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Community Childhood Learning Place
39 State Street, PO Box 344
Castine, ME 04421
Start Date: May 17, 2021
Successful candidate will be a positive member of a team organizing and delivering quality learning experiences to young children; nurturing the positive development of each child; documenting the process of learning for each child, fostering positive communication between parents and community; and pursuing individual professional development.
Families Together Cooperative Nursery School
1500 West Elmdale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Families Together Cooperative Nursery School (FTCNS, www.ftcns.org) is a DCFS-licensed, NAEYC accredited cooperative preschool that has operated for 20+ years in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The school provides a play-based educational environment where parents and caregivers are integral to the life of the school. At our core is a commitment to equity and anti-oppression practices, genuine collaboration between educators, families and children, and a creative and flexible approach to supporting each child’s cognitive, social and emotional growth. We offer part-day morning and afternoon preschool classes for 90 students, ages 2.5 to 6, along with lunch and after school programs and summer camp.
FTCNS is seeking an inspiring educational leader to serve as our next Director, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. This position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, passionate educator and school leader who is committed to supporting and nurturing early childhood teachers and staff, skilled at working with parents as learning and leadership partners, and deeply understands and promotes the value of play, emergent curriculum, developmentally appropriate practice, and anti-bias education.
This position is full-time beginning July 1, 2021 and will ideally start with part-time orientation and an overlap period with our current (departing) Director and Business Manager in May and June. The FTCNS school year lasts from late-August to the beginning of June with a summer camp until the end of June. The Director works year round with paid winter, spring, and summer vacation time. In addition to leading the school during regular school hours, the Director also leads and/or participates in limited evening and weekend events and is expected to be available outside of business hours to attend to urgent matters.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following key competencies:
STAFF SUPPORT & SUPERVISION
A deep respect for and understanding of the profoundly reflective, joyful, intellectually engaging and challenging work of early childhood teachers in a play-based program with an emergent curriculum model.
An enthusiasm for facilitating high-quality, relevant professional development for early childhood educators at all stages of their career.
An ability to observe and analyze classroom practice, supervise novice and veteran staff, and give feedback with insight, expertise, sensitivity, and a focus on growth.
A skilled approach to supporting teachers in developing strong co-teaching relationships and navigating the inevitable challenges of these partnerships.
STUDENT & FAMILY SUPPORT & COLLABORATION
A strong belief in the importance of honoring the power of play-based learning and children’s ideas and responding to children’s developmental needs through all facets of our school programs.
A welcoming, highly-collaborative, and flexible approach to working with and supporting parent-volunteers in classrooms, committees, and the Board of Directors.
A commitment to full inclusion of children and families with disabilities and an understanding and appreciation for human neurodiversity.
INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
An organized and efficient approach to managing and delegating responsibilities.
A comfort with day-to-day and long-term financial management and developing, monitoring, and working within budgets.
An enthusiastic embrace of technology as a tool for school administration and the skill and patience to troubleshoot technological challenges.
A competent and detail-oriented approach to compliance with city, state, and national licensing and accreditation (NAEYC) standards.
FUNDRAISING & STRATEGIC PLANNING
A capacity to collaborate to define and expand school fundraising goals and implement initiatives to reach those goals and meet current and future institutional needs.
An ability to think strategically as it pertains to financial planning, fundraising, and overall school vision.
An embrace of an approach to institutional growth and change that is visionary, caring, collaborative, realistic, and empowering to others.
MISSION DRIVEN, EQUITY-CENTERED COMMUNICATION & LEADERSHIP
An unwavering focus on guiding the school and making short and long-term decisions that are authentically mission driven and inclusive of diverse perspectives.
A nurturing, empathetic and patient approach to interpersonal exchange.
A commitment to self-reflection and strong analytical problem-solving skills.
An eagerness to apply innovative solutions to meet the needs of the school and all of its stakeholders.
An ability to inspire, inform and communicate with specificity and sensitivity, both verbally and in writing.
An understanding of how to apply equity-centered, anti-bias practices to all aspects of the life of the school.
A devotion to continuously increasing their own cultural competence and inspiring others to do the same.
