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High School Co-Principal of Teaching & Learning

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Overview of Position: A strong and dedicated faculty is paramount to best serving our students and families and to establishing Unity as an exemplary school. Most critically, our faculty equip students with the knowledge and skills needed in a culturally relevant manner, including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently, to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Our High School Co-Principal of Teaching & Learning has the privilege and responsibility of leading our faculty in the delivery of these outcomes such that students are empowered to lead fulfilling lives.

 

Overview of Unity - Our Model and Approach: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, independent charter school that offers a progressive education in the liberal arts & sciences to over 600 students in grades 6-12. As a community-based school, we proudly serve the communities of central Brooklyn in New York City. Our middle school and high school campuses are located in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, respectively.

 

Unity’s mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish our mission through the integration of seven key elements that serve as the backbone of our school’s design. Collectively, these elements reflect our beliefs on what makes for an exceptional secondary education in today’s world:

 

1.    A Grades 6-12 College Preparatory Curriculum:​ a college-preparatory liberal arts and sciences program of study in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and history that fosters in students the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently so that they are fully prepared to succeed in their postsecondary studies

 

2.    Excellent Teaching:​ ​​an enthusiastic faculty of expert educators who are demonstrably successful in promoting student learning, couple high expectations with high support, go above and beyond the call of duty for students as scholars and as citizens, and serve as role models for students as life-long learners and as individuals who take the utmost pride in perfecting their craft

 

3.    More Time for Learning:​ ​​an extended day, week, and year that provide approximately 20% more time than the local district average for academic enrichment and extracurricular activities that deepen learning and engagement, accelerate academic growth, and expose students to new pursuits

 

4.    Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support:​ customized settings and support provided by caring specialists for remediation and acceleration, including small class sizes, integrated co-teaching, literacy interventions, after-school and weekend tutoring, as well as advanced-level course offerings at our middle school and high school

 

5.    Ample Enrichment Courses and Extra-Curricular Activities:​ enrichment courses in the performing arts, visual arts, computer science, and foreign languages, as well as elective clubs, athletic teams, internships, and other “beyond-the-classroom” activities that serve to reinforce what students learn in their core courses, accommodate individual student interests, and develop important professional and citizenship skills through real-world, meaningful application

 

6.    A Positive and Supportive School Culture:​ ​​a culture built on a framework of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in which compassionate adults explicitly guide students in the following:

o      modeling the behaviors that contribute to a positive and productive learning environment

o      developing socio-emotional skills needed to be successful, including how to manage emotions, reduce stress, make healthy decisions, and learn from one’s mistakes

 

7.    Active Family and Community Involvement: ample opportunities for family engagement and community service that promotes open communication, meaningful collaboration, and active involvement and service within Unity’s community and beyond

 

Our Recent Accomplishments: Regardless of where students are academically or otherwise as they enter our school, our focus is on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success. This focus has reaped impressive results for our students and families in recent years. Among our recent accomplishments:

●     98% of our Class of 2020 earned their high school diploma in four years. 100% of our graduates had formal college and career plans with approximately 90% enrolling in a two- or four-year college.

●     95% of our graduates complete at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course in high school. This compares favorably with the 33% of NYC graduates who enroll in AP courses during their high school tenure.

●     Our students who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, have consistently outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.

●     Our 8th grade students have consistently outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.

●     In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education, a vast majority of our students experience the following over their seven years at Unity:

o      After-school extra-curricular activities, including athletics and clubs;

o      Formal community service initiatives;

o      End-of-year Roundtable presentation - a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members, and;

o      Intensive counseling in College & Career Readiness beginning in 9th grade.

 

Core Responsibilities: Unity High’s Co-Principal of Teaching & Learning (HS-CPTL) has the privilege and responsibility of ensuring that our students experience an exceptional education, as measured by course credit accrual, performance on Regents, SAT, Advanced Placement exams, high school graduation, college acceptances and matriculation, in addition to building and retaining a high-performing faculty of educators and leaders. To this end, key responsibilities of our HS-CPTL include but are not limited to the following:

●      Directs and supervises classroom instruction / ensures a high quality of classroom instruction

●      Directs and supervises academic program and directs the development of college-ready, engaging, and culturally responsive course curricula, including aligned, predictive assessments - leads in ensuring that assessments reflect what is taught in classrooms

●      Trains, supports, and supervises department chairpersons, including Director of Support Services

●      Leads Instructional Leadership Team and instructional professional development, including outcome-based planning, training of trainers, training of teachers, assessment of impact, and demonstrable advancements in teacher capacities

●      Manages human capital development instructionally, including hiring, onboarding, training, supervision, evaluation, promotion, and termination

●      Leads in utilizing formative and summative assessment data to drive instruction and student proficiency/growth - this includes setting stage to collect meaningful data, training of trainers, training of teachers, monitoring of implementation and reporting of results

●     Manages support services and ensures compliance; supports support service leaders in developing staff to meet student needs beyond classroom


Core Qualifications: An ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

●     At least two years of instructional leadership experience, including experience in developing instructional coaches to, in turn, develop to teacher capacities in instructional and cultural realms

●     A proven track record in directly and indirectly accelerating student growth and mastery

●     A demonstrated capacity in managing and supervising rigorous, engaging, and culturally relevant curricula that align to Common Core standards using the Understanding by Design framework - knowledgeable with Common Core, Regents, and Advanced Placement standards

●     A skillfulness in utilizing data and establishing systems to monitor academic progress toward goals

●     A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adults and adolescents

●     Strong interpersonal and adult management skills, including inspiring team members to be their best and holding them accountable for their success

●     An openness to giving and receiving constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth

●     A strong work ethic that features preparation, organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward systems and solutions, and a pride in meeting established deadlines

●     Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners

●     Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings

●     Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility, of course, a sense of humor

Overview of Position: A strong and dedicated faculty is paramount to best serving our students and families and to establishing Unity as an exemplary school. Most critically, our faculty equip students with the knowledge and skills needed…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Benefits

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and 403B plan.

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and 403B plan.

Location

On-site
584 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

How to Apply

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit http://www.unityprep.org/careers to begin the application process.  

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit http://www…

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