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3rd - 5th Grade Head Teacher

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Seattle, WA, USASeattleWAUSA

KapKa Cooperative School is seeking a full-time Teacher to join the 3rd-5th grade teaching team beginning in the fall of 2019. Our experiential approach to learning means we need someone who will collaborate actively and effectively with the other teachers on the team, as well as with the rest of the teaching staff, to create student-centered and project-based curricula that integrates all subjects as appropriate, with a strong commitment to social-emotional learning as the heart of what we do.

We seek an individual who welcomes change, creativity and collaboration and values community to join us in growing our unique progressive school.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Contribute collaboratively to the development and implementation of a project-based and experiential learning curriculum for students in a multi-age 3rd through 5th grade program.
  • Support student understanding, growth and skill development across multiple subject areas.
  • Meet with other members of the teaching team regularly to plan projects, activities, and lessons both on campus and in the field.
  • Collaborate with teachers from all levels in our multi-age social-emotional learning program.
  • Prepare progress reports and hold parent-teacher conferences three times over the course of the school year.
  • Attend special evening events, including parent meetings once per month, school-wide service projects and celebrations, and two overnight camping trips.
Educational Background: 
a teaching certificate and/or
a Master’s degree in education and/or
a minimum of three years experience teaching at a relevant grade level in a project-based or experiential learning environment

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Organization Info

KapKa Cooperative School

Seattle, WA, USA
11-50 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

KapKa Cooperative School is a dynamic community of children, parents and teachers working together to create an inclusive, experiential learning environment that fosters compassionate and capable lifelong learners.

Why Work For Us?: 

At KapKa, we . . .

Learn as a Community

At KapKa we acknowledge that every individual, adult and child alike, is both a teacher and a learner. By creating a community where we are each part of something bigger than ourselves, we recognize our need for belonging and commit to becoming cooperative and responsible members of society. To make positive contributions to any community, children must learn empathy and compassion, and must develop problem solving skills. Together, we create and maintain a series of traditions and celebrations that support this sense of togetherness and allow every member of the community to contribute and benefit in meaningful ways.

Consider the Whole Child

At KapKa we embrace the uniqueness of each individual and their contributions to the learning community. We encourage children to know themselves as physical, social-emotional, and intellectual beings. We support them as they recognize their strengths and challenges so that they can grow into confident, compassionate, and productive members of society.

Honor Student Voice & Choice

At KapKa we recognize children as innately curious and inherently capable and therefore give them the space to cultivate and demonstrate ownership of and responsibility for their learning. We incorporate their interests in developing curriculum and invite them to co-create their learning with support and guidance from adults and classmates. Children are active participants in every step of the learning process, from defining the focus of their studies to evaluating their success.

Learn Experientially

At KapKa we organize learning around problems, projects and questions that often emerge directly from children’s experiences and interests, allowing and encouraging students to engage in these topics in personally meaningful ways. We provide opportunities for children to solve problems collaboratively, applying a broad range of strategies and skills in real-world contexts. We also give them many chances to share and celebrate their work with the community through authentic products and performances. Through these learning experiences and regular practice in sharing their knowledge and skills, children develop confidence in and deep understanding of the subjects they study.

Foster Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking

At KapKa we provide a safe, supportive, engaging learning environment so that children are encouraged to think outside the box, take risks, experience challenges, expect and learn from mistakes, demonstrate resilience, and celebrate success. As a result, children explore the things they are curious about, express themselves creatively, and develop critical thinking skills.

Provide an Appropriate Level of Academic Challenge

At KapKa we remain aware of each child’s readiness, interest and learning style through ongoing, authentic assessments.  This informs the learning materials and activities we provide and the ways we support their growth. We also facilitate their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses so they learn to identify the “right-size jobs” for themselves.

Work Collaboratively

At KapKa we design a multi-age and cooperative learning environment that allows children to learn with and from one another and the adults in their community. There is a constant buzz in our classrooms as children share ideas, negotiate problems and work toward common goals supported by their parents and teachers. Children learn to give and share meaningful feedback to one another and incorporate the perspectives of others into their thinking.

Dedicate Ourselves to Social and Ecological Justice

At KapKa we are committed to expanding our awareness and appreciation of the diversity of life, both within our school community and outside our walls. We foster empathetic citizens who aspire to engage in and improve the lives of others and to be stewards of the environment.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 5 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 5 2019
Hiring Organization: 
KapKa Cooperative School