Lead teacher (3) grade 1&2, 3&4, 5&6

Circle of Seasons grades program
Circle of Seasons is a cooperative learning environment for grades 1-8 hosted on 90 pristine acres of fields, farm and forest. COS offers a seasonally thematic, Steiner-inspired, full academic program, as well as nature-centered enrichment and specialty classes. COS includes 4 mixed-age learning circles, 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, and 12-14. Circle of Seasons is seeking three lead teachers for our 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12 year old learning circles. Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to thelearningvillage.sms@gmail.com. Interested candidates may also visit our website at http://www.sacredmountainsanctuary.org/circle-of-seasons.htm to learn more about our program. No phone calls please- you will be contacted by a member of our hiring council if we are interested in pursuing your application. COS will be accepting applications till May 1, 2014.
The individual filling this position will be responsible for guiding a mixed age ‘learning circle’ through a course of study and exploration (a ‘learning cycle’) which will be two to three years in duration. The ideal candidate for this position will have at least three years of formal teaching experience, and will be skilled at creating developmentally appropriate learning experiences within a mixed aged learning group. While primarily Waldorf/Steiner oriented, our learning co-operative’s approach is somewhat eclectic, drawing from multiple educational modalities that address the cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the child in an outdoor-focused, eco-contemplative, farm and forest environment.
Compensation will be salaried, $21,000 – $28,000 depending on experience, and number of students enrolled in our co-operative. The Learning Village at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary hosts COS programming Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm, on a 90 acre facility in Candler, NC, 20 minutes from Asheville, NC.

Qualifications for COS teachers
The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in a Waldorf environment, as well as basic familiarity with other holistic educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, multiple intelligences, open-source learning, and outdoor/ nature based education.
COS wishes to see evidence of a current and ongoing commitment to cultivating one’s self through spiritual discipline, contemplative practice, or other deep internal self-study and inquiry (meditation, yoga, eurythmy, tai chi, qi gong, etc).
The ideal candidate will have a passion for creating an educational context in which education is held as a sacred endeavor.
An ability and willingness to focus on conscious solution building and positive co-creation within a supportive, co-operative environment.
A minimum of 3 years formal teaching experience with ages 6-15 (home schooling experience may be applicable if it can be shown to reflect our values), and thorough familiarity with Rudolph Steiner’s indications for child development and the introduction of academic concepts.
experience in outdoor education or traditional/primitive/farm skills instruction
knowledge of conscious language and positive discipline
knowledge of and ability to facilitate age-appropriate, ceremonial, ecumenical, and spiritually inclusive rites of passage for developmental stages/milestones
a love of farming, animals, and the outdoors is essential.
applicants with, or those enrolled in, Waldorf Teacher Certification will be given first consideration. Other applicants may be expected to have or pursue Lifeways or Foundations training, grades Waldorf training, or an equivalent.
Current certification in child CPR is required. Wilderness first responder training preferred.
Mentor training or strong leadership skills
Kind, sincere, and articulate communication skills using positive, conscious language to create an emotionally safe, supportive classroom culture
Excellent communication skills with learners, their families, learning circle assistants, and other staff/volunteers

We define for the teachers we hire, the following duties and responsibilities:

Develop daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms for the class, including time for seasonally thematic academic studies (math, language arts, history, natural sciences, cultural studies), free movement/creative play, wildcrafting, handwork, sacred/ceremonial activities, and outdoor activities that integrate studies with head, heart, hands, and spirit.
Coordinate academics and learning circle activities with relevant farm operations and SMS retreat events. Interface directly with co-op, farm and retreat staff members to create inclusive, developmentally appropriate, seasonally thematic activities for learners.
Set up and maintain a clean, beautiful, uncluttered, orderly ‘sacred learning space’ that is properly equipped, using natural and organic materials as much as possible, as per the needs of each learning circle.
Create materials lists and communicate needs to the co-op administrator in a timely manner.
Purchase and source materials from time to time, when needed, with previous approval and reimbursement.
Attend co-op teacher meetings, in which the children’s needs and challenges are discussed, once per week, and other planning meetings as needed
Attend occasional co-op promotion events, festivals, ceremony and facilitate visitation days for prospective co-op families (the more we have, the less each must contribute to teacher salaries)
Interface directly with parents regarding their children’s learning and participation via written communications, telephone, and in-person meetings as needed. Create end-of-year written reports for each family that include academic, social, emotional, spiritual assessment of the child, including gentle suggestions for the family around how they may collaboratively support their child’s growth at COS within the family environment.
Plan the academic calendar and timeline in conjunction with the co-op administrator.
Assist in creating community awareness of our co-operative through event planning and publication of information.
Actively pursue training and learning opportunities in Waldorf education, outdoor education, mentoring education, new learning/education and internal/spiritual/self cultivation.
Assist administrator in providing parent education within the co-op through the gathering and distribution of articles and written information on the various aspects of our educational values, including topics such as the importance of movement, creative play, nature immersion, project based learning, rites of passage, Waldorf education, mentoring, multiple intelligences, child-led study, multi-sensory education, sacred education, limitations on media/TV/computer time, the importance of nutrition, and more.
Work in conjunction with parents, teachers and other staff to further define, develop and articulate an appropriate learning cycle materials and goals for each age group/learning circle, (including students with learning differences) and work towards designing a ‘living learning cycle’ for each age group from which we will structure our future years of programming. This work would be ongoing.
Host occasional, 2 hour parent education events (2-4 per year) to create opportunities for more in-depth discussion, participation and presentation of how our approach supports holistic child development. This will include the creation of a craft, lesson or activity that is a representative ‘snapshot’ of their child’s normal daily activities at Circle of Seasons.

The individual filling this position will be responsible for guiding a mixed age ‘learning circle’ through a course of study and exploration (a ‘learning cycle’) which will be two to three years in duration. The ideal candidate for this position will have at least three years of formal teaching experience, and will be skilled at creating developmentally appropriate learning experiences within a mixed aged learning group. While primarily Waldorf/Steiner oriented, our learning co-operative’s approach is somewhat eclectic, drawing from multiple educational modalities that address the cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the child in an outdoor-focused, eco-contemplative, farm and forest environment.
Compensation will be salaried, $21,000 – $28,000 depending on experience, and number of students enrolled in our co-operative. The Learning Village at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary hosts our COS programming Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm, on a 90 acre facility in Candler, NC, 20 minutes from Asheville, NC.

Circle of Seasons Learning Cooperative
Statement of Approach to Education and Intentions for Teachers

As a group of parents and parent-teachers, we believe that a sacred connection exists between children and the natural world, including the rhythms of change throughout the seasons of the year. We have chosen to create a co-operative learning environment for our children that includes farm activities, gardening, outdoor exploration, traditional crafts and lore, and over-all immersion in the natural world. We wish for our children’s learning to include sacred and ceremonial activities related to the cycle of the seasons and their own developmental milestones, as well as seasonally thematic academics which appropriately meet their developmental needs and bring forth their innate, natural gifts. COS has selected The Learning Village at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary to host programming. So that we may best serve the above intentions, we have chosen to gather and form this learning co-operative whereby we might self-select a physical environment to host COS programming and establish our own qualifications for hiring prospective teachers.

Asheville, North Carolina
2014-05-01
Circle of Seasons learning environment
Septimbor Lim
Thelearningvillage.sms@gmail.com
(828)242-3937
96 Rocky Cove Rd
Candler, North Carolina 28715
United States
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