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Metro East Web Academy Seeks Teachers!

Job Title: Elementary Teacher

FTE: 0.5-1.0 dependent on enrollment

Salary: $47,000 per year for 1.0 FTE

Start Date: Approximately August 23, 2017


Applicant Deadline: Until Filled, Apply through TalentEd Recruit & Hire

This is not a Gresham-Barlow Licensed bargaining unit position.



Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field, current State of Oregon Teaching License with Elementary PK-12 endorsement or ability to obtain prior to start date, and current First Aid Card


Job Summary:

The position of elementary teacher is for the purpose/s of improving student success in academics through implementing approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes; developing lesson plans; modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; providing a safe and optimal learning environment and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress, expectations, goals, etc. The Teacher plans, implements and monitors education programs for assigned students.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Be willing to travel to the Corvallis area to meet with local students as a group or groups (depending on the number of students in the area) two to four times per week for group & individual instruction, student interaction & projects, as well as individual goal-setting & progress meetings
  • Work with students in a project-based learning setting
  • Ability to speak and teach Spanish preferred
  • Background in agriculture, outdoor education and working with maker spaces is also preferred
  • Familiarity with the principles of Nonviolent Communication and the tools of Agile Learning Centers and ability and willingness to facilitate the curriculum and group interaction using these philosophies
  • Teach reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, and health education utilizing course of study and skill sequences consistent with district and school goals and ?objectives ?
  • Provide planned learning experiences in order to motivate students and best utilize the ?available time for instruction ?
  • Enhance lesson plans and instructional materials to provide individualized and small group?instruction virtually or face-to-face in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student ?
  • Lead students through the development of a work sample and evaluates that work sample ?
  • Supervise and administer the Oregon Statewide Assessments, including preparation, logistics and security consistent with district policies and practices ?
  • Plan and coordinates the work of educational assistants or other paraprofessionals as needed ?through home visits or on-site ?
  • Evaluate academic and social growth of students consistent with the requirements of the ?district program, keeping appropriate records and reports ?
  • Evaluate the instructional program for students ?
  • Develop and uses multimedia instructional materials suitable for various learning modalities of ?students with a wide range of mental, physical and emotional maturities ?
  • Establish and maintains standards of student behavior to achieve a functional virtual learning ?environment and effective participation in all activities ?
  • Utilize and incorporates new materials and processes ?
  • Participate in evaluation of materials, equipment and online curriculum for suitability for the ?classroom. Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive ?displays of students, bulletin boards and interest centers. ?
  • Create and maintains an active, responsive climate for learning, through positive teacher- ?student rapport and helps students to develop a positive self-image ?
  • Communicate with parents through a variety of means ?
  • Hold parent conferences to discuss individual student’s progress and to interpret school programs?Participates on a regular basis in in-service to maintain professional competence Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs relating to students within the school
  • Meet the state standards for competent and ethical performance Prompt and regular attendance?Conduct home visits with parents and students


Other Job Functions:

  • Selects books, instructional aids, and supplies and makes recommendations for purchases
  • Supervises students in and out of classroom activities during the assigned work day
  • ?Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and Administrative Regulations
  • Confers with colleagues, administrators, students and/or parents when necessary
  • Participates in various meetings (e.g. parent conferences, in-service training, site meetings, etc.) ?for the purpose of receiving and/or providing information
  • Presents a positive teacher image to the community
  • Collaborates with other staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude ?and learning problems
  • Establishes good relationships through participation in faculty committees and meetings.
  • Participates in professional organizations
  • Shares in the sponsorship of student activities
  • Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the ?School?Essential Job Requirements

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with parents, staff, and students
  • Understanding of and ability to relate to the needs of students of different ethnic, ?cultural, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, co- ?workers, and supervisors?

Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Required:

  • Skills in planning, developing, and implementing curriculum
  • Effective communication skills with students, parents and other school personnel
  • Knowledge of instructional theory and best practices, curriculum, state and federal education laws, regulations and policies
  • Abilities to stand and walk for prolonged periods, perform a variety of specialized and responsible tasks, maintain records, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parent, other school personnel, meet schedule and deadlines. Significant physical abilities include lifting/carrying/reaching/handling, talking/hearing conversations, near/far visual acuity/depth perception and accommodation field of vision

Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years teaching experience in elementary setting Licenses, Bonding and/or Testing Required:
  • Appropriate teacher’s license
  • Highly Qualified Status for assignment
  • Criminal Justice fingerprint clearance
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid Certificates
  • Blood-borne pathogen training, as appropriate

Apply here.

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Report on the 2017 AERO Conference

The AERO conference of 2017 was held from August 2nd to August 6th. Those who attended experienced a very special event. This included:
  • A spectacular cruise around Manhattan Island.
  • A visit to Pono, an education center in West Harlem in Manhattan
  • Three documentaries, including a presentation by 22 year old Taiwanese film maker Adler Yang of his award-winning film, “If There is a Reason to Study”
  • The book launch of Jerry Mintz’ “School’s Over”
  • A keynote by unschool expert Dayna Martin
  • Six TED-like mini-talks
  • A keynote by MET Schools founder Dennis Littky
  • A keynote by Alliance of Self-Directed Education founder and author Peter Gray
  • A lunch keynote by Argentine film maker German Doin.
  • A keynote by renowned education writer Jonathan Kozol
  • A keynote by minority unschooling expert Akilah Richards
  • Two amazing panels with keynoters
  • An exclusive reading of a keynote written by paralyzed educator and author John Gatto
  • 36 amazing workshops
  • 12 display tables, a virtual reality demonstration, a Mine Craft server, networking events, book signings
We had attendees from 12 countries and 23 states.
Here are some comments from attendees:
“The AERO conference of 2017 was one of the most powerful/ inspiring networking events I have been to in my life. What great work AERO is doing!”  CV, Colombia
“I found the keynote speakers GREATLY inspiring!  DF
“”I had such a wonderful experience at this conference, and met so many amazing people. I hoped to help bring homeschooling into the Alternative Education conversation in the same way that unschooling has always been. I didn’t anticipate that I would leave with a completely re-framed vision of my work, and my place in this movement. Thanks AERO!!” BR
The AERO conference was a great success. I felt especially blessed to appear on the same stage, in a panel discussion,with one of my long-time heroes, Jonathan Kozol.  And, what a treat is was to hear Jerry Mintz read the speech written for this conference by the great John Gatto, on how education is all about the quest for water, food, and overcoming separation. The conference also, I think, saw the birth of a new star in the advocacy for Self-Directed Education.  When I recommended Akilah Richards to Jerry as a keynoter, I knew she would be good, but I didn’t know she would be THAT good.  Thank you, Jerry, for including her.  And thank you for your generosity in making room, at almost the last minute, for representatives of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE) and the ASDE workshop.    Peter Gray
“I have to thank you again for making space for me at AERO this year. It was such a pleasure to learn from and be received by the AERO tribe. I’m still reading through the copious notes I took, and reveling in the wonderful connections made!” Akilah Richards
This quote from Jonathan Kozol’s talk really stuck with Gleamer Sullivan:
“Learning should be a journey of discovery instead of a forced march to a preplanned destination.”
“I’m just back from the Alternative Education Resource Organization AERO conference and don’t have words to describe how beneficial I found it. It was like being as close to hope as we can rightfully get at this moment in history. It was not only about providing for children to become what they want to be. It was also about creating a world in which they feel equal and secure.” RF, Canada
I really enjoyed the keynotes and many workshops.  It was especially useful to have networking time over meals.  Meeting new people who become friends is such a benefit of the conference.
-Candy Landvoigt, Highland School
“The conference was not just informative or thought-provoking, but was bolstering and reaffirming to me as a homeschooler.” MF
“The conference was a gift. I feel more ready to do the work in front of me. It’s as if all I’ve been doing from inside the system has led me to AERO and all the incredible people you attract. Now is the time to show our communities how it all works.”  DM
A child care staff member was told this by a 6 year old, “I know that I am in this child care so my mother can go to workshops at the AERO conference, but to tell you the truth, you made me feel like this was my conference!
The audios of the workshops and videos of the mini-talks and keynoters were made by Jeff Gold’s group. They will be available soon. See below for more information
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Peter Berg’s Report on the AERO Conference

It happens every year. I come back from the AERO conference inspired, invigorated and ready to keep the education revolution moving forward.  This year’s conference was held in New York at Long Island University’s Post Campus.

