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Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  1. I have a bachelor's from an accredited or pre-accredited institution that included or was supplemented by supervised student teaching, and at least one course in each of the following areas: general psychology, human development, history and/or philosophy of education, and teaching methods at the learning level of the position to be filled, i.e., elementary or secondary learning level. For secondary school teaching positions, applicants must also have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in each of the principal fields of instruction.
  2. OR

  3. I have a combination of education and experience--Applicants who have completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree, but who do not meet the specific course requirements shown above meet minimum qualification requirements if they have completed at least one full academic year of professional teaching experience at the elementary or secondary school level as appropriate to the position to be filled. Professional teaching experience is defined as full and primary responsibility for the instruction of assigned students under general supervision in a recognized or accredited school or other accredited educational institution. This includes responsibility for preparation and presentation of lessons and the evaluation of students' progress throughout the learning period, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria.
  4. OR

  5. I have a teacher certification or licensure in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in C.
  4. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, B, or C.


NOTE:ALL applicants using Option A or B to qualifyMUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants using Option C to qualify, MUST submit proof of Teacher certification or licensure. Your documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?

  1. Yes
  2. No


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.Teachers develop and modify curricula to meet the diverse learning needs of students. They use their knowledge of curriculum design to develop courses appropriate for adult learners. They modify curriculum by creating supplemental activities and assessing student progress. They teach in multiple program areas so they develop lessons using audiovisual aides, group discussion, and computer assisted instruction. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used existing course objectives; and/or I have administered assessment tools to determine entering skills; and/or I have assisted in the selection of the curriculum.
  2. I have assisted in the development and implementation of course objectives for others; and/or I have assisted in implementing assessment tools for others; and/or I have assisted in creating supplemental activities for others; and/or I have assisted in identifying learning strategies and materials for others.
  3. I have independently developed and implemented course objectives; and/or I have identified and implemented entrance assessment tools for my own use; and/or I have developed/modified course material for my own use.
  4. None of the above.


4.Teachers plan and conduct an educational program based on the assessment data of students, knowledge of teaching strategies, learning styles, and student interests. Lessons address the unique needs of the students and progress is regularly documented. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed lesson plans with supplemental activities; and/or I have identified the remedial needs and interests of the students; and/or I have documented student progress through reports and re-testing; and/or I have modified curriculum based on student remedial needs.
  2. I have interpreted assessment data; and/or I have developed a portion of the education program; and/or I have monitored education program progress.
  3. I have developed lesson plans based upon student needs; and/or I have used supplemental activities to remediate deficits; and/or I have assessed student progress through formal re-testing.
  4. None of the above.


5.Teachers utilize a variety of assessment measures to develop effective education plans for their students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have independently selected, administered and scored formal and informal diagnostic tests; and/or I have developed remedial strategies for my own use; and/or I have assessed progress by assisting with retesting using formal assessment measures.
  2. I have selected, administered and scored formal and informal diagnostic tests for specific classes and one level; and/or I have interpreted assessment results; and/or I have developed one appropriate remedial strategy used by others.
  3. I have assisted in selecting, administering and scoring informal classroom assessments; and/or I have used remedial strategies suggested by others; and/or I have assessed progress through informal measures.
  4. None of the above.


6.In a correctional setting, teachers provide instruction to a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have taught students from diverse backgrounds; and/or I have encouraged open discussions of various cultures/ backgrounds; and/or I have used supplemental activities to integrate diverse content and perspectives.
  2. I have developed curriculum appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds; and/or I have developed supplemental activities in order to integrate diverse content and perspective; and/or I have developed and tailored motivational techniques for a diverse student population.
  3. I have provided diverse speakers for classes; and/or I have identified and intervened when cultural differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives through communication/ discussions in the classroom; and/or I have worked as a translator.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 11
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  1. I have a bachelor's from an accredited or pre-accredited institution that included or was supplemented by supervised student teaching, and at least one course in each of the following areas: general psychology, human development, history and/or philosophy of education, and teaching methods at the learning level of the position to be filled, i.e., elementary or secondary learning level. For secondary school teaching positions, applicants must also have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in each of the principal fields of instruction.
  2. OR

