Website Katherine Delmar Burke School

Educate, Encourage, and Empower Girls

Upper School Makery Facilitator & Technology Integration Specialist

Burke’s is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 116-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor and joyful learning.

Over 10 years ago a team of Burke’s teachers, technology professionals and administrators focused resources to  encourage and empower our girls to take risks and to use a variety of STEM/STEAM skills to design, prototype, and explore. This work brought about The Makery, a pair of flexible classroom spaces designed to engage our girls in both high-tech and low-tech project-based learning.  The Makery has become a leader in the maker education movement, with visitors coming from around the world to see not only our spaces but also our innovative model for project-based learning.

The Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist will work with students, teachers, and administrators to integrate technology and project-based learning into our K-8 curriculum. This role includes teacher support and training related to educational technology and reports to the Director of Curriculum and Innovation.

The Makery Facilitator will work primarily with our Upper School students and teachers (Grades 5-8), collaborating with another Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist who works primarily with Lower School students and teachers (Grades K-4). The Makery team is a part of the Library, Makery, and Technology team who work across all grades to integrate these skills in the curriculum. We anticipate that this division of work will evolve over time and are looking for a candidate who is eager to be part of an ongoing dialogue about how our curriculum, pedagogy, and spaces can best meet our instructional goals.

We are looking for an experienced teacher who creates a classroom culture that supports deep thinking and learning. An ideal candidate is dynamic, interested in learning and growing as a professional, eager and able to collaborate with colleagues, and experienced in best practices for project-based learning, maker education, and technology integration.

Responsibilities

Collaborate with faculty to creatively and effectively harness a variety of ever-changing educational technologies
Plan, co-plan, teach, and co-teach lessons as part of the HEART team and in support of interdisciplinary units
Work as part of the Library and Makery team to manage and continue developing the K-8 Makery program, including both curriculum and spaces
Provide support, coaching, and training to faculty to help address identified needs related to educational technologies
Participate in ongoing collaborations with teachers, administrators, and the Makery team related to digital citizenship, project-based learning, and the integration of technology within and across divisions
Train and support faculty in use of software and technology related to teaching and learning
Author and maintain curriculum and guides for technology integration
Work with the Library team and classroom teachers to develop and deliver curriculum related to media literacy, research skills, and digital citizenship
Support school-wide equity and inclusion work through experiences and curriculum that further and foster cultural competency
Collaborate with teachers to create inclusive learning environments
Participate as a member of the Upper School faculty including participating in division meetings, attending assemblies, serving on school-wide committees, chaperoning field trips, and sharing supervisory responsibilities

Core Competencies

Creative and Innovative Educator: Designing and facilitating learning experiences that engage students, are grounded in the educational best practices, and foster deep understanding and real world application.
Effective Communicator: Communicating with empathy and clarity with multiple stakeholder groups: students, families, faculty, and staff (both internally and externally).
Life-long Learner: Developing the knowledge, skills, and understandings needed to meet new or evolving needs.
Flexible and Resilient: Responding to new challenges and emergent needs with a growth mindset and solution-oriented approach.
Technological Acumen: Working effectively to leverage technology as a tool for learning.
Team Player: Working with colleagues to achieve the school’s mission to educate, encourage, & empower girls.
Creative Problem Solver: Developing original solutions to complex problems by leveraging resources in efficient and purposeful ways.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Work: Understanding, communicating, and effectively interacting with people across backgrounds and cultures to respect, seek to understand, and value individual differences to serve students better.
Professional Skills & Experience

Required

Bachelor’s Degree
Experience as a classroom teacher (middle school experience strongly preferred)
Expertise with educational technology and maker education
Experience planning and implementing project-based learning (experience with the “PBL Works” or “Buck Institute for Education” model for PBL strongly preferred)
Proven collaborator with a history of working closely with a variety of colleagues
Experience with and commitment to professional and curriculum development centered around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work
Forward-thinking vision and a demonstrated interest in exploring ways technology and maker education can enhance learning
Expertise with Apple technology (OSX and iOS) and Google Apps for Education (Google Workspace)

Preferred

Understanding and appreciation of the social-emotional development of girls
Teaching credential and/or National Board Certification
Experience designing curriculum using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework
History of coaching and/or leading faculty professional development
Expertise with Blackbaud, digital citizenship, design thinking, and teaching coding

Benefits
Burke’s offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Salary range for this position is $70,000-$140,000. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information about the school can be found on the website at www.Burkes.org.  Burke’s does not sponsor employment visas. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

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