LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) seeks educators committed to exploring progressive pedagogy. Candidates with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply. The school is seeking full-time Associate Teachers for Fours through Fourth Grade classrooms, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Overview of the position:
The Associate Teacher assists the Head Teacher in all areas of classroom life. Responsibilities include classroom setup, classroom management, leading activities, supporting individual students while they work, preparing materials for projects, and recess and lunch duties. After observing the Head Teacher for a period of time, the Associates are expected to progress towards leading lessons and planning curriculum. Other aspects of the position entail daily communication with the Head Teacher about students, faculty meetings and professional development days, and twice-a-month Associate Teacher Seminars.
Successful LREI Associates are lifelong learners who:
are inspired by our progressive education as outlined on our website;
demonstrate a commitment to social justice, equity, and cultural competence
can inspire students, have a joyful positive attitude about children, and become active members of the LREI community;
are reflective about their practice and avail themselves of professional development;
possess excellent communication skills with students, parents, and the administration, both formally and informally;
are aspiring to develop pedagogy which is student-centered and are comfortable with differentiating instruction;
have a familiarity with technology to support teaching;
are creative problem solvers and innovators who possess a growth-mindset
Specific requirements of the position:
Candidates are aspiring classroom teachers who want to learn through apprenticeship
Have an ability to work collaboratively with mentor teachers and associate peer group
Have a bachelor’s degree, as well as successful experience working with children in a group setting
Prospective LREI Associates have or are working towards a master’s degree in education
Overview of School
Founded in 1921 by Elisabeth Irwin (a contemporary and colleague of John Dewey, Caroline Pratt, and Lucy Sprague Mitchell), The Little Red School House has been at the vanguard of pedagogical innovation since its founding. LREI’s goal is to educate students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners and to pursue academic excellence and individual achievement, in a context of respect for others and service to the community. We believe that learning should be active and experiential, with the school providing abundant opportunities for students to excel. We accept students with a range of abilities and talents who can take full advantage of a rich and demanding academic program in which each student is both challenged and supported. We seek to create within the school a community built on understanding and respecting others. Thus, we aim to have our student body reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our city, and our curriculum is built on interdisciplinary studies to promote understanding of different cultures. While individual achievement is encouraged and rewarded, our program underscores the value of shared goals, friendship, and cooperation in mastering difficult tasks. The progressive ideals that in 1921 gave life and inspiration to the school — academic excellence and creativity, active learning and innovative teaching, respect for the individual and responsibility to the community - continue to guide the school today. LREI is located in vibrant Greenwich Village and classes venture forth often to use the neighborhood and the city to provide rich learning experiences.
A leader in progressive education since 1921, LREI teaches children to be independent thinkers who work together to solve complex problems. Students graduate from our diverse community as active participants in our democratic society, with the creativity, integrity, and courage to bring meaningful change to the world.