Program Overview: The Kavana Cooperative is currently seeking energetic, knowledgeable and fun-spirited teachers for our Jewish enrichment after-school program! “Moadon Yeladim” (the Kavana Kid’s Club) will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons during the 2019-2020 school year, beginning just after Sukkot in late October. Kavana is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.
Students are in elementary school (grades K-5) and come once a week. We provide a fun and warm after-school setting, with a snack and a park visit built into the program. Our curriculum centers on three areas: a) oral Hebrew language exposure, b) Judaic content – studying key figures from Jewish history in depth, which exposes students to different Judaic subjects, and c) Hebrew reading skills. Teachers work collaboratively and help bring the learning to life through songs, games, hands-on activities, and more!
This position might be a good fit if:
- you love working with kids – and are responsible, patient, and enthusiastic (maybe you were once a camp counselor, and loved it?!)
- you value creating a positive environment for Jewish kids to feel welcome
- you feel comfortable teaching Hebrew language, Judaic content, or both
- you are open to collaborating with an awesome team of educators, trying new approaches and reflecting on our experience together
- afternoons work well for you
Timing & Compensation:
Lead teachers are paid $20-25/hour (depending on experience), and take on planning responsibilities for their classroom. They are expected to be on-site Mondays 3:15-6:15pm AND Wednesdays 1:15-4:15pm, and for an additional weekly planning meeting with other lead teachers (timing t.b.d.) -- all of which will be paid time. In the past, lead teachers have often been young professionals and/or university students with interests in education, Jewish professional careers, and/or related fields.
Assistant teachers are paid $15+ per hour, and are expected to be on site either Mondays 3:15-6:15pm, Wednesdays 1:15-4:15pm, or both. Assistant teachers could be high school students, Moadon parents, or other interested Jewish community members.
Next Steps: If you are interested in applying to be a lead teacher or an assistant teacher, or if you have someone to recommend to us, please contact Director of Education Cara Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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