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Childswork Learning Center


Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Status: Long-Term Substitute
Schedule: 8:45am to 2:30pm (plus flexible planning time), immediately - June 10, 2015
Salary: $14-$18 per hour depending on experience.

Mission & Philosophy

Childswork Learning Center is a community dedicated to excellence in developmentally appropriate early childhood education, where each child and family is respected in an environment that supports lifelong learners.

Play is a child’s work. Play is a child’s response to life. It is the way children discover themselves and the world around them.

Job Summary

The long-term Kindergarten substitute position works collaboratively in a co-teaching model to develop research-based curriculum in literacy, math, and social-emotional skills. Enrichment subjects such as music, p.e., science, art, and project investigations are developed based on emergent planning and class specific exploration. This position is 8:45-2:30 Monday through Friday with additional 1.25 per day for planning/prep time and 1 hour a week for documentation time to be determined and scheduled by the Kindergarten team before and/or after class.

Job Overview

  • Demonstrate understanding of the mission, philosophy, values and teaching principles of Childswork Learning Center and the Kindergarten Program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental stages and needs of children in kindergarten, ages 5-6 years
  • Participate as a member of the Kindergarten teaching team in which collaboration, dialogue, and exchange are practiced values
  • Communicate with co-teacher and parents/guardians about student experiences and progress
  • Arrange the physical environment of the classroom in ways that reflect the Kindergarten Program’s principles of teaching and learning
  • Plan experiences for children that reflect constructivist and emergent principles of teaching and learning in literacy, math, and the arts
  • Demonstrate experience working with Oregon State Standards (and knowledge of Common Core Standards) for kindergarten and first grade readiness
  • Demonstrate the ability to support the social and emotional intelligences of children
  • Understand the technology required to communicate and document the experiences of children and adults on a regular basis
  • Effectively organize time, space, and materials


  • Bachelors in Education with at least two years of early childhood education experience, at least one of which teaching Kindergarten. Masters strongly preferred.
  • Experience in developing constructivist and emergent curriculum
  • Experience teaching literacy and math in a workshop model (preferred)
  • Experience teaching in a Reggio-inspired program (preferred)
  • A keen interest and curiosity about the nature of learning and teaching
  • Commitment to training/professional development hours
  • Pays attention to the many ways that children make meaning of the world
  • Finds joy in working collaboratively with children, adults, and in a co-teaching model
  • Values learning from mistakes
  • Values parents as important partners in the work of the school
  • Upholds Childswork’s core values in personal teaching ideology and in daily teaching practice

The following Licenses, Certificates, and/or Trainings are required:

  • Certified Oregon Teaching License
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Central Background Registry number (criminal history background)

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and copies of the above certifications/licenses to jobs@childswork.org

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received; position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls, please.

Childswork is always looking for great teachers to join our sub list.

If interested please contact Laurie Jorgensen.

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About Childswork

Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

Childswork is a safe place for children to explore, take chances, make messes and learn through play. At Childswork we nurture wonder, we embrace joy, and we foster discovery.

Rights of Participation

No person shall be denied the services or facilities of this organization or be excluded from participation or services because of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin; discrimination of any kind is expressly prohibited.