January Job Blast

Summer Principals Academy


Summer Principals Academy Students and Alumni:

We know you're all doing great things in your schools and communities. We also know you're always looking for new challenges, and new challenges are looking for you. To that end, take a look at the latest job opportunities for committed educators like yourselves. Contact information accompanies each posting, but please do not hesitate to let us know if there's any way we can support your next career move.

Also, be sure to check out the Professional Development section for an exciting opportunity to attend a RULER training at Yale. There are scholarships available for SPA alumni!

Keep Us in the Loop!

Since you graduated, have you switched positions? Been promoted? Opened a school? Let us know by completing this (very brief) survey.


Elementary Principal - International Charter School of New York in CSD 13 (NY)

We are a new elementary school that will open for 155 kindergarten and 1st grade students in downtown Brooklyn in Sept. 2015. We will add a grade a year until we get to 550 students in k-5. To assist the Executive Director with planning, we seek to hire a founding principal in January. A stipend will be offered and the successful candidate would go on payroll full-time in the late spring.

The mission of the International Charter School of New York is to prepare children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds for a lifetime of engaged citizenship in their city, their country, and the world. The school's website has a lot more details, but at a time when far too many Brooklyn children attend schools that are deeply divided along economic and racial lines, our vision is for ICS students to live out the true meaning of the creed: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” We are working with a range of community leaders parents and local elected officials to ensure that ICS student are as diverse as our city; the daughters of nurses and lawyers and teachers, the sons of doctors and transit workers and dancers. But regardless of their starting point, home language or disabilities, ICS students will be benefit from a rich, sequenced curriculum that builds their background knowledge and cultural literacy, allowing them to go as far as they can dream.

The five things we'd really love to see are:

1. Early childhood literacy - has experience in helping kids learn to read

2. Intellectual - a nerdfighter, in John Green's parlance

3. Flexible - it's a start up, things are going to change

4. Has presence - can empathize with and yet stand up or admit error (when necessary) to stakeholders (fellow teachers, parents, Exec. Director)

5. Sense of humor - can simultaneously laugh at the Blues Brothers line "We're on a mission from God" and yet believe (a little bit) that it's true.

The jobs page has the full description.

Assistant Principal - Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (NY)

Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA), a NYC public high school located in Harlem, is seeking passionate and committed candidates to fill the following vacancies beginning in Term 2 of the 2014 – 2015 school year (February 2015):

Assistant Principal- As a member of the leadership team, the Assistant Principal is responsible for teacher development and coaching that leads to rigorous and engaging instruction across all UASPA classrooms.

Spanish Teacher- Teachers at UASPA are members of a collaborative team dedicated to students and driven to develop their practice in order to improve student achievement.

Special Education Teacher- Teachers at UASPA are members of a collaborative team dedicated to students and driven to develop their practice in order to improve student achievement.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Meghan McMahon (SPA ’10) at mmcmahon3@schools.nyc.gov

Associate Director of Sophomore Academic Programs - CUNY John Jay (NY)

Reporting to the Senior Director of Student Academic Success Programs (SASP), the Associate Director for Sophomore Academic Programs will collaborate with faculty as well as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs professionals to design and administer programs that build upon and expand existing first-year academic programs to support retention and student success in the sophomore year.

The successful candidate will:
  • Lead the design and implementation of comprehensive sophomore programming.
  • Coordinate the development, implementation, and assessment of Sophomore Signature courses as part of the General Education program.
  • Oversee collaborative development of professionalizing experiences (event series, workshops, co-curricular overlay) targeting sophomores.
  • Provide programmatic support and lead development opportunities for faculty teaching and/or mentoring sophomores.
  • Develop and manage sophomore success and engagement communications in print, web, and social media.
  • Collect, analyze, and assess data related to student success, student learning outcomes, and program effectiveness.
  • Provide program support and coordination to SASP cohort programs.
  • Supervise data specialist and the Academic Journey communication team.

We are looking for a leader with a background in Undergraduate Education and Program Administration who will bring experience in curriculum design, faculty development, and course and program level assessment of student learning to the position. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

LOOKING FORWARD: 2015 - 2016

Teacher Residency Program Founder (MO)

The Kauffman Foundation is seeking a Teacher Residency Program Founder. The person in this position will develop the Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR), an innovative program that will prepare aspiring teachers to become effective educators through an alternative route to teaching. By providing a mentor teacher, and master’s level coursework, teacher candidates will develop the necessary skills and certification to make a difference in the lives of students attending Kansas City’s highest needs public schools.

