Details: Based on experience
557 McReynolds Rd
The Discovery School – the only museum-based preschool in California – seeks exemplary early childhood educators to contribute to the development of a new lab school model.
Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, The Discovery School emphasizes inquiry and exploration through extended, STEM-rich projects connected to children’s interests and questions. The Discovery School is affiliated with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity, which provides evidence-based expertise in children’s creativity development. The museum’s 7.5 acre site, educational programs, and surrounding national park beaches, batteries, and hiking trails provide an unparalleled location to teach and inspire life-long learning!
The Discovery School has recently launched as a lab school and plans to extend its impact in the coming years by developing a robust teacher professional development program. We seek skilled, reflective career practitioners committed to advancing constructivist, STEM-based education in early childhood.
Preschool Teachers will provide daily care and supervision of children enrolled in the Discovery School program, work directly with families, and collaborate with the school leadership. The teaching calendar runs from mid-August to early June, with school starting after Labor Day and ending around Memorial Day. Separate employment opportunities exist assisting BADM camp programming when Discovery School is not in session (during Winter, February, Spring, and Summer breaks).
- Work with children in the classroom daily, including in planning and preparing activities, curriculum development aligned to clear outcomes, documentation of emergent learning, transitions and circle time.
- Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children enrolled in the program at all times.
- In collaboration with other teachers, refine school programs and curriculum in line with Department of Education goals and outcomes.
- Work with the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) to serve as the ECE lab school for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Provide assistance to the research teams that work with The Discovery School students; use the CCC research to inform planning and preparation of the curriculum.
- Actively build relationships with individual parents to support their child’s development and learning and to meaningfully engage all families in the school and museum communities.
- Write weekly reflections of school experiences to serve as email communication with families. This involves utilizing a composition program such as Pages or Publisher.
- Work collaboratively to collect, display and disseminate documentation of children’s work. This includes regularly taking careful observational notes and intentional photos; conference with families verbally and in written form on the development of their child, which includes goal setting for children’s individual development.
- Compile and present a slide slow showcasing classroom highlights and endeavors.
- Ensure proper maintenance and cleanliness of classroom and supplies daily.
- Prepare and organize supplies, including snack.
- Assist and support other BADM programming as needed, including during fundraisers, festivals, Goblin Jamboree, and other programs as needed.
- Lead communication and work collaboratively with all other museum departments as needed.
- BA or BS required, MA preferred; Degree in education, early childhood education, child development or relevant field strongly preferred
- Minimum 3 years of experience as a preschool teacher; 7 years of experience preferred for Lead Teachers
- Minimum of 6 completed (or currently enrolled) ECE units; 12 completed ECE units required for Lead Teachers.
- Expertise designing curricula that is emergent, inquiry/ project-based, collaborative, and child-centered
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required
- Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast pace work environment a must
- Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to use computer equipment required (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point)
- Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures
- Knowledge of child development , developmentally appropriate practices and project based learning
- Flexible, good-humored, team player
- Ability to move from place to place, work outdoors, bend and lift and carry up to 35 pounds short distances
- LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ Child Abuse Index
- Proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) required before starting employment
The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM
Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.
NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.