As the title of today’s post suggests, we’re actively searching for a science instructional specialist with special qualities far beyond the fundamentals of possessing a BA or BS in science. To our minds, the most important thing about this search is finding a science instructional specialist who has a genuine passion for working with adolescents — especially those who have not found success in a traditional educational setting, and who have demonstrated an interest in reengaging themselves in their own education.
Yes, a bachelor’s degree or a related science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree is a requirement, as are strong leadership and organizational skills. But our candidate should also have a desire and talent to reform educational practices as well as guide diverse high school students on a course that endorses and supports their own individual gifts and dreams.
We go to great lengths to handpick instructors who are comfortable with empowering their students to explore their surroundings and look inside their own lives in a deep and critical manner. As a result, we need to know if our new science instructor believes that science and scientific thinking can be taught in cross-curricular experiences that are meaningful to teens. And we ask them if a mountainside boarding school that bases its disciplinary approach on relationships and respect sounds like something they’d like to be a part of.
In addition to working comfortably around students, we here at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center insist that our instructors work well together as a team to develop empowering active learning opportunities for our students. And as an educational team, we actively look out for each other — encouraging our fellow educators’ success and constantly striving to improve our processes.
The science instructional specialist position involves: Continue reading…