Acera School (learn more)

Courtney Dickinson

Winchester, Massachusetts (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3686503
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: November 23, 2021
  • Starting Date: December 1, 2021

Job Description

Enrichment Teacher, Part Time for 2021/22 School Year
Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership
Winchester, MA (10 miles north of Boston) 5 Lowell Avenue

Job Description:
Acera seeks to hire a specialist teacher / artisan who can work as part of our school community, during either “Creativity Stations” on Wednesdays from 10:45am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm, and/or teaching a weekly after school Enrichment class from 3:30-5:30pm on one or more weekdays. Possible areas of specialist expertise include, but are not limited to: outdoor education, visual arts, performing arts, science, sewing & other textile crafts, makerspace & electronics, engineering, woodworking & wood burning. This specialist teacher will create and implement a project-based curriculum for student cohort groups clumped in age ranges of lower elementary, intermediate/upper elementary, or middle/upper school.

We are seeking an in-person teacher who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All eligible students and staff at Acera are required to be vaccinated, as well as practice layered COVID precautions such as masking with KN-95 masks, social distancing (~3 feet indoors), and working with open windows. Classes are capped at around 12 students.

The right candidate will be patient and flexible to adapt approaches to fit with kids’ learning styles and interests, while also prioritizing safety and students’ stewardship habits and self management in workspaces, which may include classrooms and/or our windowed and sunny large Innovation Lab. Additionally, the right educator for this position will have a commitment to students’ growth over a focus on “perfection” and be personally aligned with our core values and learning approach, as outlined on our website:

Timeframe: Both “Creativity Stations” (Wednesdays during Acera’s Day Program) and once-weekly after school Enrichment classes are structured on a Trimester system. This role will begin in Trimester 2 and continue through the school year.
Trimester 2: November 30 - March 11
Trimester 3: March 16 - June 10
This role has the option to add on teaching in our February & April vacation camps and Summer Camp 2022.

Overview: Acera is a K­-10 hands­-on learning STEAM school that provides students with unbounded access to learning. At Acera, students learn, discover and explore at a pace appropriate to each student’s unique motivation and potential, not their age. Our culture is not about pressure to achieve; it is about freedom to thrive. We support our students’ innate curiosity and love of learning with an inter-disciplinary, hands-­on learning approach. Through developing emotional intelligence, complex and creative thinking skills, and systems awareness, we develop thinkers and innovators who will be able to make positive change in our world. Acera teachers function as entrepreneurs in their classrooms, and are deeply talented and share ideas to support each other as professionals.

Acera Vision: We envision a world in which schools engage students in meaningful learning, in which teachers are freed as entrepreneurs in their classrooms, and in which students can become the best version of themselves, given each students’ unique capacities, needs, and passions. The Acera school day program provides students with unbounded access to learning, offering high capacity students opportunity according to their ability, not age. Acera’s enrichment programs (after school, summer, and vacation week camps) are open to the public, and our Education Innovation efforts are actively engaging in public school projects to support educational change. We also partner with organizations beyond our walls, creating programs rich in sciences, technology, engineering, creativity and arts. We operate both as a lab school and a microcosm of what is possible for other schools. We seek to grow students’ emotional intelligence and enable them to become the best version of themselves. Our mission, across our core school day program, enrichment programs and within our partnerships, is to develop the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative thinkers who can make a positive impact in the world.

? Prior teaching experience highly desired, but for the right person, teacher mentoring may be made available in lieu of substantial prior teaching experience.
? Great skills in specialist area and relevant tool use
? Highly organized and able to steward workspaces with care, to leave a ready-­to-­go, predictable space for others
? Experience setting norms for safety
? Flexible and adaptable for changes and surprises; able to cope with vibrant, busy environment
? Deep care for student growth, happiness and authentic engagement
? Collaborative working style with colleagues and students alike
? Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Pay Rate: Competitive hourly, dependent on experience

Please submit resume and cover letter to
Courtney Dickinson, Founder & Director and Faith Blake, Enrichment Program Manager

Equal Opportunity Employer
Acera is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Conditions of Offer:
Before starting work at Acera, all employees must provide documentation of a complete COVID vaccination series.
Furthermore, all offers of employment are contingent upon CORI, SORI and fingerprint-based background checks, as required by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), our company is required to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired employees. Therefore, if you accept this position, you will be required to complete a Form I-9 upon hire. Within 3 days of beginning employment, you will need to supply acceptable documentation days of beginning employment, you will need to supply acceptable documentation (as noted on the Form I-9) of your identity and work authorization.
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  • Employer Description

    Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership is a private school in which students learn based upon their ability without regard to their age, and without allegiance to specific curriculum models. We serve gifted and talented students who are aged for Kindergarten - Middle School and who have a capacity to dramatically outpace typical heterogeneous classrooms, and need a different educational setting which can honor their potential. Our multi-age classrooms have interdisciplinary, hands on, experiential curriculum which is inspired by science topics. We have a deep emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and only hire teachers who are confident in their STEM knowledge base and skills. We also interweave rich cultural studies and humanities learning. First and foremost, we keep alive each student's innate curiosity and love of learning and safe guard their spirit. We do not emphasis coverage of content nor do we emphasize MA Frameworks but rather we focus on building capacities of creativity, leadership, moral and ethical decision making, ability to collaborate and solve problems in groups, emotional intelligence, and a sense of responsibility and citizenship to make a positive impact. We seek highly skilled teachers who would have, themselves, qualified for admission to Anova if our school had existed when they were young. Our teachers serve as facilitators of inquiry and learning, not as traditional "teachers" who instruct "at" children. Each year, curriculum will be different, and teachers have great creative opportunity to customize curricula which will serve their students. This adaptive approach requires much extra commitment and time for our teachers, and for the right teaching candidates is an entrepreneurial and creative opening. We also seek collaborative, open professionals who will collaborate well with our team so that we can have porous walls between classrooms, exchanging ideas, students, activities, feedback, and model continuous learning ourselves as educators. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Courtney Dickinson is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Contact Information

    • Courtney Dickinson
    • 5 Lowell Avenue
    • Winchester, Massachusetts 01890

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