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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.

Learning Support and Counseling (multiple positions)

Description:

The Little School has two Learning Support and Counseling positions open beginning in August of 2018. We are looking for individuals with experience as Literacy Specialists, Learning Specialists, or School Counselors 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.

The Little 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 highly capable students can thrive.

The Little School is at an exciting juncture in its history owing to campus building and renovation projects and the upcoming celebration of the school’s 60th year. This excitement extends to filling out the Student Support Team (SST) with individuals willing to work at their highest level. 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.

Individuals in the two Learning Support positions will join the Director of Learning and Support in serving a subset of students through individual and small group work. The SST will also continue to lead the school in providing classroom-based supports and consultation regarding students’ academic and social and emotional learning needs. We aim to build a team with exceptional skills in understanding the developmental needs of children and the capacity to support student learning in partnership with families and classroom teachers.

Following are the essential functions fulfilled by the two Student Support Team (SST) positions:

  • In-house assessment of literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills for planning accommodations, making recommendations and making referrals
  • Creation of 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

Candidates who appreciate the opportunity to assemble a work team based on team member strengths, experience and learning are encouraged to apply. Job titles, full- or part-time status and the individual responsibilities will be determined during the hiring process.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree preferred with academic credentials in elementary education, special education, psychology, school guidance, counseling or related field
  • Elementary school experience – 5 years in a lead teacher, learning specialist, reading specialist, counselor 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 a chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2018 and continue until the positions are filled. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

Art Teaching Position (one-year leave replacement)

Description:

The Little School has a one-year, part-time K-5 art teaching position beginning in August 2018. The position is a .4 FTE, teaching two days per week. This 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. The Art Room is a place full of creative possibilities and a wide range of materials. 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 looking for an art teacher committed to collaborative teaching with the intention to integrate art into other elements of students’ lives at school.

Requirements:

  • Elementary art teaching experience – 5 years preferred
  • Elementary teaching certificate preferred

 

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

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

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

 

Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teaching Position

Description:

The Little School has an Early Childhood/Kindergarten (4-6 year olds) teaching position open beginning in August of 2018. This 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 hire teachers committed to collaborative teaching within a vibrant adult learning community.

Requirements:

  • Early elementary or early childhood teaching experience – 5 years preferred
  • Early elementary or early childhood degree or teaching certificate

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

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:

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.​