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The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Environmental Education Position

The Little School has an Environmental Ed teaching position open beginning in August of 2018. The campus itself is a beautiful classroom. It is a place for active hands-on learning, ready to be observed, explored, understood and cared for. The long-term intent for this position is to create a program that distinguishes this school from all other early childhood and elementary schools. This position is an exciting opportunity for an educator committed to progressive education ideals and practices. The Little School serves approximately 160 children ages 3-11 on a 12+ acre wooded campus in Bellevue filled with inspiring child-centered learning spaces in and outside. We are seeking candidates who understand and appreciate the power of childhood and the possibilities of children as unique individuals learning in a social context. We are seeking candidates with vision, boundless energy and optimism. We hire teachers committed to collaborative teaching within a vibrant adult learning community.

The goal is to develop and deliver an Environmental Education Program that attends to these principles:

  • Support children building an understanding, appreciation and stewardship of The Little School campus as part of the Puget Sound Ecosystem
  • Guide native habitat and forest restoration work
  • Develop Scope and Sequence from preschool to 5th grade
  • Support integration of classroom curriculum, planned and emergent
  • Support signature activities and fieldtrips at different levels that enhance the understanding of this ecosystem- possibilities include salmon, gardens, bees
  • Inquiry and Exploratory Based: children should be asking good questions and searching for plausible answers
  • Provide integrated experiences within the disciplines of Science
  • Integrate with classroom work and other specialists especially Art (STEAM)

Requirements:

  • Elementary or early childhood teaching experience – 5 years preferred
  • Environmental Education degree
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, plants and animal ecology

Strong candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments:

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children
  • An appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational and relational skills
  • The ability to learn from direct and honest feedback
  • Creativity, intellectual agility and initiative
  • A willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice
  • Excitement for teaching full days outdoors

Compensation includes competitive salary, health, vision, dental and retirement benefits, tuition remission and a chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

This is an amazing opportunity for the right candidate looking to build a stand out environmental education program for young children. We welcome your interest.

Please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org by May 4, 2018:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest

Three references

 

School Counselor/SEL Specialist

The Little School has a School Counselor position (0.6-0.9 FTE) open beginning in August of 2018. We are looking for individuals with experience in counseling, psychology and mental health who are committed to progressive education ideals and practices. The Little School serves approximately 160 children, ages 3-11, on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. We aim to teach, nurture and challenge every student by building deep understandings of children and their learning.

Our school is a vibrant community of cultures, languages and nationalities. The student population includes children who are learning English and families who are navigating a school culture different from what they have known. The Little School also includes families who are seeking a smaller school environment; a flexible, dynamic approach; and a place where all students can thrive.

We are at an exciting juncture in our school history, owing to campus building and renovation projects and the upcoming celebration of The Little School’s 60th year. This excitement extends to filling out the Student Support Team (SST) with individuals willing to work at their highest level. The SST includes the Director of Learning and Support, Learning Specialist and School Counselor, who meet regularly and coordinate supports for students and families across the school. Our small school environment requires that each team member brings a range of professional skills and a depth to their practice that comes from experience and insight.

The School Counselor will be a leader in the school, championing our school-wide emphasis on social and emotional learning. The School Counselor will work at all levels of the school, collaborating with teachers, parents/guardians and school administration. He/she will lead the school in providing classroom-based supports, small group instruction and short-term one-on-one sessions that address social and emotional learning needs. The School Counselor must be knowledgeable about broader community resources to coordinate referrals, facilitate communication and guide decision-making with families and school personnel.

Following are the essential functions fulfilled by the School Counselor:

  • In-house assessment of a broad range of social and emotional skills
  • Creating Accommodation Plans and behavioral supports for typical preschool and elementary students as well as students with ADHD, learning disabilities, ASD and students classified as twice exceptional
  • Facilitating regular communication between individuals inside and outside the school who support a student in the areas of social and emotional development
  • Planning and implementing small group and individual sessions for students with social and emotional learning needs
  • Collaborating with classroom teachers in offering whole-class lessons in social and emotional domains
  • Maintaining regular communication with families regarding student support needs, progress and goals
  • Reviewing evaluation reports to prioritize goals and coordinate school-based work
  • Assisting in the admissions process for students through assessments, observations, and file review
  • Providing resources for families to understand student learning profiles

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree preferred with academic credentials in psychology, social work, school guidance, counseling, or related field
  • Elementary school experience preferred – 5+ years working with preschool and elementary-age children and their families

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments:

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children
  • An appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families
  • The ability to see the inherent strengths in neurodiverse profiles and the desire to help others see those as well
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational and relational skills
  • Orientation as a learner with the ability to learn from direct and honest feedback
  • Creativity, intellectual agility, initiative and stamina
  • A willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice

Compensation includes competitive salary and the chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

 

Learning Specialist

The Little School has a Learning Specialist position (0.8-1.0 FTE) open beginning in August of 2018. We are looking for an individual with experience in emergent literacy, assessment, differentiation, research-based literacy interventions, and classroom and curriculum-centered models of support who is committed to progressive education ideals and practices. The Little School serves approximately 160 children, ages 3-11, on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. We aim to teach, nurture, and challenge every student by building deep understandings of children and their learning.

Our school is a vibrant community of cultures, languages and nationalities. The student population includes children who are learning English and families who are navigating a school culture different from what they have known. The Little School also includes families who are seeking a smaller school environment; a flexible, dynamic approach; and a place where all students can thrive.

We are at an exciting juncture in our school history owing to campus building and renovation projects and the upcoming celebration of The Little School’s 60th year. This excitement extends to filling out the Student Support Team (SST) with individuals willing to work at their highest level. The SST includes the Director of Learning and Support, Learning Specialist and School Counselor who meet regularly and coordinate supports for students and families across the school. Our small school environment requires that each team member brings a range of professional skills and a depth to their practice that comes from experience and insight.

The Learning Specialist will be a leader in the school, championing supports for a subset of students with learning differences. The Learning Specialist will work at all levels of the school, collaborating with teachers, parents/guardians and school administration. He/she will provide classroom-based supports, small group instruction and one-on-one sessions that address learning needs. The Learning Specialist must be knowledgeable about assistive technology and able to coordinate supports across school, home and community-based settings.

Following are the essential functions fulfilled by the Learning Specialist:

  • In-house assessment of literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional skills for planning accommodations, making recommendations and making referrals
  • Creating Learning Support Plans (LSPs) and Accommodation Plans to guide instruction and to facilitate communication between all the individuals who support the student
  • Planning and implementing small group and individual instruction for students with diverse learning needs
  • Collaborating with classroom teachers in offering differentiated instruction and supports
  • Maintaining regular communication with families regarding student support needs, progress and goals
  • Reviewing evaluation reports to prioritize goals and coordinate school-based work
  • Directing and supporting the use of assistive technology in upper elementary classrooms
  • Assisting in the admissions process for students through assessments, observations and file review
  • Providing resources for families to understand student learning profiles

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree preferred with academic credentials in elementary education, special education, reading, psychology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or related field
  • Elementary school experience – 5 years in a lead teacher, learning specialist, reading specialist or related role
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with specialized training and experience in serving students with learning disabilities

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments:

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children
  • An appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families
  • The ability to see the inherent strengths in neurodiverse profiles and the desire to help others see those as well
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational and relational skills
  • Orientation as a learner with the ability to learn from direct and honest feedback
  • Creativity, intellectual agility, initiative and stamina
  • A willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice

Compensation includes competitive salary and the chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

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It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families, and staff. The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or family composition in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.​