Elementary teacher ALPHA Alternative School
The ALPHA Alternative School teacher is a flexible, creative but strong teacher who will work in a democratic team environment to help elementary school students achieve literacy, numeracy, and–through emergent and interest-based, often arts-infused explorations–develop a strong awareness of the world and their place in it.
Summary of Duties
- Will work with Grade 3-6 students, in a small (80 students) elementary alternative school
- Will work in partnership with two or more teachers, to develop and deliver programming for multi-age classes
- Will engage in learning and developing democratic education approaches: with students, parents and fellow teachers
- Will learn and contribute to ALPHA’s democratic community processes: student meetings, student-run disciplinary committee, and a staff-community council
- Will both individually and collaboratively develop programming that responds to student interest while growing their knowledge of the world and beyond.
- Will develop responsive strategies for helping individual students of various skill levels and learning styles to gain strength in literacy and numeracy
- Will investigate and collaborate in arts-integrated literacy, math, science and social studies programming, using decentralized strategies like learning centres, projects, integrated theme-based approaches, as well as classic sequential skills-teaching
- Will collaborate with fellow teachers and parents to create developmentally appropriate social justice programming, and infuse critical perspectives into the curriculum.
- Treasures every child’s individuality, models respect and responsibility, and gives space to various experiences, identities, understandings and values.
- Will be both cooperative and proactive, able to respond to children yet retain one’s natural authority as an adult and teacher
- JK-Grade 6 qualification
- Wants to be in a collaborative, democratic community school, interested in democratic and free-school history and or approaches
- Sees children as pro-active, curious, exploratory learners rather than as empty vessels to receive information: practices democratic, progressive, emergent, and/or responsive pedagogies, and is willing to keep learning from children, peers and community.
- Committed to cooperative, non-competitive, non-hierarchical approaches to learning.
- Committed to restorative approaches to behavioural problems and conflict
- Comfortable with diverse persons and families
- Able to open conversations and non-judgmentally and collaboratively deal with homo/transphobia, racism, sexism, classism, gender stereotyping, colonialist bias as it is brought into school by young children and unaware adults.
- Alternative school experience: in teaching, supply or internship
- Experience in community facilitation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, in school or other contexts
- Aware of the difference between freedom and license
- Skills and strategies to engage children with different learning styles
- A background in critical pedagogy, particularly with respect to decolonizing and Indigenous perspectives
- Experience and skills in integrating and infusing anti-racism, anti-oppression into schooling approach and curriculum.
- Strong listening skills and patience, for working with peers and families
telling/science/sports an asset
- Experience in outdoor and nature education an asset
- Experience, skills, knowledge, and commitment to community-based, democratic free-school approach
- Specific Teaching skills/experience
- Requisite additional skills/experience to thrive in the role of teacher in ALPHA’s democratic free-school community
- Attributes to thrive in the role of teacher in ALPHA’s democratic freeschool community
- Experienced commitment to anti-oppression, decolonization, equity and social justice