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. When we interview educators we look for:
A love for teaching
A progressive approach to teaching and learning
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, families, and the greater community
Our educators are multifaceted and actively engaged in the school and greater Los Angeles communities. They currently volunteer with various organizations and non-profits that address a range of needs, from music and art programming to gun regulation and safety.
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.