Position: Founding Principal
Supervisor: Head of School
Start Date: January 2021 (earlier if possible, however, flexible for applicants currently in school-based positions)
Application Deadline: October 30, 2020
The Opportunity: We are seeking a Founding Principal to lead the opening of Global Citizens Public Charter School in Fall 2021. Global Citizens PCS will be the first dual language immersion elementary school in Washington, DC, to offer language immersion in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish pathways - exposing students to the top three languages spoken in the world. Paired with a focus on social justice and whole child wellness, Global Citizens PCS will equip children to become empathetic, globally competent, and socially-minded leaders who are prepared for a future we cannot yet imagine. We plan to open Global Citizens PCS in Wards 7 or 8, so that we can provide children and their families living east of the Anacostia River with equitable access to dual language immersion programs. This position offers an incredible opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial and collaborative environment focused on improving educational opportunities for all students, especially those who are most marginalized and undervalued.
Mission: The mission of Global Citizens PCS is to inspire and prepare the next generation of global citizens. We will do this by supporting students, ages 3-11, to reach their full academic and leadership potential in a nurturing learning environment. We will immerse them in the Mandarin and Spanish languages, promote the value of diversity, and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to contribute to a better world.
Vision: We envision academic excellence, language acquisition, and authentic inclusion of a diverse student population. We will build a strong community of learners who are confident in their ability to communicate in the Chinese, Spanish, and English languages. Our children will use language to liberate and advocate for themselves and those most marginalized. All of our children will develop a sense of self and a sense of belonging, build empathy and emotional resilience, learn to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, and challenge themselves to take action to improve the world.
Philosophy: We believe that all cultures have richness and value, deserve respect and consideration, and do not belong to a hierarchy. We are aware of white supremacy culture and the systemic oppression that exists – even in the current education system. At Global Citizens PCS, we will critically examine our biases and then actively work on counteracting these biases and disrupting the dominant narrative. We will continually examine our teaching and curricula to ensure we incorporate multiple perspectives from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences, including the experiences of our students, families, communities, and staff. We will create an environment in which all students will yearn for intercultural connections and see their benefits.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are our core values and central to our learning, development, and growth:
- Diversity: All children, of all backgrounds, learning abilities, and physical capacities, will thrive and contribute to a positive, inclusive, and supportive learning community.
- Equity: All children are capable of reaching high levels of academic excellence and whole child wellness. Thus, all children will have the opportunity to gain fluency in more than one language/culture and learn from and with each other. All children will be held to high expectations – ensuring equally high outcomes for all and removing the predictability of success or failure that currently correlates with social, cultural, or socio-economic factors.
- Inclusion: We will live our core value of diversity by creating an environment of connection, belonging, empowerment, and respect – where the richness of different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create value.
The core values live in our Global Citizens PCS educational model through four key pillars: Globally Competent Bilingualism, Academic Excellence, Social Justice, and Whole Child Wellness.
Principal Job Description
The Principal is one of the primary instructional and people leaders at Global Citizens PCS. The Principal will foster a professional culture of learning focused on improving the capacity of each educator to promote each student’s social, emotional, and academic development. The Principal will serve as the instructional specialist working to increase student achievement, create a positive school culture, and promote instructional consistency in content areas, language acquisition, and across grade levels. The Principal will facilitate a continuum of professional learning opportunities to support teachers in their acquisition and use of content and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and strategies. The Principal, under the direct supervision of the Head of School, will foster a culture of collaboration and provide support to classroom teachers, ensuring the effective implementation of high-quality instruction.
The ideal candidate is highly knowledgeable in effective instructional coaching techniques, the Common Core State Standards, PARCC assessments, balanced literacy (specifically the Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop models), math content, research-based instructional strategies, and standards-based instruction. The Principal will provide teachers with the instructional and technical assistance needed to improve classroom instructional services, support teacher development, and increase student growth and achievement.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
School Leadership/School Mission and Vision
- Implement a shared school mission and vision to promote each student’s social, emotional, and academic development
- Develops and maintains feasible yet ambitious, school-wide plans to meet the mission and vision at prescribed intervals
- Employ methods of continuous improvement and change management to ensure our school meets its mission and goals
- Reinforce the mission with staff and inspire them to act on the mission every single day; exude urgency, excellence, and optimism; use the mission as a litmus test for school-based decisions and to provide focus when prioritizing what will have the greatest impact on students; and, instill staff with a feeling that they are contributing to something greater than themselves
- Reflect on actions and adjust behavior and systems accordingly; ask regularly for feedback; model humility and admit mistakes; seek out thought partners; engage in professional learning
- Manage school finances, human resources, and other operational aspects of the school to maximize staff productivity and comply with the law
- Plan each day and week to ensure that top priorities are addressed and accomplished on time
- Collaborate with the Head of School in monitoring and effectively employing the resources provided by external partnerships
Equitable and Inclusive School Culture
- Models ethical, equitable, and professional behavior and acts with integrity, fairness, cultural competence, and empathy with each staff member’s development in mind
- Foster a professional culture focused on developing relational trust with staff and building the capacity of staff to promote each student’s social, emotional, and academic development
- Use survey and other data collected from staff to inform professional culture improvements
- Develop the professional capacity of school personnel through coaching, supervision, and personalized support
- Encourages open, productive, collaborative, and trusting working relationships among administrators, teachers, and staff to promote an environment of continuous improvement
- Develop a supportive and positive school culture focused on uplifting student voice and using student data to drive student development, growth and achievement
- Promote collaboration and mutual accountability among teachers and other staff for student academic success and social-emotional development
- Sets personal and professional learning goals to promote wellness and enhance professional practice
