Job Posting: The Compass School (Preschool Teacher) Ashburn, Virginia

The Compass School, a progressive private preschool in Ashburn, Virginia, is currently looking for a dynamic and talented teacher to add to our Preschool Program team. Seeking candidates who have earned a college degree (degree-seeking candidates may also apply), with significant preference given to those with prior teaching experience with designated age group.

Seeking enthusiastic, energetic, team-players, who are willing to be flexible in meeting the changing needs of the school. Must be a nurturing and caring teacher, who genuinely enjoys working with younger children. Excellent customer service skills in dealing with parents is also a priority.

The Compass School employs a project-based philosophy, modeled after the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The school offers infant, toddler, preschool, PreK, and before & after school programs, as well as Summer Camp. There are six Compass School locations: Powell OH, Cincinnati OH, Manassas VA, Ashburn VA and Naperville IL (2). For more information on the organization, please visit

Competitive preschool teaching salary includes medical, dental and life benefits, paid time off, and eight paid company holidays. School hours are 6:30AM to 6:30PM Monday-Friday. If you want to take your teaching career to the next level, be rewarded with competitive pay and benefits, and work in a professional environment where you are valued, please apply! The Compass School, 44128 Navajo Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147. Phone: 571-223-1900 Fax: 571-223-2900 E-mail:

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Heated Dialogue between Children

What can a teacher do when children interact in less than kind ways with each other? Besides text book conversations and nagging what are some effective techniques to positively shift the dynamic. While I can give you words to say, I hope that you can shift your perspective and hear what is motivating children’s word choice.  Remember, it’s not what they are saying, but what they are feeling.
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Children are not socialized. They are raw creatures that say what they feel. Sometimes the word choice does not give the details that the listener requires to make different decisions.
Child: That’s not for you…
You: What part isn’t for that person? Are you using it for something that we don’t know about?
Child:  I win, I’m better….
You: Oh was this a winning game? How does that work?  Can we play?
Child: You can’t play!
You: Are you worried about something? She doesn’t want to change it. She likes your game the way it is.  Is there a part that you want to keep on doing? Which part needs a helper?
Often times we get triggered by the unkind words. Children aren’t necessarily being unkind they are just not nuanced.  “I want you to play, but I don’t want you to take over the whole thing.”  This is what they are likely thinking but are unable to articulate.  Your job is to get at the root of it and not be strayed off the path by the lack of “kindness ” trigger.

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Is Documentation the New Standardized Testing?

Many more schools use documentation to make visible the thoughts and overall cognitive development of a child. This shift has made me wonder something…Is Documentation the New Standardized Testing?

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More schools are seeing documentation as a an absolute must have. Parents begin comparing one school to another, schools begin to compare themselves against others and the bar gets set higher.   It is a given that documentation is a game changer, when used as a tool to promote a child’s investigations and promote the construction of new knowledge.  That is an absolute that I am not denying, but I do question the creation process.  I often wonder about the motivating factor that fuels teachers to incorporate this practice.  I wonder if the pressures to create documentation taint the small group experience. I wonder if the pressures to keep up with the school next door creates less than authentic pieces. I wonder if documentation is created to appease someone rather than to truly use it as a tool that illuminates the teachers practices or as a tool that illuminates the child’s cognitive/social experience. 

We read about the problems plaguing school districts who use standardized testing as a means of quantifying children’s learning. Opposite ends of the spectrum, right? Is it really?  Different school processes to demonstrate learning, but they have one thing in common, the teachers. Teachers are pressured to show results.

So my challenge to you is to create documentation for the sake of enriching the teacher’s and child’s experience.

What would a piece of documentation look like if no other person were to ever read it?  What would documentation look like if it were done by heart, mind and  hands of a passionate/curious teacher?  What would happen if the documentation were not judged or tweaked by the hands of someone who is using it for purposes outside of the classroom?  What would documentation look like if the words and the pictures of the children were honored and stood alone? What if documentation really documented the spirit of the journey and not the details of the adults subjective mind?

I have no answers, but I do have a warning call.

Be honest, be present, be content, be curious…

Photograph and capture the words that you hear.  Transcribe the words that children fumble around with as they try to make sense of the world.

Over editing, over sprucing, over embellishing are not necessary if we are mindful.  We must be mindful enough to see where children are, what they are figuring out and what is tickling their soul.

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Job Posting: Language Garden, North Hills, CA



Do you speak Spanish? Do you also speak, read and write in English? 

