Heartwood Agile Learning Center is an independent micro school for students age 5 to 17 that combines self-directed learning, project management tools, intentional culture creation, and a mixed-age environment. 


Heartwood ALC was founded upon the following principles:

  • Children are people;

  • Learning is natural and cannot be measured;

  • Education is most precious when the learner is inspired and interested;

  • A mixed-aged community promotes learning that is beneficial to all;

  • People learn from culture;

  • Personal development is encouraged through cycles of intention, creation, reflection and sharing;

  • A community seeking and embracing diversity facilitates a more holistic education.


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to artfully enable students to pursue their curiosities and develop meaningful connections between one another, the facilitators, and the community. We aim to create a space where students become leaders of their own learning. Where they become caring, contributing citizens who can succeed in an ever-changing world. We are committed to focusing on being agile and to creating a community of respect and responsibility.

Employment Opportunity: Agile Learning Facilitator


We are looking for an experienced and/or aspiring educator who wants to engage with young people in a way that is authentic and purposeful. Applicants should be attuned to children and teens in a way that inspires and encourages fun learning experiences. Heartwood ALC Facilitators are expected to model what it means to be a lifelong learner. They are simultaneously educators, students, artists, scientists, explorers, counselors, entrepreneurs, tacticians, philosophers, leaders, and service workers.

Position Title: Facilitator

Starting Pay: $10/hour 

Hours Available: approx. 35 hours/week for a 10 month long school year. Opportunity for additional hours, PTO, holiday pay and summer camp


  • Alignment with the principles and mission of the Heartwood ALC and the ALC Model
  • Understanding of progressive and alternative models of education: Montessori, unschooling, play­ based learning, etc.
  • Experience working with children & teens
  • Ability to keep track of several students of varying ages and developmental stages
  • Ability to manage large group of students
  • Passionate about own skills, hobbies, and interests and willing to share with students in authentic and non-coercive ways
  • Experience in leadership roles
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • High emotional intelligence
  • High cultural competency
  • Proactive and solution oriented
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Flexible and adaptive


  • Support rhythms set by Lead Facilitators
  • Run morning and afternoon meetings
  • Mind daily/weekly schedules for students and school
  • Be attuned to what students are playing, interested in, and working on
  • Offer activities to extend on and further support student interests, play, and work
  • Offer activities based on own interests, talents, and experiences
  • Engage and play with students
  • Intentionally take part in co-creating the school’s culture
  • Attend staff, family, and community meetings
  • Attend promotional and community-building events
  • Be an informed spokesperson for the school and self-directed education at community events and information sessions
  • Communicate effectively with co-facilitators, students, and parents, as needed
  • Commit to engaging in crucial conversations, as needed
  • Commit to a self-directed process of personal development as a facilitator
  • Become more familiar with the ALC model of education and ALC network through resources from our partners and support programs

HALC Facilitator Application

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