Dwight-Englewood Lower School is a place where faculty encourage children to embrace every aspect of childhood development and play, while paying close attention to each students’ academic growth and progress. Grade-levels range from Preschool 3 through Grade 5.
Dwight-Englewood encourages faculty to practice both the art and science of teaching. Our faculty understand the importance of balancing explicit instruction with more open-ended inquiry, and they bring this perspective to their planning and work with students. In addition, faculty understand the importance of observing and assessing students both formally and informally in all subject areas and throughout the day in order to plan instruction for whole groups, small groups and individuals. The desire to continue to grow and learn professionally within our diverse community of learners is essential, and we seek colleagues who will remain excited by the opportunity to do so.
Dwight-Englewood Lower School is seeking a dynamic and experienced Lower School Division Administrator and is currently interviewing candidates for a newly created position as a second Assistant Principal who will work collaboratively with the current Assistant Principal under the guidance and leadership of the Lower School Principal.
The Lower School Assistant Principals are primarily responsible for supporting excellence in academic programs, facilitating curriculum development and supervision among faculty members, promoting the academic and social-emotional progress of the students.
Interested candidates should:
Be well organized and have excellent communication skills in order to cultivate equity and understanding in a diverse school community.
Exhibit a collaborative approach to leadership that produces effective decision making and reveals a genuine enthusiasm for working with colleagues, sharing strategies, and exploring effective ways to enhance the student experience.
Possess a passion for teaching and learning and find joy in working with young children, laying a social-emotional foundation upon which academic excellence may be built.
Support and model the spirit of the Mission and Foundation Documents of the Dwight-Englewood School in work with students, faculty, parents and community members.
Demonstrate knowledge of, and experience with, the developmental, social, emotional and cognitive milestones within the primary grades.
Demonstrate a strong understanding of adult development and collaboration using skills related to presenting, facilitating, coaching and consulting.
Demonstrate effective coaching skills through individual and grade-level support of teachers, helping to grow instructional practices.
Assist the Lower School Principal with the daily running of the division.
Assist the Lower School Principal with faculty and staff supervision and evaluation in accordance with established procedures.
Research curricular programs and professional development projects as determined by the Lower School Principal.
Work with learning specialists and faculty to develop and deliver vertically coordinated curriculum and meet the needs of the full range of students.
Collaborate with colleagues in building the LS program over time, including collaborative work in social studies, technology, research, and other modes of integrated learning.
Perform supervisory duties that include, but are not limited to, recess, lunch and dismissal supervision.
Communicate with families about student academic and behavioral progress, goals, and benchmarks respectfully, openly and showing an ability to ask questions and listen with empathy.
Terms of Employment:
This is an administrative position spanning 11 months.
Eight-hour workdays as well as attendance at faculty meetings and other school-wide meetings and events.
Professional days are considered workdays and participation in planned activities is mandatory.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
Advanced degree in Elementary Education, and/or Special Education required
Experience with, and a commitment to, diversity and equity work with young children.
Experience teaching in a Lower School setting.
Understanding of child development, curriculum expectations and benchmarks, for a range of learners.
Knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism, and anti-bias education, especially in work with young children.
Familiarity with interpreting the data garnered from a range of formal and informal assessments.
Flexibility, strong communication skills and ability to be a collaborative team leader in the division and across the School generally.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Knowledge of and experience in curriculum development, including emerging paradigms, pedagogy and methods in early childhood programs and elementary school.
Strong organizational and written and verbal communication skills.