Project Based STEM Teacher Jose Hernandez Reach for The Stars STEM Academy

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Project Based STEM Teacher Jose Hernandez Reach for The Stars STEM Academy

Primary Purpose:
We are seeking creative, energetic, and engaging math and/or science teachers to join University of the Pacific/Stockton Unified School District's Jose Hernandez Reach for the Stars STEM Academy (RFTSSA) for summer 2021.

Program service areas and location: The RFTSSA serves students in the Stockton Unified School District. This academy will be held virtually.

Academy Overview: Our STEM academies are academically intense, mathematics-based, summer enrichment programs designed for students who lack access to resources that would enable them to accelerate their learning and move into college preparatory coursework in high school.

Academic goals of our academies are designed to develop and enhance skills in abstract & critical reasoning, problem solving through interpretation, making connections, explanation & demonstration, study techniques, technological skills, methods, and processes used to achieve goals and essential skills for college and career.

Life goals of our academies are developed with each student and designed to help them develop purpose through building leadership skills and increasing self-esteem/confidence via real-life application of solving practical-everyday problems that often have an impact on life, work, health, and overall well-being.

Identified students have potential to become scientists, engineers, and leaders in their community, yet lack access to academic enrichment programs that support their aptitude during the longest period of time school is not is session, summer. Our STEM academies reinforce and encourage students to consider STEM careers, take STEM classes during high school, participate in their school-site MESA program and pursue Stem fields as college majors.

Student Profile-RFTSSA: Student participation in the RFTSSA is based on academic criteria. Recruitment starts while students are current 6th graders. Currently, students in grades 7-12 participate in the Stockton academy. Once enrolled, students continue their summer participation through their 12th grade year.

Program Design: The program, presented over the course of six summers, introduces students to progressively challenging STEM concepts at each returning grade level (rising 7th - rising 12th). The college level curriculum methodology covers concepts students typically experience during post-secondary education. The instructional delivery model is project based and focuses on introducing students to STEM via themed topics. Inclusive are pre/post tests, guest speakers, team projects, class presentations, library research, field trips, special events, homework, and skill assessments.

Under the supervision of the Beyond Our Gates Tomorrow Project Administrator and the academy Coordinator, the Project Based STEM Teacher will be responsible for teaching either:

  • STEM introductory themed core topics in Logic and Engineering to a cohort of up to 25-7th grade students or
  • STEM introductory themed core topics Physics and Algebraic Structures to a cohort of up to 20-8th grade students or
  • STEM introductory themed core topics in Problem Solving and Statistics to a cohort of up to 20-9th grade students or
  • STEM introductory themed core topics in water and computer science to a cohort of up to 20-10th grade students or
  • STEM introductory themed core topics in Aeronautics to a cohort of up to 20-11th grade students or
  • STEM introductory themed core topics in job training and mentoring skills to a cohort of up to 20-11th grade students

    STEM skills and knowledge will be developed in areas that strengthen students' ability to problem solve; reason; conject; and apply mathematical knowledge logically and systematically. Other focus areas will be:
  • Developing critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and systematic analysis.
  • Demonstrating, through an integrated and hands-on approach, the application of mathematics to diverse disciplines (particularly to the fields of science, computer science, and engineering), and to a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Developing basic mathematical skills and knowledge.
  • Learning to communicate and reason mathematically - both orally and in writing.
  • Learning that hard work, perseverance and commitment result in meaningful knowledge and pride in accomplishment through experiences of success in a rigorous academic program.

    Teacher(s) hired will be instrumental in curriculum and project development with focus on continuing to build, expand, and improve program delivery into future years. Teachers will also work closely with the Tomorrow Project Program Administrator, a Coordinator, and a classroom-teaching assistant to deliver the daily curriculum. Teachers are required to attend staff orientation, Minors on Campus Training, staff meetings, and other program preparation activities.

    Additionally, teacher(s) support the overall mission of the Academy, to: 1) increase students' interest in and exposure to STEM, 2) engage and inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields, particularly females and underrepresented students, 3) prepare students for college and improve career mindedness 4) increase high school graduation and college going rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

    Academy Dates:
    June 14 - July 9, 2021. Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 12:30pm.

    Teachers are expected to be available a week prior to academy start date for PD, classroom set-up, staff meetings, etc.

    Students attend Monday - Friday.

    A closing ceremony will be held.

    Essential Functions:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to model, deliver, and craft rich student-centered learning experiences around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

    2. Demonstrate the ability to create and implement strategies for weaving STEM experiences into academy curricula.

    3. Work in partnership with teachers and staff, modeling consistent effective teaching with technology, engagement, lesson plan design, use of technology, STEM and online tools.

    4. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the connection between technology, computer science, and other fields of study.

    5. Understand and be able to design, develop, assess, and manage STEM learning experiences.

    6. Perform other related duties as assigned and/or requested.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Valid Multiple Subject Credential, or Single Subject Mathematics or Science teaching credential, or STEM Degree, or related project-based experience.
    • Three (3) years’ experience related to responsibilities stated above.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse populations.
    • Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.
    • Ability to speak and understand Spanish is preferred but not required.
    • Understand and support The Tomorrow Project’s mission and philosophy and to promote a positive image of the program.
    • Contribute to a harmonious program atmosphere by working cooperatively with all colleagues.
    • Respect the confidentiality of private information relating to students, colleagues and the operations of the program.
    • Refrain from establishing close relationships with colleagues, students, parents or trustees that would compromise professional integrity.
    • Demonstrate responsibility and punctuality.
    • Display flexibility in responding to new situations and expectations, a positive attitude and a helpful, nonjudgmental demeanor.
    • Show willingness to consider and implement suggestions for improvement.
    • Model the good character traits that academy students are expected to embody.

    Physical Requirements:
    The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking across campus, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

    Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
    Work is primarily performed in both office and academic environments on the Sacramento Campus, with occasional travel to the Stockton Campus. Most work performed during standard business hours. Must be flexible to work on a selected evening for parent training and a Saturday morning for closing ceremony.

    Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience, non-exempt

    Background Check Statement:
    All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

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    University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/26/2021
    Application Due: 4/26/2033
    Work Type: Full Time