Based in Palo Alto, California, Tru is seeking a full time educator(40 hours per week) ready to engage in transformative experiences with children in grades K-5. Following progressive and constructivist principles of education, we provide many key characteristics of a research-based school:
warm and engaging school climate
integrated and thematic curriculum
direct investigations of the surrounding community
school-wide theatrical performances with music and dance
Our unique program follows the philosophy of the founding teachers, who seek not merely to teach children but to awaken within them a sense of empathy and connection. Inspired by Parker Palmer, Nel Noddings, John Dewey, and many other voices in educational literature, the school believes that the inner experience of the child is crucial to meaningful growth.
About the position
We are searching for a full timeassistant teacher + afterschool program coordinator who embodies the following attributes:
willingness to engage in a transformative process himself or herself: to question personal beliefs and prejudices, and to critically examine his/her relationships with students;
warmth and kindness, firm expectations, knowledge of child development, and the conscious use of language in a school setting;
equipped with a growth mindset characterized by ongoing personal and professional development, while leading children to discover new capacities in themselves.
familiarity and interest in music education(desirable but not required)
afterschool program coordination requires monitoring safety, conflict resolution, care of playground equipment, and some leading activities
recording keeping and communication with parents
Teaching @ Tru
The school is organized into mixed-age classes with one teacher each. To prepare candidates for an independent role in our school, we have created an apprentice position for new or experienced teachers to learn school practices and work closely with our lead teachers. The teachers collaborate to determine integrative content strands and essential questions, then implement those strands through developmentally appropriate activities with their individual classes. They communicate regularly with parents to inform them about student work and assess student progress against standard benchmarks of achievement.
Teachers participate fully in school community events and outreach programs. They also create a yearly professional development plan to support continued growth in educational theory and practice. Our program requires educators to reflect on their practice, collaborate constantly, and bring a strong personal presence to their work. Our integrative approach necessitates the development of original activities that reach across the traditional disciplines of science, literature, social studies, etc. A desire to explore, research, and teach unfamiliar topics is essential.
In the classroom
interest in career growth as a teacher, in all curriculum areas
warm and approachable manner with children
ability to write and communicate well
strong collaboration skills
responsiveness to the needs of a spontaneous, child-oriented environment
personal contemplative practice encouraged
nonjudgmental listening and communication skills
ability to exercise gentle authority consistent with our school culture
strong communication skills with parents and colleagues
orientation to detail in record keeping and billing
candidates with a strong interest in child development or the teaching profession are highly desired
Tru is a private, progressive elementary school near downtown Palo Alto, CA serving students K – 6, with unique practices to support the love of learning. Students practice mindfulness, engage in stage performance, and learn through in-depth projects with cross-disciplinary themes. Teachers form personal relationships with each child based on developmental research and make strong connections with families.