Blackland Prairie Conservatory and Atelier is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
We house several educational initiatives.
Our primary initiative is to establish, operate, and maintain a day school dedicated to the education and enrichment of children. The mission is to encourage these children to live and learn (play)fully, (mind)fully, and (art)fully.
By specializing in Waldorf-inspired learning and other emergent curriculum theories, Blackland Prairie will create an atmosphere that cultivates global citizens, earth stewards, and builds community friendships.
We are growing a community.
Blackland Prairie students attend school either five, or three days a week, with an option for a half or full day. Our program is typical of nature and art based early childhood, with time spent indoors and outdoors in both rain and shine, lots of practical activities like cooking and gardening, story, circle time, arts, and most importantly, self-directed play.
Our grades students attend five full days. Our program includes thematic content design, and seminar/main lesson blocks. Students participate in outdoor programming and integrated arts.
Our integrated arts educators and curators provide provocations, special projects and frameworks once or twice a week. Students have the opportunity to explore and express their viewpoints by utilizing visual arts, performing arts, agricultural arts, and practical arts.
We also celebrate festivals together as a community, and we cultivate a space in which families come together with a commitment to honoring the truly special time that is childhood.
For the 2017-18 school year, we offer programs for students ages 2.5 years to Grade 2. We also offer caregiver- child playgroups. Currently, we are working on a nursery program for 6 weeks to walking age; and a bridge program for walkers to 2.5 years of age.
Our strategic plan is to grow from nursery age all the way through high school, by adding a grade or mixed grades program each year. We are really looking forward to high school where all of the academics and arts training really starts to overlap and blend together for a truly rewarding educational experience.
Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier is looking for talented, creative, and progressive educators to join our community.
Fall 2017 – 2018
We are now seeking part-time and substitute caregivers to join us as we expand our early childhood programs.
We are seeking caregivers familiar with one or more of the following educational models/philosophies: LifeWays, RIE, Reggio, Waldorf, or Montessori. We want passionate, creative caregivers that desire to provide a home-like environment and give responsive caregiving. The ideal candidate should desire to work in an environment that fosters whole child, play based learning. The candidate should have a willingness and interest in learning opportunities, open to reflective and reflexive educational practice.
The Teacher is responsible for the rhythm, routine, quality, and coherence of the classroom and all procedures pertaining to the children in their classrooms, including communication and planning with the other teachers, community partnerships, internships, and residency programs. The candidate will develop and maintain a framework of meaning and interpretation for reflective and reflexive practice.
In addition to being able to fulfill the essential responsibilities and requirements, we are looking for candidates who are eager to engage with our school’s lively community. We expect all teachers to participate in at least one School Committee or Faculty Leadership Position (e.g., Early Childhood or Grades Chair). We seek individuals with warmth, creativity, excellent communication, classroom (indoor and outdoor) management skills, flexibility – and especially a love of teaching.
We are looking for educators who embrace the opportunities and challenges of teaching in an innovative, start-up school. Organization, reliability, flexibility and a love of being in nature are key to the role.
Preschool Assistant – Contract
Full-time Kindergarten Teacher – Faculty
Foreign Language Educator- Contract
Full-time Kindergarten Teacher
Blackland Prairie Conservatory and Atelier is a progressive, independent school seeking passionate educators with an innovative spirit and expansive background in teaching. We are looking to hire a kindergarten teacher for a mixed age classroom (4-6 year olds) that views himself/herself as a life-long learner who is looking to grow professionally and finds joy in being part of a dynamic, collaborative community.
BPCA focuses on implementing the Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia approaches to teaching and appreciates experience or training in any of those areas. We are also willing to partner with an experienced public school teacher who may be looking for a more holistic approach to teaching. The BPCA kindergarten provides children with opportunities for exploration, creativity, and a slower paced enjoyment of their childhood. The kindergarten teacher must be willing to incorporate several teaching approaches within the classroom setting and be able to find a balance between providing space and time for various forms of play as well as skill specific works and learning through teacher created provocations. While formal academics are not a part of the kindergarten curriculum, the kindergarten teacher is expected to create seasonal thematic content through play-based methods to prepare the children socially, emotionally, and cognitively for success at the Primary level.
At BPCA, we nurture all facets of our students through our holistic approach to education. This is achieved firstly through the creation of a home-like environment. The kindergarten teacher must be interested in creating and fostering individual relationships with the students and exhibit a genuine investment in their social and emotional growth. This is accomplished through a loving and nurturing demeanor, exhibiting and teaching mindfulness and empathy, participation in family style meals, and the creation of a dynamic school/home connection.
The kindergarten teacher can daily be seen leading a nature walk through the school’s native prairie, singing seasonal songs or reciting poems in circle time, or telling a story with puppets. The ideal candidate for this position will tie together multiple areas of development while maximizing natural learning opportunities.
Areas of responsibility:
Meeting the needs of the children
o Primary overall responsibility for the care and wellbeing of children in the class
o Create and ensure a safe, orderly, and nurturing classroom environment
o Plan, prepare and implement lesson plan blocks in accordance with the principles and methods BPCA’s educational approach – including circle, stories, and seasonal projects
o Ongoing assessment of the needs of each individual child
o Foster age-appropriate behavior, communication, and social skills through leading by example
Meeting the needs of the parents
o Ongoing, open communication regarding each individual child, addressing any issues promptly
o Prepare written progress reports reflective of the whole child, at least twice per year
o Conduct parent conference two to three times per year on designated dates
o Parent education regarding readiness for upcoming grade levels, and carrying BPCA principles over into home life
Meeting the needs of the classroom
o Daily and weekly maintenance of cleanliness in accordance with issued checklist
o Care and wellbeing of classroom animals
o Prompt rotation of seasonal classroom items (including nature table)
o Accurate and up-to-date record keeping of attendance and various reports
Meeting the needs of the school community
o Abiding by all terms of the employee handbook
o Assist in assessing the appropriateness of BPCA’s educational approach for the children of prospective families
o Participate in planning and coordinating school festivals
o Participate in outreach events such as open houses as needed
o Attend regular faculty meetings to discuss pedagogical, curriculum, and school management issues
o Participate in staff orientation and training
All employees and volunteers must pass state-required legal and health screenings. All those working in the licensed nursery must be in compliance with the new state vaccination requirements. Successful candidates will need to pass a background check and remain current on First Aid/CPR certifications.
Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Your employment with Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier is a voluntary one and is subject to termination by you or Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier at will, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time.