STEAM Integration Specialist

The Philadelphia School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Full time

Our school is expanding our STEAM program as part of our mission to empower TPS students to shape their future by cultivating 21st-century skills. With a growing 1:1 middle school robotics program in addition to specialized STEAM instruction in Grades 4 & 5 already in place, our school aims as part of its strategic plan to offer more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, challenging, creative, and project-based work so that they develop into inventors, change makers, and entrepreneurs in an ever-evolving world.

The STEAM Integrator will collaborate with teachers across grades to advance the existing science and technology curricula by establishing a vertically and horizontally aligned, robust and comprehensive STEAM curriculum that integrates subjects and deepens students’ understanding of STEAM concepts. The STEAM Integrator will develop inquiry-based learning experiences within a defined scope and sequence that foster students’ individual inventiveness. The STEAM Integrator will originate and nurture educationally powerful community partnerships that further enhance STEAM integration and students’ academic experiences.

Curricular work will be guided by ISTE and NGSS Standards and those assigned by the Director of Educational Technology. Duties shall include management and maintenance of the STEAM classroom and its resources (i.e. 3d printers, robotics kits, circuitry sets, tools and crafts).

Responsibilities:

The STEAM Integrator will act as a dedicated STEAM instructor and shall also plan, model, co-teach with, and coach classroom teachers using research-based science and technology instructional strategies. This is currently a 10-month position starting fall 2022 which will report to the Director of Educational Technology.

  • Demonstrate ability to model, deliver, and craft rich student-centered learning experiences that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with core studies across grades.
  • Deliver progressive and intentional STEAM instruction framed within the PBL (project-based learning) paradigm and driven by student interest and inquiry.
  • With the Director of Educational Technology, co-design STEAM curriculum for Lower School students.
  • Develop community partnerships to enhance classroom learning and create authentic STEAM experiences as part of the school’s place-based learning experiences.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development and growth.
  • Create and lead special programming (i.e. after-school clubs and summer camps) and competitive opportunities (i.e. robotics, coding, or multimedia competitions) to provide additional enrichment experiences for students; partner with Summer Tech Team to prepare for succeeding school years.
  • Create and lead community events (i.e. parent education, admissions) centered on STEAM learning.
  • Cultivate faculty development on shared best practices and targeted strategies for deep STEAM instruction and learning.
  • Participate in school wide initiatives such as all-school theme and family circles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the school and the Director of Educational Technology.

Qualifications:

B.A. required; Master’s Degree in a related field of study preferred

  • Strong instructional background in science and technology
  • 2+ years lead teaching experience preferred
  • Expertise in technology and ability to apply contemporary learning strategies
  • An orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
  • Creative, imaginative, and growth mindset in teaching, coaching and curricular design
  • Strong understanding of child development, including the social, emotional, and intellectual domains
  • Experience (or familiarity) with tools such as, but not limited to: LEGO WeDo, LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Spike Prime, Wonder Robots, Makey-Makey, Circuitry, Little Bits, Sphero, Tynker, and Scratch.
  • Experience with design thinking, MacOS, iPadOS, and G Suite for Education preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice as integral to the curriculum and community experience, especially as it applies to student growth opportunities
  • Apple Teacher and/or Google for Education Certification preferred
  • Passion for instilling in children a lifelong love of learning

Application Process:

Qualified candidates should visit our website and apply under Employment Opportunities. For full consideration please provide a cover letter, resume and Philosophy of Education statement. (Please note that you will need to combine your resume and Philosophy of Education statement for upload.)

The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities that make up our complex and diverse world.

The Philadelphia School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities. 

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Role

Stem Teacher

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Entry Level

The Philadelphia School

The Philadelphia School (TPS) is rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world. TPS seeks educators with a deep interest in progressive pedagogy, social justice, and place-based learning.
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