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Real Life Agile Learning Center, Tampa is an independent micro school for students age 4 to 19 that combines self-directed learning, project management tools, intentional culture creation, and a mixed-age environment.

Real Life ALC, Tampa 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.

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. Real Life 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. They have pursuits of their own that may have nothing to do with education; they engage in hobbies or projects they love to share with others. We want to hear about these in your application!

PLEASE NOTE! Be sure to read our FAQs, Tools and Practices, 21st Century Education, and other information available on our website to familiarize yourself with the ALC model before applying.

Position Title: Facilitator

Starting Pay: $15/hour

Hours Available: approx. 35 hours/week for a 10 month long school year. Opportunity for additional hours during summer and holiday breaks.


  • 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 existing Agile systems
  • 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