Curriculum Design, Instruction, Assessment
- Lead efforts to evaluate and increase rigor, coherence, impact, and equity of curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Develop the school’s curricula in preparation for Year 1 and growth (grade expansion)
- Oversee the school’s curricular documents and create/revise the Scope and Sequence, Curriculum Maps, and Unit Plans for Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies for all grades, as well as for the non-core curricular offerings, such as The Arts, Physical Education, and Music
- Set clear and measurable goals throughout the year for every student in all areas of study
- Create or revise the daily instructional schedules and curricula in partnership with the Head of School and the leadership team based on school-specific data and results
- Collaborate with the Head of School to ensure consistent and high-quality implementation of the school curricula and school and state assessments
- Analyze school-wide data regularly with all stakeholders to monitor student progress and champion effective instructional data practices
- Manage the school assessment process to ensure that teachers are using data to drive instruction
Student Equity and Inclusive Student Support
- Improve and sustain a school environment that is inclusive, equitable, caring, and culturally competent (and meets the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student)
- Ensures that each student has equitable access to effective teachers, learning opportunities, academic and social-emotional supports, and other resources
- Maintains positive, fair, and unbiased student behavior policies that emphasize relationship reconciliation and behavioral change
- Works closely with teachers and staff to recognize and employ each student’s strengths and differences as assets for teaching and learning
- Use student performance and placement data, as well as school culture data, to promote greater inclusiveness, caring, equity, and closure of opportunity gaps
- Serve as a member of the Student Support Team (SST) and coach teachers and instructional leaders to manage a tiered system of supports to meet the needs of all children, including special populations
- Support SPED and ELL instruction by assisting teachers with identifying intervention strategies for students with special needs
- Collaborate with the Special Education Coordinator to create systematic interventions for students with disabilities and students who are performing below grade level; monitor quality and effectiveness of interventions to ensure they are rigorous, disciplined, and high-impact
- Frequently observe instruction and provide on-going, effective (specific, actionable, positive and constructive) feedback to ensure that teachers can translate the feedback into improved instruction
- Identify clear learning goals for teachers, create and execute on professional development plans using a range of coaching strategies to improve teacher effectiveness
- Provide direct coaching to teachers and professional development based on the needs of the school through data analysis and teachers’ identified areas of need
- Ensure that instructional practice is intellectually challenging and differentiated for students
- Model, demonstrate, and co-teach lessons using various instructional, anti-bias, and classroom management best practices
- Plan full units and individual lessons with teachers, guiding them through the entire backwards planning process
- Facilitate the analysis of student learning data, collaborative interpretation of results, and application to improve teaching and learning
- Identify and use appropriate technologies to promote collaborative and differentiated professional learning
Professional Development and Talent Management
- Systematically recruits and hires teachers and other professional staff based on their ability to advance the school mission.
- Encourages open, productive, and trusting working relationships among administrators, teachers, and staff to promote improvement of professional practice
- Design and facilitate high quality professional development
- Identify and prioritize professional development needs through careful analysis of student data, teacher growth areas and school goals; maximize the impact of formal PD time and ensure all sessions are thoroughly and thoughtfully planned, engaging and actionable
- Draft thorough, thoughtful, actionable annual growth plans for all teachers at the beginning of the year and monitor them during the middle of the year and the end of the year
- Support each team member to set clear, measurable, outcome-oriented academic goals for the year and plan professional development opportunities around those academic goals
- Manage educator talent systems to select, support, and retain highly skilled, committed teachers, and staff
- Strategically places teaching talent and expertise to the ensure that students have access to the right expertise at critical developmental points
Family and Community Engagement
- Promotes relationships among students, faculty, parents, and others that build trust and value individuality and inclusiveness
- Implement family and community engagement strategies aligned to our mission and vision: Maintain open, welcoming communication with stakeholders in services of students and to advance the school mission
- Engage parents, families, and the community - especially those who are marginalized or traditionally unable to actively participate - in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s social, emotional, and academic development
- Provides routine, two-way communication with families and community members about school activities and culture, student performance and development, and school challenges and accomplishments
- Plan, implement, and lead student recruitment initiatives, especially during the planning year to ensure we meet our enrollment goal
- Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the student recruitment, family engagement, community outreach and communications plan
- Creates and sustains positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with families and community members for the benefits of students (and their families)
- Convenes routine strategy discussions to identify new partners or expand existing partnerships to meet emergent needs
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in Education or School Leadership (preferred)
- At least 5 years of urban teaching and 3 years of urban leadership experience with a record of high student achievement
- At least 3 years as an instructional coach (implementing observation and feedback)
- Experience operating in a startup environment or having a startup mindset that includes comfort with ambiguity, identifies and removes barriers, entrepreneurial, and remains calm under pressure
- Experience leading school data teams, analyzing data, and producing relevant reports
- Experience leading adults in developing and implementing curricula
- Successful experience in providing staff development in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings
- Ability to provide school-based training on a variety of PK-5 educational topics
- Proven success in the collection, disaggregation, and analysis of assessment data
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Efficiency in meeting deadlines
Salary for this position is competitive and ranges from $100K to $120K. Additionally, Global Citizens PCS offers a comprehensive benefits package.
We are Deeply Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Global Citizens PCS is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. We strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact with are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, military status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other personal or professional status.
How to Apply
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Global Citizens PCS is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. It is important to us that you use your application materials to clearly delineate ways in which your background and experience align with Global Citizens PCS’s core values and key pillars, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.