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POSITION OPEN: Group Teacher

The Miquon School is seeking a full-time group teacher committed to Progressive education, starting July 1, 2019. We are a community that is diverse along ethnic, economic, and religious lines and Miquon seeks applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.

The Role

Miquon teachers work to support the intellectual and social/emotional development of children as individuals and members of a community in collaboration with our students’ families. Teachers are responsible for developing and implementing curriculum in mathematics, language arts, and social studies and working collaboratively with an in-classroom teaching partner and five specialist teachers (Art, Music, Science, P.E., Library), language arts coordinators, and other support staff.

The person we are seeking will have:

-substantial experience with lower elementary grade levels, with a preference given to those who also have experience developing early literacy
-a deep understanding of and demonstrated commitment to Progressive education, pedagogy, and values as well as a passion for learning
-proven experience in designing and implementing curriculum
-passion for mathematics and science
-exceptional comfort communicating with parents and colleagues
-experience with collaboration, and a desire to collaborate
-a continuing desire for professional development and learning
-the ability to help nurture and develop children’s individual and healthy identities
-a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice
-the capacity to understand, appreciate, and reflect the diversity of Miquon’s families
-high energy, resourcefulness, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude
-the ability to partner with grade level colleagues, specialists, and a teaching partner
-a master’s degree is preferred

In addition to the above listed requirements, we enthusiastically welcome other talents to enrich our community. We actively seek candidates whose interests and experiences may include, but are not limited to: music (especially folk music), languages, child development, equity and inclusion, nature and the natural world, building/making/tinkering, constructivist mathematics, science, cooking, Responsive Classroom, Restorative Practice, leadership, and humor.

Although we have many resources available to our teachers and our own scope and sequences for curricular areas, we do not adhere to a single textbook or published program throughout the school. The opportunity exists to create and implement curriculum that will:

-be soundly based in developmentally-appropriate practice and evolving research on learning and brain function
-embody the values of community, diversity, and democracy that are espoused at Miquon
-make extensive use of Miquon’s natural campus and the environment

Teachers work collaboratively with a teaching partner in planning and delivering instruction in vertical classroom groups of first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth and sixth grade.

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits include tuition remission, deferred compensation, sabbatical opportunities and health care.

About Miquon

Founded in 1932 in a tradition of Progressive education that is strongly upheld today, Miquon is an independent, coeducational elementary school just outside Philadelphia for children in Nursery (age three) through the 6th grade. The school enrolls approximately 150 students in eight mixed-age groups, typically 18-24 children in size. Each classroom has one lead and one assistant teacher, who are together responsible for providing instruction for their group.

Miquon is dedicated to preserving childhood, using innovative student-centered teaching practices, and developing children’s knowledge of and appreciation for the environment. Time spent outside on our 10-acre campus including woods, fields, and creek is an integral part of every child’s Miquon experience. We value independent thinking, varied individual and collaborative approaches to learning, authentic assessment methods, and creative, child-focused approaches to curriculum development.

The Miquon School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation in the employment of staff, admission of students, granting of financial aid, or the administration of school policies.

Application Procedure

Please send your statement of educational philosophy, resume, and cover letter addressing your skills and experience in the areas listed above to resumes@miquon.org.

To apply for this job email your details to resumes@miquon.org