THE ATTIC LEARNING COMMUNITY Nurturing in children a sense of self, a passion for learning, community, and childhood.
Are you seeking a teaching and learning position in a progressive child-centered learning community? This could be your opportunity for you to join our teaching team! The Attic Learning Community is now seeking a Secondary Counselor/Academic Advisor possibly combined with a future Social Science/Humanities or other teaching position.
Part time Middle/High School Positions Open Fall 2010
Secondary Counselor/Academic College Advisor* Advisor works with teens one-on-one and in small groups, coaching and supporting successful pathways to post-secondary education, including but not limited to college. This position is ideal for a mature educator with energy and experience working with highly motivated teens.
Successful candidate will be a writer of exceptional ability with strong interpersonal skills, knowledgeable about traditional and alternative pathways to post-secondary education, and have experience working within a collaborative leadership model. Must be a passionate teacher, well-read, highly educated,and with the ability to see and draw out the potential from within every child.
Middle/High School Social Science/Humanities* Co-teach in a multiage, collaborative, teaching/learning environment. Ideal for a person who is highly educated, passionate about social sciences and humanities, and committed to (or willing to learn) a constructivist and developmental approach.
* Can be combined and provided by one person
Responsibilities: The person filling either of the above teaching positions is a flexible and empathetic person who trusts children to learn and develop on their own individual timetable. He/she has successful experience teaching and interacting with teens. Knowledge of child-centered and constructivist education a plus. Must be able to work collaboratively with teaching team to provide optimal learning experiences.
About the Attic: What’s your dream of an ideal educational setting? The founders of the Attic set out over a decade ago to create theirs. The Attic Learning Community offers a unique educational experience for children ages 5-18 through a constructivist approach that is developmentally appropriate, academically rigorous, and strongly supportive of autonomy and self-direction. At The Attic, we value children over curriculum; we view learning as something that children do, not something that is done to them. We are committed to nurturing the development of intrinsic motivation in each student – a key value at The Attic – and to this end we employ no rewards, punishments, or grades.
Although it may be an advantage, certification is not necessarily a requirement to work as a teacher at the Attic. Our hiring committee carefully considers experience, character, and qualifications. All of our teachers are intelligent, passionate learners who are able to fully implement a child-centered and constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Please read our website for more information.
Days/Hours: The Attic meets Monday-Wednesday from the end of September through the first part of June supporting homeschoolers and their families. In addition, the Attic Teaching Team meets once or twice a month, typically on Thursdays. Days/hours determined by the classes or advisory work the individual instructor is contracted to provide.
Classes/Curriculum: Our classes follow a constructivist workshop approach for reading/writing, science, and math. As children move through middle school and high school, classes draw heavily on the Socratic teaching method, which places students at the center of the classroom, while teachers and students offer questions to guide class discussion. Throughout, children are in small academic groups based on development and readiness, not age. Our teachers are child development specialists with a passion for nurturing in each child the scientist, the historian, the reader, the writer, and the mathematician.
At The Attic we strongly believe that we teach best what we love. We support teachers as they teach toward their own passions and interests. The Attic is growing into its twelfth year, and is committed to offering a quality developmental and constructivist program that values children as unique individuals and nurtures in every child self-direction, a sense of self, a passion for learning, community and childhood.
Qualifications/Salary B.A. or B.S. (Masters or higher, a plus). Experience with college advising and creating and implementing meaningful learning experiences for teens in a multi-age setting. Knowledge and experience with developmental and constructivist education. Exceptional writing skills. See description above. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
How to apply: Research our program at the Attic website. Email resume and cover letter with subject Employment Inquiry -College Advisor and/or SS/Humanities – Your Name to Pat Orrell, Executive Director The Attic Learning Community admits students, and hires employees, of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs. Posting Date:July 6, 2010 Closing Date: Open Until Filled