• Fall 2017 Start - Elementary (2nd-5th) Teacher at an experiential, democratic community schoolhouse in East Austin

About Radicle Roots:

The schoolhouse is an experiential, democratic learning community in East Austin where youth have the freedom to pursue meaningful learning, joy, and connection guided with strong and loving mentorship. We are committed to diversity, equity, and accessibility. Learn more about our independent, nature-connected, free-school inspired learning community at www.radicleroots.org before applying.

Position Overview:

Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse is hiring a full-time teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Part time teacher positions considered on an individual basis

We are seeking a new team member who is visionary, creative, flexible, and hardworking in their approach to supporting life-long learners.

Primary Responsibilities:

-Teach 8-11 year olds: Develop strong relationships with kids. Find, guide and encourage student strengths. In addition to academic learning we have a strong focus on nature, community and social and emotional intelligence.

-Design curriculum and help build the learning environment

-Collaborate with other teachers and parents through open, honest, and effective communication.

-Assist with outreach opportunities


-Experience as a lead teacher in a classroom, outdoor education, or other formal learning environments.
-Experience teaching project-based learning and developing curriculum or activities tailored to student interests.
-Working knowledge of child developmental stages.
-Ability and willingness to cultivate real relationships with children and parents.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including being able to give and receive feedback.
-A self-starter who can learn on the job, identify opportunities for creativity, take initiative, and follow projects and responsibilities through to completion.
-Willingness and desire to learn and use Coyote mentoring and other inquiry-based methodologies

Preferred qualifications:

-Certified elementary teacher.
-Bilingual English/Spanish speaker.
-Experience teaching in multi-age settings, free schools, or Montessori schools.
-Experience or trained in working with special needs students.
-Experience using Positive Behavior Support.
-Experience using non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
-Experience or training in literacy instruction.
-Experience or training in student-centered or project-based mathematics.
-Familiarity with Coyote Mentoring.

Radicle Roots is committed to building a culturally and racially diverse teaching staff, and encourages applicants who identify as people of color to apply. LGBTQIA applicants encouraged to apply. Applicants of the teaching profession minority (aka male-identified) are encouraged to apply.

Start date

Mandatory paid training / planning / preparation weeks begin August 21st. Option to start immediately to begin training during the Spring semester. First day of the 2017-2018 school year is Tues Sept. 5th.


$25,000-$30,000 annually. Benefits include great coworkers, a health and wellness stipend, and the opportunity to contribute your voice, time, and talents to a growing, mission-driven radical learning community. Work on a beautiful 3-acre campus on the east side of Austin, spend plenty of time outdoors, and bring home fresh organic produce from the schoolhouse garden. Tuition waived for children of teachers. We take 3 months off from June-August, one week at Thanksgiving, two weeks for Winter Holidays, and one week at Spring Break. Schedule generally aligns with AISD.

How to apply

Send your

- letter of interest including a statement of why you are drawn to work with us,
- resume,
- letter of references
to caitlin@radicleroots.org.

Please reference Teacher in the subject line. Position open until filled.
Elementary School
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PostedApril 19, 2017

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