The Kauffman Foundation will support the fellow position with a limited-term one year employment offer. The one-year start-up phase will include a salary, benefits, office, and program officer assistance in order to give the fellow a jumpstart to creating a nationally-acclaimed teacher residency program. After the year is over, the Kauffman Foundation will serve primarily in the role as program officer.

For a complete description of the position, please read this document.

Interested applicants may apply for this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to resume@kauffman.org.

Principal - Intrinsic Schools (IL)

Intrinsic Schools is a charter network whose mission is to create a revolutionary new school model that prepares all students for postsecondary success and world-changing endeavors. We offer a chance to make a unique impact in urban education by creating an academic model that leverages great teaching and the precision of technology to personalize education for each student. In our third year of operation, we will serve students in grades 7-11. Our student demographics are 90% minority, 86% free and reduced lunch and 19% students with disabilities. We are looking to fill the following positions for the 2015-16 school year:

  • Resident Principal
  • Middle School/High School Special Education Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • High School English Teacher
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • High School Math Teacher
  • High School Spanish Teacher

If you have a passion for teaching in an urban setting and using technology in the classroom, apply to our unique school at http://intrinsicschools.org/teach/.

Principal - Chester Community Charter School (NJ)

Chester Community Charter School is seeking an additional experienced, inspirational school leader. Expanding to include grades K-7 in the 2015-2016 school year, CCCS will open a second campus serving approximately 750 students overall. CCCS has a strong school community, a very active PTA and robust community partnerships and programs.

The new principal will improve upon this year’s gains in math and literacy this school, ensuring consistent rigorous and effective instruction across content areas and grade levels.The ideal candidate is an experienced administrator who has knowledge of NJ state standards, charter school regulations and is passionate about serving the students of

Camden. This person demonstrates effective management of people and priorities while having strong expertise in instruction. He or she is also an outstanding communicator and relationship builder.

This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners. Interested candidates may apply at: http://www.axistalentpartners.com/current-openings/, or talk to Ron Rapatalo at rapataloconsulting@gmail.com

HS Principal Resident - KIPP (NJ)

KIPP New Jersey is searching for a High School Leadership Resident. The HS Leadership Resident is a unique leadership opportunity for committed and high-achieving educators who want to pursue school leadership in two to three years. The HS Leadership Resident will serve in a leadership capacity at our current high school, Newark Collegiate Academy, while developing his or her skills in a variety of functions in order to gain the experience and insight needed to lead a high school one day. In this role, the HS Leadership Fellow is a generalist who supports a wide variety of school functions in the areas of student culture, staff culture, and instructional support/student achievement while participating in a residency program that will offer leadership development and support. The HS Leadership Fellow is responsible for helping the school meet its goals through developing teachers and supporting school-wide structures. For more information, visit our website here.

Academic Dean - Collegiate Charter High School of Los Angeles (CA)

Founding a new charter school and putting it on the path to success takes tremendous dedication and the passion, strategic planning, and hard work of a high-capacity and cohesive adult team of educators and support staff. As a founding member of Collegiate’s leadership team, the Academic Dean will play a pivotal role in shaping the instructional vision and operationalizing the instructional systems that define teaching and learning at Collegiate. Leveraging best practices and resources from a network of high-performing college completion gap-closing high schools nationally, the Academic Dean will work to ensure that each Collegiate student has access to rigorous curriculum, great teaching, and the academic support they need to succeed at top colleges.

This role is a great opportunity for a results-driven team player who seeks to fulfill Collegiate’s mission by providing strong vision for rigorous instruction and the correlating coaching and support to develop a founding team of excellent teachers who can grow and sustain college completion gap-closing academic achievement results and development of strong student character habits.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Lead Founder and Executive Director Vanessa

Jackson at vjackson@buildingexcellentschools.org.