FTCNS is an employer that is actively engaged in work to nurture and increase our diversity, promote equity, and combat oppression. People of color and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FTCNS provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and job applicants regardless of race, culture, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, military discharge status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
Boulder Journey School, Boulder CO 80304
Start Date: August 2, 2021
The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program is a unique, one-year employment opportunity where you can study the Reggio Emilia Approach in an intimate way through the direct application of Reggio-inspired coursework in an Early Childhood classroom. During this one year, you will earn a Master’s Degree from University of Colorado Denver and a Colorado Teaching License at a significantly reduced tuition rate (non-residents are granted in-state tuition). For more information please visit:
Responsibilities & Duties:
Co-teach with a Mentor Teacher in a classroom and take on the daily responsibilities of a classroom teacher
Design and engage in opportunities for leadership and advocacy in the field of Early Childhood Education
Engage in ongoing collaboration and reflection on teaching practice with a cohort of peers
Co-construct a contextual curriculum with children and adults
Innovate new early childhood practices
Participate in a Study Trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy
Central Michigan University
Mt Pleasant, Michigan
Start Date: August 23, 2021
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies invites applications for a 10-month, tenure- track position at the assistant professor level to begin August 23, 2021. Expertise in teaching young children (birth – 8 years) is required. Successful candidates will be proponents of NAEYC’s developmentally appropriate practices. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in the pedagogy of literacy, science, social studies, and/or math for children in preschool through third grade. We seek a dynamic, highly qualified teacher-scholar whose responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity, student advising, and service to the department, college, and university. Candidates from historically marginalized populations are especially encouraged to apply.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on applied research, teaching, and service. From an ecological perspective, we prepare scholars and professionals in their understanding and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of individuals and their interrelationships. The educational process encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge to improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the life span.
The Children’s Meetinghouse
Start Date: April 15, 2021
The Director will take a leadership role in supporting our teaching staff, children and families, as well as promoting the mission and values of the school. The Director’s role includes faculty leadership, administrative leadership, and communications leadership. The Director should expect to provide regular assistance in the classrooms. To succeed in this collaborative leadership role, candidates should share our common philosophy and practice.
Shirlee Green Preschool at Congregation Shaare Emeth
Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA
Start Date: February 15, 2021
Shirlee Green Preschool is seeking passionate and inspiring educators to join our preschool team.
Acton Silicon Valley, Redwood City, CA
Start Date: August 2, 2021
Acton Academy Silicon Valley is a pre K-5 private school located in Redwood City that provides a truly unique and revolutionary “disruptive” educational model and is affiliated with the Acton Academy Network.
The Reggio Emilia approach and principles permeate throughout the core of our philosophy and practice. We emphasize socratic guidance as opposed to traditional teaching, mixed-aged classrooms with a self-paced curriculum as opposed to grade-levels, and life-oriented quests that culminate in a public exhibition of their learning as opposed to test scores and report cards. Within the boundaries of safe guardrails, students are empowered to be in the driver seat of their learning in an environment that is truly theirs. Moreover, our goal is to support each student on Hero’s Journeys as they seek to find callings and change the world.
We are seeking a full time Reggio Guide who is passionate about guiding children on their independent journey of life-long learning, and who possesses a depth, love, and commitment to Reggio inspiration and materials.
Guides are expected to prepare the learning environment, lead discussions, inspire our heroes to explore, be curious, and take ownership of their learning, and monitor student progress on our self-paced curriculum.
St. Paul School of Northern Lights, St. Paul, Minnesota
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Successful candidates will…
Our learners are competent and curious
Relationships are central to our work as educators
Knowledge is constructed by the learner in a social context
Multiple points of view deepen understanding
The environment drives learning
Communicate effectively, building strong relationships colleagues, students, families, and the broader community
Commit to engaging in conversations and work that challenges and disrupts systemic oppression and oppressive narratives
Enjoy working at both the systems level and with individual staff members
Appreciate uncertainty: value participating in a dynamic and evolving educational process
Demonstrate leadership throughout the school
Demonstrate cultural competence
Possess and foster creativity and imagination
Enjoy work that is active and dynamic
Basic functions and responsibilities:
In collaboration with the School Leader and Teacher Leaders, plan and facilitate staff professional development and collaboration
Support teachers with documentation and developing skills to make student thinking and learning visible to students, families, colleagues and community
Support teachers in developing their understanding and application of Reggio principles
Observe students and teachers in their learning environments and provide job-embedded coaching and feedback
Support teachers in developing plans that align with school philosophies and state standards
Coordinate curriculum, materials and assessments
Collect and analyze data to inform strategic planning
Collaborate with students, families and colleagues in support of students and our community
Attend and facilitate all-school events during the school year
Attend and facilitate community-building and recruitment events during the summer
Serve on the school’s Child Find team
Lead the school’s Pedagogy Committee
5960 SW 71 Street
Miami, FL. 33143
Start Date: February 8, 2021
– Project, organize and propose daily experiences that support children’s development within the intentions of the school.
