Ventana School is searching for a 4th-grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. This position is covering maternity leave and will be for the entirety of the school year. We are seeking an energetic, committed educator who knows how to balance direct instruction with inquiry-based project work. This teacher will be a strong collaborator, a thoughtful communicator, and have a good understanding of the developmental needs of 4th-grade students.
Ventana School is a small independent school in Silicon Valley. We serve students from 2 years old to 5th grade. We believe that all children are capable learners; our role as educators is to create an environment where they flourish. We give children a strong academic foundation by engaging them in authentic learning experiences. We provide daily opportunities for our students to express their creativity, engage their curiosity, and connect with others.
Our program is inspired by the work of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Ventana teachers balance direct instruction with inquiry-based project work. They also attend to the social/emotional needs of a diverse school-age population and will collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, students, parents, and administrators. Ventana teachers consistently provide students with provocations and invitations and then carefully observe student inquiry in order to develop meaningful projects. Ventana teachers are passionate about developing children’s creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
Elementary teachers are expected to maintain a democratic, creative environment in which meaningful learning and personal growth are fostered through a variety of active learning experiences.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Providing one-on-one, small group, and whole group instruction. Instructional methods must include direct instruction and inquiry-based exploration in literacy, math, and social studies. Instruction will be in alignment with Ventana’s Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, as guided by the Head of School.
Supporting learning inquiry and active student participation by developing age-appropriate project work through thoughtful reflection on student interests, passions, and dialogues.
Differentiating for individual student needs.
Collaborating daily/weekly/monthly with co-teachers, specialists, teaching team, and Head of School.
Monitoring student progress through consistent observations and regular assessments.
Facilitating a democratic community through daily Morning Meetings and Closing Circles, classroom meetings, conflict resolution strategies, and a view of the child as ‘competent’ in both solving problems and contributing to solutions.
Implementing classroom management strategies that draw on children’s strengths and participation.
Specific Expectations for the 2021-22 school year
Full responsibility for 4th-grade curriculum (Specialists teachers teach Art, Music, PE, and Science).
This position requires both co-teaching (both teachers present) and solo teaching. This cohort of 4th and 5th graders is small in size so both 4th and 5th-grade teachers will share a classroom and teach certain subjects in collaboration.
About Ventana School
Ventana School is a progressive preschool and elementary school (K-5th) with a Reggio-inspired curriculum, tucked away in the serene quiet of Los Altos Hills. Please visit our school website to learn more : ventanaschool.org