Social Studies (RX) Teacher East Kentwood High School

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
East Kentwood High School
Position Details: 
  • Position Type:
      High School Certified Teaching/Social Studies - History
  • Date Posted:
  • Location:
      East Kentwood High School
  • Closing Date: 
  • Social Studies Teacher

    Position Purpose 

    Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to develop students' knowledge in the area of Social Studies; to foster an understanding and appreciation of world cultures, languages, racial, ethnic and religious groups, and political systems.
    Essential Functions

    • Develops and administers Social Studies curriculum consistent with school district goals and objectives. 
    • Promotes a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction, and student learning. 
    • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and translates lesson plans into learning experiences to develop unit organization around historical problems. 
    • Teaches knowledge of Social Studies from early to modern historic periods, incorporating into history lessons the related subjects of political science, economics, sociology, geography, and anthropology within a historical context. 
    • Promotes the formation of attitudes and skills that will enable students to analyze intelligently the world around them so that they can be constructively participating members of a free society predicated on the rule of law. 
    • Fosters an understanding of the continuity and patterns of human behavior through the ages, an understanding of humanity's major problems and approaches to their solution(s). 
    • Demonstrates the manner in which the past provides a comparative basis from which to evaluate the nature of current issues and predict courses of action for the future, with cross reference to contemporary matters of importance. 
    • Develops students' research skills, through a variety of reading and writing assignments to stimulate self-reliance in problem-solving through effective utilization of library materials. 
    • Promotes students' critical analysis of the effect media has on the flow of information and shaping of public discourse, and encourage students to seek out and compare alternative sources of information concerning the key issues of their world. 
    • Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning and progress, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student's needs, including students with special needs; conducts individual and small group instruction as needed. 
    • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research. 
    • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement and attendance as required by district procedures and applicable laws. 
    • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents. 
    • Ensures that student conduct conforms to the school`s standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. 
    • Coordinates with other professional staff members, especially within grade level, and participates in faculty meetings and committees. 
    • Selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records. 
    • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent. 

    Note:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
    Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

    • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles. 
    • Knowledge of world history in a variety of sub-topic areas, including geography, sociology, economics, political science, systems of government, anthropology, responsible citizenship, and humanities. 
    • Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level and subject area preferred. 
    • Knowledge of humanity's major problems and approaches to their solution(s) in the past. 
    • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans. 
    • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students. 
    • Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed. 
    • Ability to organize and coordinate work. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents. 
    • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth. 
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work. 


    • Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone. 

    Travel Requirements

    • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required. 

     Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

    • Works in standard office and school building environments. 

    Note:   Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.


    • Valid State of Michigan Certification as a Social Studies Teacher.
      Endorsement areas include Social Science (CX) or Social Studies (RX)
    • Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.  
    • EL certification or experience working with EL students preferred.

    FLSA Status:             Exempt 
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