The Philadelphia School’s progressive educational approach to learning and teaching has deep thinking, innovation, and agency as its guiding values. We encourage children to explore and push the boundaries of possibility to fulfill their intellectual, social, and civic potential. We approach learning through inquiry, projects, and community. Core values and new research inform the school’s program and pedagogical practices. Our interdisciplinary, theme-based approach prepares students to build a stronger and more inclusive school, community, and society for today and tomorrow. As an urban, preschool–8th grade school, we address specifically how young students develop intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, and physically. Through our commitment to diversity, we seek to nurture each student’s moral compass, sense of personal integrity, and respect for individuality. Learning in the city, country, and classroom affirms our founders’ goal of educating children to become responsible and active stewards of the urban and natural environments.
We seek to hire an experienced elementary educator who has strong classroom management and communication skills, as well as a flexible approach to teaming. We expect all of our teachers to build respectful and supportive relationships with their students, develop strong home-school partnerships with parents, to participate in school wide initiatives, and to work closely with his/her supervisor to develop his/her craft. We are looking for a teacher with strong interpersonal and communication skills grounded in the practices of progressive education. Experiences in environmental and outdoor education, Responsive Classroom, The Project Approach, Reading and Writing Workshop, constructivist math pedagogy, art, and drama are all a plus. Technological expertise and experience with online learning is also beneficial. All of our teachers bring a rich range of interests and expertise to their work.