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Creative and Experienced Elementary Teacher

Location: West Linn, Oregon, in the Portland metro area.

About Bright Schoolhouse:
At Bright Schoolhouse, we take pride in embracing the challenge of working in a mixed-age setting, where we tailor our curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our students. Our school values those special, unique moments as opportunities for growth and celebrates each child's individuality. Our vision is to establish a magical and welcoming schoolhouse that sparks a love for learning, empowers students to explore their passions, and fosters a sense of wonder and curiosity. As a Microschool Bright serves in total 30 learners, ages 5 to 9, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.

We offer a cozy setting with diverse and flexible rooms for learning that are both independent and collaborative, where children can explore their interests and potential. We are what you wish your neighborhood public school could be--low teacher ratios, a warm welcoming design, appropriately challenging, and flexible to needs.

We are an alternative choice to larger elementary settings but we use consistent schedules, routines, and curriculum to support our success. This makes us an alternate to the alternatives: we are not homeschooling. We are not exclusively child led, we employ teacher instruction and teacher directed learning. We are adaptively traditional, community focused, and personal.  We are a mixed age setting splitting into cohorts, we do not assign nightly generic homework, and we do not use letter grades. But when preparing for the transition to the next setting we will provide records and documentation in the school's preferred format which may include a more traditional progress report. Additionally we are confident that our graduates will meet or exceed the standardized grade level of their next learning space. 

Lead Teacher Job

Qualities and Responsibilities

 

As an elementary teacher at Bright Schoolhouse, you'll play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission. We're seeking a candidate who is passionate about teaching and eager to embrace the unique opportunities presented by a mixed-age schoolhouse. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the diverse needs of our students, and we view challenges as valuable growth opportunities. Our ideal candidate embodies qualities of compassion, creativity, and adaptability.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

 

  • Holds a master's degree or higher in a relevant field (or bachelor's with relevant experience).

  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and a readiness to embrace innovative educational practices developed by our team.

  • Exhibits flexibility in thinking, comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.

  • Adaptable to various temperaments, attitudes, energies, and diagnoses, including children with Asperger's/ASD, ADHD, GAD, gifted learners, and more.

  • Possesses at least three years of classroom experience with ages ranging from pre-K to 3rd grade or relevant experience in a mixed-age setting. Questions about how your experience could apply? We prefer you to reach out rather than not! 

  • Brings unique interests or passions to share with the learning community, fostering enthusiasm among students.

 

Head Teacher Responsibilities

 

  • Partnering in curriculum design and execution.

  • Spearheading interdisciplinary collaboration to develop and implement lesson plans for a mixed-age cohort.

  • Ensuring excellence in academic instruction and adherence to Bright's instructional strategies and pedagogy.

  • Developing and delivering authentic assessment tools to evaluate student academic progress.

  • Integrating project-based learning across language arts, math, natural science, STEAM, and visual arts standards through various methods such as hands-on centers, workshops, or Reggio-inspired provocations.

  • Leading whole-group teacher-directed instruction using mini-lessons.

  • Maintaining a predictable structure and routine.

  • Capturing authentic documentation and creating displays of learning.

  • Collaborating with the team to maintain the learning environment.

  • Ensuring positive parent communication.

  • Implementing positive behavior guidance without a rewards-based economy or PBIS programs.

  • Building and supporting the development of Executive Functioning skills for neurodiverse students.

  • Demonstrating compassion for students with anxiety and other sensitive temperaments.

  • Developing and delivering authentic assessment tools to evaluate student academic progress–without needless data collection.

 

Curriculum Experience and Interest

 

  • Orton-Gillingham, science of reading, and specifically, UFLI (University of Florida Literacy Institute).

  • Studying and employing Illustrative Math in support of mini-lessons and hands-on workshops.

  • Project-based learning.

  • Intellectual curiosity and readiness to embrace innovative educational practices.

  • Familiarity with technology-based learning as a tool for support and student research.

  • Experience or interest in deepening knowledge of Collaborative Problem Solving by Greene, Emotional Regulation Approach by Prizant, and the Get Ready, Do, Done method to build Executive Functioning skills. 
     

Details:

 

Position for the 2024-25 school year. Start date in August.

 

A competitive salary of $51,000 and benefits including comprehensive health, dental, and vision, 403(b) retirement plan, sick time, and holidays and closures.

 

Work Conditions: Part of a school team of 4 working in conjunction with a second head teacher and two assistant teachers. Must be able to lift 40 pounds, sit for long periods of time including on the floor. 

 

Join Our Team:

If you're a compassionate, creative, and dedicated educator with a passion for working with children–if you want a chance to be creative, hold ownership over curriculum design, and wish to find joy and fulfillment in teaching and learning we encourage you to apply. 

 

At Bright Schoolhouse, we value diversity and look forward to receiving applications from a wide range of candidates.

 

To apply, please complete the Employment Application available on the Bright Schoolhouse website, including your resume and three references. 

Assistant Teachers

Warm, Flexible, and Playful Assistant Teachers

*Full job description to come*

 

Interviews to occur Summer 2024

Qualities and Responsibilities

Qualifications and Skills:
 

Support Teacher Responsibilities:

Curriculum Experience and Interest

Details:

 

Position for the 2024-25 school year. Start date end of August.

Hourly rate for fulltime 40 hour per week schedule. Benefits including comprehensive health, dental, and vision, 403(b) retirement plan, sick time, and holidays and closures.

 

Work Conditions: Part of a school team of 4 consisting of two lead educators and two assistant teachers. Must be able to lift 40 pounds, sit for long periods of time including on the floor. 

 

Join Our Team:

If you're playful, warm, and have a passion for working with children–if you want a chance to be creative in a flexible environment, appreciate diverse personalities and peoples, and wish to find joy and fulfillment in your work and personal growth we encourage you to apply. 

 

At Bright Schoolhouse, we value diversity and look forward to receiving applications from a wide range of candidates.

 

To apply, please complete the Employment Application available on the Bright Schoolhouse website, including your resume and three references. 

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