Acton Elementary Apprentice Guide (Grades 1-6)
Company: Acton Academy of Washington, DC
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Acton Academy of Washington, DC (www.actondc.org) is seeking an
elementary guide who is ready to change the world of education. We
have an immediate opening.
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Now, do you believe that children are more powerful than we ever
imagined? Do you believe that children should be the agents and
primary drivers of their learning, the architects of their own
education and life calling? Do you believe that Montessori
principles are the best foundation for lifes journey?
If your answer to all these questions is yes!, wed love to explore
how you can join our team of passionate Montessorians,
entrepreneurs, and innovators in the elementary program at Acton
Academy of Washington, DC.
This could be the perfect position for you if you recently finished
Montessori elementary training or your first year(s) of guiding and
are ready for a more entrepreneurial opportunity.
What is Acton Academy?
Acton Academy of Washington, DC is a new Montessori preschool and
learner-driven elementary school that guides each child on a
journey to discover a calling and change the world.
We are located in a fully renovated, historic row house on K Street
in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC, within walking distance of many
historic and cultural sites in the heart of the nations capital. We
offer an authentic Montessori primary program (ages 3-6) and an
innovative Montessori-based elementary program (grades 1 to 6).
Acton is an all-day program (8am-6pm) with an optional five-week
summer session for those families who need an extended year
At Acton Academy, we believe children are on a journeywhat we call
the heros journeyto discover their calling. As part of the journey,
children ask themselves: Who am I? Where am I going? How do my
passions and talents connect with the world around me? How can I
serve a great need and even change the world?
Students taking charge of their own learning is integral to the
journey at Acton. Acton challenges students to become the agents
and primary drivers of their learning, the architects of their own
education and life calling. Think of Acton elementary as Montessori
meets Silicon Valley, a student-driven, self-paced elementary
program that blends real-world projects, online learning, and
Socratic discussions in a multi-age classroom.
Acton Academy of Washington, DC is an independent affiliate of the
Acton Academy network of schools, a celebrated network of
learner-driven micro-schools and the fastest growing independent
school network in the world.
Acton Academy of Washington, DC is growing quickly, and this is an
opportunity to join our founding team of passionate and hardworking
Montessorians, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
In collaboration with the guide team, the guide will oversee a
class of up to 16 students in grades 1 to 6. She/he will be
responsible for facilitating the development of a studio culture of
hard work, high standards, warmth, and joy. She/he will:
Prepare the studio environment so that expectations are clear and
learners are set up for success.
Facilitate Socratic group discussions.
Practice the Socratic method at all times (instead of answering
questions, guiding students to find the answers themselves).
Launch quests (project-based learning).
Guide children in self-governance.
Guide students in setting goals, tracking their progress, and
creating portfolios of their work.
Guide children in creating meaningful exhibitions of their
Seek to pass the responsibility for the studio and for learning to
students as quickly as possible, so as to allow students to lead
Model being an independent learner on a heros journey and uphold
Actons promises to students and families.
Write or contribute to weekly blog posts.
Communicate/meet with parents, as necessary.
Though most of the curriculum will be set already, the guide will
be responsible for daily/weekly/yearly planning as well as
evaluating and refining the existing curriculum and designing and
experimenting with new projects, tools, and approaches. The guide
will also maintain the classroom environment and document learner
progress (student projects, achievements, and everyday
We are looking for someone with a deep curiosity about life, a
lifelong love of learning, and an entrepreneurial spirit (must
thrive in a startup environment). We seek someone who:
Has proven excellence in guiding children in or out of a school
Has evident passion for being on a heros journey.
Loves to experiment, evaluate, and improve on everything she/he
Has a deep respect for all children, an empathy for the challenges
children face in their lives, and a commitment to gentle,
compassionate limit setting.
Learns quickly and works hard.
Has proven excellence in written and oral communication skills.
Is an active reader.
Is an independent learner who can take direction but can also work
with little direct guidance.
Is willing to be coached and mentored.
Is willing to work in an 11-month program (with time off for
holidays; winter, spring, and summer breaks; etc.).
Preferably has an AMI, AMS, or MACTE accredited Montessori diploma
for primary- or elementary-aged children.
Acton offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience plus
a bonus structure based on performance. The position also offers
opportunities for professional development, growth, and
advancement. We will assist with relocation expenses for the
Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that
outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of
the position, how the position is part of your own journey, and how
you heard about this opportunity.
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
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