Music Teacher (Preschool & Elementary)

Rockwern Academy

Rockwern Academy, Cincinnati’s pluralistic Jewish Day School, is looking for a music teacher to teach our Early Childhood Education Students (ECEC) which includes toddler – preK) and our elementary school students for the 2021- 2022 school year on a part time basis (60%).  

Who are we? 

At Rockwern Academy we build character, leadership, and academic curiosity within a caring, joyful, and inclusive school environment.  An exceptional student-teacher ratio allows us to value each student as a true individual, discovering what gives them their inner spark.  At Rockwern, we:

  • Inspire a lifelong love of learning, as our experienced teachers prepare our students to thrive in top high schools.
  • Create a more compassionate world by teaching values and ethics that last a lifetime.
  • Nurture our powerful sense of community, fostering strong relationships between students of all ages, teachers, staff, and families.
  • Explore the power of technology to engage students, developing tools for critical thinking and problem solving.

Qualified applicants will ideally have an Ohio teaching certificate and an MA, experience in primary grades also preferred.

OBJECTIVE

To cultivate a love of music and to and expose students to various types of music; to empower students to sing and perform in front of peers and audiences – this role will include coordination of shows and performances;  to teach instruments such as keyboard and ukulele along with the Ohio  State standards for music education; to be a valued member of our community who supports students and their growth.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

The position is responsible to the Principal and additionally coordinates ECEC curriculum with the ECEC Director. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Instruction

  1. Create and maintain a safe, organized, fair, effective and inviting classroom that reflects the teacher’s awareness of students’ physical, social, and intellectual development and needs
  2. Prepare, submit, and follow weekly lesson plans that mirror the curriculum and support desired learning, adapting as appropriate
  3. Present curricular material in a clear, fresh and relevant manner, using a variety of media, activities, and groupings
  4. Actively seek ways to integrate curricula across disciplines
  5. Prepare and maintain materials and supplies that enhance learning
  6. Design realistic and age-appropriate units and long-term assignments that support the curriculum and enhance students’ development and learning
  7. Individualize instruction to meet students’ needs:
    1. Learn students’ preferred learning modalities, current understandings, and skill level
    2. Work to close gaps in learning
    3. Adapt approved materials and methods as needed
    4. Seek additional resources
    5. Actively seek ways to implement RC components of Morning Meeting, Guided Discovery, and Academic Choice*
    6. Encourage students to help one another
    7. Modify instruction in response to children’s emotional state or level of frustration
    8. Create time to work individually with children
  8. Design assessments that are reasonable and valid measures of student progress and understanding

Communication

  1. Post relevant, accurate, and timely information to Rockwern’s Learning Management System
  2. Provide bi-weekly communication to parents that highlights subject area content
  3. Contribute, when asked, to the weekly e-newsletter or other communication or marketing vehicles

Professionalism

  1. Suggest improvements in the areas of curriculum, assessment, policies, practices, etc.
  2. Attend all required events; attend extra-curricular activities and PTO functions when possible
  3. Assume responsibility for personal professional development
    1. Use an Individualized Professional Development Plan to communicate goals and objectives
    2. Seek out and attend workshops, seminars, etc. that contribute to professional goals and enhance practice
    3. Maintain all pertinent documentation relevant to Rockwern Academy’s required 8 hours of professional development activities yearly and for state licensure, if applicable
    4. Exhibit commitment to lifelong learning and the growth or change it may engender
  4. Demonstrate commitment to teamwork and collegiality by helping others and accepting suggestions for improvement

Administrative Duties

  1. Maintain complete, accurate, and understandable attendance and academic records

*Teachers are expected to base their practice on the principles of Responsive Classroom.  However, it is understood that new staff will need training in order to meet this responsibility.