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K-4 Instructional Aide (Self Directed Learning Lab) 2018-2019

Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

                         Lodestar k-4 Self Directed Learning Lab Instructional Aide (2018-2019)

                                       Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Charter School

                                                           THE ORGANIZATION

Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.


Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges.  We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in  2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at


About Lodestar—A New Way of Doing School

Lodestar is an innovative, new school that opened in East Oakland in Fall 2016. Lodestar teachers are excited by the possibility of transforming the traditional model of education to be student-centered and experiential. Our teaching pedagogy is built around:


  • Design principles of agency

  • Students belonging to an educational community that provides personalized learning

  • Project-based learning expeditions using Making/Arts/Design

  • “Just right” instruction in math and literacy.

This model allows our teachers to specialize in delivering either project-based interdisciplinary learning or small-group, multi-age math or literacy instruction. This year, we are adding grades 4 and 8 to our existing grade levels of K-3, and 6/7. We will continue to add grades until we are K-12. Take a look at our work and watch our lab in action here!



About the Self-Directed Learning Lab Instructional Aide Role

We are looking for an Instructional Aide to coordinate and supervise a multi-age learning environment in our K-2 and 3/4 Self-Directed Labs. While other K-4 teachers pull students for targeted instruction, you will be the holder of culture who will create and maintain a supportive and focused academic environment. You will use your exceptional classroom management, ability to build relationships, and flexibility to supervise large groups of students as they work with teacher-assigned work, blended products, and making/art studios.


Responsibilities of the Self-Directed Learning Lab Instructional Aide 

  • Co-coordinate and collaboratively supervise a focused and supportive learning environment for a multi-aged group of students in the Self-Directed Lab (SDL) in which students are engaged in self-directed work. The number of students in the SDL may range between 30-80 depending on the configuration of whole-group, small group, and individualized instruction.  

  • Collaborate with Self-Directed Lab instructors and leadership around culture, expectations, and systems in the lab space. Implement preferred Lodestar academic and cultural strategies and systems including Workshop, Restorative Justice, and Responsive Classroom.

  • Support students to develop agency by helping students to develop independent study habits and the character skills needed to lead their own learning.

  • Support students to develop proficiency via independent stations (both physical and digital) in literacy, math, making/arts/design; ensure that students are accessing personalized reading and math instruction based on data.

  • Attend and actively participate in professional development activities, team and staff meetings.

  • Contribute unique strengths to the development and design of the new school as a founding educator.

  • Serve as a Crew leader to a grade level cohort of students, being the primary trusted adult and family liaison and supporting students in community building, character development, and academic progress monitoring.


Other additional responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.


Are you ready to join our educational movement that is bigger than one classroom? If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we ask you to answer the call to action!


You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:

  • Be a visionary, innovative and equity-focused urban educator

  • Facilitate deeply engaging student-centered learning

  • Demonstrate a keen ability to create, collect and analyze authentic data

  • Be a strong community builder and team collaborator

  • Model and Foster a Growth Mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility




  • A.A. required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • 2+ years working with urban youth in either a school, non-profit, or youth empowerment setting.  Experience in a school setting is a plus

  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus



200-day work year for 11-month employees with 23 student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and families. All instructional staff will report in early August, 2018 (exact calendar TBD).


Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm and 8:00-5:00 one day a week for Professional Development.