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Job Opportunity: Science Education Teaching Assistant Positions Available for Young Scientists Program

Published on June 19, 2011

USC ReadersPLUS is searching for five undergraduate students with at least one year to commit to the Young Scientists Program. The Science Education Teaching Assistants will assist in implementing hands-on science lessons for 4th and 5th graders in the USC Family of Schools, including Weemes and Vermont Elementary Schools. These lessons will support teachers and students in reaching the goal of implementing effective science instruction into their classrooms. The objective is that the science labs at these schools will serve as a model for other school sites and will lead to increased science activities in all of USC's Family of Schools. Undergraduate students will teach science labs to a group off about 25 elementary school students.

This position requires:

  • An interest in the field of education and science.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • A self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently.
  • 5 hours per week available to dedicate to the position (pay rate is $8/hour).
  • Attendance at brief weekly staff meetings to review the science labs.
  • Deadline to apply: August 15, 2011.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Teach meaningful, hands-on science lessons that will be implemented in the school Science Lab.
  • Organizing and maintaining the Science Lab at the school.
  • Assisting classroom teachers and students with activities in the Science Lab to promote the development of science education.
  • Other responsibilities which match specific program needs.

To apply, contact Tina Koneazny, Assistant Director of JEP (Joint Educational Project), at

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