SILVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT 802 Schlador Street Silverton, OR 97381 Phone: (503) 873-5303 | Fax: (503) 873-2936 TEACHER EMPLOYMENT PROCEDURE July, 2009 1. Goal: The goal of this procedure is to employ and assign qualified individuals to fill vacancies in Silver Falls School District 4J. 2. Job Opening Notifications: As a teaching vacancy develops or is anticipated, it is advertised to probationary and permanent district staff and, as necessary, publicly. 3. Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted by the District Office from any individual who is eligible for a valid Oregon teaching license. Applicants to core content positions must also meet highly qualified federal requirements. In order to be given full consideration for employment, a complete current application must be on file which would contain the following: - Completed online EdZapp application. The Educator’s Resource for Employment website: http://www.edzapp.com - Completed Silver Falls School District Teacher Application mailed to address above with following application materials: - Employee Background Information Form, - Current resumé, - Current recommendation letter from most recent supervisor, - Two additional letters of reference, - Unofficial transcripts (unless hired, then official transcripts), - Copy of current (not expired) Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsements for position applied. 4. Qualifications and Eligibility 4.1 License to Teach in Oregon: Having a valid Oregon teaching license, appropriate to the assignment, is required to hold a teaching position in the Silver Falls School District. An offer of employment will be made only to an individual who possesses a valid Oregon teaching license appropriate for the assignment. Any applicant who does not hold a current, valid Oregon teaching license, should contact the License 4. Qualifications and Eligibility – cont. Section, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, State of Oregon, 465 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301 (telephone 503 - 378-3586), www.tspc.state.or.us, to determine eligibility for a teaching license in Oregon. Each applicant is requested to notify the District Office in writing of any change in status or address. 4.2 Special Qualifications: Having coaching experience, a background with special student activities, or being bilingual may become an added qualification to some teaching positions. 4.3 Employment Eligibility Verification: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employers in the United States to hire only American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in the United States. If you are employed by Silver Falls School District, you will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), and to provide a current document or documents that establish your identity and employment eligibility before you report to work. These documents are listed on the back of the I-9 form and establish both identity and employment eligibility. These documents appear in List A below. Other documents establish identity alone (List B) or employment eligibility alone (List C). If you cannot provide a document from List A, then you must produce one from List B and one from List C. List A 1. United States Passport 2. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship 3. Certificate of Naturalization 4. Unexpired foreign passport with attached Employment Authorization 5. Alien Registration Card with photo List B List C 1. A state-issued driver's license or 1. Original Social Security Number photo, or information including Card (other than a card stating name, sex, date of birth, height, it is not valid for employment weight, and color of eyes. (Specify 2. A birth certificate issued by a state _____________________________ state, county, or municipal 2. U.S. Military Card authority bearing a seal or 3. Other (specify document and issuing other certification authority) 3. Unexpired INS Employment Authorization 5. Screening, Interviews, and Selection: An applicant who has a complete application file will have his/her file reviewed by the school Principal and/or designee(s). Screened finalists are normally interviewed by a team of teachers and the building principal and/or designee. After appropriate interviews, reference, and background checks the name of the individual recommended for employment will be forwarded to the district office. This selection must be approved by the school board. 6. Criminal History Verification: All applicants are to fill out the district Employee Background Information form as part of the application procedures. This information will be used for district background checking purposes for all applicants considered for employment. Silver Falls School District 4J Employee Background Information Form You must respond to each question with accurate and honest information. Failure to provide information or providing inaccurate information will result in the denial of your application. If you are already employed and it is determined that you have provided incomplete or inaccurate information, this determination will result in your termination as an employee. Please type your full and complete name including middle name: Date of Birth: Social Security Number: Driver’s License Number: Place of Birth (City & State): For Volunteers - Volunteering at which school/schools: List any other names you have used including maiden name if one: Name: Name: Name: Name: Name: Your home address: Home Phone: Other Ph. #: List any other States you have lived in other than Oregon and the times in which you lived there: (If additional space is needed, use the Comments section on next page) State: Year(s): State: Year(s): State: Year(s): State: Year(s): Have you ever been arrested for or charged with a crime? Yes No *Note* Actions taken by you or by others on your behalf, to Expunge, Set-Aside or clear records of arrest or prosecution Does Not remove your obligation to respond honestly to this question. (If additional space is needed, use the Comments section on next page). Crime: Year: Location (City & State): Crime: Year: Location (City & State): Have you ever been under Court Order prohibiting your contact with a person or place, such as a Restraining Order, Stalking Order or a “No Contact” Order? Yes No If Yes, what was the nature of the action and where and when did this take place? Nature (such as Restraining or Stalking Order): Location (City & State): Year: Nature (such as Restraining or Stalking Order): Location (City & State): Year: Have you ever had your driving privileges revoked or suspended in this or any other state? Yes No Reason why Suspended or Revoked: Location (City & State): Year: Reason why Suspended or Revoked: Location (City & State): Year: Comments - is there any information that you wish the Background Investigator or the District to consider regarding any of your responses on this document or about any information that will be discovered during the investigation? (Type your name on first line and sign and date at the bottom of this authorization for release of information) I , state that all the information on this form is accurate and complete and is provided in good faith. Through my signature below I authorize the Silver Falls School District, Willamette Education Service District and their representatives to investigate this information. Further, with my signature I give irrevocable consent to all governmental agencies, public or private companies and individuals to release information regarding me to the Willamette Education Service District and to their representative, Protective Research, Inc. _______________________________________ _______________________ Signature Date PLEASE MAIL THIS FORM WITH YOUR APPLICATION AND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO: Silver Falls School District, Attn: Personnel Office, 802 Schlador Street, Silverton, OR 97381 TEACHER APPLICATION SILVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT 4J Administration Office Phone: (503) 873-5303 802 Schlador Street FAX: (503) 873-2936 Silverton, Oregon 97381 Internet Address: http://www.silverfalls.k12.or.us Reasonable accommodations will be made when needed by applicant to complete this application. Silver Falls School District complies with provisions of the various civil rights laws, such as the Fair Employment Practices Act, Title IX Regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of PL 93.112 in employment and educational programs and activities. Name: E-Mail Address: Address: Street: City: State: Zip: Home Phone: Work Phone: Teaching Area(s): (e.g., elementary, special education, etc.) Oregon Teaching License: Endorsement(s): Authorization Levels: University Undergraduate GPA: University Graduate GPA (if applicable): Application Instructions In order for your application to be complete, you must complete the online EdZapp application, employee background information form, and this application. Please provide current resume, recommendation letter from most recent supervisor, two additional letters of reference and copy of transcripts. Also provide a copy of current (not expired) Oregon Teaching License with appropriate endorsement and authorization level for position applied. NOTE: This application will not be considered if this application and the above required documents are incomplete. Please refer to teacher employment procedure (inside) for application details. SIGNATURE LINES MUST BE SIGNED. Applications remain active for one year. They are kept on file for three years and then destroyed. You may reactivate a file within that three year period by phoning the District Office or by sending updated information. I understand that criminal history checks are required by law and board policy. Any fees associated with criminal history records checks and fingerprinting, not to exceed actual costs, shall be the responsibility of the individual. AUTHORIZATION TO CHECK WORK HISTORY AND RELEASE OF PRIOR EMPLOYERS: I authorize Silver Falls School District to check my references and to investigate any information provided in my application for employment. I further authorize my past employers or anyone with information about my work history, education or qualifications to provide such information to Silver Falls School District in response to their inquiry. I agree to hold harmless from any liability (suit, claim or other action) anyone supplying such information to Silver Falls School District. The facts set forth on this application for employment are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that if employed, false statements on this application shall be considered sufficient cause of immediate termination. ________________________________________________________ _____________________________________ Signature Date Candidate’s Statements: The following questions are designed to help the Silver Falls School District know you as a person and as a professional. Your concise and candid responses are very important to us. 1. What makes you a strong candidate for this position? 2. What do you consider to be your major strengths as a teacher and what areas do you need additional growth? 3. Please provide examples of methods or approaches to establish and maintain the following instructional components: Rigor – Relevance – Respectful Relationships – 4. How do you differentiate instruction to address the varied needs of all learners (including Special Education, TAG, ESL)? 5. Describe intervention methods you would use when students are not learning. 6. What is the value you place on professional collaboration? Please describe examples that you have experienced. Have you ever had a professional certificate, credential or license (of any kind) revoked or suspended or have you been placed on probationary basis for any alleged misconduct or alleged violation of professional standards of conduct? Yes No Have you ever been investigated by Teacher Standards & Practices Commission? Yes No __________________________________________________________ _____________________ Signature Date THE COMMUNITY The Silver Falls School District is 240 square miles in size and located in Marion and Clackamas Counties at the east edge of the rich and beautiful Willamette Valley. Much of the district is nestled in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains. In the center of the district lies the community of Silverton, 14 miles from the Silver Falls State Park, 42 miles south of Portland, and 14 miles east of Salem, Oregon’s capital. Silverton is noted for many estate style homes on tree shaded streets and Silver Creek running through its downtown core. Silverton has police and fire departments, a library, a nationally recognized hospital, and many businesses serving the entire Silver Falls District area. North and east of Silverton lie the communities of Monitor, Marquam (Butte Creek School), and Scotts Mills. Monitor includes a rural fire station, general store, and several businesses including the Monitor Telephone Company. Marquam includes the MarKum Inn and Marquam Methodist Church. Scotts Mills is an incorporated city that includes a rural fire station, general store, post office, and several businesses. South and west of Silverton are the communities of Drakes Crossing (Silver Crest School), Victor Point, Evergreen, Pratum, Central Howell, and Bethany. Drakes Crossing, Pratum and Victor Point include rural fire stations. Each of the District’s rural communities has a K-8 elementary school. Within the city of Silverton are three larger schools: Eugene Field Elementary (K-3), Robert Frost (4-6), and Mark Twain Middle (7-8). Each of the rural schools and Mark Twain Middle School feed into Silverton High School. It is also located in the city of Silverton and offers a solid breadth of curriculum highlighted by programs in agricultural sciences, business education, fine and performing arts, and technology. The school also hosts a variety of extra-curricular activities including clubs, sports and student government. The old high school was replaced with a new high school in 2009. The economy within the School District is diversified. Agriculture is the largest local industry and includes production of Christmas trees, grass seed, sod, berries, vegetables, nursery plants, forest and a variety of livestock. There are some small industries as well as retail stores and restaurants in and adjacent to Silverton. Many residents are employed in Salem or the Portland metropolitan area. Higher education opportunities are also available in nearly communities. Numerous two-year public colleges and four-year public and private universities are within easy driving distance of Silverton. Recreation is a feature point of the area. Silverton has a city park, municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, movie theater, bowling center, and an organized summer youth recreation program. Also close by is the Evergreen Golf Course, Silver Falls State Park (Oregon’s largest state park), and the Oregon Garden (a botanical garden that showcases Oregon’s nursery industry). The Moonstone Resort is located within the Oregon Garden, and it includes lodging, conference rooms and a restaurant. An hour’s winter drive in one direction brings you to snow and skiing in the Cascade Mountains. In the summer, hiking, fishing and camping are available. An hour-and-a- half drive in the opposite direction brings you to the Oregon beaches.