What AERO does that very few other organizations do is bring together people from anywhere in the world who are interested in the idea of humans as natural learners and learner driven education.

If we all talked to each other, shared our best practices, resources, and energy learner driven education would be the norm, which in my opinion would lead to a more just, sustainable world.

The AERO conference kicked off with two documentaries: Screenagers and Movement which prompted dynamic discussions.

The next day started with a keynote talk by Danya Martin, sharing her work of creating educational freedom for children through mentoring others on the nuances of radical unschooling.

The day continued with min- talks from Jamaal Bowman, Michael Hynes, Brenna Gibson Redpath, Joanna Faber, Jane Macdonald and Debra O’Rourke on topics ranging from what learner driven education can look like in public schools, and homeschooling options, to youth created alternative free schools and the power and nature of creativity.

The evening got underway with a group meet and greet session led by Jerry Mintz, the Executive Director of AERO followed by Jerry reading excerpts from his new book  School’s Over, How to Have Freedom and Democracy in Education which signified its official launch.

Shortly after, participants were treated to Adler Yang’s documentary If There Is A Reason To Study followed by a Q & A session with Adler.

As happened every evening many conversations and impromptu meetings lasted well into the late night hours as conference attendees shared their work, resources, passion, and knowledge with each other.

The next day saw many of the incredible, diverse and dynamic workshops kick into high gear.

The day concluded with two amazing keynotes from Dennis Litky on his work of revolutionizing public education through his work with The Big Picture schools and Peter Gray  on the natural way humans learn through play and observation and have been doing so for millennia, and a panel discussion with Peter Gray, Dennis Litky, and Akilah Richards 

As conference goers awoke the next morning they had a variety of workshops to choose from as well as plenty of time for networking and sharing.  During the lunch break German Doin delivered a fascinating keynote sharing his journey of making education documentaries.

The day progressed with more workshops some of which were delivered by students who attended the conference.  As dinner ended attendees piled into the LIU Auditorium for Jonathan Kozol’s keynote on educational freedom, inequality, and justice.

Immediately following, Peter Gray joined Jonothan Kozol in a unique panel discussion where Peter Gray posed some questions to Jonathan Kozol before they both responded to questions from the audience.

The last day of the conference was marked by a dynamic energizing keynote from Akilah Richards where she talked about how self-directed education can and should be available and usable to all.

John Taylor Gatto prepared a written statement, since he is unable to appear in person, for the next keynote which was read by Jerry Mintz and followed up by Gatto publisher David Rodriguez.

The conference ended with an evaluation and call to action session.  Many participants stayed after the conference officially ended to continue their networking and work on furthering the education revolution.

During the conference, the AERO team recorded podcasts with Brenna Gibson Redpath & Anna Smith from Urban Homeschoolers on the ins and outs of homeschooling and some common myths surrounding it; Students from The New School and The Highland School on what it is like to live and learn in a democratic school, and what democratic education looks like, and Akilah Richards on liberating all communities through educational freedom and self-directed education.   Be on the look out for these wonderful podcasts as they will be released shortly, as well as audio CDs of all presentations, and DVDs of the keynotes and mini-talks.

AERO is happy to continue to bring such incredible diversity of educational thought, experience, and practice together in all of its work and has already begun putting together next year’s conference as well as many exciting new initiatives in 2017-2018.

Thank you to all the keynoters, presenters, volunteers and participants.  You are what makes AERO the organization that it is.