Sudbury School of Atlanta is a democratic, mixed-age, self-directed learning community run by students and staff. Practically, this means it is a place where kids of all (school) ages can come to learn what they want to learn at the time and in the way that works best for them. Staff have an equal voice in this community, and they are there to assist and empower students in their own learning paths. You can learn a bit more about our model here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200808/children-educate-themselves-iv-lessons-sudbury-valley
You are reliable, compassionate, and excited to help grow an empowering environment for self-directed learners. You believe children know how they should spend their time. You want to help our school be the best democratic, self-directed learning community it can be.
About the job
As a staff member, you are a crucial part of the School Meeting. You’ll be with the kids all day, empowering them to learn what they want to learn in the way they want to learn it. Since learning is self-directed, this will look different every day. On a given day you might work with a committee of students to create policies for using the sewing machine, help a group of kids clean up after playing in the mud, help a teenager find resources for learning how to create a website, put a few photos on the Facebook family page to keep parents engaged, and watch a 20-minute movie students created that day. Of course, those individual learning opportunities cannot happen without the school running efficiently, onboarding new students and families, and communicating clearly with parents, so we’ll need you to do those things as well. In sum: we need you to help create a culture wherein students are empowered to direct their own education.
This is a full time (40 hours a week) position, with most of the hours being between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (the remaining hours are for things like an open house one Saturday morning a month, a board meeting one evening a month, etc.). The pay is $10 per hour.
The Sudbury School of Atlanta does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and national or ethnic origin regarding all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. This nondiscrimination policy includes all educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
How to apply:
We do not currently have any open staff positions, but we are always happy to accept resumes in case that situation changes. Send a resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch!