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Design Lab Teacher (Secondary) at Advanced Learning Academy
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Design Lab Teacher (Secondary) at Advanced Learning Academy


Job Description

Position Title: Teacher, Technology Applications

Job Title: Teacher, Technology Applications

Function: Instruction

Reports to: Campus Principal

Terms of Employment: 

  • Follow the instructional calendar as approved by the School Board and no less than 187 days per school year. 
  • Probationary-Educator employment agreement 
  • Salary is in the Teacher Salary Schedule on the SAISD Compensation Plan as applicable with consideration for directly related experience

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Funding Source: This position is locally funded

Position Summary

The Technology Applications (TA:TEKS) teacher is responsible for facilitating student learning of the Technology Application TEKS as well as joining into collaborative relationships with teaching staff to provide support for the integration of technology into instructional activities of the school. The duties and responsibilities of an Advanced Learning Academy High School Design Teacher involves instruction directly related to design thinking, project-based learning, and preparing students for industry certifications in Adobe Creative Cloud. Teachers develop and implement interdisciplinary projects that create opportunities for students to use the design-thinking process to solve real-world problems.

Essential Functions / Key Responsibilities

  1. Implements the SAISD online Technology Applications: TEKS curriculum.
  2. Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the learning experiences of pupils in the curricular area of technology applications as defined by the district and state. 
  3. Model integration of technology hardware, software, and digital resources in the classroom daily.
  4. Uses technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process. 
  5. Seek and utilize opportunities for further professional growth through in-service education, participation in professional organizations, further study, and supervisory and consultative services provided by the district. 
  6. The TA Teacher should be knowledgeable of the TA TEKS for the three different grade level clusters. 
  7. The TA Teacher should have knowledge of age-appropriate hardware and software applications, especially the Windows computer platform and MS Office software suite. 
  8. The TA Teacher will use communication tools in collaboration with others to create a technology rich learning environment. 
  9. The TA Teacher will equip students to use cutting-edge technology and computer applications. 
  10. The TA Teacher effectively models and applies classroom teaching methodology and curriculum models that promotes active student learning through the integration of technology and addresses the varied learning needs of all students. 
  11. The TA Teacher administers appropriate technology related assessments on an ongoing basis and uses the result to design and improve instruction.
  12. The TA Teacher has knowledge of digital learning competencies in Internet research, graphics, animation and video technology. 
  13. Analyzes formative data to provide targeted instruction based on students’ individual needs. 
  14. Presents students with instructional strategies that engage, motivate and support students in their mastery of the standards. 
  15. Develops and implements lesson plans that address the learning styles of all students. 
  16. Prepares lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in learning styles. 
  17. Presents subject matter according to guidelines established by The Texas Education Agency, Board
  18.  Policies, and Administrative Regulations. 
  19. Plans and uses appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned. 
  20. Conducts assessment of each student’s learning and uses results to plan appropriate and targeted instructional activities especially in the core content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. 
  21. Works cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curricula as needed for special education students according to guidelines established in the Individual Education Plans (IEP). 
  22. Works with campus and district staff to address the needs of English language learners. 
  23. Uses technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process. 
  24. Works as part of a campus problem-solving, solution-finding team that develops appropriate learning experiences and support for all students. 
  25. Performs other related duties as assigned within the appropriate skill and experience capabilities expected for this position.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate with required endorsements for subject and level assigned 
  • Demonstrated competency in core subject area assigned 
  • Student teaching, approved internship 
  • No Teaching Experience: Favorable recommendation from an educational programsupervisor 
  • 1-2 Years of Teaching Experience: The summative evaluation scores must be at “proficient” or above in four of sixteen dimensions with no “improvement needed” in any dimension using TTESS or a comparable performance evaluation tool 
  • 3 or More Years of Teaching Experience: The summative evaluation scores must be at “proficient” or above in nine of sixteen dimensions with no “improvement needed” in any dimension using TTESS or a comparable performance evaluation tool
  • Candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by the employee

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to manage a variety of learning spaces including Traditional Classrooms, Computer Lab, Audio/Video Lab, Outdoor Learning Space, and Makerspace with Woodworking, 3D Printing, and Fabric Arts Tools
  • Ability to model, deliver, and craft rich student-centered learning experiences.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, and Premier Pro. 
  • Ability to create and implement strategies for weaving design thinking experiences into multi-disciplinary curricula.
  • Ability to implement the ALA Graduate Portfolio System in the design class and across the grade-level team of teachers. 
  • Knowledge of subject(s) to which assigned 
  • Knowledge of curriculum and instruction 
  • Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior 
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to adjust and be flexible to a multitude of situations in the school environment 
  • Alternative methods of performing the position as assigned

Working Conditions

Work Environment:

  • Computer, computer software programs and peripherals, teacher resource materials and equipment, copier, fax, and other equipment applicable to position.
  • Frequent exposure to: temperature extremes (hot and cold), humidity extremes, noise. Occasional exposure to: biological hazards (communicable diseases, bacteria, insects, mold, fungi, etc.

Physical Demands/Requirements:

  • Maintain emotional control under stress; work with frequent interruptions/deadlines and prolonged or irregular hours; Frequent walking, standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing; Occasional: Lifting and carrying 10-25 pounds frequently, 25-40 pounds occasionally, more than 45 pounds infrequently with assistance; Pushing/pulling 10-35 pounds sporadically; May be required under specific circumstances to provide physical restraint of students in danger of causing harm to themselves or others; Frequent districtwide and occasional statewide travel.

Supervisory Responsibilities / Direct Reports

Supervise students and monitor workflow of instructional assistants as appropriate


San Antonio ISD is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, appearance, immigration/citizenship status, home language, socioeconomic status, or disability in its educational programs, services, and District business functions.

Information on persons designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies can be found within SAISD Board Policies DIA(EXHIBIT) or FFH(EXHIBIT), available online at:

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