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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.

OPEN POSITIONS:

  • Middle School Educator

  • Early Elementary Educator

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATOR

We are seeking an educator to join our team as a long-term substitute teacher for the upcoming school year. The position involves teaching a mixed-age middle school classroom (grades 6-8) with a 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 with a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, teach, and co-teach 6th- to 8th-grade students 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. 

  • Use a multi-sensory, structured literacy approach to teaching reading and writing. 

  • 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 a weekly newsletter sharing information about class activities, and provide updates on classroom communication platforms.

  • 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 the coordination of school activities and events.

Skills & Qualifications

  • At least one of the following:

    • Teaching certificate or Bachelor's degree in K-8 education or, preferably, middle school endorsement/licensure.

    • 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 utilizing a learning framework incorporating 21st-century skills. No standardized testing.

  • Strong focus on teacher 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 info@bloomcommunityschool.org
 

Start Date

8/1/2024

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EARLY ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR

We are seeking an educator to join our team for the upcoming school year (2024-2025) and beyond. The position involves teaching a mixed-age early elementary-aged classroom with a 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 with a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, teach, and co-teach kindergarten–2nd graders 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. 

  • Use a multi-sensory, structured literacy approach to teaching reading and writing. 

  • 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 a weekly newsletter sharing information about class activities, and provide updates on classroom communication platforms. 

  • 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 the 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 utilizing a learning framework incorporating 21st-century skills. No standardized testing.

  • Strong focus on teacher 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 info@bloomcommunityschool.org
 

Start Date

8/1/2024

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.

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