Sr Learning Specialist (In House Adult Education Instructor - STEM) - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Devens, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 152092
Location: Devens, MA Category: Professional (Staff Member) Posted On: Thu Aug 18 2022 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
The Adult Education MassLinks STEM Instructor designs and delivers synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction exploring the connections between critical thinking and problem solving, mathematics, the sciences (Earth, Life, and Physical), and engineering and technology. This coursework is designed to build literacy and critical analysis skills necessary for college and career success. This position delivers group instruction to adult learners preparing them for the Math and Science sections of either high school equivalency test approved in Massachusetts (HiSET or GED). Instructors are required to keep written lesson plans and align all instructional activities to the program curriculum, College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and Next Generation Science Standards. The STEM Instructor works cooperatively with program staff and administration to ensure students make appropriate academic progress. As such, the STEM Instructor reviews diagnostic assessment results to inform instructional planning and delivers formative assessments to measure student learning and progress. The STEM Instructor implements research-based instructional practices designed to accelerate learning and progress students along a regionally relevant career pathway toward post secondary enrollment and/or employment. Instructors collaborate with personnel at the college, MassHIre North Central Career Center, and regional partner agencies to ensure students are connected to all supports needed to enhance their success and prepare them for successful transition to post-secondary enrollment and/or the workplace.
Provide rigorous remote and/or face-to-face academic instruction in critical thinking and problem solving, mathematics, the sciences, and technology and engineering;
Implement evidence-based intructional practices as part of course design and delivery;
Conduct diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to inform instructional design and delivery and to measure student learning;
Maintain appropriate student data including proof of academic progress and samples of completed work and utilize that data to increase access to curriculum and design individualized learning opportunities for students as necessary;
Participate in student progress team meetings with colleagues (administration, advisors and counselors, other instructors, etc.);
When working on site or in a virtual classroom, arrive at least ten minutes prior to the beginning of class and stay until completing scheduled learning activities;
Work cooperatively with Counselors to assist each enrolled student in the development of a comprehensive education and career plan that includes a review of local labor market data and education and training opportunities in the priority industries within their region;
Collaborate with Counselors to deliver instruction in college and workplace readiness. Assist counselors in the alignment of these lessons to academic and content standards;
Contextualize instruction to include industry specific content;
Maintain electronic copies of weekly instructional plans aligned to the program's curriculum and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. Plans must be available for review by administration at the request of the Director of Adult Education, the President's Designee, or funders;
Increase knowledge and awareness of postsecondary education and employment opportunities within the priority industries of North Central Massachusetts as identified by the MassHire North Central Workforce Board and Skills Cabinet Regional Blueprint;
Attend all supervisor and program wide meetings (in person or virtual) as scheduled by the Director of Adult Education and or the President's Designee, or funder;
Participate in regularly scheduled curriculum development and program improvement activities as assigned by the Director of Adult Education or his/her designee;
Engage in common planning time with peers ? offering the opportunity for collegial exchanges of ideas and the development of creative and engaging lessons;
Work in collaboration with program on developing and/or implementing multi-year strategic plan aligned to WIOA, State, Local, and Institutional priorities;
Effectively utilize technology to enhance student learning and increase student progress. The Adult Education Instructor - STEM will utilize Google Classroom to deliver content and assignments to students;
The Adult Education Instructor - STEM will provide timely and authentic feedback to students through a variety of ways including digital feedback through the learning management system used by the program (Google Classroom);
The Adult Education Instructor - STEM will conduct face-to-face and remote student classroom sessions utilizing video conferencing technology (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.);
The Adult Education Instructor - STEM must use the following educational technology as needed to enhance student learning: Google Applications for Education (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Meet, etc.), Newsela, Quill, Nearpod, Flocabulary. Not an exhaustive list, additional technology is continually added to the program's portfolio of ed tech resources;
Regularly access, review, and update student electronic files;
Access and utilize electronic assessment results to inform instruction;
Participate in all phases of the educator effectiveness evaluation process including but not limited to: (1) Self-Assessment (2) Professional Development Planning (3) Classroom Implementation of Learned Strategies (4) Ongoing observation and performance monitoring (5) Reflection;
Collaborate with program administration to develop and implement an annual professional development plan approved by the Director of Adult Education and/or his or her designee that is linked to the multi-year strategic plan;
Participate in at least twelve hours of professional development activities, or 2.5% of paid hours, whichever is greater, that are designed to improve content area knowledge and or professional practice;
Participate in classroom observations as determined by the Director of Adult Education and/or his/her designee;
The Adult Education Instructor - STEM will have their online learning environment reviewed throughout the academic year to ensure effective usage, and engaging activities assigned through the learning platform.
Participate in an annual instructor effectiveness evaluation conducted by the program director designed to identify areas of professional strength and challenge in the employees professional practice;
Participate in the annual performance review process with their direct supervisor and/or designee including any or all of the following: (1) short mini-observations by the Director of Adult Education and/or designee (2) Formal classroom observations conducted by the Director and/or designee (3) Formal review process as dictated by the Office of Human Resources and the MCCC contract;
Instructors with less than one year experience in adult education must attend the DESE sponsored online "New Staff Orientation" as conducted by SABES within one year of employment start date;
Other Duties as assigned.
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Master's degree in Critical Thinking or closely related field;
Three (3) years experience and/or training that includes program coordination, teaching, critical thinking instruction, curriculum development, and computer operations in a community college environment; or
An Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Actual Salary determined by education, experience and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Grade: 6 Employee Status: Full Time Grant Funded Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 *Potential for Hybrid/Remote work with onsite work pending business needs. Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.