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Moore Middle School is seeking a dynamic, student-centered indivdiual to join our two existing school counselors, two school social workers and our assistant principal to refine restorative practices in place, create new restorative elements that can be used by our Student Support Team moving forward and enhance our existing Advisory curriculum by building in new community building challenges and traditions.
Generally, school counselors provide students with a comprehensive school counseling program that systematically supports the academic, and social/emotional development of all students. The program is developed to have a significant positive impact on student achievement, attendance, and discipline. The School Counselor focuses the majority of their time:
Advising and counseling students regarding academic, educational, and short-term social and emotional problems.
Remaining universally accessible and makes an effort to know every student for whom they are responsible.
Providing individual student planning and responsive services to support students and their families regarding academic matters.
Participating on a Student Support Team, identifying students who may need targeted or intensive services, and coordinating with behavioral health specialists.
Assisting students/families in understanding school policies and procedures.
Providing brief counseling to address social and emotional concerns and appropriately referring students to behavioral health specialists.
Communicating, coordinating, and collaborating with behavioral health specialists on developing and implementing student supports.
School Counselor Qualifications/Skills:
Preference given for those who currently hold or are eligible for Maine School Counselor 075 certification. Website: https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/requirements
Experience and ability to work with middle school students with diverse backgrounds
Ability to organize tasks and manage time to meet many and varied deadlines and communicate effectively with students, families, school administrators and other staff, including the ability to discuss topics which may be sensitive.
Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 and about 4,700 adult learners.
The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.
Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.
The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.
Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.
Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See www.portlandschools.org for colleges attended by recent graduates.
The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.
High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.
More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.
Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.
Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.
See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: www.portlandschools.org. Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland.
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