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Lead Teacher for Children’s Circle

Job Description (6/7/2017)

 

Description

Common Street Spiritual Center (CSSC), a love-centered spiritual community in Natick, MA, seeks a lead teacher for our Sunday morning Children’s Circle.  The purpose of the Children’s Circle is to provide a community within which our children experience a sense of belonging.  We are seeking a teacher to skillfully guide and affirm our children as they explore, question and develop their own spiritual beliefs and the shared values of the Common Street Spiritual Center (see a more complete Children’s Circle program description below).

The lead teacher will work with other staff and members of CSSC, including an assistant teacher, as we launch our Children’s Circle program this fall.  We piloted the program in February of 2017 and our children loved it!

Qualifications

experience with teaching children of different ages (program is for ages 3-10)

experience managing groups of children and materials (for example, as a preschool teacher, art teacher, camp counselor, etc)

experience or training in developing curriculum

experienced in or familiar with “child led” or “child centered” teaching.

Hours and Compensation

The lead teacher will be responsible for preparing for and teaching our Children’s Circle program on Sundays at 10:30am to 11:45am.  The lead teacher will earn $125 per session.  Starts late August or early September 2017.

To Apply

Email a resume, information for 2-3 references, and a cover letter, including a statement of your teaching philosophy, to our minister, Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach: ian@commonstreet.org.

 

Children’s Circle Program Description

Program Objectives

  • Meet the needs of young children and their families who are current or prospective members of CSSC
  • Provide children ages 3-10 with an age appropriate alternative to Sunday circle on Sundays from 10:30am-11:45am.
  • Familiarize children with the values and practices of CSSC
  • Foster confidence in the child’s own innate spiritual and ethical wisdom.
  • Integrate families and other caring adults into the spiritual and ethical education of our community’s children.

Mission

To provide a community within which our children experience a sense of belonging. To skillfully guide and affirm our children as they explore, question and develop their own spiritual beliefs and the shared values of the Common Street Spiritual Center.

Teaching Philosophy and Methodology

Our teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that children are innately spiritual. Our teachers aspire to foster confidence in our children’s spiritual development by affirming their right to know, trust, share and act on their own inner wisdom.  Content is delivered through the use of narrative and a variety of engaging activities.  Learning occurs when children engage in exploring, experiencing, creating, discovering, reflecting and interacting with adults and peers.

Themes

September-October: The Power of Words & Social Justice

November – December: Gratitude & Generosity

January – February: Love & Service

March – April: Cooperation & Environmental Stewardship

May –June: Empathy & Celebrating Diversity

July-August: Simplicity & Mindfulness