– Foster positive relationships, interactions and communication between faculty and parents, parents and the children, and children and their peers.
– Serve as a cooperative and supportive member of a team, both within the classroom, and in the school.
– Promote self-professional growth and enrichment by reviewing literature of all sorts as well as about the Reggio Emilia approach. In addition, the school offers the possibility to attend workshops and conferences in USA and other countries.
– Documentation of the class’ experiences. Make visible children’s processes of learning
– Communication with families about the class’ development.
– Develop a creative outlook to self and the experience.
Brooklyn Free Space
298 6th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Brooklyn Free Space is seeking an Executive Educational Director to begin in Summer 2021. The Executive Educational Director is responsible for the overall operation of the BFS program, maintaining a cohesive educational vision for the school, developing and promoting the warm and welcoming culture of BFS, ensuring full enrollment, driving fundraising support for the school’s priorities, and serving as the ambassador of the school to the community. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is deeply committed to early childhood education and also thrives in an advocacy role. We are looking for an experienced, energetic, creative professional.
The ideal candidate will be invigorated by the challenge of working with the Board of Trustees and BFS Steering Committee on a vision for the future while also meeting the current demands of running the school. This is an opportunity to provide expert leadership to promote the BFS mission and approach to learning and teaching while strategically developing relationships with community partners, potential funders, and elected and appointed officials to ensure its continued future success.
– Vision and Long-term Planning: Set and lead the long term vision for BFS; develop and manage an annual operating budget.
– Curriculum and Educational Philosophy: Train and support the teachers in creating a classroom curriculum that reflects the BFS educational philosophy and adheres to developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Prioritize learning through play and hands-on exploration and building upon the core foundation of social and emotional development.
– Supervision of Staff: Oversee all teaching and non-teaching staff, including Operations Manager and Assistant Educational Director.
– Admissions & Budgeting: Manage and consult with Operations Manager to support the admissions process; oversee and approve the annual tuition and service rates and the agenda for yearly budget review with BFS Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees (topics include: financial aid allocation, salaries, benefits packages, expenditure management and financial goals targeting).
– Support Educational Staff: Collaborate with Assistant Educational Director and teaching teams to discuss classroom needs, children and curriculum.
– Oversee Licensing, Health and Safety Requirements
– Oversee Pre-K for All Educational Requirements
– Develop and Maintain Community Partnerships: Build positive relationships and keep open communication with BFS families and caregivers; Foster connections with the larger community (agencies, providers, therapists, other preschool directors, etc.) to receive and share resources and support.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Shorecrest Preparatory School, a PK3-12 independent school of 965 students located in St. Petersburg, Florida, seeks an exceptional educator to lead Shorecrest’s Experiential School of Tampa Bay. The Head of the Experiential School will work closely with the Head of School, the Leadership Team, the Experiential School’s faculty, staff, and students, and the Shorecrest community. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong understanding and appreciation for early childhood education and a commitment to facilitating and cultivating a progressive, positive, and collaborative educational program.
The Experiential School, our preschool program, presently has fourteen faculty and staff members and serves approximately 95 three-to-five-year-old students. The School believes in a child-centered, progressive philosophy of teaching and learning that values children’s interests, ideas, strengths, and uniqueness. Experiential School students are capable, curious, active and engaged thinkers and doers who learn through playful inquiry, explorations, discovery and play. The teachers are progressive educators who are passionate about teaching and learning, advocates for early childhood education, and committed to providing students with an educational experience that shapes lifelong learning.
The ideal candidate embraces a child-centered philosophy of teaching and learning and has experience teaching three and four-year-olds, as well as leadership experience. The candidate will be an experienced educator who demonstrates qualities of excellent leadership, has the desire to grow in an innovative professional learning community, is enthusiastic about teaching and learning, and is current with best practices. The candidate should self-identify as a progressive educator and have familiarity with the Katz and Chard Project Approach and/or the Reggio Emilia philosophy of teaching and learning. The candidate should be committed to inclusion and issues of social justice and embrace DEI teaching practices. The candidate is expected to collaborate with faculty and families, contribute to the support and care of the school community, and commit to Shorecrest’s vision, mission and strategic plan.
