LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) seeks educators committed to exploring progressive pedagogy. Candidates with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply. The school is seeking a lower school head teacher for the 2019-2020 school year, beginning September 1, 2019.
Qualifications Sought - Successful LREI teachers are lifelong learners who
can inspire students, have a joyful positive attitude about children, and become active members of the LREI community;
regularly bring ‘real life’ experience into their classroom and extend the classroom beyond the school walls into the neighborhood, city, and beyond;
are reflective about their practice and avail themselves of professional development and leadership opportunities;
are inspired by our mission and create a nurturing classroom with high educational expectations;
are guided by an ethic of care and see learning as connected to the development of the whole child
demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity, cultural competence, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse people;
possess excellent communication skills with students, parents, and the administration both formally and informally;
have a pedagogy which is student-centered and are comfortable with differentiating instruction
are creative problem solvers and innovators who possess a growth-mindset
Overview of the position:
The Elementary program at LREI is based on building community, learning through play, and growing motivated, self-directed learners. Students are encouraged to ask meaningful questions, take courageous steps towards their own learning, and engage in activities that help them make sense of their world. The day is comprised of social studies, literacy, and math blocks, outdoor play, and specials such as science, Spanish, movement and music. Physical, social-emotional, and academic development are embedded by teachers in art, block building, and social studies projects.
Specific requirements of the position
Create a nurturing classroom with high educational expectations.
Use a variety of formative assessment tools, in conjunction with classroom observations to record student progress.
Maintain frequent family communication.
Supervise and mentor associate teachers.
Collaborate with other classroom teachers, learning support teachers, and specialist teachers in the planning and implementation of curricula.
Candidate’s pedagogy should be student-centered and practiced in differentiated instruction.
A master’s degree in education and at least three years of successful experience as a teacher are preferred, but alternate pathways into the profession will be considered.
Overview of School
Founded in 1921 by Elisabeth Irwin (a contemporary and colleague of John Dewey, Caroline Pratt, and Lucy Sprague Mitchell), The Little Red School House has been at the vanguard of pedagogical innovation since its founding. LREI’s goal is to educate students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners and to pursue academic excellence and individual achievement, in a context of respect for others and service to the community. We believe that learning should be active and experiential, with the school providing abundant opportunities for students to excel. We accept students with a range of abilities and talents who can take full advantage of a rich and demanding academic program in which each student is both challenged and supported. We seek to create within the school a community built on understanding and respecting others. Thus, our student body traditionally reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our city, and our curriculum is built on interdisciplinary studies to promote understanding of many cultures. While individual achievement is encouraged and rewarded, our program underscores the value of shared goals, friendship, and cooperation in mastering difficult tasks. The progressive ideals that in 1921 gave life and inspiration to the school — academic excellence and creativity, active learning and innovative teaching, respect for the individual and responsibility to the community - continue to guide the school today. LREI is located in vibrant Greenwich Village and classes venture forth often to use the neighborhood and the city to provide rich learning experiences.
To apply for this position, refer a colleague to the position, and/or view other open positions at LREI, please visit us at https://www.lrei.org/careers.
A leader in progressive education since 1921, LREI teaches children to be independent thinkers who work together to solve complex problems. Students graduate from our diverse community as active participants in our democratic society, with the creativity, integrity, and courage to bring meaningful change to the world.