The Director of Teaching and Learning is a member of the Leadership Team at Valley, with primary responsibility for promoting and sustaining the quality and improvement of the educational program. The Director of Teaching and Learning directs, develops, and evaluates all parts of the school program, including curriculum; assessments of student learning; professional development; teacher supervision and evaluations; and educational initiatives in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. The Director of Teaching and Learning reports to and collaborates with the Head of School.
In the area of Curriculum, the Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for:
1. Ensuring a well-articulated scope and sequence through all grades, pre-K through fifth, in literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional learning 2. Working with teachers in researching and developing curricular themes, units, activities, and lessons that will enrich the educational experiences of Valley children 3. Helping teachers develop and implement effective methods of assessing and documenting student learning and skill growth 4. Helping teachers integrate lessons and activities that promote learning in science, technology, and mathematics 5. Collaborating with teachers to ensure continuity between grades and smooth transitions for children 6. Working with the Student Services Coordinator to ensure effective learning for all students, including coordination of standardized testing in Upper School 7. Creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing between teachers and other local and regional elementary educators 8. Developing and implementing a multi-year curriculum review cycle to ensure the effectiveness and vitality of the learning program 9. Overseeing biannual student progress reports and school-wide assessments 10. Directing the curriculum mapping process and regular updating of our curriculum guide 11. Directing and coordinating the annual process of creating the academic and class schedules and academic calendar
In the area of Supervision, the Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for:
12. Ensuring the quality of instruction of teachers through supervision and annual evaluations, including setting goals and monitoring progress through observations and feedback 13. Identifying and facilitating professional training in teaching methods and curriculum development that support student learning and faculty initiatives 14. Assisting the Head of School in staffing decisions, faculty hiring, orientation, and mentorship of new teachers 15. Helping teachers manage curriculum and classroom budgets and overseeing materials and supplies
In the area of School Leadership, the Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for:
16. Contributing regular updates and articles about the learning program to the school newsletter and website 17. Presenting the curriculum and learning program to prospective families and to the Board of Trustees 18. Collaborating with Families At Valley (F@V) to support and coordinate parent programming 19. Initiating, implementing, and monitoring education initiatives that support the school’s commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) 20. Collaborating with Head of School and other administrators to identify, prioritize, and accomplish strategic goals 21. Attend Leadership Team, faculty, and other meetings as directed 22. Perform other duties as requested by the Head of School
Qualifications & Requirements
• Five years minimum of combined teaching and school leadership experience in early childhood and elementary settings • Extensive experience supervising teaching staff and leading curriculum development • Bachelor’s Degree, with an emphasis in early childhood and/or elementary education or related areas, Advanced Degree preferred • Washington State Department of Early Learning MERIT Registration and Washington State teaching certificate preferred • Clear fingerprint background check
The Valley School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability
Additional Salary Information: The Valley School offers a salary that is competitive with comparable schools in the Seattle area and is commensurate with experience and credentials. We also offer an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and vacation, plus frequent opportunities for professional development.
About The Valley School
The Valley School is a progressive, pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, independent school that carefully attends to the individual development of children through intellectual exploration, community, and play.
We believe childhood is to be celebrated rather than rushed. It is a special time of exploration, unsuppressed creativity, friendship, and wonder. By understanding and respecting childhood, children — brimming with curiosity and imagination—grow into whole-hearted learners, practiced in thoughtful inquiry and critical thinking.
Our Mission and Values
At The Valley School, we ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community. Our school values include: celebration of childhood, collaboration, creativity, equity and inclusion, kindness, and respect for individuality.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Statement
The Valley School honors diversity, practices inclusion, and invites courageous conversations. We strive to create a community where each individual is valued, respected, and included. Though the journ...ey can be muddy – much like our playground – we aim to give every child the tools necessary to flourish.