Welcome to Spring Lake Park Schools! We are a vibrant school community serving about 6,200 students from the suburbs of Blaine, Fridley and Spring Lake Park, in the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Our district purpose – “High expectations, high achievement for all. No excuses.” – provides our focus to meet the unique and varied needs of each student.
Spring Lake Park Schools is recognized for our commitment to personalized learning, creating a culture of innovation and creativity through human-centered design thinking. We are working to create a system – a culture with a methodology and set of processes – where teachers and staff have the freedom, flexibility, and invitation to design new ways of learning centered around deepening student engagement to continuously improve student success.
It is through that culture of innovative and personalized learning that resulted in the creation of SLP Schools Online Elementary, which is a fully online school for students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 6. SLP Online at the elementary level provides a competency-based approach to learning, where students learn in a project-based, interdisciplinary manner to meet academic and life competencies that are aligned to state standards. This means that students progress based on their proficiency with competencies, rather than based on seat time or age. Learning experiences are co-designed between students, families, and learning advocates and are guided by student strengths, interests, and needs. Learning advocates meet at the beginning of each year with students and families to learn about the support that at-home learning coaches (e.g., parent, relative, co-op, etc) will need as they design learning experiences throughout the year. Family meetings occur biweekly to help design and review learning plans. Throughout the year, SLP Online Learning Advocates assess proficiency on competencies through projects, portfolios, and performance assessments, and collaboratively determine next steps in learning with families and students.
The successful SLP Online Elementary Learning Advocate firmly believes …
- … all students can and will learn, and that their learning can be directly influenced by focusing on factors over which we have control
- … in the need to work interdependently, aligning the work of adults around improving student learning by meeting the needs, interests, and aspirations of students
- … in the need to work in partnership with staff to continuously improve practices to enhance student and family engagement, creating the conditions for equity, excellence and student success
- … in personalizing learning for students, meeting their academic, social, and emotional needs and aspirations so that each student feels valued and has a sense of belonging, leading to academic success
The successful Spanish Immersion SLP Online Elementary Learning Advocate will create and foster positive relationships with students and families, work with students and families to co-design learning experiences aligned to competencies and ensure student growth and mastery of academic and life competencies, all within the target language of Spanish. Specific responsibilities include:
- Teaching students in all subject areas in the target language of Spanish
- Design or co-create learning designs with students and families, and/or review and revise already created learning designs to ensure they align with SLP competencies
- Use and provide curricular resources, digital tools, and materials that students need to implement the learning design
- Engage in student goal-setting to leverage student projects and learning experiences to demonstrate competency in multiple areas
- Monitor and maintain student portfolios and provide feedback for next steps in learning, using assessment for, of, and as learning
- Maintain consistent office hours for family and student connections
- Provide “just-in-time” instruction to identified students as needed
- Organize and attend virtual and in-person field trips (where available) to support learning
We strongly prefer candidates who have exhibited excellence in collaboration with colleagues and families, have a creative and flexible approach to new ideas and new ways of working, have advanced skills in using learning technology purposefully, and communicate clearly in a supportive and encouraging manner with families, students, and colleagues.
The successful candidate must have earned a B.A. or B.S. degree and hold current Minnesota State licensure in Elementary Education, and is . Additional demonstrated qualifications include: commitment to the equitable education of all students; creative planning and organizational skills; highly effective interpersonal skills.
Highly competitive salary and benefit package for the region
How to Apply
Position will remain open until filled. Individuals who wish to be considered for this position must apply online at (website here). Only qualified and appropriately licensed individuals will be considered for an interview.
Please direct any inquiries to Kim Fehringer, SLP Online Elementary Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-600-5057.
Equity is a priority Spring Lake Park Schools and is essential to our goal of putting children first to ensure college and career readiness. A diverse workforce fuels innovation and allows us to better understand, communicate with, and educate our students. Spring Lake Park Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability, or status with regard to public assistance.