The Language Garden Community Preschool is a small Spanish Immersion preschool that follows a Reggio Inspired and inquiry based philosophy located in SFV. We are growing and are currently looking for a wonderful teacher.  The ideal candidate is someone who is comfortable working with both small and large groups of children, have some knowledge of the constructivist philosophy, be able to execute plans and activities with children, work well with co-teachers and enjoy using an inquiry based approach on a daily basis. Ease in reading and writing in English is a must.
A minimum of 24 units in child development. Units in administration highly desired but not required.
The following classes MUST be included and completed: Please do not apply if you do not have the following:
Growth and Development (3units)
Curriculum and classroom management (3units)
The child and school community (3units)
Infant Toddler Studies (6units)
An elective class (3 + units)
Must have minimum of 2yrs in classroom teaching experience (Experience must be working with children 2-6yrs old in a licensed setting)
Have knowledge of the Reggio Approach of teaching preferred but not mandatory to be considered. Must have child centered and inquiry based philosophy.
Candidate must be able to read, write, and speak fluent Spanish and English.

Have excellent creative writing skills.
*Great position for college students working towards an ECE degree. The Language Garden is a great place to gain experience and put skills to practice.
*Live in the San Fernando Valley or vicinities preferred.

(AA or BA) Preferred but not mandatory to be considered
Completed minimum 24 units in child development
Cleared fingerprints

Cleared TB test (current)
Cleared physical exam (current)
CPR up to date or able to complete prior to start date

Be loving, and enthusiastic, respectful to children
Must be open-minded and flexible. Be able to be objective and accept constructive criticism.
Understand “Inquiry Based philosophy”
Be able to work collaboratively with other colleagues
Be able to work closely and respectfully with parents and families
Take initiative, be creative, and spontaneous
Work well with little or no supervision
Have great work ethics
Hard worker, punctual, and responsible
Looking for passionate ECE teachers willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of children and their families

A great work environment
Salary based on experience and education
Paid holidays, sick days, and vacation
We are not a cookie cutter school. Creative mental and physical work is required on a daily basis.

Call Ms. Yessy at 818-601-8833-cell Mon-Sun 9am-6:00pm for more information on how to apply. Visit our website at: for more information on our school. Do not send emails without calling first. ALL unapproved emails will be deleted.

Thank you,
Ms. Yessy Beltrán
School Director

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Job Opportunity: Branches Atelier, Culver City, CA

Branches Atelier Preschool/Toddler Teacher Position 

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio inspired learning community.

Prospective applicants should have a BA in ECE or related field, strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience. We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their teacher permit with 3 to 5 years experience.

Salary & Benefits: $17 – $22 per hour, based on education and experience

Start Date: Possibly July 2015, or no later than September 2015

All applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge and experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • Great writing skills.
  • A commitment to professional development.
  • An innovative, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • Computer literate using Mac computers and software.
  • Availability to work approximately 30 to 38 hours/week.

If you are interested in this position, please proceed by submitting the following materials:

Visit our website at so you can learn about our school. Write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in working with us, why you became a teacher, what kind of person you are, what are your interests and what brings you joy.

Along with your cover letter please email your resume to: Incomplete submissions will be deleted.

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A New Oppurtunity

Hello Fellow Educators,

I stepped away from this blog at a time of great change for me.  Since returning, I have excitedly gained more family members and a greater insight into sharing game changing processes with schools and parents.  After many years of classroom teaching, mentoring teachers, working with children and collaborating with families I made a career change. I opted to step away from the classroom in an effort to reach more people and make a greater impact in the fields of education and parenting.

What did I step away to do?

Early Childhood Consulting. I work with all avenues that lead to the development of a child: schools, teachers, families and children.  From typical to special rights, I try to champion the cause of detailed and mindful practices that take into account immediate aspects of teaching that philosophies, in general, can not speak to.

Have you been at a workshop where the presentation was amazing, but you left wondering about all the practical aspects? That is only one of the aspects with which I help teachers and schools that will lead toward more intentional and fulfilling teaching practices.

If you have any questions about the services I provide please visit me at

As before, if you continue to send me job listings I will be more than happy to list them here as we have a large readership.

All the best,


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New Workshop: Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? May 15 & May 22

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?


May 15 & May 22 10:30am-12pm
 for Parents & Educators
12958 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90066
$30 per session

Part One- Academic Preparedness

Part Two- Emotional/Social Preparedness

From Traditional to Progressive (and everything in between)…
Learn the ins and outs of transitioning.
What should my child know?
What do I need to know?
Presented by Joshua Castillo
Hosted by Progressive School LA

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