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Lower School Learning Garden Teacher

Lower School Learning Garden Teacher
Park Day School, Oakland, CA 

Overview of School 
Park Day School, founded in 1976, offers an outstanding coeducational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. The school is rooted in the tenets of progressive education and reinforces 21st Century pedagogy. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives; our community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students. Our historical and park-like four-acre campus is located in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, CA. 

Overview of the Position 
The learning garden teacher is responsible for teaching K-5 grade students in groups of 8 or 9 once weekly. The teaching schedule is set and represents 90 percent time Monday – Friday. The learning garden program incorporates a seed to table philosophy as well as supporting the lower school science curriculum and interdisciplinary studies and investigations. The learning garden teacher supervises students working and learning outdoors to maintain student garden areas and a mini farm with chickens. There is an indoor classroom space for use during inclement weather. This teacher will also collaborate regularly with classroom teachers and specialist program staff when designing the overall program and special projects. The learning garden teacher collaborates most closely with the Design ME director, putting into action design and building projects as needed as part of our Agency by Design research project collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The teacher will also collaborate with grounds staff. The learning garden teacher plays a leading role in organizing Earth Day celebrations on campus.
This position includes completing newsletters, bi-annual student progress reports and conducting parent conferences. This position emphasizes collaborative work with teaching staff, including attendance at weekly staff meetings and committee work. There is an existing grade level curriculum and we seek vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. 

Candidates must have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and instructional techniques that differentiate for students at different skill levels and multiple intelligences. Previous teaching experience and/or educational preparation for elementary education is strongly preferred. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students and experience with collaborative teaching in dynamic learning environments. The hiring process will include a demonstration lesson and interview with a hiring committee. 

How to Apply: 
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 2 professional references to: 
Or, mail to: 
Karen Colaric, Lower School Director
Park Day School 
370-43rd Street 
Oakland, CA 94609 

Park Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. 

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