Hours: 40 hours/week 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. plus attendance at weekly meeting with lead teacher, biweekly faculty meetings, periodic parent-teacher conferences, and some school events that take place outside school hours
School year: late August through early June
At The Children’s School, you'll be part of a community of open-minded educators who are passionate about progressive education and what it offers children and families. We’re all here because we believe in child-centered, hands-on learning that nurtures students’ academic, social, and emotional selves. We are committed to justice-oriented teaching and learning within an equitable, democratic community.
The associate teacher will work in tandem with the lead teacher to adapt to the needs of the students, foster a strong learning community, and facilitate emergent curriculum within the classroom. Over the year, duties will shift from an observing assistant role to more of a partnership with lead teacher.
We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.
We believe that education is stronger and better when teachers’ identities mirror the full diversity of human experience. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, and members of other marginalized communities.
Experience working with children
Awareness of progressive education philosophy and methodology
Familiarity with an experiential approach to learning
Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
Adaptability and creativity
High energy, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude
Ability to manage stressful situations
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Education Background: B.A. or A.A.; early childhood or education coursework a plus
Additional Salary Information: Additional earning opportunities including staffing after-school programming. Access to partially subsidized health insurance, 403b, and professional development support.
About The Children's School of Oak Park
The Children's School was established in 2004 to create a learning environment that encourages the unfolding of students' curiosity. Through discourse, hands-on projects, and developmentally appropriate curricula, students' innate love of learning thrives. The K-8 school addresses local, state and national learning goals in a child-focused system without traditional standardized testing.
The mission of The Children’s School is to nurture students’ innate curiosity and love of learning through democratic practice, emergent curriculum, and hands-on projects, helping students become lifelong problem-solvers and engaged citizens.
The Children’s School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program and athletic or other school administered programs.