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Complications from Eye Surgery

The cataract surgery for the first eye went well. Frustratingly, the lens in the second eye has rotated and they need to go in again on Wednesday to re-position it. Thanks to all who sent me positive notes. Wish me luck.

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Bay State Learning Seeks Part Time Maker Space/Crafts Tutor and Coordinator

Location: Bay State Learning Center – Dedham, MA

Open Position: Part Time – Maker Space/Crafts Tutor and Coordinator

Dates of Employment: ASAP to June 15, 2019 Hours: 2 days per week from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Compensation: $30.00/HR – Independent Contractor

Only U.S. Citizens or those already approved to work in the U.S. should apply. We are unable to help an international candidate get a work visa for this position.

Who We Are:

BSLC was started in 2014 by George Popham with a simple thought – “The way we teach kids in many public schools just isn’t working. I think there’s a better way”. George had been teaching in public schools for many years and he could see that kids were learning to memorize, follow rules, take tests and complete homework, and though there were likely some skills that they might take with them into adulthood, the most important ones weren’t being taught. They weren’t figuring out how to learn on their own, how to think on their own, or how to manage their own time. Thus BSLC was born and we’ve been encouraging kids to take control of their learning ever since.

Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that children are naturally curious & creative and that they thrive in an environment that fosters those traits, not one that thwarts their imagination. It understands that kids learn differently but surely and that no one size fits all. It puts the emphasis on learning that helps teens be prepared to lead a satisfying life, personally and professionally, in a constantly changing & evolving world rather than educating based on yesterday’s needs.

BSLC is built with a core belief that growing to be a compassionate and responsible individual is just as important as growing academically. You will see BSLC teens actively working towards being meaningful community members.

What We Need:

We are looking for a mature, energetic, creative person to manage our Maker/Creative Space at our Center. The right candidate should have some experience working with teens in an educational setting. They should also have some experience working with their hands. We have a creative maker space area that includes weaving, a Cricut Maker, electronics, wood working tools, a pottery wheel, a sewing machine, and various other crafting areas.

How to Apply:

Send an email with your resume and cover letter attached to information@baystatelearning.org.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $30/HR – Independent Contractor

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Exclusive to AERO: Report from the 2018 IDEC in India!

By Moe Zimmerberg – Tutorial School
This November 15th-21st, democratic educators, students, parents, well-wishers, and friends gathered in Bengaluru, a city in the state of Karnataka, India for the 25th International Democratic Education Conference.  Twenty-one countries were represented including your correspondent from the US. This was also merged with the third Asia Pacific Democratic Education Conference, and the first ever In(dia) DEC.

 

IDEC is always a wonderful time to deepen friendships, make new ones and learn about other schools in other countries.  This one did not disappoint. The week-long conference gave us ample time to connect and learn from each other. There were no scheduled keynote speakers, but rather “open space” scheduling which allowed anyone to post a session or workshop.

 

There were many presentations by various democratic learning places around India.  Many of them are Montessori-based. Maria Montessori was lecturing in India when World War II broke out and, as an Italian, was forced to remain until the end of the war.  She had a profound impact on alternative education in India. She taught then that the teacher should observe the child without judgements or assumptions and endeavor not to interfere with each child’s internal “natural learner.”  If you combine this approach with egalitarian school government and a focus on human rights for the child, you get democratic education–not that it has or should ever be defined.

 

In addition to the informative sessions there were various workshops:  Hand spun thread, clay sculpture, 3d paper objects, music therapy, contact improv dance, tribal stories, varieties of millet, to name a few.  One group spent the conference building a two story treehouse out of bamboo.

 

One remarkable thing we learned about was the Children’s Parliaments of India.  These are neighborhood decision making bodies completely run and populated by children.  They deal with issues of concern ranging from broken street lights or the use of disposable plastic to abusive, alcoholic parents.  There are 50,000 such parliaments in India. They have been to the UN and are now a worldwide movement. Power to the children!

 

Globally, the Democratic Education movement continues to grow at a dizzying pace.  The most surprising country was Indonesia, which is now seeing a surge of new schools. In Europe, Poland and Germany have many schools and startup groups.  Every country in Europe now has at least one democratic school, and many countries have several. France, a latecomer to Democratic Education, has sprouted 47 schools or groups in just 4 years.  Some estimate there to be 2,000 democratic schools worldwide.

 

After a slight stall, the international educator development program is back on track. Self-directed Education for Educators of Democratic Schools/spaces (SEEDS) will soon be online, thanks to the efforts of our new friend, Harsh, who will create the website.  Soon we will be inviting schools, interns, and mentors to join our program. Imagine how encouraging it would be for someone who wishes to learn how to be a democratic educator to find out that he or she would be able to intern at several schools around the world!

 

The passing of the IDEC Guitar to the Ukrainian organizing team directs our focus to the upcoming IDEC 2019, which will start in Kiev on August 1st and move to Vinnystia from the 3rd until the 8th or 9th.  If the last time the IDEC was in Ukraine is any indication, it should be a wonderful conference. 2020 will be in Nepal, and there is a suggestion to meet in the western hemisphere for 2021. IDEC is a conference, not an organization.  Thus, every organizing team has virtually free reign to design their IDEC as they see fit. Nearly everything is up to them, from the time of year to how much open space scheduling there will be.

