Secondary English Teacher, 2019-2020 School Year
California Connections Academy - Kern County
 East Lansing, MI

Company Summary

Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) is a tuition-free, online public school available for students in grades 6–12 throughout Michigan. For students in grades 9-12, GLCA offers a variety of academic pacing options including a traditional school year option, a year-long extended option and an accelerated option. GLCA is authorized by The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University and supported by the Connections Academy family of public virtual schools. The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accrediting division of AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Working from our office in East Lansing, MI, certified Teachers will virtually manage instructional programs. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program.

The Secondary English Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Support the instructional program with asynchronous web conferencing sessions and synchronous instruction;
  • Complete all grading, create progress reports and conduct parent conferences in a timely manner;
  • Communicate with parents, students and other teachers on a regular basis to develop and update Personal Learning Plans and schedules, score assessments, provide feedback on student work, suggest instructional approaches and strategies, monitor completion of assignments and coach special projects;
  • Develop a general knowledge of the entire program's 6-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the courses for which responsible;
  • Review curriculum and devise alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding (working directly with students and parents);
  • Support students and parents with alternate strategies and provide additional assistance with daily assignments and projects;
  • Communicate regularly with parents, students, and curriculum specialists through use of computer and telephone;
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers to ensure that all students are successfully progressing through the program, that parents have a central point of contact, and that tasks are distributed among the teachers;
  • Keep student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;
  • Consult with other teachers, team members and staff learning specialists to develop alternate enrichment activities and modifications to students' programs to increase student understanding;
  • Work with Advisory Teachers and School Counselor(s) to ensure students and families are receiving appropriate communications, students are making adequate progress and established goals are being met;
  • Work with other teachers to coordinate social activities and relevant field trips for students;
  • Manage regional field trips and make efforts to integrate trips into the curriculum;
  • Communicate with Parent Community Coordinators to suggest social activities and relevant field trips for students;
  • Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community“;
  • Participate in the organization and administration of the State Testing, as directed;
  • Participate in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that require teacher representation;
  • Attend field trips and other community activities implemented for families; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Certified to teach Secondary English in Michigan (appropriate to grade level and content area responsibilities)
  • Ability to work 12 months out of the year
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
  • Team player track record
  • Willingness to travel for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)
  • Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families
  • Ability to work remotely, if necessary