  3. I have a combination of education and experience--Applicants who have completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree, but who do not meet the specific course requirements shown above meet minimum qualification requirements if they have completed at least one full academic year of professional teaching experience at the elementary or secondary school level as appropriate to the position to be filled. Professional teaching experience is defined as full and primary responsibility for the instruction of assigned students under general supervision in a recognized or accredited school or other accredited educational institution. This includes responsibility for preparation and presentation of lessons and the evaluation of students' progress throughout the learning period, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria.
  4. OR

  5. I have a teacher certification or licensure in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in C.
  4. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, B, or C.


NOTE:ALL applicants using Option A or B to qualifyMUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants using Option C to qualify, MUST submit proof of Teacher certification or licensure. Your documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?

  1. Yes
  2. No


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.Teachers develop and modify curricula to meet the diverse learning needs of students. They use their knowledge of curriculum design to develop courses appropriate for adult learners. They modify curriculum by creating supplemental activities and assessing student progress. They teach in multiple program areas so they develop lessons using audiovisual aides, group discussion, and computer assisted instruction. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have modified course objectives; and/or I have identified entrance assessment tools; and/or I have used course material developed/modified by others.
  2. I have developed and implemented course objectives for a variety of courses; and/or I have developed assessment tools; and/or I have developed and organized curriculum content; and/or I have used a variety of learning strategies.
  3. I have independently developed and implemented course objectives; and/or I have implemented assessment tools; and/or I have created supplemental activities for modified curriculum; and/or I have tailored course materials to meet modified curriculum; and/or I have identified learning strategies and materials.
  4. None of the above.


4.Teachers plan and conduct an educational program based on the assessment data of students, knowledge of teaching strategies, learning styles, and student interests. Lessons address the unique needs of the students and progress is regularly documented. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have instructed others in conducting assessments; and/or I have developed education programs using a variety of strategies; and/or I have led other professionals in developing lessons addressing different instructional needs; and/or I have instructed others in identifying student strengths and weaknesses.
  2. I have interpreted assessment data; and/or I have developed a portion of the education program; and/or I have monitored education program progress.
  3. I have developed lesson plans with supplemental activities; and/or I have identified the remedial needs and interests of the students; and/or I have documented student progress through reports and re-testing; and/or I have modified curriculum based on student remedial needs.
  4. None of the above.


5.Teachers utilize a variety of assessment measures to develop effective education plans for their students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have participated with the administration and scoring of formal and informal diagnostic tests; and/ or I have participated in developing remedial strategies; and/or I have participated in assessing progress by assisting with retesting using formal assessment measures.
  2. I have selected, administered and scored formal and informal diagnostic tests for a variety of classes and levels; and/or I have interpreted assessment results for other professionals; and/or I have developed a variety of appropriate remedial strategies for other professionals; and/or I have provided expertise to other professionals to evaluate student progress.
  3. I have selected, administered and scored formal and informal diagnostic tests for specific classes; and/or I have interpreted assessment results; and/or I have independently developed a variety of appropriate remedial strategies for my own use; and/or I have assessed progress using formal and informal measures.
  4. None of the above.


6.In a correctional setting, teachers provide instruction to a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided instructor-skills training to teach others regarding teaching students of a diverse background; and/or I have demonstrated how to develop curriculum and supplemental activities to integrate diverse content and perspectives; and/or I have taught ways to develop communication skill in dealing with diverse backgrounds; and/or I have developed and taught motivational techniques to encourage students to explore and explain their unique backgrounds.
  2. I have developed curriculum appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds; and/or I developed supplemental activities in order to integrate diverse content and perspective; and/or I have independently developed and tailored motivational techniques for diverse student populations.
  3. Using curriculum developed by others, I have taught students from diverse backgrounds; and/or I have encouraged open discussions of various cultures/ backgrounds; and/or I have used supplemental activities developed by others to integrate diverse content and perspectives.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Other


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