Imagination Lab School is a new, TK-8 school serving Silicon Valley. With roots in progressive education and constructivism, ILS is a forward-thinking community of diverse student and adult learners with a shared commitment to empower each learner to be their best self.
Our team is a collection of exceptional individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Teaching today involves more than simply disseminating knowledge. Our learning guides are curators of experiences, coaches who help students observe and reflect, facilitators who develop responsibility and agency, advocates who celebrate and challenge each student, and team players who engage with other guides, students, families, and external partners. Above all else, our learning guides are professional learners.
As we head into our second year, we are seeking an Elementary Learning Guide with experience leading an integrated, project-based curriculum. They will be familiar with the process of Reading and Writing Workshops and constructivist math theories and practices. They will be able to manage materials and differentiate instruction in a multi-age classroom. They will have a deep respect for children and be strong advocates for children, their families, and the ILS community.
The Elementary Learning Guide is responsible for student learning, classroom instruction, and curriculum creation/implementation, in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
Daily responsibilities include:
Motivate, nurture, and challenge students
Plan engaging learning experiences and manage the overall educational program
Develop strong, supportive relationships with every child and their families
Establish and maintain a creative, self-directed and collaborative learning environment
Fully develop and assess students’ skills and competencies in a differentiated learning environment
Document and report learning progress clearly to families
Communicate, collaborate, and work effectively with other learning guides
Imagination Lab School is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
We believe that in order for children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in their communities, they must possess strong local, cultural and global competence. To that end, we learn from and enrich ourselves with multiple perspectives and welcome people of any country of origin, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, physical appearance, race, religious choice, family structure, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Applicable experience working with children
Understands the identity development and learning processes of early adolescents
Skilled at establishing meaningful relationships with students as a critical foundation for student engagement and development
Possess the following characteristics:
Contagious optimism and enthusiasm
Honesty and Integrity
Collaboration-mindedness, empathy, self-awareness and reflection
Intrinsic motivation, initiative and high standards
Adaptation, resilience, iterative mindset and willingness to take risks, fail and recover
Critical thinking, inquisitiveness, boundless curiosity and enthusiasm
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Comfort in the use of digital technology and media
Three (3) years of experience teaching children in a classroom setting, preferably in elementary grades
Experience with student mentoring, leadership, or advisory programs
Passion for and experience in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Imagination Lab School is a TK-8 grade private, progressive school in Palo Alto with a commitment to social and emotional development, experiential learning, community engagement, and real-world problem solving.
Our students are engaged, empowered, and empathetic individuals with the strength of character and strength of voice to make a difference in the world.
Visit us at www.imagination-school.org to learn more about our community and our programs.