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Lower School Academic Technologist - Design & Engineering Coordinator & Student Support

Company: The Lovett School
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Reports to: Director of Academic Technology

Position Summary: The Lovett School, an independent, coeducational K-12 day school in Atlanta, seeks an Academic Technologist (Design & Engineering Coordinator & Student Support) to begin in August 2022. The Academic Technologist is responsible for teaching K-5 inGen classes in engineering and design, and supporting teachers with the integration of STEAM in classroom projects. This involves designing an innovative, stand-alone curriculum following a STEAM-based design process as well as liaising with the Directors of Teaching and Learning and faculty to develop and further implement a shared, transdisciplinary vision. This role will work closely with classroom teachers, another Lower School Academic Technologist, K-12 Design & Engineering Coordinator, Computer Science teachers in other divisions, and the Lower School Fine Arts instructors to implement the shared vision and mission of the School.

The Lovett School's Mission, Core Values, and Diversity Mission Statement

Primary Responsibilities:

In partnership with another Lower School Academic Technologist, this role designs and teaches an innovative K-5 curriculum, incorporating problem-based learning, design thinking, and experiential experiences that allow students to demonstrate complexity of thinking and learning.

Creates a welcoming physical and digital environment that promotes collaboration and inclusion, as well as allow for active, participatory, and inquiry-based learning.

Model and teach meaningful integration of web applications and other tools within the curriculum.

Supports the effective, meaningful, and purposeful methodologies of STEAM into the classroom and school programs through collaboration with individual teachers, grade levels, departments, team leaders, divisions, academic technologists, and Director of IT.

Collaborates with all educators in the development of lesson plans and learning activities for interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary projects.

Provides expertise and support for robotics in the Lower School, both in the curriculum and through co-curricular experiences.

Sponsors student clubs and activities related to technology (i.e. Hour of Code, Code Cafe, etc.).

Engages in continuous professional development to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge and skills in STEAM.

Conducts ongoing research into best practices and emerging technologies and regularly shares ideas with the community.

Participates in department, faculty, team, and grade-level meetings as called.

Attend weekly chapel, Open House, faculty in-service days, parent-teacher conferences, designated school sponsored events, and professional development days

Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Lower School or other administrators.

Position Requirements:

Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) with significant coursework and/or classroom experience in STEAM disciplines, including the principles of computational thinking.

The drive, organization, and flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment, contributing to the school community beyond the classroom.

Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective communication with students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors.

Employment of a variety of techniques, including the meaningful use of technology, to engage students and further their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

A strong desire to work in a collaborative learning community, employing a growth mindset and participating in ongoing professional development during the school year and summer.

Desire and ability to develop an atmosphere of trust and knowledge of students as individuals.

Purposefully designs curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to reach a diverse community of learners (academically, culturally, racially, religiously, etc.).

Demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness to a variety of learning styles and across a range of abilities.

Commitment to developing one's own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence.

Awareness of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their role in the development of the whole child.

Ethical behavior, professionalism, and regular and reliable attendance.

Physical demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands to finger. The employee is often required to stand, walk, and reach with their hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Keywords: The Lovett School, Atlanta , Lower School Academic Technologist - Design & Engineering Coordinator & Student Support, Engineering , Atlanta, Georgia

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