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Forest School Teachers and Assistant Teachers Posted May 24
Common Ground/New Haven Ecology , New Haven, CT
Full Job Description:

Help us connect children to nature based learning and play! Seeking full time and part time teachers and assistant teachers who are passionate about making outdoor learning accessible to more children.

Our educator team will work in a variety of programs and settings in the 2021 – 2022 school year:

On our campus, as staff in our NatureYear, Kids Unplugged, and School Field Trip programs. NatureYear is based on a forest school model, connecting a small group of children (ages 5 – 13) with a 10 month long intensive experience in nature. Children come for one full day each week instead of attending their traditional classroom on that day. NatureYear teachers use an emergent curriculum that follows the seasons and the interests of the children. Teachers provide content based learning about science, nature, and the environment as well as facilitate and create opportunity for adventure based play. Kids Unplugged is a recreational after school program full of hiking, farm animals, fort building, mud pie making, and other outdoor play! School Field Trips offer farm and forest based experiences to visiting classes from local schools.

At local schools, using the school’s outdoor spaces as the setting for science and nature based lessons, hands-on activities, and play. Working at local schools requires a creative educator who can see an asphalt and grass lot and imagine a world of possibilities! Many schools have or are in the process of developing gardens, mud kitchens, loose parts play zones, and other outdoor learning spaces. Work at schools includes the opportunity to help develop and maintain these spaces, making outdoor learning more accessible to the whole school community.

At local parks, connecting students from public schools to forest school style learning similar to the NatureYear program. A series of full day field trips immerse children in nature, including both lessons designed and led by our team and child directed play time.

Our programs welcome children and staff of all identities and our educators must be committed to anti-bias and anti-racism in the ways that we communicate, teach, manage behavior, set policy, and all other aspects of our work as a team and with the community.