Principal - Vincent Academy (CA)

Vincent Academy is a small and growing school in West Oakland, CA that was founded in 2011 to provide a safe, joyful, academically rigorous, and community-minded elementary school program for families. It has seen high levels of academic and social-emotional success for its students over the first few years and is now ready to hire a new Head of School to take over day-to-day operations. Current school leader Kate Nicol will move into a more senior Executive Director role, overseeing the broader organization and managing external relations, fundraising, vision setting, and other strategic initiatives. The Head of School job description can be found here. Any interested candidates or nominated candidates can talk to Ron Rapatalo at rapataloconsulting@gmail.com

Principal - Lighthouse Community Charter School (CA)

Lighthouse was established in 2002 to counter the dismal education trends for low-income students and students of color in Oakland, CA. Today, the school is seeking a new Head of School for its 720 student K-12 charter school. Following in the steps of school Co-Founder Steve Sexton, the next Head of School will be a seasoned educator who is committed to Lighthouse's mission and instructional vision, and is deeply experienced in leading an entire school community to achieve the dual goals of instituting a rigorous, engaging curriculum while holding all adults accountable to high levels of student achievement. Any interested candidates or nominated candidates can talk to Ron Rapatalo at rapataloconsulting@gmail.com

Collegiate Hall (OK)

Establish Excellence: Become A Founder

Collegiate Hall will open its doors to sixty 4th and sixty 5th grade students in August 2015 in one of Tulsa's most deserving communities and the most critical ingredient to our students’ success is excellent teachers.

Collegiate Hall is looking for passionate, committed educators who work relentlessly to hone their craft, who thrive as a part of a team, and who are committed to ensuring every child is successful. We are looking to fill the following positions for the 2015-16 school year:

  • Founding Dean of Students - Collegiate Hall is searching for a founding Dean of Students who is eager to establish a culture of excellence for students and families. Candidates must have an unwavering belief that every child can and must graduate from college. Responsibilities include implementing a school-wide behavior management system with meaningful incentives and consequences, working closely with teachers and the Head of School to build a consistent school-wide culture, and working with families to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be successful behaviorally and academically at Collegiate Hall.

  • Founding Intervention Coordinator - Collegiate Hall is searching for a founding Intervention Coordinator who works relentlessly to ensure that every student at Collegiate Hall finds academic success. Candidates must have an unwavering belief that every child can and must graduate from college. Responsibilities including managing data, coordinating literacy and math interventions for all Collegiate Hall students, and working closely with teachers to ensure that students are achieve to their fullest potential.

  • Founding Operations Associate - Collegiate Hall is searching for a founding Operations Associate who is dedicated to ensuring that every moment at Collegiate Hall is dedicated to student achievement. Candidates must have an unwavering belief that every child can and must graduate from college. Responsibilities may include the organization and management of finances, state and federal grant reporting, human resources, facility maintenance and operations, transportation, technology, vendor relationships, student enrollment data and compliance with staff.

  • Founding Teaching Team: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education - Collegiate Hall is searching for members of it's founding teaching team. Candidates must have an unwavering belief that every child can and must graduate from college. All founding teachers will have the opportunity to build Collegiate Hall's academic program and establish our track record of success by:
    • Engaging in 35 days of PD annually and 3 hours of PD weekly
    • Establishing the vision, curriculum, and assessments for their core content
    • Teaching four sections of their core content
    • Leading a book club and math club
    • Supporting small groups of students through tutoring sessions and monthly Saturday Academies

To learn more about Collegiate Hall Charter School or how you can join our team, please visit www.collegiatehall.org or contact Nikhil Kawlra, (SPA '12) Head of School, at (918) 202-8526 or nkawlra@buildingexcellentschools.org.

College Bound Academy (OK)

College Bound Academy is a free, college preparatory K-4 charter school that will open in August, 2015 with 96 kindergarten students.

Our Mission

Through rigorous academics, character development, and a joyful, achievement-oriented school culture, College Bound Academy Charter School equips every K–4 scholar with the freedom to succeed in middle and high school, graduate from college and access the professional career of their choice.

Our Core Beliefs

We believe that education equals freedom.

We believe that demographics do not determine destiny.

We believe that college starts in kindergarten.

Job Opportunities:

Operations Manager - The Operations Manager is entrusted with advancing the mission of the school through the development and implementation of a budget, coordination of external and internal operations, and fundraising and grant writing all of which will be done in collaboration with the Head of School. The Director of Operations is chargedwith managing the operational side of the school, from financial management to vendor relationships to facilityoperations, as well as managing and maximizing the impact of potential Office Assistant. (Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred.)

Dean of Scholar Advancement – The Dean of Scholar Advancement is responsible for overseeing the pre-referral andreferral process of special education, as well as overseeing the creation of, and execution of the IEP process for specialeducation students. As the Special Education teacher and Coordinator, the Dean of Scholar Advancement is responsible for implementing individual education plans for all qualified students.

