Classroom Teacher - Michigan Connections Academy
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Elementary School Classes
Job Title: Michigan Connections Academy - Elementary Teacher, 2022-2023 School Year
Job Location: Okemos, MI
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Elementary, General K-5
Certificate: Elementary, General K-8
District: Michigan Connections Academy
Okemos, MI 48864
Telephone: 443-873-1745
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School Summary
Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) is a tuition-free, online public school serving students in grades K–12 throughout Michigan. MICA is authorized by Ferris State University Charter Schools Office and governed by an independent Board of Directors. The school is operated by Michigan Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with CA of Michigan, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Working from our office in Okemos, Michigan, Elementary 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 Elementary 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 K-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the grades for which responsible;
  • 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;
  • Keep student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging of all student and parent contacts;
  • Consult with team members and staff learning specialists to develop alternate enrichment activities and modifications to students’ programs to increase student understanding; 
  • 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.
  • Review curriculum and devise alternate approaches to given lessons to increase student understanding (working directly with parents and students);
  • Attend field trips and other community activities implemented for families;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements
  • Highly qualified and certified to teach Elementary in Michigan (appropriate to grade level and content area responsibilities)
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Highly organized and punctual
  • Customer focused approach
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
  • Team player track record
  • Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)
  • Ability to work remotely, if necessary
  • Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families
Michigan Connections Academy strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Want to know more about being an educator at Connections Academy? Please join us for a live virtual information session held every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. We hope to see you there!  

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