“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” — Robert Frost
Be at Village Home Instructor
Read the information below to complete an APPLICATION and at least one COURSE PROPOSAL for consideration as an instructor. Applicants that do not have both pieces complete will not be considered. For best consideration, please apply and propose a course by:
May 15 for Fall Term
October 15 for Winter Term
February 15 for Spring Term
Interested in Teaching a Class At Village Home?
“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” —Galileo Galilei
Thank you for interest in sharing your time and talents with our growing community of self directed life long learners and homeschooling families. The class proposals you submit do not automatically become classes at Village Home. This is only the first step in the process. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your proposal.
Village Home Education Resource Center seeks innovative out-of-the-box facilitators/instructors/teachers to design and lead classes for children ages 3 through 18. To apply, you must complete an Employee Application AND a Course Proposal. We seek facilitators/instructors/teachers who use innovative, hands-on, relational methods in their instruction, and who enjoy teaching in progressive, out-of-the-box settings. Our teachers are wildly and authentically enthusiastic about their subject matter. Here, teachers design their classes based on their interests, with a keen eye for responding to the needs and interests of the children. Classes are test-free and grade-free, although classes designed as “homework required” do require out-of-class time to provide feedback.
We free up our teachers to focus on creating inspiring learning moments in the classroom, without a bunch of administrative overhead, or time spent in class testing and assessing. Here, it is the learner’s job to learn, and the teacher’s job to inspire them to continue learning after class. At Village Home, learners choose their classes, so they come into the room engaged and ready to learn.
Offerings at Village Home
Village Home offers classes in these areas: Art, Computers and Technology, Drama, History, Language Arts, Math, Music, PE and Dance, Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies and Geography
Inter-disciplinary and project-oriented classes and activities are very popular. Some examples of inter-disciplinary classes in the past have been Literature Seminars such as “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings” that bring science, art, drama, language arts, and history into the classroom around a common theme. “Math Artistry”, which weaves geometry and other math disciplines into visual arts, is another popular course.
Classes at Village Home are small, with an average of 12 students per class. Most classes have a maximum of 15 students, and most classes have an age range of at least 2-3 years. Parents are welcome in the class anytime, and often siblings are in classes together.
Classes are taught by paid instructors, and students pay tuition to attend.
Clubs are offered at a reduced rate to our families and are led by parent-volunteers. While some Clubs are as comprehensive and rigorous as classes, often the atmosphere is more casual and participants are encouraged to share leadership in the class. Lounges are Clubs that happen online.
Applying for a Job as a Facilitator/Instructor/Teacher
First, complete an online employment application. Once you have completed an application, you submit a class proposal. We want to know what you want to do in the classroom. On the Course Proposal Form, you will be asked for information to help us make a decision as to whether your class concept will fit into our program. You will be asked to describe your class as it would appear in a catalog listing. Our Program Committee will review all proposals, and select proposals for follow-up. If your application is chosen for follow-up, we will invite you for an in-depth interview with members of the Program Committee where you will be asked to share a 10-minute mini-lesson. During this time, we are interested in how you interact with students and how you run a class, more than what you are teaching. If you prefer, you can teach a mini-lesson on shoe-tying.
If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most classes are offered in a three-term series, beginning in the Fall. Each term is 10 weeks long. Most classes meet one hour a week; some middle and high school level offerings meet two hours per week. A handful of one-term offerings often appear in the Winter and Spring terms. Classes are generally held Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. We have two campuses in the Portland area and a campus in Salem. Most teachers lead 2-3 classes per week. If you are selected, we will add your offerings to the catalog, and see how enrollment stacks up. We reserve the right to cancel any class for any reason.
Instructors are paid per hour between $18-$24 per hour, and also have an allowance of 30 minutes per instructional hour for prep and admin time beyond instuctional time. Payroll is processed monthly on the last day of the month. Teachers are eligible for tuition benefits for their own children based on the number of classes they teach.
Success is measured by: (1) Enrollment (2) Attendance (3) Retention from term-to-term (4) Feedback from learners (5) Feedback from parents (6) Direct observation.
Apply to join our team of happy educators!