Gifted and Talented (GATE) Teacher
3 weeks ago
Full Time
South Central / Twin Falls
Job Description

TITLE: Gifted and Talented (GATE) Teacher PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule FLSA: Exempt SUPERVISOR: Building Principal TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Principal's designated schedule.

SUMMARY: To follow the District's screening, referral and identification process to identify students eligible for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, to develop GATE Plans for students that address academic, interpersonal and social/emotional needs, to design and deliver enrichment curriculum and activities for GATE students, to contribute to district-level program development and improvement, to inspire, engage, educate and empower every student.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possess a bachelor's degree or higher. Hold a valid Idaho Standard Instructional Certificate endorsed for Gifted and Talented K/12.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)

  •    Coordinates specific individual programs for gifted-talented students.
  •    Pursues a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing GATE students, i.e. demonstrations, discussions, cooperative learning, laboratory experiences, discovery, inquiry and constructivism. 
  •    Integrates content and pedagogy to create relevant and deep learning experiences for students. 
  •    Individualizes and adapts educational processes and procedures to enhance student educational opportunities, including actively pursuing alternative solutions to improve student learning. 
  •    Ensures equal access to a rigorous curriculum for GATE students, promoting inquiry and cognitive engagement to deeply learn the content and provide opportunities for students to explore high interest areas.
  •    Administers and interprets data from a variety of GATE identification assessments to GATE candidates in determining eligibility.
  •    Develop a GATE plan for each student in the program.
  •    Determines specific strengths and high interest areas of gifted-talented students. 
  •    Makes available a wide range of teaching materials and tools for gifted-talented students.
  •    Communicates with parents to understand the unique needs of gifted-talented students and their individual progress.
  •    Keeps abreast of new developments in the field of gifted education. 
  •    Creates a classroom environment that sparks a heightened interest in learning for each GATE student.  
  •    Works positively, collaboratively and respectfully with other colleagues on behalf of students throughout the school and district. 
  •    Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the history, background, and assessment of students in designing instructional programs to meet individual educational needs.
  •    Counsels, confers with, and communicates with school, and District personnel regarding student progress, and in the interpretation of the GATE program.
  •    Performs a variety of non-instructional duties, including participation as a District GATE Committee member, supervision of students and consultation and collaboration with colleagues.
  •    Selects and requisitions instructional tools and equipment appropriate to the interest and maturity level of students, maintains required inventory records and makes purchases as authorized.
  •    Performs all other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of child development and especially of characteristics of gifted and talented students in the grade level group assigned. Knowledge of the prescribed GATE curriculum and assessments. Knowledge of current educational research. Understanding and knowledge of current technology. Knowledge of learning styles and skill in using varied teaching methods to address student learning styles. Skill in oral and written communication with students, parents and others. Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness. Ability to assess levels of student achievement effectively, analyze test results and prescribe actions for improvement. Ability to maintain appropriate student supervision so that students have a safe and orderly environment in which to learn. Ability to work effectively with peers, administrators and others. Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other persons within a small work unit; and tracking budget expenditures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 35% sitting, 30% walking, and 35% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment.

Education Required
  • Bachelor's Degree


Equal Opportunity Employer

Blaine County School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.