The Dome School

We are Hiring! 2022-2023 Elementary Teacher

We are seeking an Elementary Teacher. Apply by April 30th . Interviews will be conducted and new teachers will shadow current teachers for 1-3 days in the classroom mid-May!

Resumes can be emailed to TheDomeSchool@Gmail.com or Dropped off at the Dome School Office.

More than 45 years educating the whole child

The Dome School is more than a school, it is a family. The school is located inside the Takilma Community Building, which hosts numerous concerts, plays, gatherings, and other creative and celebratory events throughout the year. Some events serve as school fundraisers to offset the low cost of tuition, while other events are hosted by community members, who have long valued the Takilma Community Building as the cultural center of the artistic and unique community of Takilma, Oregon.

Mission

The Dome School works hand-in-hand with families to ignite a lifelong love of learning and a deep caring for the diversity of humanity and the natural world. By weaving together school, family and community, we create a sense of belonging that empowers children to be leaders in a changing world.

Values

  1. Teach the whole child: body, mind, and spirit
  2. Create a positive, warm, welcoming, and nurturing learning environment for students
  3. Incorporate thematic learning that is based on children’s preferences, interests, and abilities
  4. Value unstructured play, creativity, and community-building as integral to the school day
  5. Use inquiry-based education techniques to foster discovery, creativity, communication, and teamwork so that students understand concepts instead of just memorizing information  
  6. Use non-violent conflict resolution techniques to help children learn from mistakes instead of punishing them for their mistakes
  7. Group children into small, multi-level, multi-grade classrooms to encourage children to learn from one another as well as from teachers
  8. Emphasize the development of children’s self-esteem and self-regulation
  9. Continue the Dome School tradition as a parent cooperative
  10. Provide home-cooked, nutritious meals
  11. Treat every child as a unique, creative, intelligent, and capable individual

Your Role

PositionElementary Teacher
Direct SupervisorThe board of directors is responsible for employment decisions; however, on a day-to-day basis teachers do not have a direct supervisor. Staff at the Dome School work cooperatively to develop themes, provide guidance and support one another, and work together to support students’ academic, creative, social-emotional and physical development.

Job Summary

The Elementary Co-Teacher is responsible for 9-18 children in grades 1-5, with support from colleagues, Title 1 staff, parents and community teachers. The Elementary Program is located in two classrooms: the Serpentine Room (lower elementary) and the Amethyst Room (upper elementary). The school week is tentatively scheduled for Monday-Thursday, and the school day is from 9:30am to 3:00pm (with breakfast available 9-9:30am). Morning Instruction is 9:30-11:45am, Lunch & Recess 11:45am-12:45pm, and Afternoon Instruction 12:45pm-3:00pm. Teachers supervise Lunch & Recess. The teacher workday begins at 8am and ends at 3:30pm (7.5 hours daily, or 30 hours weekly). The school year begins in early September and concludes at the end of May.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop curriculum for a variety of learning styles, including the purchase and creation of curriculum materials that emphasize creative, thematic-based learning.
  • Collaborate with co-teacher(s) daily to ensure curriculum consistency across both classrooms and co-plan opportunities for the entire elementary class.
  • Use classroom observation and student input to develop lessons based on student interests.
  • Embrace teachable moments and give students choices in many situations to allow them to have some control in their education and help them learn to make authentic choices.
  • Guide students in developing conflict-management skills and other social skills.
  • Encourage students to manage impulsivity, practice mindfulness, think critically, develop persistence, take responsible risks, and follow their creativity.
  • Support the “whole child” (mind, body, spirit) and help children develop all their intelligences (intrapersonal, interpersonal, linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, and naturalistic intelligences).
  • Assess student growth in ways that are not stressful or judgmental.
  • Use appropriate positive discipline techniques instead of punishments.
  • Practice patience, grace, kindness, compassion, and good humor.
  • Create a warm, nurturing environment where children feel safe to make mistakes.
  • Unconditionally love and support each child.
  • Collaborate with parents as part of the parent cooperative history of the school.
  • Collaborate with community volunteers, including those who teach the arts or special skills.
  • Design and maintain an organized and stimulating classroom environment that fosters teamwork, cooperation, and peer-to-peer sharing/learning.
  • Order school supplies through co-administrators.
  • Supervise lunch and recess daily.
  • Conduct parent-teacher conferences twice annually.
  • Attend and contribute to monthly staff meetings.
  • Attend staff training and contribute to monthly staff meetings.
  • Prepare the classroom in late August for the first day of school.
  • Clean, reorganize, and pack the classroom at the end of the school year in May.
  • If possible, attend Dome School functions throughout the year.
  • Start a fire for the furnace on your assigned day, learn how to use the alarm system and other basic building functions.
  • Abide by Covid-19 protocols as directed by the Oregon Health Authority.

Benefits of Co-Teaching at The Dome School

  • Teachers are part of a community with a long and creative history.
  • Teaching multi-grade, small classes are more intimate, where “everyone knows everyone.” This allows teachers to know their students for multiple years and develop strong, meaningful relationships with them.
  • Teachers have the autonomy to craft and choose their own curriculum, as well as collaboratively find and develop curriculum with their co-teacher(s). Teachers have the freedom to incorporate learning standards in creative ways and can make learning interactive and fun.
  • Because teachers guide students throughout the day, they have the power to connect student learning across disciplines.
  • Learning times are more intimate and informal than those at public schools and are not constrained by school bells. At the Dome School, Teachers can seize teachable moments, teach outdoors, and even take students on educational hikes from the school building.
  • Learning is treated as a fun process instead of as stressful competition to get the best test scores.
  • There isn’t pressure to push academics at very young ages; children are allowed to grow and develop skills at their own pace.

Education and Skill Requirements

  • A high school diploma/GED is required. 
  • An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferable or the equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience. A small wage increase is provided for teachers with college degrees.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm (sing, dance, be playful and have fun).