Monday, June 19, 2017

Lesley WonderLab Part-Time Position

Lesley WonderLab STEAM Educator

In this position you will assist in program development and teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) for Wonder Lab, an afterschool initiative for children in grades k-6 that meets Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in University Hall on the Porter Square campus. You will work under the guidance and support of Community Arts Graduate Laura Kathrein, and Professors, Amy Mertl, Susan Rauchwerk, Nicole Weber. Learn how to engage children in authentic science research and teach a wide variety of interdisciplinary, arts-integrated STEAM activities.

Duties include the following:
  • Support curriculum development and implementation
  • Help create and support a safe and engaging learning environment
  • Assist students in problem solving, brainstorming, designing and sharing ideas.
  • Help organize and maintain the learning space
  • Prepare and clean up curriculum materials and activities
  • Teach the students how to care for the equipment and to pick up after class.
  • provide individualized attention and support to participants by supporting active participation
  • keep attendance records
  • Help supervise group activities
  • Work closely with other WonderLab staff to attend to children’s and family needs
  • Take responsibility for all equipment, supplies, and cleanliness of program areas
  • Complete reporting requirements such as daily attendance, weekly lesson plan charts etc
  • Attend planning meetings and trainings
  • carry out administrative tasks as needed including:
    o coordinatingLesleystudentfield-basedassignmentschedule o educationandscienceresearchdatacollection
    o busdrop-offandpickup
    o registrationandbilling
    o websiteupdates
    o developcommunityoutreach
    o helpstudentscreateweeklybulletins o marketing 

    The STEAM Wonder Lab Teaching Assistant will receive training, mentoring and guidance from both science education and science faculty. They will receive training in current STEAM education methods and help develop and implement a wide variety of integrated, interdisciplinary activities designed to educate and empower students in STEM learning. Learn how to conduct and support science research in water and soil chemistry, ant distribution and abundance, plant phenology, environmental literacy and sense of place. Receive training in education research methods and implementation, and learn how to support data collection and analysis to help document student learning over time. Collaborate with other Lesley students who will also be involved in working with children as part of their field-based assignments.
    Job Expectations
  • Attend six trainings and program meetings during the semester (paid)
  • Serve as a supportive mentor and role model to students in the program
  • exhibit self-control, respect, dignity and professionalism
  • Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or ability
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be respectful of people’s time. Arrive and end on time. And be available to work assigned hours
  • Build positive relationships with parents, children, and coworkers.
  • Respect the facility and equipment.
  • Report any problems that arise with the WonderLab coordinator.

    • Must be a Lesley student
    • Prior experience working with elementary age children in a formal or informal setting such as
      classroom aid, babysitting, camp, nanny, museum, outdoor education center, afterschool, etc.
    • Interest/experience in science education, science, technology, engineering, arts and/or math
      We have afternoon positions available ranging from 5-10 hours a week from September –December and/ OR January-June. Your schedule is consistent for the semester, and based upon your availability and program needs. Pay rate is consistent with Lesley fellowships at the rate of $11-12/hour based on prior experience.
      For more information, contact any of the professors listed above.
      Send cover letter and resume to: Susan Rauchwerk and Laura Kathrein at

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