LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) seeks educators committed to exploring progressive pedagogy. Candidates with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply. The school is seeking a Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist for the fifth-eighth grades for the 2021-2022 school year, beginning September 1st.
Qualifications Sought - Successful LREI teachers are lifelong learners who
can inspire students, have a joyful positive attitude about children, and become active members of the LREI community;
regularly bring ‘real life’ experience into their classroom and extend the classroom beyond the school walls into the neighborhood, city, and beyond;
are reflective about their practice and avail themselves of professional development and leadership opportunities;
are inspired by our mission and create a nurturing classroom with high educational expectations;
are guided by an ethic of care and see learning as connected to the development of the whole child
demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity, cultural competence, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse people;
possess excellent communication skills with students, parents, and the administration both formally and informally;
have a pedagogy which is student-centered and are comfortable with differentiating instruction
are creative problem solvers and innovators who possess a growth-mindset
Overview of the position:
The Middle School Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, as part of the Library and Educational Technology Department teams, will support the mission and core values of LREI. The person in this position will collaborate and coordinate with faculty serving fifth through eighth grades to create thoughtful and innovative problem-based learning experiences. In addition to teaching both collaboratively and independently, the Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist will, in conjunction with the other Librarians and Integrators, support the Sixth Avenue Library and Technology Studio, which serves pre-K through eighth grade, including collection development, cataloging, and facility management as needed as well as use of a number of maker/fabrication tools such as the Glowforge. The Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist will also create library and maker programming in partnership with departmental, divisional, and parent groups.
The ideal candidate will be dedicated to fostering the development of critical literacies and engaging students with an understanding of the role information plays in a democratic society.
The Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist is just as likely to help a student find the perfect book or work with a colleague to refine the research component of a culminating project as they are to plan a virtual reality field trip or a lesson on how to create a podcast.
Specific requirements of the position
An understanding of and facility with these AASL competencies for librarians:
Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction design (research skills and leisure reading)
Collection Development and Management focused on an inclusive and diverse collection
Engagement with Professional Community
Engagement with Local Community (programming and outreach to students, teachers, and families)
A history of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) training and/or a history of creating an anti-racist and inclusive collection
Enthusiasm for connecting children and books, including familiarity with changing trends in middle grade and YA literature and nonfiction
The ability to engage middle schoolers with warmth, patience and humor
Experience with and preference for a deeply collaborative environment
Experience as a supporter of and developer of unique and inventive learning projects
A master’s degree in a relevant subject area and at least three years of successful experience as a teacher and/or librarian are preferred, but alternate pathways into the profession will be considered.
Ability to perform physical aspects of the job including lifting and shelving books, carrying and handling equipment such as laptops.
To apply for this position, refer a colleague to the position, and/or view other open positions at LREI, please visit us at https://www.lrei.org/careers
A leader in progressive education since 1921, LREI teaches children to be independent thinkers who work together to solve complex problems. Students graduate from our diverse community as active participants in our democratic society, with the creativity, integrity, and courage to bring meaningful change to the world.