Nevada Connections Academy Secondary Science Teacher, 2023-2024 School Year in Elkhart, Kansas
Kansas Connections Academy (KCA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school serving students throughout Kansas. KCA opened in August 2001 as Elkhart Cyber School, and in 2010 the school became Kansas Connections Academy. KCA is operated in partnership between the Elkhart Unified School District 218 and a contract with Connections Academy of Kansas, LLC, to provide the educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED, and KCA is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Kansas Connections Academy strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Working from your home in Kansas, the Secondary Science Teacher will utilize the Pearson Online Classroom to support and motivate students in working through their curriculum, deliver synchronous instruction, provide intervention and enrichment, and use data to diagnose student learning needs. Note, this position is anticipated to start Spring, second semester.
The Secondary Science Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:
Represent a commitment to equitable practice in all areas within the job description; this includes use of evidence to make decisions, holding high expectations for all students and committing to providing individualized support to all students to meet those expectations
Support the instructional program with asynchronous recorded lessons and synchronous instruction, along with individual communications and intervention;
Provide clear, constructive, and consistent feedback for all student work, create progress reports and conduct parent conferences in a timely manner;
Communicate with parents, students and other teachers on a regular basis to develop and update Personal Learning Plans and schedules, score assessments, provide feedback on student work, suggest instructional approaches and strategies, monitor completion of assignments and coach special projects;
Develop a general knowledge of the entire program’s K-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the courses for which responsible;
Operate within the Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered System of Supports model, using data and evidence to provide Tier 1 differentiated instruction to all students while working with a team of teachers to develop and implement Tier 2 and 3 interventions;
Support students and parents with alternate lessons, assessments, and strategies and provide additional assistance with daily assignments and projects in order to meet individual learning goals
Build strong relationships with students and families to provide direct instruction and intervention that meets the needs of the individual student
Work collaboratively with other staff within a professional learning community to ensure that all students are successfully progressing through the program, that parents have a central point of contact, and that tasks are distributed among staff;
Collaborate within the school’s professional learning community to continuously monitor student data to make strong instructional decisions that have direct impact on student learning
Collaborate with other teachers, team members and staff learning specialists to develop alternate interventions and extensions to students’ programs to ensure all students learn at relatively high levels of achievement;
Keep student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;
Work with Advisory Teachers and School Counselor(s) to ensure students and families are receiving appropriate communications, students are making adequate progress and established goals are being met;
Work with other teachers to coordinate and attend social activities, required school events (Graduation, for example), and relevant field trips for students, making consideration for integrating these trips into the curriculum;
Actively engage with students and families at school events and field trips;
Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”;
Attend required school and district professional development, in addition to seeking professional growth within curriculum field(s) of study
Participate in the organization and administration of State Testing, as directed;
Participate in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that require teacher representation;
Other duties as assigned.
Highly qualified and certified to teach Secondary B iological Sciences or Physical Sciences in Kansas;
Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Highly organized and punctual
Student and family focused approach
High degree of flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
Team player track record
Strong interpersonal skills which include the ability to work effectively with students, parents, staff, and community members from diverse backgrounds.
Willingness to travel for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)
Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families
Ability to work remotely, if necessary
Want to know more about being an educator at Connections Academy? Please join us for a live virtual information session (https://www.connectionsacademy.com/careers/livesession) held every other Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. We hope to see you there!