The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program is a federally-funded program for college-bound rising 10th-12th grade high school students. This program is designed to instill in low-income, first-generation students the skills and motivation to increase their high school graduation, college-going, and college graduation rates.
The Upward Bound Summer Program is seeking part-time, temporary Mathematics Instructors. Qualified candidates must be able to teach Introduction to specific high school level mathematics courses in 1 or more of the following: Algebra I, II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus.
Visit the Upward Bound website www.ric.edu/upward_bound for more information.
Introduction to the Summer:
The summer component focuses on developing a community with high expectations for academic achievement, behavior, personal development, and student accountability. Students reside in a residence hall and are supervised by a team of tutor counselors and professional counselors. Students take high school courses in literature and writing, mathematics, SAT prep, science, and foreign language. Field trips, recreational, social, and cultural activities are also offered.
The Program is looking for individuals who are available to make the time commitment expected, support the philosophy and mission of Upward Bound, and the Code of Conduct (document to be provided if offered an interview).
Overview of Mathematics Courses:
The curriculum and learning objectives for the assigned class should be developed to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Innovative approaches should be used to introduce new concepts, better prepare students to think and reason at a higher level, enhance problem-solving skills, emphasize mathematical modeling, facilitate mastery, and increase students' confidence to take higher level courses in mathematics and science
- Develop course curriculum and objectives designed to be responsive to DOE curriculum requirements for the coming academic year (CCSS), particularly to emphasize mathematical modeling and the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, understand them better, and improve decisions.
- Employ instructional approaches to enhance each student's conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels.
- Prepare a challenging course syllabus according to program guidelines.
- Assess each student against course-related competencies and identify intervention strategies/support services to enhance mastery of objectives.
- Submit weekly progress reports and final evaluation report on each student and other data by established deadlines.
- Create a supportive learning environment that encourages appropriate behavior according to the standards set forth in the Upward Bound Code of Conduct, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- Meet with assigned class Tutor Counselor (TC - a college student or recent college graduate who supervises students and serves as a tutor) at least once weekly to confer about the class and review tutoring logs maintained by the instructor and tutor counselor. Instructors guide and support the Tutor Counselors in their role as tutor.
- Confer regularly with the Upward Bound counselors and meet with each at least once.
- Discuss organizational and campus issues with Director in a timely manner.
- Collaborate with other instructors to enhance teaching and student success.
Occasional Duties Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Commitment to teaching culturally diverse students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds.
- Excellent classroom management and personal organizational skills.
- Teaching philosophy that all students can succeed given the appropriate environment and curriculum.
Education: Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
- At least two years' formal classroom teaching experience with groups of low-income, first generation high school students
- At least two years' experience developing course curriculum and objectives which are aligned to the Common Core Standards
Teachers with RI secondary school/mathematics teaching certification
The employee is not exposed to known adverse environmental conditions. Instruction and tutoring occurs in classrooms, residence hall, and other college facilities. However, participation in cultural and social activities with students is expected.
Posting Detail Information
Number of Positions Available
6-8 (Contingent upon final funding level)
Anticipated Start Date or Semester
June 5 (1st orientation); June 24 (first day of teaching)
End of Temporary or Limited Position
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