In a large city like New York, The Co-op School provides a safe and stimulating micro-environment where students experiment and learn. All members of The Co-op School — students, families and staff — contribute to the development of our unique culture and participate in and improve our community and beyond. As students learn to work together, preparing for a global environment, families also work in committees and on the board to support the school. Whether painting walls, assembling furniture, growing the school through various initiatives, and much more, we all help The Co-op School flourish. Meanwhile, faculty collaborate to create learning opportunities that evolve with students’ strengths and interests in addition to utilizing best practices. Teachers guide students in the dynamic, life-long process of questioning and deepening connections. Through far-reaching social studies projects enriched through literature, math, science and the arts, students make decisions, research and reflect.
Students will leave The Co-op School confident to effect change in the community and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves. As creative problem solvers, each with unique viewpoints and learning styles, students will embrace the idea of a more equitable world. We strive to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their own educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity. We listen to and honor the individual interests and strengths of each child.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL
We began our elementary school with a single kindergarten class and the idea that learning should be joyful, student driven, and inclusive. Over the years we have developed a strong commitment to curriculum that is project-based and anti-biased. We have expanded further to foster students through their middle school years in a K-8 environment.
As such, we are seeking an experienced and passionate teacher to join our team. This is a truly unique opportunity to work closely with our team in shaping a brand new program with lots of room for professional growth.
Bachelor's Degree, Master’s Degree in childhood and/or special education
3 or more years of relevant lead teaching experience preferred
New York State Teacher Certification optional (Childhood, and/or Special Education)
Educational philosophy aligns with the mission and vision of The Co-op School
Reflective practitioner in a state of constant professional growth and a willingness to share their craft with others
Has own passions and interests
Experience with co-teaching model preferred
Experience working with children with special needs as some students have IEPs
Experience planning and teaching interdisciplinary units of studies and inquiry-based learning preferred
Experience with teaching teaching through an anti-bias and anti-racist lens
Commitment to and knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning
Commitment to diverse learning environments
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Experience collaborating with children, families, colleagues, and administrators
Collaborate with teachers, coaches, and division heads to plan out and provide high-quality, relevant instruction to all children
Actively participate in a learning community, including teacher committees that meet on a monthly basis, peer observations, planning meetings, and staff meetings sometimes outside of school hours
Use a variety of assessments to measure student learning and drive instruction
Use student performance data to tailor and differentiate curriculum to individual students and to determine small groupings and modifications
Collaboratively plan interdisciplinary units of study
Actively participate in the school’s decision-making process
Regularly communicate with families, students, and community partners through phone, face- to-face conversation, email and blogs
Integrate The Co-op School Values into classroom culture, units of study, and interactions with staff, families, and students
Integrate the real world and surrounding community into units of study, lessons, and classroom culture
Maintain positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues
Maintain confidentiality with student information and records
Create a positive and safe classroom culture and community
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
About The Co-op School
We are a progressive constructivist program that teaches to the individualities of every child and every unique classroom. The Co-op School models its curriculum based on these following beliefs:
Joyful learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning and critical thinking.
Creativity cannot exist without passion.
Children learn best when they are invested in finding out the answers to their questions and when learning is embedded in meaningful contexts, which makes learning fun and engaging.
It is important to us to educate the entire child on all levels: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
Students work as a group and think as individuals, expressing feelings and contributing ideas peacefully and respectfully.
Students will leave The Co-op School confident in their ability to effect change in the community and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves. As creative problem solvers, each with unique viewpoints and learning styles, students will embrace the idea of a more equitable world. We strive to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their own educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity.