The Dome School

Seeking Elementary Teacher for 2016-17 school year [UPDATE: position filled]

Thank you for your interest in our Elementary teacher position!

[UPDATE: The school has filled this position, though we leave the notice below in our News/Updates section in the interest of posterity or something like it. Thank you.]
The Dome School seeks a 5 day/week Elementary teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Prior teaching experience and 2-4 year degree preferred.

Our school is a strong parent cooperative and our program is proud to support community-based learning and outdoor education. We spend at least 3 days each month studying in the field. Parents teach specialty subjects and trade skills for their parent hours. Several community members work all year long in the classroom! Communication and community involvement skills are highly important components to this position.

Another important element to our program is our thematic, emergent curriculum. We build our curriculum around different themes that stem from children’s interests. We may start the year with an ocean theme, and, due to children’s interests, a ship theme may emerge. Once we feel we have learned all we want to learn about the ocean and ships, we will introduce the next theme; maybe theater will be next, emerging into Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or architecture may be next, emerging into Fort building or a larger construction project.  We use themes to integrate all academic subjects in a meaningful, high interest way. Arts, crafts and other hands-on projects are always a large part of our thematic curriculum.

We are asking for a 5-day per week commitment, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-2:30pm. The job responsibilities include:

  • Developing curriculum
  • Head teacher responsibility for approximately 7-12 kids in the 1st-3rd grade
  • Co-teacher responsibility for entire elementary cohort (12-24 kids)
  • Collaborating daily with another teacher
  • Collaborating with parents and community volunteers
  • Monthly staff meetings
  • Biannual parent-teacher conferences
  • Designing and maintaining the classroom environment
  • Ordering school supplies and re-stocking supplies as needed

Deadline to submit resume with cover letter has been extended to April 7. We plan to conduct interviews in early April and make a decision by the end of April. While the position begins full-time in September, our hope is that the candidate will be available for several paid days of work throughout May, to meet with the current staff, shadow and train with our outgoing teacher, and get a better feel for the school culture and environment.

For more information, please peruse the rest of our website (particularly our history, our mission/philosophy page and our info for parents). Feel free to call us with any questions. Our office number is 541-592-3911 and we’re here weekdays 9:30am-2:30pm.