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Gifted Specialist, 2018-2019 School Year
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Nevada Connections Academy

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Gifted Specialist, 2018-2019 School Year
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Gifted Specialist, 2018-2019 School Year




Company Summary:

At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality,
highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers,
and a supportive school community. Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% "would recommend the schools to other families" and 95% say the curriculum is "high quality." In 2017, Connections Academy-supported
public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to
expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit

Alabama Connections Academy (ALCA) , is a tuition-free, public cyber school serving students in grades K-12 statewide. ALCA offers a variety of academic pacing options for students including a traditional school year option, a year-long school year option and
an accelerated option. ALCA is authorized by the Alabama Department of Education and Limestone County School District. The school utilizes the Connections Education program. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Working from our office in Athens or from home, 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 Gifted Specialist 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;

+ Communicate with Parent Community Coordinators to suggest social activities and relevant field trips for students;

+ Manage regional field trips and make efforts to integrate trips into the curriculum;

+ 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; and

+ Other duties as assigned.


+ K-6 Elementary licensure AND PK-12 Gifted Education preferred

+ Familiarity and experience with PLCs is very important

+ Must be willing to attend occasional professional development staff meetings at Athens office, if necessary

+ Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft OS and MS Office programs)

+ 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 on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)

+ Ability to work remotely

+ Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families

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