A Science Teacher at Franklin may teach on a team with a content curriculum that follows one of three tracks. The first track is an Earth Science/Biology/Conceptual Physics cycle that rotates annually. This track serves our 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students, who are often taught in mixed-grade classes. The second track is Chemistry that serves our 11th-grade students. The third track is for our seniors and postgraduates to whom we offer a choice of several advanced or interest-based sciences, depending on the year, including Marine Sciences, Genetics, Psychology, Ecology, and Health Sciences. In all science courses, focused instruction is centered around a skills-based curriculum based on inquiry and scientific practices across content areas. Teaching science at Franklin Academy requires teaching the basic curriculum of all tracks as assignments may change across years. In addition to being open/able to teach on any track, we primarily seek a candidate to teach the first track.
Franklin Academy teachers are expected to participate in the total program of this boarding school. This participation includes serving as a member of a teaching team (consisting of six to seven professional educators) that designs and implements a comprehensive program for a group of eighteen to twenty-six students. Specific roles include:
Teaching assigned team courses and electives
Performing assigned dormitory duties
Leading/assisting in life-sports or afternoon Clubs
Chaperoning off-campus trips
Serving on Franklin committees
Participating in the school’s professional development
The successful candidate will be expected to learn Franklin Academy’s competency-based strategy for teaching students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Asperger’s Syndrome. The goal is to develop and implement specialized teaching strategies that will help our students become effective learners by improving their academic skills while also addressing each student’s social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
A minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree with a science or education major is required. One year of college-level Physics preferred. A Master’s Degree with experience in educational settings is preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation & Benefits:
?Salary based on education and experience
?Participation in group health insurance, dental plan, and life insurance programs
?Participation in matched retirement fund (TIAA-CREF)
?Use of school facilities, including dining services when available
About Franklin Academy
Franklin Academy offers a college preparatory program designed for students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and other learning profiles. We serve boarding and day students in grades nine through twelve, and postgraduates. Ninety-five percent of students live on campus, and they come to us from across the country and around the world. The school’s approach to education is non-traditional, and the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum has a primary focus on skill development and the mastery of competencies that enables our students to be successful in college and beyond.
Franklin Academy is located in East Haddam, Connecticut along the beautiful and scenic Connecticut River. Our 75-acre rural campus is situated next to the 700-acre Chapman Pond Preserve, which runs along the river. We are located halfway between Old Saybrook on the Long Island shoreline and Middletown, which is the home of Wesleyan University. We are 40 minutes to Hartford and New Haven and 90 minutes to New York City and Boston.
Our Teachers are the “heart and soul” of Franklin Academy, and we look for teach...ing professionals who are eager to serve students with special needs. Our students are dedicated to learning, but they learn differently than typical students; most are auditory learners who struggle with visual/spatial and visual/motor demands. Given the needs of our students and the round-the-clock responsibilities of a boarding school, we acknowledge that Franklin Academy is not the right school for every educator. However, for aspiring educators who want to learn how to teach, for veterans who want to learn new teaching strategies, and for every teacher who wants to make a positive difference in their students’ lives, Franklin Academy is a great place to live and work.
Our students present a unique set of neurological and behavioral characteristics that make success unlikely in a traditionally structured school environment. Franklin Academy’s task has been to develop a program that allows our students to thrive. Since our program does not fit neatly into a traditional boarding school paradigm, a language-based learning disabilities program, or a more therapeutically structured setting, we have borrowed elements and best practices from all three types of programs, molding useful components into a thoughtfully integrated structure to produce a program that is “gestalt based.” We do not compartmentalize components, differentiating the academic and residential programs; rather, we embrace a holistic philosophy to address each student’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning, identifying what a student needs to learn in order to be successful in college and life.
If you would like more information about the school, please feel free to visit our website at www.fa-ct.org. Thank you very much for your interest in Franklin Academy. We look forward to hearing from you.