At The Oaks we look for qualified, joyful faculty members that have a love and appreciation for children. This may seem obvious, however, it is not as easy as it sounds. Our rigorous application process includes four stages of vetting and interviews, along with two teaching demonstrations. The hiring search committee includes current faculty, staff, and administrators. There are many qualities that we look for in candidates including:
A love for teaching
A progressive approach to pedagogy
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a familiarity with an anti-bias curriculum
Compatibility with the mission of The Oaks School
The ability to create, plan, and deliver dynamic, integrated units of study
The ability and willingness to reflect and improve
The ability to collaborate with colleagues, parents, and the greater community
Sixteen of our 21 faculty members have volunteered to serve on at least one committee, with many serving on two or more. Recent committee work has focused on admission, multicultural leadership, assessment, and curriculum development. Seven members of the faculty have or have had a child enrolled in The Oaks.
Our educators are multifaceted and actively engaged in the school and greater Los Angeles communities. Within our faculty we have:
We are a community of learners in so many ways. We provide approximately 25 hours of workshops for families each year and allocate a significant amount of our budget for teacher development. In-house training for teachers is upward of 175 hours each year. Over the past three years we have sent faculty to an average of 3,500 hours of professional development, including lectures, workshops, and teaching institutes.