JOIN OUR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY OF LEARNING AND TEACHING

Bloom Community School is an independent, non-profit, private school dedicated to progressive education located in Normal, Illinois. We serve students K-8 in mixed-age classrooms using inquiry-based, student-centered learning approaches. Key to our teaching philosophy and everyday practice include a low teacher-student ratio, supporting and promoting positive social and emotional development, outdoor discovery, and community-based learning. Our accessible facilities are housed at the historic Normandy Village campus and are surrounded on all sides by public playing fields, playgrounds, and a food forest. The school is located two blocks from public transportation routes.


We are currently seeking an educator to join our team for the upcoming school year (2022-2023) and beyond. The position involves teaching a mixed-age (3rd-5th) classroom with a very favorable student to teacher ratio. Team-teaching opportunities and teacher-mentoring in progressive education approaches will be provided.


Bloom Community School is strongly committed to fostering a diverse community of teachers and students.  We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, teach, and co-teach 3rd-5th grade using inquiry-based and project-based approaches.

  • Support student social and emotional development, including guiding groups through restorative justice circles, facilitating student-driven conflict resolution, and promoting mindfulness.

  • Develop innovative and creative lesson plans, including plans that involve outdoor learning and community-based learning.

  • Establish and maintain an inclusive classroom environment.

  • Develop and distribute weekly newsletter demonstrating class activities.

  • Work with community partners to develop out-of-classroom educational programming.

  • Coordinate with the teaching team and administrative staff on student needs, wellness, and curriculum.

  • Develop and communicate holistic student assessments with a focus on documenting and promoting student development throughout the school year.

  • Assist with coordination of school activities and events.

Skills & Qualifications

  • At least one of the following:

    • Teaching certificate or Bachelor's degree in Education.

    • Previous full-time employment teaching in progressive education schools.

  • Open to learning and exploring new teaching skills and approaches, including:

○ Co-teaching and co-planning with a team.
○ Guiding student groups through restorative justice circles, facilitating student-driven conflict resolution, and promoting mindfulness.
○ Willingness to take teaching risks.

  • Ability to work with students with a wide range of academic and social/emotional needs.

  • Clear communicator. Must have strong communication and writing skills.

  • Must be willing to participate in school governance.

  • Out-of-state or out-of-country applicants are accepted.

  • COVID-19 vaccination required.

Starting Salary

  • Salary meets or exceeds local private-school compensation standards.

Benefits of Teaching Environment

  • Small class sizes.

  • Holistic approach to education and assessment for every child. No standardized testing.

  • Strong focus on teach-autonomy at every level. For example, teacher-driven approaches

  • to curriculum, teacher assessment, student evaluations, and daily scheduling.

  • Tuition waiver for children of full-time employees.
     

How to Apply
Submit your resume to jobs@bloomcommunityschool.org
 

Start Date

8/1/2022

Bloom Community School is committed to attracting staff of varied backgrounds and to developing inclusive classroom communities that draw strength from a positive recognition of diversity. We value diversity in our community with regard to gender, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, and ability.