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WCPSS: Board Policy - 3219 Job Description Teacher

3219 job description teacher

Reports to: Principal

Supervises: May coordinate and direct the activities of teacher assistants

Purpose: To plan, instruct, and organize instructional environments which help students learn subject matter and skills that will contribute to their educational and social development.


The Teacher is required to follow all Board Policies and procedures, and to comply with the instructions and or directives from his/her supervisor(s). In addition, the Teacher shall perform in a manner that meets the following Standards and Elements.

  1. Standard I: Teachers demonstrate leadership
    1. Element A: Teachers lead in their classrooms
      1. The Teacher takes responsibility for all students' learning
      2. The Teacher communicates vision to students
      3. The Teacher uses data to organize, plan, and set goals
      4. The Teacher uses a variety of assessment data throughout the year to evaluate progress
      5. The Teacher establishes a safe and orderly environment
      6. The Teacher Empowers students
    2. Element B: Teachers demonstrate leadership in the school
      1. The Teacher works collaboratively with all school personnel to create a professional learning community
      2. The Teacher analyzes data
      3. The Teacher develops goals and strategies through the school improvement plan
      4. The Teacher assists in determining school budget and professional development
      5. The Teacher participates in hiring process
      6. The Teacher collaborates with colleagues to mentor and support teachers to improve effectiveness
    3. Element C: Teachers lead the teaching profession
      1. The Teacher strives to improve the profession
      2. The Teacher contributes to the establishment of positive working conditions
      3. The Teacher participates in decision-making structures
      4. The Teacher promotes professional growth
    4. Element D: Teachers advocate for schools and students
      1. The Teacher advocates for positive change in policies and practices affecting student learning
      2. The Teacher participates in the implementation of initiatives to improve education
  2. Standard II: Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students
    1. Element A: Teachers provide an environment in which each child has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults
      1. The Teacher encourages an environment that is inviting, respectful, supportive, inclusive, and flexible
    2. Element B: Teachers embrace diversity in the school community and in the world
      1. The Teacher demonstrates knowledge of diverse cultures
      2. The Teacher selects materials and develop lessons that counteract stereotypes and incorporate contributions
      3. The Teacher recognizes the influences on a child' development, personality, and performance
      4. The Teacher considers and incorporates different points of view
    3. Element C: Teachers treat students as individuals
      1. The Teacher maintains high expectations for all students
      2. The Teacher appreciates differences and values contributions by building positive, appropriate relationships
    4. Element D: Teachers adapt their teaching for the benefit of students with special needs
      1. The Teacher collaborates with specialists
      2. The Teacher engages students and ensures they meet the needs of their students through inclusion and other models of effective practice
    5. Element E: Teachers work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students
      1. The Teacher improves communication and collaboration between the school and the home and community
      2. The Teacher promotes trust and understanding and builds partnerships with school community
      3. The Teacher seeks solutions to overcome obstacles that prevent family and community involvement
  3. Standard III: Teachers know the content they teach
    1. Element A: Teachers align their instruction with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
      1. The Teacher teaches the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
      2. The Teacher develops and applies strategies to make the curriculum rigorous and relevant
      3. The Teacher develops literacy skills appropriate to specialty area
    2. Element B: Teachers know the content appropriate to their teaching specialty
      1. The Teacher knows subject beyond the content they teach
      2. The Teacher directs students' curiosity into an interest in learning
    3. Element C: Teachers recognize the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines
      1. The Teacher knows links between grade/subject and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
      2. The Teacher relates content to other disciplines
      3. The Teacher promotes global awareness and its relevance
    4. Element D: Teachers make instruction relevant to students
      1. The Teacher incorporates life skills: leadership, ethics, accountability, adaptability, personal productivity, personal responsibility, people skills, self-direction, and social responsibility
      2. The Teacher demonstrates the relationship between the core content and 21st Century content, including global awareness; financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; and health and wellness awareness
  4. Standard IV: Teachers facilitate learning for their students
    1. Element A: Teachers know the ways in which learning takes place, and they know the appropriate levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students
      1. The Teacher knows how students think and learn
      2. The Teacher understands the influences on student learning and differentiate instruction
      3. The Teacher keeps abreast of evolving research
      4. The Teacher adapts resources to address the strengths and weaknesses of students
    2. Element B: Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students
      1. The Teacher collaborates with colleagues
      2. The Teacher uses data for short and long range planning
      3. The Teacher engages students in the learning process
      4. The Teacher monitors and modifies plans to enhance student learning
      5. The Teacher responds to cultural diversity and learning needs of students
    3. Element C: Teachers use a variety of instructional methods
      1. The Teacher chooses methods and materials as they strive to eliminate achievement gaps
      2. The Teacher employs a wide range of techniques using information and communication technology, learning styles, and differentiated instruction
    4. Element D: Teachers integrate and utilize technology in their instruction
      1. The Teacher knows appropriate use of technology to maximize student learning
      2. The Teacher helps students use technology to learn content, think critically, solve problems, discern reliability, use information, communicate, innovate and collaborate
    5. Element E: Teachers help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
      1. The Teacher encourages students to ask questions, think creatively, develop and test innovative ideas, synthesize knowledge and draw conclusions
      2. The Teacher helps students exercise and communicate sound reasoning; understand connections; make complex choices; and frame, analyze, and solve problems
    6. Element F: Teachers help students work in teams and develop leadership qualities
      1. The Teacher teaches the importance of cooperation and collaboration
      2. The Teacher organizes learning teams in order to help students define roles, strengthen social ties, improve communication and collaborative skills, interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and develop leadership qualities
    7. Element G: Teachers communicate effectively
      1. The Teacher communicates clearly with students in a variety of ways
      2. The Teacher assists students in articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively
    8. Element H: Teachers use a variety of methods to assess what each student has learned
      1. The Teacher uses multiple indicators, both formative and summative, to evaluate student progress
      2. The Teacher uses assessment systems to inform instruction and demonstrate evidence of students' 21st Century knowledge, skills, performance, and dispositions
      3. The Teacher provides opportunities for self-assessment
  5. Standard V: Teachers reflect on their practice
    1. Element A: Teachers analyze student learning
      1. The Teacher thinks systematically and critically about learning in their classroom: why learning happens and what can be done to improve student achievement
      2. The Teacher collects and analyzes student performance data to improve effectiveness
    2. Element B: Teachers link professional growth to their professional goals
      1. The Teacher participates in continued, high quality professional development
    3. Element C: Teachers function effectively in a complex, dynamic environment
      1. The Teacher actively investigates and consider new ideas that improve teaching and learning
      2. The Teacher adapts practice based on data
  6. Standard VI: Teachers contribute to the academic success of students

    The work of the teacher results in acceptable, measurable progress for students based on established performance expectations using appropriate data to demonstrate growth

Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-333; State Board of Education Policy TCP-C-004,006

Adopted: October 4, 1982

Revised: June 17, 1991

Revised: May 21, 2002

Revised: July 20, 2010

Revised: September 6, 2011