The Lillie May Carroll Jackson School (LMCJ) envisions a world where all young women, regardless of their background, have the skills, tools and qualities to succeed in college and to develop as leaders in their communities and the world. LMCJ is looking for an entrepreneurial, highly-motivated and dedicated instructional leader to be the founding principal of a new charter school for middle school girls in Baltimore City.
Together with the Executive Director, the founding Principal will provide the vision and leadership needed to create a progressive, dynamic, and student-centered learning community, grounded in our Expeditionary Learning school design.
The start date for this position is July 1, 2014.
Background & Opportunity
Lillie May Carroll Jackson School will open its doors in August of 2015 with 5th and/or 6th graders and grow to full capacity, grades 5 – 8, in 3 years. The school was conceived and developed by a group of educational leaders in Baltimore, convened and led by Roland Park Country School, an independent all-girls school in Baltimore City.
The mission of the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School, named for the "mother of civil rights" in Baltimore and Maryland, is to create an experiential learning community for Baltimore City middle school girls in grades 5 – 8. Our core belief is that changing girls' lives changes the world. Our aim is to develop 21st century learners with a strong sense of community through rigorous academic course work, high quality adventure experiences, character development and leadership opportunities. Our girls will graduate from school prepared for the most rigorous college preparatory high schools.
The school will employ Expeditionary Learning, a school design that engages students in hands-on, inquiry-based, project-based learning and promotes self-discovery and critical thinking. Expeditionary Learning addresses the five key dimensions of life in school: curriculum, instruction, assessment, culture and character, and leadership. For more information on Expeditionary Learning, go to www.elschools.org.
The Principal is Lillie May Carroll Jackson School's instructional leader and holds primary responsibility for ensuring the academic achievement of all students at high levels. The Principal will set instructional direction and develop and manage the school's academic program and will support, develop, and evaluate instructional staff. The Principal reports directly to the Board of Directors. After the planning year, the Principal also reports to Baltimore City Public Schools and is the immediate supervisor of the school's instructional faculty.
During the planning year from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, the Principal will work with the Executive Director to:
- Guide the development of the curriculum, school policies, systems, and structures.
- Hire instructional staff.
- Connect the school community with the larger educational community, including other charter, public and independent schools in Baltimore.
- Plan professional development including summer institute for new staff.
School Opening and Beyond
Beginning in the of Fall 2015, core responsibilities of Lillie May Carroll Jackson School's founding Principal include:
- Develop, implement and manage the school's academic program in a manner consistent with the school's vision.
- Guide the development, consistent implementation, and continuous revision of a high quality rigorous standards-based academic curriculum.
- Help develop and implement instructional programs, structures, and decision-making processes that support LMCJ's vision, mission, and instructional philosophy.
- Lead the faculty in continually improving the consistency, continuity, and quality of the school's instructional methods and materials.
- Recruit, supervise, support, evaluate instructional staff:
- Work with the Executive Director to recruit actively and hire a high quality, hard-working, diverse staff.
- Support teachers in using student achievement data to reflect on teaching practices and make formal and informal decisions about instruction.
- Create systems to provide ongoing feedback for and conduct yearly evaluation of all instructional staff.
- Collaboratively plan, implement, and support professional development of instructional staff as part of the school-wide professional development plan.
- Nurture and promote teacher leadership in support of the school's mission and continued growth and sustainability.
- Work with the faculty to establish and commit to clear student achievement goals and provide direction and encouragement to all instructional staff in the accomplishment of goals.
- Assume responsibility for evaluating student learning: supervise the collection and analysis of multiple sources of data and employ the results to continually improve learning and engagement among all students.
- Implement and maintain high standards for student character, with an emphasis on developing self-regulation, intrinsic motivation, and student-engaged learning.
- Oversee the development of extracurricular programs and alignment between school day and out-of-school time, including, summer programs.
- Work with the Executive Director to ensure on-time and accurate reporting of academic results to families, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the broader community.
The Executive Director and Principal will work together to implement a cohesive, clear vision and ensure the school meets its mission and academic goals. They will:
- Develop and sustain a school culture and learning community that embodies Lillie May Carroll Jackson School's commitment to cultivate 21st century learners with a strong sense of community through rigorous academic course work, high quality adventure experiences, character development and leadership opportunities.
- Establish and facilitate a shared leadership and management culture with a system focused on results.
- Build strong relationships with parents, families, and the community.
- Ensure equity and high expectations across the school.
- Promote a culture of shared understanding and trust, where risk taking and reflection are valued.
Lillie May Carroll Jackson School offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with Baltimore City Public Schools. Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have:
- MSDE Advanced Professional Certificate with an endorsement as Principal/Supervisor or Administrator II.
- A minimum of six years of teaching, administrative/supervisory experience, including school-based administrative experience.
- Demonstrated ability to model shared leadership; experience leading a professional learning community; and the ability to inspire a team around a progressive vision.
- Experience working in underserved urban communities.
- Experience working with middle school girls.
- Experience in inquiry-based and or project-based interdisciplinary learning models, especially Expeditionary Learning.
- Clear understanding of curriculum design and implementation, active pedagogy, and whole child development.
- Demonstrated commitment to the belief that all children can achieve success, in standard academic measures, in character development, and in the quality of their academic work.
- Evidence of success in impacting student achievement.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and ability/desire to work in a fast-paced, organized, but sometimes unpredictable start-up environment.
- Clear and compelling verbal and written communication.
- A superb ability to build relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
- Enthusiasm, flexibility and a sense of humor.
- Proficiency in relevant computer skills (Excel, scheduling software, use of survey tools, etc.)
- Experience in school-based budget preparation and management.
- Experience with actively involving parents/community in all phases of the school program.
How to apply
All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and current resume or vita (including education, certification, relevant work experience and awards/publications/honors) via email to Executive Director, Laurel Freedman, email@example.com. Application deadline is May 16, 2014.