Position Status:    Part-time & non-exempt (12 hours per week)

Reports to:            Program Director-Center for Youth Development

Job Function:   To provide instruction in basic coding and robotics courses to middle school age youth. The teacher must have the ability to reach and engage students at varying stages of performance, who may have a bevy of personal challenges. Candidates must be able to make coding and robotics material fun, relevant and stimulating using an array of teaching techniques.  Both formal and informal teaching contact with students must aim to develop social emotional learning, build resiliency and promote restorative justice. The curriculum includes Alice and Greenfoot coding curricula and various LEGO Mindstorms robot kits. Additionally, other technology-based courses and curricula may be covered in class.

Typical workload, which may change over time, currently equates to teaching 30 students per day for four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday during the fall, winter and spring semesters from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM.   Teachers will lead 2 one-hour class sessions with approximately 15 students at a time.  In all, teachers are expected to provide 8 hours of instructional time per week.  Additional hours may be approved periodically for communication with parents and case management sessions as required.              

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare and deliver fun, creative and thought provoking lesson plans to improve student understanding of material.
  2. Assess both formally and informally individual student needs and develop individual success plans for their growth and development using a strength based approach.
  3. Integrate teaching practices that utilize project-based education methods to promote a hands-on learning.
  4. Participate in events that contribute to the organization’s ability to promote USP with a diverse community, donors and donor prospects.
  5. Maintain student records and data to track student progress and retention.
  6. Participate in case management sessions periodically with program staff and communicate with parents as guided by the USP program guidelines.
  7. Other duties may be necessary occasionally.

Education & Experience:

  1. A demonstrated track record of motivating students and fostering within them a can-do spirit.
  2. State of Connecticut certified 7-12 teacher; a master’s degree preferred.
  3. Spanish speaking is greatly desirable.
  4. Excellent ability to engage and reach young people with a diverse set of individual life challenges, learning styles and ability.

Performance Indications:

  1. Student retention and satisfaction in USP.
  2. Student progress exhibiting appropriate ways to deal with challenges, building healthy peer and adult relationships, expressing creativity and continuing to engage in their learning at USP and in school.
  3. The student’s improved ability to complete course curricula demonstrating improved understanding of technology related skills.