The Early Learning Center focuses on developing students age three to six. At this age and division level, faculty use immersive language techniques and engage in mind and body awareness activities. They also structure community learning and choice time, project work, outside exploration, story time, workshop time, arts, and making. Our early learning programs is based on the Reggio Emilia principles of respect, responsibility, and community. This approach recognizes the image of the individual child as a human with rights who has limitless potential for growth and uses Emergent Curriculum to co-create learning experiences that are derived from student interest and responses to provocations in the environment. Project-Based Learning and Mastery-Based Progression are used as frameworks within the Emergent Curriculum to work actively with hands, minds, and emotions in the context of the many expressive languages of children. Whittle is also inspired by key tenets of Reggio Emilia, including participation of families, collegial work of all personnel, the environment as the third teacher, group work, and the presence of an atelier.
The Early Childhood Teacher will be inspired by the Reggio Emilia model grounded in student autonomy and discovery of the world. The Teacher will demonstrate practices that reflect this approach by encouraging student independence, spontaneity, curiosity, and by always asking more questions than giving answers. Respect for our young learners is at the core of the Early Learning program. The Early Childhood Teacher will collaborate with, and be supported by, the Early Childhood Associate Teacher. Mandarin speaking ELC teachers will drive immersive bilingual education teaching for our youngest learners.
We believe all children are naturally curious and born to be great thinkers, forming meaning from interactions with family, peers, teachers, and community. Core responsibilities of all Campus faculty members are organized loosely by the four program areas of the Whittle Ideal Candidate: (1) Core Curriculum, (2) Global Perspectives, (3) Personalized Pathways, and (4) Beyond the Core as well as those responsibilities expected as a member of a collaborative, professional learning community.
Qualifications and Attributes
The Early Childhood Teacher will be inspired by the Reggio Emilia model grounded in student autonomy and discovery of the world. Respect for our young learners is at the core of the Early Learning program.
Content and Education Expertise
Bachelor’s degree BA/BS in specific field or post graduate work in subject matter required
Master’s level degree or above in content area preferred
Linguistic proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English for the Mandarin immersion positions; English with Mandarin highly desirable for other roles
Minimum 3 years of teaching experience, preferably in an independent school environment, and in an early learning program
Continuous and Self-Reflective Learner
Actively and systematically pursues professional growth in content mastery, pedagogical skills, and as a responsible local and global community member
Participates in professional learning communities, grade-level teams, and other collaborative communities to design and plan instructions, to improve practice, and to achieve student outcomes
Individual and Team Contributor
Models positive behaviors for students and colleagues that align with the school’s core values, emphasizing critical social and emotional skills such as empathy, humility, and ethics
Monitors his/her own belief and behavior to make certain that high expectations are expected of all students regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, or other personal characteristics
Maintains professional collegial relationships that encourage sharing, planning, and working together toward improved instructional skill and student success
Entrepreneurial, Innovative, & Growth Mindset
Passion for innovation in education and for our youngest learners
Drive and energy to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
About Whittle School & Studios
Whittle School & Studios is an educational startup aiming to develop the world’s first truly global school. By 2025, we plan to open 30 campuses serving children ages 3 to 18 in the world’s most vibrant cities. We are a highly integrated learning community and will provide educational experiences to thousands of students around the globe. Our campuses are designed by world renowned architect Renzo Piano and each location will eventually accommodate 2,500 students.Based on years of research and development, our curriculum design demonstrates our commitment to a global yet personalized education, led by a new type of teacher and set within an innovative campus. Our school intends to graduate students well-versed in core academic skills, proficient as global citizens, able to converse in multiple languages, and with firsthand cultural experiences.In the fall of 2019, our first two campuses will open in Shenzhen, China and Washington, D.C. Our campuses will be connected by a common curriculum that has the flexibility to adapt to local needs. At full capacity, we will enroll 2,500 students, including 5- and 7-day Boarding students.