Date Posted: September 1, 2022

Position Title: Science Teacher, Grades 8-12

Assignment Location:Dakota County Area Learning School – North in West St. Paul within the Alternative Learning Program

Hours per Day: 8.0 

Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM, following the assigned school calendar

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Assignment Length: 2022 – 2023 School Year, continuing contract

Salary: Per the teacher contract


Under the supervision of the Principal, our teachers for Intermediate School District 917’s Dakota County Area Learning School (DCALS) will play a vital role in providing a consistent, safe environment conducive to learning by providing instruction in the core content area and assisting students in the development of skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed as a foundation for future learning in accordance with each student’s ability through the use of a variety of teaching and learning methods at various levels. In this role, one helps model and encourage respect, communication, and competency during student work tasks and during socialization. Professionalism, empathy, and a non-judgmental approach are essential when working with students to ensure their safety and growth. The teacher will be stepping into a team environment daily, where collaboration, communication, and adaptability are key to the success of the individual, the team, and the success of the students. The teacher role is performed following District policy and State/Federal Laws.


  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials providing effective teaching strategies while adhering to the District philosophy and vision.
  • Create a classroom environment that responds to the needs of individual learners; Develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and appropriate techniques; Translate lesson plans into learning experiences in a classroom environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies; Maximize time on task.
  • Plans and implements a program of study designed to meet individual student needs including adhering to state and federal requirements; Evaluate accomplishments of students on a regular basis using multiple assessment methods; Provide progress and interim reports for feedback.
  • Encourage student enthusiasm for the learning process; Encourage and facilitates the work of other staff members in a collaborative, supportive environment.
  • Communicate with parents in a timely manner; Maintain positive and constructive communication with students, staff, parents, and community.
  • Work collaboratively with parents and other staff members to reinforce the educational program for each student; Communicate effectively to meet the needs of students and maintain a positive work environment for all.
  • Share responsibility during the school day for the supervision of students in areas of the school.
  • Protect students, equipment, materials and facilities by taking necessary and reasonable precautions.
  • Uphold and enforce board policy, district goals, administrative procedures, school rules and regulations; Adhere to health and safety policies.
  • Maintains appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and appropriate use of conference and planning time.
  • Attend workshops, seminars and conferences as well as staff, department, curricular development and committee meetings and staff-development session, as required.
  • Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics and state and federal laws.
  • Keep current in subject matter knowledge and learning theory and is share this knowledge for continual improvement of the school’s curriculum.
  • Utilize proactive behavior management techniques.
  • Uses flexible thinking and adaptability to address student needs and responds calmly during crisis situations, when necessary.
  • Other duties, as assigned.



  1. A bachelor’s degree with coursework in education or related field, and a current teaching license from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)/Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) in 5-12 Science in any area, or equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  2. Thorough knowledge of education principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching; with proficiency in the core educational subject area.
  3. Previous teaching experience preferred, but recent graduates encouraged to apply.
  4. Experience working with at-risk youth.
  5. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication. Basic computer and email skills.



  1. Frequently requires exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, standing, speaking, hearing, sitting, walking, lifting, and repetitive motions.
  2. Occasionally requires exertion of up to 50 pounds of force, stooping, kneeling, crawling, and crouching.
  3. Work has standard vision requirements.
  4. Ability to tolerate sudden jarring movement.
  5. Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may require wearing of personal protective equipment.
  6. Locations are generally moderately noisy.



Intermediate School District 917 provides students from our member school districts in the southeastern metropolitan area a secondary education program, including Dakota County Area Learning Schools, which provide alternative learning programming both in-person and online to students in need of a positive, safe, and structured learning environment outside their resident high school, and Dakota County Secondary Technical Center, which provides technical education for high school students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

ISD 917 also serves the low incidence needs of students receiving special education services from.  Students are referred to us by member school districts. Our programs and services include comprehensive options and efficient special education services that expand on what member districts may be able to offer students in their own schools. Programs provide special education and related service support to students from early childhood through age 21 in a variety of different, specialized settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental and cognitive disabilities, mental health needs, those who are deaf and hard of hearing, and learning disabilities.

Application Procedure: Can be completed at

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Intermediate School District 917 is an equal opportunity employer