The Early Learning Center focuses on developing students ages 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 program 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 Chinese Language 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 ELC Chinese Language Teacher partners with the English Language Teacher to plan and implement the dual language immersive Reggio inspired Early Learning Program for a designated cohort of students.
This position is open for both our Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY campus.
As the ELC teacher, in partnership with your co-teacher, you are responsible for the following:
Planning and implementing Reggio inspired project-based learning,
Implementing the environment as 3rd teacher,
Planning and implementing emergent curriculum,
Reading, math and writing workshops (primarily kindergarten and first grade),
Ongoing observation, documentation and assessment,
Deep parent partnering,
Team collaboration, and
Being a continuous learner and teacher as researcher.
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
BA Degree required; MA Degree preferred. Focus in early childhood or elementary education and or Chinese language learning preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working with the age of children or grade identified for the particular ELC role.
Experience with immersive language learning, Reggio approach, Project Based Learning, co-teaching, and Responsive Classroom.
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 endeavor to modernize Preschool to Grade 12 education to build the world’s best physical and connected environment for human learning and development. Our campuses are comprised of four divisions: Early Learning, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. Designed by architect Renzo Piano and led by education entrepreneur Chris Whittle, we will be constructing 30 Preschool to Grade 12 schools in the world’s most vibrant cities over the next 10 years.
We believe deeply in the power of education as a transformative force. Working with expert faculty, students will cultivate the skills, creativity, and character to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As they progress through each level of academics, personalized pathways, and dynamic international experiences, students will demonstrate their growth as thinkers, makers, scholars, collaborators, and global citizens. They will graduate ready to succeed in the best universities and to make their unique contribution to the world.
Our first two campuses opened Fall of 2019, located in Shenzhen, China, and Washington, DC. Our next endeavor will be a Fall 2020 launch of a phased-in Early Learning Center in Brooklyn, NY followed by its full opening in Fall of 2021.