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Lead Homeschool Teacher

 
 

SEEKING LEAD TEACHER FOR 3 DAY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM

Part-time

Core Beliefs: Abundant Beginnings believes it is a child's right to explore their interests and create lasting relationships within an atmosphere of support and freedom. Our central commitments are to provide education that centers social and environmental justice, creates constructive engagements across difference, and cultivates connections to the earth and our ancestral ecological practices. 


Children’s Voices: Our children are looking for a dynamic, caring teacher who will enthusiastically engage with them both as a guide and as a learner. Someone who will happily get onto the forest floor with the kids to play, while at the same time skillfully creating a safe space both physically and emotionally for all of their needs. Our children want a teacher who understands that every kid learns differently and is able to change the way they teach to fit the way that each of them learns. Our children want a teacher who doesn’t get too frustrated with conflict, but can calmly help them solve their problems. Our children want a teacher who can help them learn about science, rocks, plants, dangerous animals and the history of resistance. They say the teacher needs to be someone who understands Black People and their Power and can understand multiple identities. Our children want a teacher who enjoys dancing, acting and singing and who can bring the arts into their learning. 


Nuts and Bolts:
Teaching Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 8:30 to 3pm, September 2018 through May 2019

Collaboration and Prep Hours: 3-5 hours per week

Location: The Gardens at Lake Merritt, Joaquin Miller Forest, and surrounding community areas

Explorations Ages: 8 to 10 years old

Compensation: Part-time, $25-35 per hour, depending on experience


Curriculum Structure: The beginning of each Inquiry Arc will start with a broad exploration of the theme. Teachers may invite experts to share their perspectives or plan experiences that allow our students to interact firsthand with the theme. Towards the end of the 6-8 week exploration phase, students will start to focus their interests on a specific topic, perspective, or question that can fuel a long-term project. During the creation phase students will collaborate in teams to work on their inquiry projects. The teacher’s role during this phase is to provide the tools – physical, mental and academic– that the students need to be able to accomplish their projects. The end of each inquiry cycle will conclude with individual and group reflection. Students (and teachers) extensively document their work from inspiration to completion and work together to synthesize what they have learned into a public exposition. Students will lead rich literacy lives throughout the entire Inquiry Arc, with reading and writing instruction focused on facilitating the children’s abilities to pursue their own learning goals. Math explorations will be included when the inquiry arc lends itself to mathematical thinking. 


Requirements: 
• 5+ years of experience teaching elementary age children, preferably based in inquiry learning
• Passionate about teaching and life-long learner who actively pursues new knowledge in the field
• Deep understanding of or connection to the racial/ethnic/cultural identities of our students
• Open-minded ally to all of our families including LGBT families, single-parent families, mixed race families and families created through adoption. 
• Confident and comfortable in the wilderness, preferably with experience in wilderness skills and knowledge of the environment. 
• Extensive experience in the arts (either visual or performance) preferably with experience integrating the arts into teaching children. 
• Skilled emotion coach with trauma-informed understanding of child development
• BA in Education or related field, BCLAD credential and/or Masters a plus

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Kristina Mundera at kris@abundantbeginnnings.org.

Thank you for your interest!