district goals.
- Uses student performance data as a guide for decision making.
- Accepts and demonstrates responsibility for creating a classroom culture that supports the learning of every student.
- Creates an environment of mutual respect, rapport and fairness.
- Participates in and contributes to a school culture that focuses on improved student learning.
- Communicates with students, families, colleagues and communities effectively and accurately.
- Demonstrates competence in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.
- Understands and uses key concepts, underlying themes, relationships and different perspectives related to the content area.
- Uses knowledge of student development to make learning experiences in the content area meaningful and accessible for every student.
- Relates ideas and information within and across content areas.
- Understands and uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the content area.
- Plans and prepares for instruction.
- Uses student achievement data, local standards and the district curriculum in planning for instruction.
- Sets and communicates high expectations for social, behavioral and academic success of all students.
- Uses student’s developmental needs, background and interests in planning for instruction.
- Selects strategies to engage all students in learning.
- Uses available resources, including technologies, in the development and sequencing of instruction.
- Identifies the students needs and develops related lesson and teaching plans.
- Develops an integrated plan for the education of each child by collaborating with other classroom teachers, parents, psychologists, social workers, and other medical and school staff as needed.
- Develops individualized education programs (IEPs) for each student, setting learning goals and adopting modifications as necessary; ensures each student's activities and lessons are planned and organized according to their abilities.
- Uses strategies to deliver instruction that meet the multiple learning needs of students.
- Aligns classroom instruction with local standards and district curriculum.
- Uses research-based instructional strategies that address the full range of cognitive levels.
- Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness in adjusting instruction to meet student needs.
- Engages students in varied experiences that meet diverse needs and promote social, emotional and academic growth.
- Connects students’ prior knowledge, life experiences and interests in the instructional process.
- Uses available resources, including technologies, in the delivery of instruction.
- Develops and teaches lessons that provide engaging learning opportunities for small groups and individual students while meeting required specifications of IEPs and 504 plans.
- Uses a variety of methods to monitor student learning.
- Aligns classroom assessment with instruction.
- Communicates assessment criteria and standards to all students and parents.
- Understands and uses the results of multiple assessments to guide planning and instruction.
- Guides students in goal setting and assessing their own learning.
- Provides substantive, timely and constructive feedback to students and parents.
- Works with other staff and building and district leadership in analysis of student progress.
- Implements IEPs, provides ongoing or follow-up assessments, and continually tracks progress and makes modifications as necessary.
- Develops, completes, and maintains all paperwork mandated by local, state, and federal guidelines, laws, and regulations.
- Creates a learning community that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement and self-regulation for every student.
- Establishes, communicates, models and maintains standards of responsible student behavior.
- Develops and implements classroom procedures and routines that support high expectations for learning.
- Uses instructional time effectively to maximize student achievement.
- Maintains an environment conducive to learning for students of all abilities with sensitivity and responsibility to cultural diversity.*
- Manages student behavior in accordance with administrative regulations and guidelines, school board policies and legal requirements.*
- Creates a safe and purposeful learning environment.
- Pursues professional growth.
- Demonstrates habits and skills of continuous inquiry and learning.
- Works collaboratively to improve professional practice and student learning.
- Applies research, knowledge and skills from professional development opportunities to improve practice.
- Establishes and implements professional development plans based on the teacher’s needs aligned to the Iowa teaching standards and district/building student achievement goals.
- Provides an analysis of student learning and growth based on teacher-created tests and authentic measures as well as any standardized or district-wide tests.
- Maintains knowledge of special education teaching methods, research, and best practices through professional development and study.
- Fulfills professional responsibilities.
- Adheres to board policies, regulations, district procedures and contractual obligations.
- Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct as defined by state law and individual district policies and regulations.
- Contributes to efforts to achieve district and building goals.
- Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for all learners and staff.
- Collaborates with students, families, colleagues and communities to enhance student learning.
- Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.*
- Provides and maintains accurate records and information.*
- Provides adequate plans and procedures for substitutes.*
- Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect equipment, materials and facilities.*
- Attends and participates in required district, department/program, building and parent conference meetings as scheduled.*
- Selects appropriate channels for resolving conflicts, concerns or problems.*
- Dresses to promote a professional image so as not to disrupt the educational environment.*
- Works as assigned a maximum of three (3) extra duty activities, such as athletic events, programs, open houses, parent-teacher organization meetings. Teachers who volunteer to work more than the required three (3) activities will be compensated at the rate of $10.00 per hour. *
In addition to these responsibilities, teachers assigned to special federal and state programs or grants must abide by the federal legislation and the rules and regulations that govern program/grant compliance. Specifically:
TITLE I – Public Law 103-382, the rules and regulations that govern Title I – Helping Disadvantaged Children Meet High Standards of the Improving America’s School Act of 1994, and the District’s policies and procedures for implementation.
SPECIAL EDUCATION – Public Law 94-142 amended by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Iowa Administrative Code, the federal and state rules and regulations to govern the operation and administration of special education, and the District’s policies and procedures for implementation.
Extremes in temp/humidity
Terms of Employment: As defined by the Code of Iowa and Board policy.
Date Last Revised: 3/8/2023