Branches Atelier Preschool/Toddler Co-Teacher Positions

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic preschool with a home-like quality, nestled on a beautiful campus in Culver City, California.
We offer preschool classes, parent and toddler classes and parent and infant classes.
Branches is a sustainable green school that has many many beautiful atelier spaces inside and out. Our school is a peaceful and joyful place for children, parents and teachers alike.  This year we are adding a new preschool class. So we are looking for energetic, passionate, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing and self-motivated teachers to join our Reggio-inspired learning community.

Ready to start June 2017, or no later than September 2017
30 to 38 Hours per week.

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 2 to 5 years experience.

All applicants must have:
▪    A passion for teaching and lifelong 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.
▪    Computer literate using Mac computers and software.

Compensation:
Branches Atelier offers a competitive salary based on years of experience in the field.
Benefits include competitive health benefits, 401(k) plan, and professional development opportunities.

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

Visit our website at www.branchesatelier.com  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 patricia@branchesatelier.com

For more info about our school, please visit school website www.branchesatelier.com

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Resource list from Agents of Social Change Workshop

Resources for Agents of Change 

Beyond Ecophobia by David Sobel

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Branches Curated Books for Children 

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2017/01/27/54696/the-brood-taking-political-action-as-a-family/

Research on Community Restorative Justice 

https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/64292

Psychology for a better world 

https://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-staff/academic-staff/niki-harre/psychologyforabetterworld.html

Niki Harre’s video on using positive psychology to achieve change 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zExibEV_PY

Plastic Free July 

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org

 

 

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New Workshop This Saturday 3/18/17 Lines That Wander

We still have spaces in our last 2 workshops 

This Saturday 3/18/17

Lines that Wander: 

An Exploration of Techniques and Possibilities New!

Saturday,  March 18th  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

If you would like to attend please confirm with Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Please click here for the registration form

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

  • How does line support an authentic and contextual exploration of literacy or mathematics?
  • How does an exploration of line support building community and promote understanding of multiple perspectives?
  • How do you introduce the many types of line tools into a classroom?
  • How do you take a line for a walk?
  • How do different types of line tools support observation, problem solving, gesture, reflection, impression and magical thinking?
  • How do you introduce many different techniques of drawing?
  • When are gestural, observational, representational, drawing to learn and narrative drawing intoduced to the children?

A Look Into The Big City Group: 

Developing Ideas and Representing Plans Through a Wide Range of Materials and Media       New! 

Saturday,  April 22nd  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented Sivan Perets

  • How does investigative work with children unfold?
  • How does exposure to a variety of materials expand and deepen children’s thinking?
  • How does thinking about cultural context unveil social responsibility?
  • How does hands on work promote an investigative mindset?
  • What can children learn from each other regarding their differing perspectives within this type of work?
  • How can challenges within the work present valuable learning opportunities for discovery?
  • How do children develop ideas in a group context?
  • How are literacy, blocks, clay, drawing and math threaded through this exploration?
  • What are the organizational structures that support small group work?
  • What classroom strategies support and develop collaboration

To Secure a space please download the registration form and mail your payment to:

Branches Atelier 11359 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

Please click here for the registration form

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We Still have Spaces in The Next 2 Workshops

Lines that Wander:

An Exploration of Techniques and Possibilities New!

Saturday,  March 18th  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

  • How does line support an authentic and contextual exploration of literacy or mathematics?
  • How does an exploration of line support building community and promote understanding of multiple perspectives?
  • How do you introduce the many types of line tools into a classroom?
  • How do you take a line for a walk?
  • How do different types of line tools support observation, problem solving, gesture, reflection, impression and magical thinking?
  • How do you introduce many different techniques of drawing?
  • When are gestural, observational, representational, drawing to learn and narrative drawing intoduced to the children?

A Look Into The Big City Group:

Developing Ideas and Representing Plans Through a Wide Range of Materials and Media       New! 

Saturday,  April 22nd  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented Sivan Perets

  • How does investigative work with children unfold?
  • How does exposure to a variety of materials expand and deepen children’s thinking?
  • How does thinking about cultural context unveil social responsibility?
  • How does hands on work promote an investigative mindset?
  • What can children learn from each other regarding their differing perspectives within this type of work?
  • How can challenges within the work present valuable learning opportunities for discovery?
  • How do children develop ideas in a group context?
  • How are literacy, blocks, clay, drawing and math threaded through this exploration?
  • What are the organizational structures that support small group work?
  • What classroom strategies support and develop collaboration

 

To Secure a space please download the registration form and mail your payment to:

Branches Atelier 11359 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

Please click here for the registration form

 


 

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Children, Families and Schools as Agents of Social Change This Saturday, 2/25/17

We still have spaces available for this Saturdays Workshop

Please call to reserve a space and pay at the door

Jim 310 260 1576

Children, Families and Schools as Agents of Social Change: Creating Change Through Empathy, Agency and Daily Rituals New!

Saturday, February 25th  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented byPatricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

  • How do you create, support and sustain community at the beginning of life?
  • How do we support children in feeling that they can have agency in their world?
  • In what ways can our homes and schools become places where daily practices support children’s agency?
  • In contentious and difficult times, how can we build community and in what ways do we support conversation through perspective taking?
  • How do we create communities that are flexible and dynamic in thinking as well as kind and nurturing?
  • What is the role of parents and teachers in the coming era?
  • How do you create a home or classroom that celebrates diversity is open to different points of view and perspectives and problem solving to build resilient social relationships?
  • How do we move away from sustainability and embrace a restorative and resilient future/culture?
  • What is the language of resiliency and flexibility, and how can we incorporate perspective taking through everyday communication?
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We Still Have Room In All Upcoming Workshops

5) Children, Families and Schools as Agents of Social Change: Creating Change Through Empathy, Agency and Daily Rituals New!

