Job Opening Announced: Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist

If you have experience as a high school English teacher and are enthusiastic about expanding a progressive high school’s language and literacy offerings and devising curriculum that is relevant — and interesting — to a diverse student body, we’d like to hear from you. That’s because we’re currently conducting a nationwide search for a Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist with experience in CES Common Principles, Big Picture Learning, Expeditionary Learning or similar schools of thought within the progressive approach to education.

Formal qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in English, Language Arts, Literacy, or a related field, with a master’s degree preferred. Candidates should also have teaching experience in a variety of course designs and program models; be culturally competent; possess strong organizational and leadership skills; and have extensive experience designing multi-cultural curriculum and working with diverse adolescents.

In short, we’re seeking well-rounded candidates who have experience or knowledge of interdisciplinary curriculum design, experiential education, project-based learning, literacy across the curriculum, and the Understanding by Design framework for curriculum design, assessment, and teaching.

Specifically, we are looking for an enthusiastic educator to join our instructional team to create and deliver innovative curriculum, lead an instructional focus on literacy, and create empowering and creative opportunities for students who have expressly chosen — some for the first time — to be engaged in their own education, to explore and learn more about themselves as learners, both in the classroom and out in the real world.

We want our new Language & Literacy Instructional Specialist to be able to develop, implement, and oversee the Eagle Rock School English curriculum, and expand the school’s current program, tailoring it to engage our students in literacy opportunities outside of class time.

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Music & Performance Instructor Sought for Deeply Creative Students

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center (PDC) is seeking a music & performance instructional specialist who can help high school students committed to engaging themselves in their own education build confidence and express themselves — sometimes before an audience — through music and performance.

In addition to leading our school’s music program, our next Music & Performance Instructional Specialist will be asked to deliver innovative curriculum and oversee student theatrical performances. Specifically, we’re searching for someone with a number of advanced skills, including vocal technique; piano (the ability to play contemporary and popular music, improvise over chord changes and read written music); music theory and ear training; American contemporary and popular music performance; teach voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums; as well as direct a theater production team.

Our best candidates for this unique opening will also have a basic understanding of technical theater (lighting design, sound design, set construction, props, and costumes); be able to teach non-Western music (knowledge of Latin music and ability to speak Spanish is a plus); and be able to instruct students on basic digital music and sound recording software.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Eagle Rock School is Searching for a Math Instructional Specialist

If you possess a bachelor’ or master’s degree in mathematics, math education, or a related field, and you have a sincere interest in teaching math concepts and skills to high school students who have a history of not doing well in traditional schools — but who have recently committed themselves to becoming engaged in their own education — we might have a teaching position that is right up your algebraic alley.

Eagle Rock is a full-service not-for-profit educational reform organization that operates a year-round residential high school in Estes Park, Colo., and offers professional development services at school and community sites around the United States. In short, we’re committed to making high school a more engaging and inclusive experience and we’re noted for hiring instructors who work together in order to provide relevant learning experiences for our students.

To get a clearer picture of what we’re all about, it might help to visit our website — EaglerockSchool.org — where you’ll discover that our approach to learning isn’t limited to the traditional school day, nor do our mathematic experiences always take place in a traditional classroom environment.

Our progressive education model is based on an inherent trust of students. And to be honest, Eagle Rock doesn’t appeal to all teachers. For instance, if you think students need to be “taught math lessons,” we’re probably not your best option. Truth is, we’re looking for a math instructor who has Continue reading…

We’re Seeking a Director of Curriculum to Start in January 2020

Here at Eagle Rock, we’re kicking off a national search for an experienced academic leader to serve as our next director of curriculum.

This is an exciting position for someone with a proven track record in the classroom, experience coaching and developing teachers, and a passion for working in a small, non-traditional, creative, diverse, learner-centered environment.

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Requirements for the position include seven-plus years of teaching experience; a master’s degree in education, school leadership; experience as an instructional coach; and experience in progressive educational models, as well as experience with curricular models that value academic and personal growth. Additionally, residential school experience is highly desirable.

Among the tasks our new director will be focused on are the development and oversight of our academic, learner-centered curriculum, which is closely aligned with Eagle Rock’s  Continue reading…

Hiring our First-ever Learning Specialist

We’re pleased to announce that if all goes according to plan, the first-ever Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center Learning Specialist will join our Instructional Team by Sept. 2 of this year. This new position, which was created to ensure all Eagle Rock School students receive the academic support they need, calls for someone possessing an entrepreneurial disposition (to help us, in sense, co-create the new role).

Reporting to our director of curriculum, the learning specialist will be responsible for serving students with learning needs by means of creating and managing learning plans, directing tutoring and instruction, and coaching our instructional specialists in new and emerging learning techniques.

To accomplish these and other responsibilities, the successful candidate should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Special Education or a related field. Applicants should also have experience in progressive models of education at the high school level and have participated in a successful Learning Specialist program — or better yet, have experience in building such a program — in the past.

Additional responsibilities the new staff member will take on include: Continue reading…

Eagle Rock School Seeks a Math Instructional Specialist

If your idea of fun includes empowering diverse teens to learn math concepts and skills, and you believe in learner-centered education, then this blog post could change your life! Here at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, we’re conducting a search for an Interim Math Instructional Specialist — a position on our school’s faculty that works directly with students who have agreed to pivot and engage themselves in their own education.

The initial contract for this position runs from Jan. 3, 2019 through Aug.13, 2019 (thus the “interim” status), with the opportunity for the incumbent to apply for a permanent position as our Math Instructional Specialist post that begins in August of next year.

Video—Watch an Eagle Rock School Math class in action:

Regardless of job status, the Interim Math Instructional Specialist, who will report to our Director of Curriculum, serves as a key part of our instructional team, and will be responsible for students’ development of math reasoning and related skills — both through designing and implementing innovative curriculum and through extracurricular math opportunities.

An obvious plus for us is a candidate who has experience working with diverse adolescents, including a mix of Continue reading…

Eagle Rock School Seeks Human Performance and Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist

The official job title for the position we’re seeking to fill here at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center is for a Human Performance Instructional Specialist, which is synonymous for Physical Education, Health, & Outdoor Education Teacher. That search entails finding a candidate who can empower each of our high school students to start a lifelong appreciation for fitness, initially set against the pristine backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Human Performance Center at Eagle Rock School
Human Performance Center

if you care deeply about supporting lifelong health and you love to work with young adults, this job will prove to be attractive. And if living fulltime on a mountainside campus — where Wilderness serves as your part of your classroom — sounds appealing, now would be the time to submit an application.

About Eagle Rock School

For the past quarter of a century, Eagle Rock School has operated as a non-traditional boarding school that supports students of all races and genders for the purpose of allowing them to examine their lives and the world in a deep and critical fashion. Our next Human Performance Instructional Specialist will work with diverse teens, teaching them how they can engage confidently in physical pursuits.

At Eagle Rock, our instructors are fully committed to our students and to contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts. You may want to check out our website (www.eaglerockschool.org) to get a better feel for our mission, our school and the important role our Professional Development Center plays here on our own campus and for schools and communities all across the United States.

The Human Performance Instructional Specialist in-depth

Reporting directly to our director of curriculum, our new hire will — among other tasks — lead a full Continue reading…

Eagle Rock Seeks a Seasoned Professional Development Associate

We’ve been going through the process of filling several positions recently here at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center (PDC), and this time around we’re looking for an experienced facilitator of adult professional development with classroom experience and know-how in progressive education reform models.

The Professional Development Center Associate we seek will serve on our renowned Professional Development Center team, joining fellow associates in crisscrossing the nation to visit high schools, school districts and other organizations seeking to institute progressive approaches to engaging young people in their own education.

(Image ©2017 by Michael Soguero)
(Image ©2017 by Michael Soguero)

Our objective in the area of professional development is to accelerate change in public education through an asset-based approach with partners in education nationwide who continually ask us to return in order to facilitate the design and change processes at their schools and organizations.

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Outdoor Education Adjunct Instructor Sought for Eagle Rock School

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center is seeking an experienced outdoor educator who is not only comfortable guiding experiential educational programs in remote backcountry environments for weeks at a time, but who can transfer the confidence and enjoyment gleaned from such experiences to novice teens — many of whom will be experiencing life outside their hometown for the first time in their young lives.

The job title is Outdoor Education Adjunct Instructor, and we’ll tell you up front that one of the most important aspects of this position is helping coordinate our three-times-a-year New Student Wilderness Program that sees incoming students participate in and successfully complete a 24-day wilderness course at the beginning of each trimester.

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For that program, the Outdoor Education Adjunct Instructor will facilitate outdoor and on-the-trail instruction to our students, supporting experiences that contribute to their personal and academic growth.

In addition to playing a pivotal role for the New Student Wilderness Program, the adjunct instructor wears many hats back on campus. Among the responsibilities our new staff member will take on are Continue reading…

We’re Hiring a Pair of Student Services Team Members

As we do from time to time, we’re taking to the blogosphere to share news that we’re seeking applicants for two new job openings here at Eagle Rock — both within the school’s student services team — each post tasked with ensuring a robust and rewarding residential life for our diverse student body.

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The primary focus of both positions is the personal growth and wellness of all Eagle Rock School students with an emphasis on introducing a variety of activity options conducted outside the classroom environment.

The first position is for a residential life program coordinator who will oversee the overall stewardship of our residential village, as well as provide coaching and support for house parents, advocate for students and oversee service learning opportunities as part of the co-curricular experience.

The residential life program director is tasked with fostering a safe and secure environment within our on-campus living village by advocating for house parents and students and keeping abreast of student behavior and providing the appropriate support and interventions.

The second post is for a student services program manager who will work under the direction of Eagle Rock’s Continue reading…