Supervise, manage, evaluate and oversee the development of the School’s teachers and support staff
Assist the Head of School with recruitment, selection and orientation of new and replacement faculty and staff
Oversee the evaluation and development of faculty
Oversee curriculum development
Manage budget, Handbook and all regulatory documentation for school
Ensure procedures and policies for faculty, staff, students and families are upheld
Conduct regular staff meetings; serve as a consultant to faculty in manners of classroom management, teaching methods and school procedures
Ensure communication of information that impacts department members, students and families
Oversee teaching material selection and recommend library books, materials and other learning media additions
Provide academic guidance to students and families
Serve as a member of the Administrative team
Maintains expertise in subject matter through professional development
Participate in a variety of school-wide community functions
Assists Enrollment Management Team with tours, observations, selection of students, orientations and parent/guardian support
Communicate and collaborate with The Learning Center
Coordinate grade level representatives for classes and encourages parental volunteers as we as provide roles and guidelines
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Sabot at Stony Point, Richmond, Virginia
Start Date: July 1, 2021
The Director’s essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Pedagogical Approach. Provide leadership, training, and ongoing support for the school’s pedagogical paradigm: a social-constructivist approach in which teachers and students investigate questions, build understanding, and represent and reflect on the shared learning of the group.
Curriculum Development. Work with the faculty to review and develop a curriculum that is coherent with the school’s philosophy and is informed by current research.
Faculty Development. Provide supervision to and support the development of preschool faculty. Facilitate the sharing of ideas and the co-construction of curriculum, provide relevant research, and support the continual improvement of teaching practice. With the support of the Atelierista and the Director of Teaching Learning, lead pedagogical meetings with the preschool faculty.
Recruitment. Support the selection process and onboarding of new teachers and the coordination of orientation and training.
Research. Engage in action research by generating hypotheses and questions, documenting the work of the program, and reflecting individually and collaboratively.
Engagement. Engage with the Sabot at Stony Point faculty through faculty development and community-wide events to forward the work of the school. Engage with the larger field of progressive education to disseminate Sabot’s work and remain conversant in best practices.
Program Coordination. Coordinate with the Licensing Manager and Auxiliary Program Manager in supporting the development and implementation of extended day and extracurricular programming. Ensure licensing requirements are met.
Student Support. Work with faculty to respond to and manage concerns and issues. Effectively communicate with teachers and families about student concerns and well-being, and mediate any disagreements or misunderstandings. Maintain student confidentiality.
Communication with Parents. Be visible, approachable, and available. Observe and listen to the intentions of the children in order to support learning in both individual and collaborative work. Conduct parent dialogues, parent conferences, and other communications as dictated by issues or student needs.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. Uphold the school’s commitment to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to working in a multicultural environment.
Crescent Park Child Development Center, Palo Alto CA
Start Date: March 1, 2021
Crescent Park is an innovative, Reggio-inspired, play-based early childhood education program for children (18 months to five years) and families of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Nestled in the heart of Palo Alto, Crescent Park welcomes over 150 families each year who partner with us to provide a high-quality, progressive approach to education. We are known for our rich, “magical”, engaging environments and Indoor/Outdoor flow, where the educators are stationary and the children flow naturally through the spaces. Not only are children granted the opportunity to explore their environment freely, but this flow gives educators the opportunity to build a unique culture within their spaces–the Construction Lab, Outdoor Classroom, Art Studio, and Light/Resource Space–alongside the support of their co-teachers.
Educators are given an incredible amount of creative freedom and flexibility within their work, and are encouraged to tie their unique passions and interests as individuals into their work with children. We’re seeking self-starters who value collaboration, innovative thinking, a passion for working with children, and who are eager to partner with us in cultivating an intentional learning community.
Manglares Discovery School
Located in Playa Venao, a beach town in coastal Panama
Start Date: February 1, 2021
Panama’s borders have reopened, and we’re looking for an adventurous, fun, and creative early education teacher to join us!
If you believe in developing the whole child, love working with children aged 3 to 7, believe that life is an adventure, love nature, believe in the hidden potential of children, and want to try living in a tropical paradise, this position might be a great fit for you!
The position requires relocation to Panama. The rural location has been minimally affected by the pandemic so life is somewhat normal.
Together, we are empowering exceptional education.