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The Discovery Center
Employment Opportunities

Lead Teacher of Residential Diversity Education Program

The Residential Camp Program brings together 5th and 6th grade students from Connecticut's urban and suburban communities for diversity and social justice education, team-building, and academic experiences. Students attend during the academic year at Camp Woodstock in northeastern Connecticut--only one hour from both Hartford, CT and Providence, RI.

Our Residential Program has three main objectives:
  1. Facilitate conversations about critical topics that are often not talked about openly with children; such as racism, inclusion and exclusion, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
  2. Support young people in developing social consciousness; in which students practice a process of noticing, feeling, questioning, thinking and acting when they are experiencing something as unfair or inequitable.
  3. Provide opportunities for team building amongst young people from different cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds through shared experiences working toward common goals.
  4. Improve math, science, and language arts skills through experiential, inquiry-based, outdoor education.


POSITION OVERVIEW

We are seeking a Lead Teacher (LT) who is innovative, dynamic, creative, conscientious, and organized—with the ability to support a cooperative community working towards our mission. We are particularly seeking an individual with a background in Social Justice Education and experience implementing inquiry-based learning and critical pedagogy in working with elementary school students. The LT takes on a variety of tasks and duties over the course of the season, with the primary roles of 1) designing and developing necessary curriculum in the preseason; 2) training teachers and counselors to deliver our academic curriculum; 3) implementing and amending curriculum; and 4) evaluating teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Before students arrive at camp:
  • Work with the Program Directors to make necessary changes, updates, and additions to our camp curriculum. Specifically, designing a new multi-session STEM lesson.
  • Train camp teachers and counselors in delivering and assisting with academic lessons.
  • Work with the Operations Director to ensure all supplies needed for lessons are ordered.

When students are at camp:
  • Implementing and amending camp curriculum as needed.
  • Supporting teachers and counselors in the development of their skills, particularly in the development of inquiry-based learning strategies and critical pedagogy.
  • Support teachers and counselors by providing evaluation and feedback.

Other responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with all residential program staff to create a nurturing, invigorating, self-empowering, and communal learning environment for our campers to acquire lifelong knowledge, experience growth, and build relationships with each other and the staff.
  • Work with the Program Director and staff to design, deliver, and evaluate our fall residential camp program.
  • Work in collaboration with entities partnering with The Discovery Center in various capacities as needed.
  • Develop relationships with student, teachers, administrators and other school support staff.
  • Share your unique experiences, talents, skills, and leadership with your new community.
  • Participate in The Discovery Center's ongoing work to be an inclusive, multicultural, and multiracial community in which all members are valued and celebrated.
  • All other duties necessary to make our camp season a success.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • At least 22 years of age.
  • Certification to teach. (Does not have to be a Connecticut certification.)
  • Passion for and knowledge of critical pedagogy and inquiry-based learning, social justice and diversity education, and creating cooperative working, teaching, and learning communities.
  • At least three years of experience in working with youth and adults from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Experience working with children ages 9-11.
  • Proficiency in word processing and use of the internet.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Stamina to work extremely long and rewarding hours.
  • Ability and desire to ensure all students can access our unique programming.
  • Ability and desire to live and work in a tight-knit, diverse community.

DATES AND COMPENSATION The Lead Teacher will have some preseason responsibilities--all of which can be accomplished remotely. Compensation is depending on experience for the contract period of August 1st through November 20th. Starting August 31st, the Lead Teacher will be needed onsite at our residential camp site in Woodstock, CT until November 20th. The Lead Teacher may live on site or commute.

LOCATION The Discovery Center's Residential Program is in Woodstock, CT and run using the site of YMCA Camp Woodstock. Camp Woodstock is a fully equipped residential camp facility nestled into the woods abutting Black Pond--making it a lovely location for our students to learn and grow. For more information about the facility, click here.

TO APPLY Please fill out an application at: https://discoverycenter.campmanagement.com/apply