Montessori Associate Guide Teaching Fellowship

Posted by: Montessori For All

Austin, TX, US

Help Montessori For All change the face of 21st century schools. Put yourself on the pathway to becoming a lead guide (teacher) in 1-2 years by receiving free Montessori training and certification for three summers, hands-on teaching experience with the support of a lead guide, and supplemental professional development on a weekly basis within a joyful, dynamic, and innovative community.

  • Do you believe that schools should not only prepare children for the 21st century but should prepare them to transform the 21st century?
  • Do you believe that the conventional “factory model” of education with everyone doing the same thing at the same time in the same way is antiquated and not aligned with preparing children to reach their fullest potential?
  • Do you believe in diverse, high-quality schools as an integral component of social justice and equity?
  • Do you believe that schools should feel like a second family?

We do, which is why Montessori For All endeavors to build schools where children from a variety of racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds all learn in the same classrooms, where children are treated with dignity and exercise choice about what they learn and how they grow, where children learn executive functioning and build critical thinking skills—all while reaching rigorous levels of academic achievement.

Come share your talents with us, develop your abilities as a national leader of education reform, and help us build a movement for educational equity.

About Us:

Education in our country is at a crossroads. Education reformers of the past twenty years have changed the conversation and proven that all children can learn, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or other factors. As a movement, we need to continue to develop our models in ways that prepare children for college, a future workplace we can only begin to imagine, and life as leaders in their families and communities. Children need to acquire the habits, skills, and mindsets that align with success, such as executive functioning, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration—alongside rigorous academics.

Montessori schools have been cultivating leaders with these traits for more than a century through hands-on learning, multi-age classrooms, and embedded social and emotional learning. In our country, there are more than 5,000 private Montessori schools serving families who can afford it.

Montessori For All seeks to make Montessori education accessible to all families, regardless of income. We endeavor to open and lead free, high-performing, authentic Montessori schools that partner with families to help children in diverse communities reach their extraordinary potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, creatively, culturally, and physically, so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.

In doing so, we aspire to contribute to the national public Montessori movement by maintaining the principles that make Montessori education so meaningful while simultaneously becoming more culturally responsive and accountable for ensuring success for every child.

Our Theory of Change

Montessori For All has a four-pronged approach to change in order to increase the number of children who have access to truly transformational educational options:

  • Opening high-performing, authentic, public Montessori charter schools in diverse communities across the country as the first national Montessori Charter Management Organization (CMO) and the first CMO incubated in Austin
  • Codifying a comprehensive “whole child” curriculum based on individualized and mastery-based instruction that can be adopted by other programs
  • Creating teacher-training centers to increase the availability and improve the effectiveness of public Montessori teachers
  • Partnering with school districts and the public sector to assist in the development of public Montessori programs

Our Pillars:

  • Focus on Leadership: We strive to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. We teach by example and constantly model living with integrity and courage, eagerly learning, appreciating and showing gratitude, demonstrating persistence, excelling, and respecting and helping others and the environment.
  • Education for the Whole Child: We help children grow academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, an emphasis on intrinsic motivation, student-led projects, acquisition of a second language, rigor, and learning beyond the classroom that prepares children for high school, college, the 21st century and lives as leaders in their families and communities.
  • Teachers as Leaders and Innovators: Our teachers are empowered to shape curriculum and school culture and contribute to ongoing developments in the field of education through research and the dissemination of knowledge.
  • Families as Partners: We partner with families to provide the most nurturing environment to help children grow into their fullest potential, so that they can pursue lives full of meaning and joy.
  • Continuous Improvement: We strive for continuous growth through a process of Assessing→Analyzing→Acting. We hold ourselves and others to high expectations, engage in self-reflection, and take personal responsibility for ensuring success for each and every child.
  • Diversity and Teamwork: We believe that children learn best in racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse environments, so that they are prepared to act as global citizens and leaders. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse community.

The Fellowship:

If selected for this prestigious fellowship, Montessori For All will cover the cost of academic tuition to attend three summers of Montessori training in one of the following levels:

  • Children’s House = PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten
  • Elementary = 1st, 2nd, and 3rd or 4th, 5th, and 6th

Fellowship recipients are responsible for covering the cost of room, board, travel, and other incidentals and will only receive a salary once the school year starts.