 

The theme of this IDEC pretty much sums up the experience:  Shanti with Diversity – a very peaceful conference with a broad range of people, workshops, and sessions.
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Longview School Seeks Science Teacher: High School & Middle School

Science Teacher: High School & Middle School

(2 years experience required)

Longview School – Brewster, NY

$2,600.00 – $3,000.00 per month

Open Position: Full Time Replacement High School and Middle School Science Teacher

Dates of Employment: ASAP to June 21, 2019 Hours: 3 days per week from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM, and 2 days per week from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM

Compensation: $2,600 to $3,000 per month depending upon experience (see details below)

Only U.S. Citizens or those already approved to work in the U.S. should apply. We are unable to help an international candidate get a work visa for this position.

Who We Are

Longview School is like no other. While Longview School certainly has a rigorous pre-K through 12th grade academic program, what makes Longview unique is our supportive community where each student knows and is known by every teacher. In our small classes (2-10 students), teachers make the curriculum relevant by connecting their subjects to the students’ lives. This, combined with a hands-on educational approach, inspires students to love learning. Beyond academics, Longview empowers students to become independent and responsible as they participate in our democratically-governed school with a student-led judicial system. Longview’s focus on educating the whole child, academically and personally, gives our graduates an undeniable advantage as they transition to college.

The above is what we say about the school, but Longview is of course much more. It is a place created by teachers who often were successful in traditional academic settings, but who believe that education is not filling students’ heads with information. Rather, it is about learning to become successful adults. For us, success is measured first and foremost by being able to lead happy lives. Not the sort of happiness that comes with seeming perfection on the outside while there is endless turmoil on the inside. No, the kind of happiness that comes from people knowing themselves well enough to be able to guide their lives towards happiness. The kind of happiness that comes when people have learned the skills to have some control over themselves and their world, having tested their mettle in a safe, supportive environment so that they leave school ready to face what comes next. The kind of happiness possessed by people who have learned independence and responsibility, at the same time that they have learned how to form meaningful and supportive relationships with peers and teachers.

If this is the sort of school you want not only to be a part of, but to have an active role in helping to create, then maybe we have a place for you.

Longview combines aspects of the Sudbury School model with more traditional academic education. So how does that work?

We have 2 educational tracks: the Sudbury track and the Academic track. Each family–parents and kids together–chooses which track is right for the child. On the Academic track, students take classes in English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and art, in addition to electives. On the Sudbury track, students are able to choose how to fill their time at school. They can take as many or as few classes as they choose, or help to create classes in areas of their special interests. Although the classes cover fairly traditional content, there is a constant focus on hands-on learning, inquiry-based instruction and making the material relevant to students’ lives.

Regardless of their track, all students participate in the other aspects of a Sudbury education, which include participation in:

  • a truly democratic school (run by School Meeting in which every student and each staff member get one vote);
  • a student-run judicial system to resolve conflicts among all community members;
  • a system of clerkship jobs in which students share in the real-world work of running and maintaining a school;
  • an internship system placing kids in real job settings;
  • a student-run chore system in which students take responsibility for keeping the school neat each day.

If you intend to apply for this position, then you will need to learn more about our school. You should definitely watch the videos in our Guided Introduction on our website: www.longviewschool.org

What We Need

We are looking for a science teacher who is excited by our innovative model and who is nearly bursting with passion for democratic education. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in and designing curriculum for middle school general science and high school chemistry (with experience in other science classes such as biology, earth science, and/or physics being a plus). If the candidate does not have this experience, s/he will need to have the resourcefulness to design curriculum with limited supervision, and so in that case, real-life science experience would be essential. Since our school includes students with a variety of learning challenges as well as typical learners, a special education background is a real plus.

The right person might be

  • a person working in the sciences who would love to apply her/his skills teaching;
  • a teacher who is tired of working in a restrictive environment with too many students to give each and every student what s/he needs;
  • someone who is new to teaching and can’t imagine working in a traditional school;
  • a parent who is unwilling to send her/his child(ren) to public school, wants to be a part of their education, and has the background described above;;
  • someone retired from teaching who can’t stay away from education but won’t stand for any other place than a school in which the kids are empowered;
  • a person with real-life skills who wants to apply her/his knowledge through teaching;
  • someone who is uniquely qualified for reasons we haven’t yet considered.

Team players are a must, as we all wear many hats.

What We’re Offering

We are hiring for a full time replacement teacher from as soon as possible to June 21, 2019. The work hours would be 3 days per week from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM, and 2 days per week from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM. There may be some addition required community events in the evenings or weekends a few times per year (for which there is no additional compensation).

We are a small, private school with a small budget. Please read this carefully before applying for the position. We are offering a salary ranging from $2,600 – $3,000 per month based upon experience (this option has no subsidized health insurance — lower salary with partially school subsidized health insurance is an option). If you have a child/children who you would like to enroll in the school, waived tuition and less salary would be a possibility. If the right candidate does not live in our area (Westchester/Putnam County of New York, about 1 hour north of NYC), support in finding housing could be provided.

How to Apply

Look over our website (www.longviewschool.org) and watch the videos in our Guided Introduction. Then write a letter of interest. Send in your cover letter AND resume by email or by mail to Longview School, 83 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English–Fluency

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

We prefer a candidate to have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Science or Teaching Science. We will consider candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Science, Technology, or Education with related experience in teaching science or in working in the sciences.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $2,600.00 to $3,000.00 /month