The Philadelphia School (TPS) is seeking an Early Childhood Lead Teacher (preschool or kindergarten) for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are a Preschool - 8 progressive, independent school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 475 students. Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world.
Our Early Childhood program includes two preschool (4 - 5 year olds) and two kindergarten (5 - 6 year olds) classes and is part of our Lower Grades Division (preschool - 2nd grade). Each class is staffed by two teachers and one associate teacher. Our Early Childhood Center was designed specifically for our youngest students. It has light-filled classrooms, direct access to a large, nature-based play yard, raised garden beds, a kitchen, studio space, and an adjacent multipurpose building. The program involves children in a rich array of learning experiences in an environment which respects children’s individual interests and varying rates of growth. Play—as a means for children to explore and construct an understanding of their world—is at the core of the program. The integrated curriculum includes substantial and varied activities in language and literacy, mathematics and science, the arts and physical skills. Support of children’s social and emotional growth, with attention to the major developmental tasks of each age group, is also a priority.
Design and implement innovative, developmentally appropriate curriculum
Collaborate with other teachers, the learning resource team, and specialists to meet the need of diverse learners and to develop an engaging thematic curriculum.
Partner with a current teacher and associate teacher in working with a group of 20 - 25 children
Build respectful and and supportive relationships with students
Deliver progressive and intentional instruction
Develop strong home-school partnerships and communicate with families clearly, frequently, and with cultural sensitivity.
Participate in school wide initiatives
Engage in ongoing professional development and growth
An orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
Formal training in early childhood or elementary education (masters degree
Strong understanding of child development, including the social, emotional, and intellectual domains
Ability to work collaboratively with a co-teacher to design student centered curriculum and meet the needs of diverse learners
An understanding of how to create a warm, nurturing, and supportive classroom for young children
Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum
Familiarity with some of our core resources and methodologies: Responsive Classroom, the Project Approach, Reading and Writing Workshop, Wilson Fundations, and Bridges to Mathematics)
Experience with gardening, outdoor education, and the Spanish language
Passion for instilling in children a lifelong love of learning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities, that make up our complex and diverse world.