Saturday, February 25th  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented byPatricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

  • How do you create, support and sustain community at the beginning of life?
  • How do we support children in feeling that they can have agency in their world?
  • In what ways can our homes and schools become places where daily practices support children’s agency?
  • In contentious and difficult times, how can we build community and in what ways do we support conversation through perspective taking?
  • How do we create communities that are flexible and dynamic in thinking as well as kind and nurturing?
  • What is the role of parents and teachers in the coming era?
  • How do you create a home or classroom that celebrates diversity is open to different points of view and perspectives and problem solving to build resilient social relationships?
  • How do we move away from sustainability and embrace a restorative and resilient future/culture?
  • What is the language of resiliency and flexibility, and how can we incorporate perspective taking through everyday communication?

6) Lines that Wander: An Exploration of Techniques and Possibilities New!

Saturday,  March 18th  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

  • How does line support an authentic and contextual exploration of literacy or mathematics?
  • How does an exploration of line support building community and promote understanding of multiple perspectives?
  • How do you introduce the many types of line tools into a classroom?
  • How do you take a line for a walk?
  • How do different types of line tools support observation, problem solving, gesture, reflection, impression and magical thinking?
  • How do you introduce many different techniques of drawing?
  • When are gestural, observational, representational, drawing to learn and narrative drawing intoduced to the children?

7) A Look Into The Big City Group; Developing Ideas and Representing Plans Through a Wide Range of Materials and Media New! 

Saturday,  April 22nd  9am to 3pm A hands-on workshop $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented Sivan Perets

  • How does investigative work with children unfold?
  • How does exposure to a variety of materials expand and deepen children’s thinking?
  • How does thinking about cultural context unveil social responsibility?
  • How does hands on work promote an investigative mindset?
  • What can children learn from each other regarding their differing perspectives within this type of work?
  • How can challenges within the work present valuable learning opportunities for discovery?
  • How do children develop ideas in a group context?
  • How are literacy, blocks, clay, drawing and math threaded through this exploration?
  • What are the organizational structures that support small group work?
  • What classroom strategies support and develop collaboration

About the Presenters

Patricia Hunter McGrath is the Executive Director/Atelierista of  Branches Atelier in Culver City, California.  Over the past 18 years she has developed an innovated early childhood program inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. From 2005 to 2007 Patricia developed the role of the Atelierista at Bold Park Community School in Perth, Australia. From 1998 to 2005 she was the Atelierista at Evergreen Community School where she developed a unique approach to children’s symbolic languages. Using clay, wire, paint, dance, etc. children enter into relationship with the materials and express, clarify and modify their ideas and theories. She also taught at the Growing Place in Santa Monica for 7 years. Patricia is an artist and has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education.  Patricia has taught the Reggio Emilia Class at Santa Monica College and at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.  Patricia graduated with a Masters degree in Human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. She also speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad and has visited Reggio Emilia, Italy six times.  She is also a contributing author of the book In the Spirit of the Atelier published by Davis Press and Insights and Inspiration from Reggio Emilia also published by Davis Press.

Christina Bianchi has been Pedegogista/Atelierista at Branches Atelier for the past 8 years. Prior to becoming an educator at Branches Atelier, Christina worked as the Program Director for The Children’s Nature Institute bringing her passions for teaching, children and promoting environmental literacy to the agency. In addition to overseeing both the design and implementation of all new education programs and curricula; Christina also worked with Development staff on grants related to program development, managed a staff of Environmental Educators and coordinated and implemented volunteer training.

She has also been a California Mentor for the past two years, working in the classroom with college students, supporting the practical application of good early childhood practices.

Sivan Perets was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been teaching since she was 19 years old. As a long time employee at the Sunshine Shack preschool, she gained a love of learning through the Reggio approach and spent years developing and researching her practice. Sivan has also taught at Valley Beth Shalom preschool and is the assistant director at Camp Super Duper. She studied early childhood education at Los Angeles Valley College. She is certified to teach preschool aged children and infants and toddlers. She loves to take classes and workshops where she can stay current with pedagogical theory and practices. Sivan has a deep love for philanthropic work. She has spent several summers working with children in need. Most recently she visited Peru, where she supported and cared for children at local orphanages. She also volunteers her time in the States with children in need and the homeless. She loves story telling with children and is passionate about how stories help children connect and build a sense of self.

Spaces are limited in all workshops, please download the registration form and mail it in with your payment to secure your space.

Please click here for the Flyer.

Please click here for the registration form.

 

For more information about Branches Atelier please visit: www.BranchesAtelier.com

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Resources for Social Change

Last October we formed a new Branches parent committee called  Agents of Social Change in response to our parents desire to better connect to the issues of social and environmental justice that we were arising as part of our work in the classroom to their own experiences in their homes. This committee has four main initial areas of research.

1. Support parents in forming Social Action Groups so they can connect and organize themselves around the issues that concern our community.

2. Link families with young children to developmentally appropriate outside organizations that would allow children to participate in ongoing social action work with their parents.

3.  Research and curate an extensive children’s book list to foster social and environmental awareness and action among children and families. We have curated a children’s book list that we hope you will find inspiring and useful. This booklist is to provide educators, carers, and parents with some additional resources to broach both important and challenging topics with preschool aged children.

4.  Make visible a culture of gratitude, from home and school to our extended community.

We are making this list available to you as a result of the research of our committee and community to open the dialogue with young children about how parents and children can reflect together and take action on these challenging subjects.

Please click here to download the list

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