River Grove: A Marine Area Community School
River Grove: A Marine Area Community School, a K-6 charter school in northern Washington County, opened in the 2017-18 school year. The school’s mission is to utilize the natural resources, history, arts, and civic stewardship of the community to create and sustain a student-centered, teacher-designed, and community-supported learning environment.
At River Grove, our community is our curriculum. The school is supported by a civically engaged, multi-generational community, and is inspired by local artists, craftsmen and community members. The school provides its students a strong foundation for civic engagement, responsible leadership and lifelong learning. River Grove is where academics lead to grounded, resilient children and a stronger, healthier community. The school is located in Wilder Forest: 600 acres of hardwood forest, lakes, meadows and farmland near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, less than an hour away from the Twin Cities metro area.
Position Title: Physical Education Teacher K-6
River Grove is a teacher-powered school and fosters a place-based learning environment. The school creates new professional opportunities for teachers, where teachers are responsible for the learning program and have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing school success. The school strives to ensure a unique and magnetic culture that empowers educators and celebrates the distinct attributes of all students and the learning environment.
The physical education teacher will be responsible for providing physical education instruction to students in grades K-6 to meet Minnesota State Standards. The teacher will have the opportunity to teach physical education in a non-traditional setting. The River Grove campus is located in a natural environment and embraces outdoor learning opportunities.
The physical education teacher will create a learning environment for exploring fitness, movement and recreation individually and collaboratively to encourage students to value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. As organizer of the physical education program, the teacher will work alongside classroom teachers to design and develop an enriching physical experience within the unique layout of the school setting (class will take place primarily out-of-doors), channeling expertise from the school’s community resources for optimum program success.
The physical education teacher will be expected to work alongside the teaching team to develop the combined physical education, outdoor education and health program at the school, including selecting appropriate curriculum and materials. At this teacher-powered school, candidates will have opportunity to participate on the staff team for school decision-making.
- Must be licensed to teach physical education in grades K-6 by the State of Minnesota.
- Ideal candidates will have experience in year-round outdoor recreation
- Ideal candidates will have experience with a variety of learners and abilities
- Ideal candidates will have previous elementary level teaching experience and extensive understanding of PE and DAPE strategies to promote health, teamwork, and fitness.
- Ideal candidates will have deep knowledge in core areas in PE
- Ideal candidates will have experience honoring student strengths and creativity
- Must have strong classroom management skills with the ability to maintain a positive learning environment.
- Must have the ability to build positive working relationships with students, parents and staff.
- Must have the ability to calmly and effectively deal with a variety of unexpected circumstances.
- Must be proficient with current technology used to support communication, academics, and student progress monitoring.
Salary and Contract:
The physical education teacher position is offered as a part-time (.4) position during the school year. An additional .4 to .6 paraprofessional position may be negotiated. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be negotiated commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants are asked to describe their salary expectations in submitted materials.
To Apply for this Opportunity:
- Complete the on-line application.
- Upload a .pdf or .jpg of your license, if possible.
- Submit a resume in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
- Submit a response to the Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge, and Skills Required in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
- Include your salary and contract expectations
- Include your teaching philosophy in 300 or fewer words
- References will be requested after the initial interview.
Please submit any questions regarding this position description to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in this unique and inspirational leadership opportunity!
A Note about River Grove’s Governance Structure and Teacher-Powered Philosophy
River Grove is teacher-powered! To learn more about what makes a teacher-powered school unique, please visit www.teacherpowered.org. At a teacher-powered school, teachers have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing the school. You can learn more about these areas of autonomy here.
The school administrator reports directly to the board and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the School. The responsibilities of this position include management of the Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Grant, work with the financial services consultant, compliance and reporting, facility management, technology, transportation, marketing/outreach, parent volunteer management, and support teaching team members, including but not limited to organizing and facilitating professional development. (See full position description.)
The teaching team reports directly to the board and will have the responsibility to develop, implement, and evaluate the learning program, identify needed professional development, set the school schedule and teacher hours, evaluate colleagues, determine and broaden assessments, and promote positive discipline.
The teaching team and school administrator will share the responsibility to hire according to set staff pattern, nurture and capitalize on leadership and strengths of every member of the school community, and continue to employ colleagues based on their willingness and ability to participate positively in the classroom and the school community. Together they will define performance standards (and a basis for termination of staff, with the exception of the school administrator) based on levels of performance in these areas: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, professional responsibilities. They will determine school-level policy, set the budget, determine compensation, and address issues in direct and respectful ways.