Our Ideal Candidate:

As a start-up charter organization that is serving a diverse group of children and families in an urban setting, we are looking for people who will thrive in our fast-paced, innovative, and often challenging environment. In order to succeed here, candidates must be:

  • Able to persevere in the face of everyday challenges, both big and small
  • Motivated to work in a social justice-oriented organization, which includes reflecting on our own racial biases and developing a culturally responsive curriculum for our classrooms
  • Mission-driven and prepared to work urgently toward closing the opportunity gap and ending educational inequity through achievement of student outcomes
  • Invested in the Montessori approach to education as truly transformational, both for the child and the world
  • Comfortable interacting with diverse families and have experience with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred:

  • State-certified (including ESL) or willing to complete alternate certification prior to becoming a lead guide through Texas Teachers (paid by the teacher in monthly installments once your paycheck starts)
  • Bilingual-certified (Spanish/English) or willing to work toward certification by enrolling in a weekly Spanish class onsite
  • Willing to attend 30 hours of gifted/talented professional development in Year 1 with 6-hour updates every subsequent year

Benefits from Working with Our Team & Community:

  • Broadening your impact by being a member of the city’s first public Montessori school.
  • Participation in a growth and leadership program that uses goal-setting, reflection, and mentoring to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary for success.
  • Opportunities to assume new leadership roles as we create our school, open additional campuses, and build a national Charter Management Organization.
  • A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the infant through 8th grade program (if a spot is available).
  • Ample time for professional development that is built into the week and year.
  • Vacation time spread out through the year, including a Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.

Our Schedule & Calendar:

  • Leads and Associates arrive by 7:30am. Once a week, they check-in together from 7:30am-8am.
  • Once every other week, associates attend professional development from 7:30am-8am.
  • Each day, family arrival time is from 8:00-8:30am. Children head directly to their classrooms to greet their community and begin the day.
  • Departure time is from 3:30-4:00pm (Children’s House) and 3:45-4:00pm (Elementary), and afterschool enrichment activities are from 4:00-5:00pm (optional overtime opportunity for associates). On Fridays, school departure is at 2:00pm, so that staff can meet in Professional Learning Communities from 2:30-4:30pm.
  • School starts approximately three weeks before the local school district. Professional development begins two weeks prior to that.
  • We follow a modified schedule of nine weeks in session, followed by a two-week vacation (Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break). The last two days of Fall Break and Spring Break will be devoted to Professional Development.

Associate Teacher Responsibilities:

  • New Associate Teachers start AMI Montessori training in June 2017. The school covers the cost of training, but associates pay for their own room and board.
  • The work day is from 7:30am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30am-2:00pm on Friday with a half hour for lunch.
  • The staff meets in Professional Learning Communities on Fridays from 2:30-4:30pm.
  • Associate Teachers are responsible for supervising lunch in the classrooms, in addition to P.E./recess. Associate teachers will create grace and courtesy lessons and directly instruct students during lunch, in addition to planning and implementing physical and character education lessons for P.E./recess according to student needs.

Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing and maintaining the physical environment to optimize student learning.
  • Planning and implementing all subject (reading, math, science, music, etc.) lessons, directly instructing students one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Observing and conducting systematic progress tracking to ensure success for every child.
  • Modifying one-on-one or small group instruction to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Maintaining a positive, productive, and safe learning environment through effective classroom management strategies.
  • Collaborating with other members of the grade level team to plan lessons, organize field trips, analyze data, etc.
  • Maintaining positive and productive relationships with families.
  • Administering one-on-one assessments throughout the year (reading, etc.).
  • Partnering with a Lead Teacher to plan and implement an elective class for one hour a day, four times a week.
  • Communicating effectively with students, families, and other staff.
  • Assuming other duties as they become necessary in a flexible, start-up environment.

Benefits & Salary:

  • Broadening your impact by being a member of Austin’s first public Montessori school.
  • Opportunities to become a Lead Teacher in addition to assuming other leadership roles as we create our school, open additional campuses, and build a national CMO.
  • A family-friendly work environment with onsite childcare (for a fee) and automatic enrollment for children of staff into the pre-K3 through 8th grade program.
  • Ample time for professional development that is built into the week and year.
  • Generous vacation time.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • A collaborative, supportive, and joyful team and community.
  • A yearly stipend of $17,336 with opportunities for additional income from 4:00-5:00pm Monday through Thursday.

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