The Page School Instructor teaches high school students appointed to the Senate Page Program. Work includes developing curriculum and activities to enhance the educational and work experience of students from across the nation from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. Work is bound by Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures; the U.S. Senate Handbook; the Senate Ethics Manual; Senate Page School procedures, practices, and guidelines; and federal and District of Columbia laws, regulations, and ordinances, but requires independent judgment in setting priorities and handling assignments.
Provide instruction, remediation, and evaluation of Senate Pages in mathematics; develop and implement curriculum for significantly compressed classroom schedules; modify curriculum and/or schedules as needed to support academic achievement and the Senate schedule; determine appropriate evaluation and testing methods for materials; prepare lesson plans; and select and utilize appropriate materials, equipment, and technology to enhance learning.
Consult with colleagues on issues regarding student achievement and well-being; and coordinate scheduling with colleagues when the Senate schedule impacts classroom lectures or testing.
Prepare departmental budget requests and justification for approval by Principal.
Communicate with teachers and counselors in students’ home states; and research and resolve concerns regarding student skill level, course placement, performance, or conduct.
Communicate with parents throughout the semester to discuss student achievement and welfare.
Prepare students’ interim progress reports and report cards.
Tutor students as needed in class and assist students with preparation for advanced placement and college testing.
Prepare individualized college recommendation letters for students.
Plan, coordinate, and supervise student field trips.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in an office environment and requires the use of normal safety precautions to avoid everyday risks and discomforts. Work requires frequent walking, standing, bending, and carrying items up to 25 pounds, as well as regular use of typical office equipment, software programs, and methods of communication such as a computer, e-mail, telephone, photocopier, and fax machine. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required for performance of duties. Work also requires physical presence in the office, except as otherwise required by the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.
Work requires a bachelor’s degree in relevant academic area and three to five years of secondary classroom instruction at the college preparatory and advanced placement level and the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of current national requirements and trends in secondary education.
Knowledge of the Senate as an institution and role of the Senate Page.
Ability to work early morning hours and occasional weekends.
Ability to maintain a positive learning environment.
Ability to use computers and relevant computer software. Ability to use a graphing calculator.
Ability to effectively instruct and guide students.
Ability to deal with others using tact and diplomacy.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to pass background investigation for working with minors.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Certification to teach a secondary school subject.
Current CPR and AED certification or ability to obtain such certifications.
About U.S. Senate Page School
U.S. Senate Page Program
Living away from home and attending school with students from across the country allows Pages to experience a myriad of new ideas, perspectives, and issues. Pages meet some of the Nation's most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates of the United States Senate, often referred to as the "greatest deliberative body in the world."
Page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties include taking messages for Members, calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. Pages are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $26,503.
There are four established page sessions. The academic year consists of two semesters which run from early September through mid-January and from mid-January through mid-June. The summer program consists of two sessions which are three or four weeks duration depending on the legislative calendar.
Following classes at the Senate Page School, which extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate, Pages report for duty to their respective cloakrooms and work until 4:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day, whichever is later.