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Accepting applications for the following possible openings:

Substitute teacher (fingerprint clearance card and enthusiasm)  
Wilderness aide (field experience)
Bus driver (current Arizona dps certification)  
**Hiring substitute teachers and work study students.**

All interested applicants must complete the CLASSIFIED APPLICATION (link to the right.)

Introduction to NELA Employment Opportunities:


Design Overview

Expeditionary Learning Schools is a comprehensive school reform and school development model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.  The five Expeditionary Learning core practices—learning expeditions, active pedagogy, school culture and character, leadership and school improvement, and structures—work in concert and support one another to promote high achievement.  Rigorous investigation of deep content, the creation of authentic products for an authentic audience, and effective instructional practices character growth and teamwork.  What follows are brief descriptions of the core practices, and then the job responsibilities associated with each.  To the right you can view job requirements specific to each position as well as download applications.


Learning Expeditions

In Expeditionary Learning schools learning expeditions are the primary way of organizing curriculum. Learning expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understandings and skills and to create products for real audiences.


Correlating Job Responsibilities:

*  Design, Implement and evaluate expeditions as the primary means of organizing curriculum, Expeditions must align with district and state standards, the school curriculum map, as well as, portfolio, passage and graduation requirements.

*  Write detailed expedition documents including: compelling topics, in-depth investigations and detailed project plans including plans for integrating literacy instruction.

*  Collaborate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of “intensives”(ten day courses offered between semesters twice a year).

*  Arrange and facilitate well-planned fieldwork experiences to support expeditions.

*  Develop and use rubrics to assess student work throughout the expedition.

*  Support students in the development of their portfolios and preparation for passage and graduation presentations, as well as public exhibitions of work.


Active Pedagogy

Teaching and learning are active and engaging in Expeditionary Learning classrooms. Effective instructional practices promote equity and high expectations: they make the content of expeditions come alive, ensure that all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well.  Knowledge of each student’s level of understanding and participation leads teachers to differentiate instruction.


Correlating Job Responsibilities:

*  Employ a range of effective instructional practices (active pedagogy) to give students the support they need to complete projects and meet standards.

*  Develop lesson plans that ensure that instruction is paced well, encourages all students to think, engages all students in productive work throughout the class period, and ensures smooth classroom management.

*  Use flexible groups based on ongoing assessment to confer with students and provide differentiated instruction.

*  Work with students to create assessment criteria that are connected to standards, portfolio, passage and graduation requirements, and help students understand, reflect on and take responsibility for their learning.

*  Design lesson plans that both teach writing and support understanding of content in all subject areas.

*  Design lesson plans that both teach reading and support understanding of content in all subject areas.


Culture and Character

An Expeditionary Learning school culture is developed and sustained through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understandings, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers. Physical and emotional safety, respect and courtesy, and a disciplined environment characterize the climate in an Expeditionary Learning school.  Classrooms are managed through the practices of the Discovery Program and measured using the Habits of Work.  Teachers foster student character through challenging academic work, service, and the expectation that students are courteous, respectful, and compassionate.


School leaders, teachers, and staff in Expeditionary Learning schools are members of a community of learners. Professionals work together to share expertise, improve the school’s program, build background knowledge in their disciplines, and model collaborative learning for students. Staff culture is characterized by a respectful collegiality where teachers resist judgment and blame, and support each other in improving practice.


Correlating Job Responsibilities

*  Develop and implement detailed plans for crew time in keeping with school priorities and structures.

*  Develop classroom expectations that align with the Discovery Program and HOW (HABITS OF WORK)

*  Prepare students for and participate fully in student led conferences

*  Give students and families clear and instructive information about student progress in all progress reports and through timely, accurate maintenance of online recordkeeping systems

*  Choose instructional practices, compelling topics and projects that promote character development.

*  Participate in adventure and wilderness activities with students

*  Participate fully and positively in the staff culture of the school.

*  Be willing and able to collaborate with peers in the development of curriculum and school structures.

*  Be willing to give and receive support from peers to improve teaching practices.

*  Attend and take full advantage of professional development offered to the staff through ELS.

*  Teachers will be required to attend Discovery Program training and refresher courses as available.

*  Teachers will be required to attend a 5 to 6 day ELS institute in the summer nearest the start of their contracted services.

*  Teachers will be required to participate in pre-service planning sessions as assigned.


Leadership and School Improvement

Leaders in Expeditionary Learning schools create a professional community that focuses on curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicles for improving student achievement and school culture.  Teachers and school leaders in Expeditionary Learning schools collect data to understand student achievement, assess teaching practices, and make informed decisions about instruction.


Correlating Job Responsibilities

*  Make data driven decisions about what instruction will best support students.

*  Use data to assess your own performance and set individual improvement goals

*  Work with school leadership to evaluate school performance and set school improvement goals

*  Meet regularly with staff to discuss collaborative support programs to address learning.



In Expeditionary Learning schools the schedule and calendar serves instructional and curricular priorities. While each schedule is unique to a school and its constraints, there are key features that all Expeditionary Learning school schedules have in common: lengthened periods of class time, opportunities for integration of the disciplines, and common professional development time for teachers. The schedule accommodates project work, fieldwork, service learning, and flexible groupings of students. Time is scheduled during the school year and summer for whole-school professional development and collaboration across grade levels and subject areas.  The calendar allows adequate time for orientation, intensives and related travel opportunities.


Correlating Job Responsibilities

*  Work with school leadership to revise calendars and schedules as needed.

*  Utilize alternative assessment methods and grading systems.

*  Establish effective structures for classroom management and progress reporting for your classroom, that align with the Discovery Program and reporting systems.

*  Flexibility to adapt to change and transition as educational opportunities present themselves.

*  Willingness to operate a vehicle for student transportation (van or small bus)

*  Backcountry travel with LNT emphasis or willingness to participate and instruct.

*  Periodic overnight travel-with a variety of lodging/sleeping conditions


School operations

The school believes that the governance and operating decisions for this program shall be the responsibility of the employees assigned to that site; Periodically using a collaborative joint decision-making model with-in the parameters established by the school model, board policy, state and federal law.


Please click on the links on the top right of this page for information on current employment opportunities.

Employment Applications:


Interested applicants must complete the application packet including additional materials prior to closing date. Please review the salary schedule, school handbook and staff handbook.

Please review all job descriptions carefully prior to applying.  Direct questions by email to Do not call the office.  No applicant will be considered until all materials are on file.  All hires must possess an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card.


Download Applications / Information:


Staff Positions / Job Descriptions
Salary Schedule 2013/2014 (PDF)
Teacher Employment Application
Non-Teaching Employment Application 


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