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Elementary School Teacher gr. 3-5

Company: Bloom Community School
Location: Normal
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Job Description:

Bloom Community School is an independent, non-profit, private school dedicated to progressive education located in Normal, Illinois. We serve students K-8 in mixed-age classrooms using inclusive, inquiry-based, and student-centered learning approaches. Key components of our teaching philosophy and everyday practice include supporting and promoting positive social and emotional development, outdoor learning, and community-based learning. Our facilities are housed in the historic Normandy Village campus and are surrounded on all sides by public playing fields, playgrounds, a botanical garden, and a food forest.We are currently looking for an educator to join our team for the upcoming school year (2022-2023) and beyond. The position involves teaching a mixed-age (3rd-5th) classroom with a very favorable student to teacher ratio. Team-teaching opportunities and teacher-mentoring in progressive education approaches will be provided.Bloom Community School is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of teachers and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusivity. Candidates from marginalized backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.Job Responsibilities

  • Plan, teach, and co-teach 3rd-5th grade using inquiry-based and project-based approaches.
    • Support student social and emotional development, including guiding groups through restorative justice circles, facilitating student-driven conflict resolution, and promoting mindfulness.
      • Develop innovative and creative lesson plans, including plans that involve outdoor learning and community-based learning.
        • Establish and maintain an inclusive classroom environment.
          • Develop and distribute weekly newsletter demonstrating class activities.
            • Work with community partners to develop out-of-classroom educational programming.
              • Coordinate with the teaching team and administrative staff on student needs, wellness,and curriculum.
                • Develop and communicate holistic student assessments with a focus on documentingand promoting student development throughout the school year.
                  • Assist with the coordination of school activities and events.Job Skills & Qualifications
                    • At least one of the following:
                      • Teaching certificate or Bachelor's degree in Education.
                        • Previous full-time employment teaching in progressive education schools.
                          • Open to learning and exploring new teaching skills and approaches, including:
                            • Co-teaching and co-planning with a team.
                              • Guiding student groups through restorative justice circles, facilitatingstudent-driven conflict resolution, and promoting mindfulness.
                                • Willingness to take teaching risks.
                                  • Ability to work with students with a wide range of academic and social/emotional needs.
                                    • Clear communicator. Must have strong communication and writing skills.
                                      • Must be willing to participate in school governance.
                                        • Out-of-state or out-of-country applicants are accepted.
                                          • COVID-19 vaccination required.

Keywords: Bloom Community School, Normal , Elementary School Teacher gr. 3-5, Education / Teaching , Normal, Illinois

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