Lead Kinder Teacher (Literacy, Literacy, Math, Science/Social Studies) – A lead teacher takes responsibility for the high academic achievement and character development of every child in his or her classroom while working as apositive, supportive team player. Teachers are entrusted with advancing the mission of the school through the development of a standards-aligned curriculum, responsiveness to feedback provided and collaboration with the Head of School on areas of instructional and/or curricular need at the school. College Bound Academy Teachers will be departmentalized beginning in Kindergarten. There will be one Math teacher, two literacy teachers and one Science/Social Studies teacher in each grade. As a founding teacher, lead teachers will be responsible for creating curriculum (with supplemental resources) and fine-tuning systems implemented in College Bound Academy’s founding year.

If interested in any of the positions, send your resume and indicate the position in an email to joinourteam@collegeboundschool.org. If you have questions, email chelsea@collegeboundschool.org.

Scholar Academies (PA, NJ, DC, TN)

Become a Founding Member of Our Leadership Teams

Scholar Academies transforms low-performing schools to ensure every child has the knowledge and character to pursue the path to college and opportunities beyond. We currently operate six elementary and middle schools, serving nearly 3,000 students in high-poverty areas of Philadelphia, PA, Trenton, NJ and Washington, DC.

In fall 2015, we are excited to be expanding to Memphis, TN, and will open our first elementary school in the region. We also hope to open a new turnaround school in Washington D.C., at a charter or district school to be named in early 2015. Scholar Academies is currently recruiting for the following leadership roles at each school:

· Founding Chief of Staff – The second in command in a school building, this individual manages the day to day operations of the school.

· Founding Director of Curriculum & Instruction – This individual is responsible for teacher development and coaching, and ensures consistent and engaging instruction in all classrooms.

· Founding Director of Culture – This Director brings a vision of excellent school culture to life, coaches teachers towards this vision, and creates a learning environment that is joyful, consistent, and achievement focused.

· Founding Director of Special Support -- This person is responsible for the professional development of Special Education staff, and oversees all functions of staff roles related to student support.

Finally, we are recruiting for an Incubated School Director in Memphis, who will be charged with opening our next turnaround campus in Memphis (likely in the 2016-17 school year). The Incubated School Director will spend a year immersing themselves in the Scholar Academies network model, visiting and learning from high performing schools, and developing in the Scholar Academies’ leadership competencies.

We encourage you to learn more about each of these openings, and apply today, at:


Rocketship Education (CA, WI, TN)

School Leadership opportunities are available for individuals to start as Assistant Principals to gain school leadership experience before successfully running high-performing Rocketship schools in either existing or new regions.

We are seeking both teacher and school leader candidates for San Jose, CA, Milwaukee, WI, and Nashville, TN. We are also looking for candiates who are interested in training in one of our current regions before joining the Founding Team in Washington, DC (2016-17) or Memphis, TN (2017-18).

Want to learn more? Contact Denice Leong, Director of Talent Recruitment, dleong@rsed.orgApplications are available at www.rsed.org/joinus.

Achievement First (NY, CT, RI)

Achievement First, a non-profit 501(c)3 charter school management organization, will operate 29 public charter schools in Brooklyn, Connecticut and Rhode Island for the 2014-15 school year. The mission of Achievement First is to close the achievement gap and deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all children, regardless of race or economic status. Achievement First currently educates more than 9,100 students in historically underserved and underserved neighborhoods, with over 90% of our students identifying as Black and Latino. With its college-preparatory focus, the Achievement First approach is attaining breakthrough academic gains throughout the network. Beyond our students and schools, Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the larger conversation about how to improve public education and student achievement in our country.

Achievement First Dean

Achievement First is looking for educators to lead our teachers and make an impact on our scholars as an Academic Dean or Dean of School Culture. As a member of the leadership team, Achievement First Deans coach a portfolio of teachers to reach ambitious academic goals while maintaining a strong and positive classroom culture. Apply here!

Achievement First Principal in Residence

This residency is for current school leaders looking to grow, plan, and learn as they prepare to become an Achievement First principal in NY, CT, or RI. Principals-in-residence are paired and coached by a current high performing principal in the network and are part of a larger cohort, which provides many opportunities to share, learn, and exchange best practices throughout the year. Apply here or contact Kristina Mercado, kristinamercado@achievementfirst.org, with your resume for more information.

Achievement First Professional Development Opportunity

The Achievement First School Leader Immersion Program (SLIP) is a three day exclusive opportunity for current or aspiring school leaders to develop the skills and mindset necessary to lead at a high-performing charter school. SLIP participants will join a cohort of rising school leaders from around the country in an intensive weekend clinic featuring professional development in observation and coaching led by Achievement First staff members. To learn more, please submit your resume to Kristina Mercado or apply here.

Director of Academics - Ranier Prep (WA)

Rainier Prep is seeking a Director of Academics to oversee all aspects of curriculum, instruction and assessment within the school community. The Director of Academics will supervise all lead teachers, and will design and implement all coaching and professional development programming for teachers and staff. The Director of Academics works closely with the School Leader to ensure that a professional culture of student and adult learning is present and that all academic outcomes and benchmarks are achieved. This position requires a self-motivated, collaborative professional who is deeply knowledgeable in the field of adult learning, truly enjoys working with fellow educators and diverse students, values education and understands the essential need for an effective and aligned curricular framework and instructional approach at Rainier Prep. The Director of Academics will be an essential member of the School Leadership Team and will directly report to the School Leader.

Rainier Prep is a rigorous 5th-8th grade school committed to serving low-income and minority youth by preparing all students to excel at four-year colleges and to serve as leaders in their communities. We emphasize critical thinking and foundational skill building, value diversity and hold high expectations for all scholars and staff in the school community. For more information, visit our website. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to apply@rainierprep.org.


2015 Anchors of Emotional Intelligence Institute - Scholarships Available for SPA Alumni

This highly interactive, 3-day institute provides school administrators and educators with the foundational skills and tools to bring RULER into their district, school, or network. Each administrator or educator who applies must bring at least one additional faculty or staff member from his or her school to the training; preferably, this applicant is in a leadership role. This group will comprise your implementation team who will train the rest of your school's staff.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, through the generosity of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, will offer a select number of full scholarships to graduates of the Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University. This scholarship will cover tuition, travel, and lodging for the SPA alumnus and two colleagues of his or her choice. The SPA alumnus and his or her colleagues must be working at the same school, serving students from kindergarten through grade eight. (Your school may include students from some or all of these grade levels.)

The deadline for applications (for both the July and August trainings) is March 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must be received from both the SPA scholar AND their colleagues (colleague applicants complete an abbreviated application) in order to be considered.

Accepted applicants and their colleagues will be notified via email along with a link to register for the training and to book travel. Travel and lodging will be handled through Yale’s travel management system. Any meals not provided at the training will be reimbursed according to Connecticut state per diem rates.

The dates and locations of the 2015 AEII are:

July 14-16, 2015

Yale University

August 4-6, 2015

Yale University

Relay GSE 2nd Annual K - 12 Symposium

Are you a coach, instructional leader or a veteran teacher who spends a good portion of your time thinking about how you can help support other teachers’ growth? On Saturday, January 24th Relay GSE wants to offer you the opportunity to reflect upon your own practices and help you to grow as a facilitator and leader of adults. Throughout this day, you’ll learn concrete strategies to lead professional development, support students with special needs, and grow your managerial skill sets. Should these topics interest you, join Relay GSE for its 2nd Annual K-12 Symposium for an enriching day of professional development and networking. Learn more and register here.

DASA Training

All new teachers and school-related professionals applying for New York State certification must take this state mandated 6-hour workshop in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. This workshop meets the Dignity for All Students (DASA) training requirement of the NYS Education Department for state certification.

The workshop will be offered on the following dates and is limited to 45 participants.

To register visit www.tc.columbia.edu/cps/DASA

Global Competence Certificate at TC

Prepare Yourself and Your Students for Global Citizenship in the 21st Century!

The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Program is the first-of-its-kind online graduate level certificate program in global competence education for teachers. Developed by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society, the GCC helps educators integrate global competence into their practice while building their own global citizenship and teacher-leadership skills. The GCC combines engaging and interactive online coursework, immersive fieldwork with partners across the globe, and collaborative practice groups with interdisciplinary peers. Participants earn a Certificate in Global Competence plus either 48 Continuing Education Units or 12 Graduate Credits.

21st Century Global Capacities Workshop Series

Studies in Educational Innovation presents the 2014/15 21st Century Global Capacities Workshop Series. Join SEI's global education experts as they explore how schools around the world approach education for 21st Century Global Capacities and how this translates into transformative change.

How to Make the Most of e-Portfolios and a Global Capacities Framework

January 21, 2015

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

In this hands-on workshop, curriculum leaders, ICT staff, and teachers will learn about the latest developments in education-based e-portfolios—why and how they are used, and to what effect. Participants will then have the opportunity to examine how a 21st Century Global Capacities Framework can be used to organize and activate e-portfolios to enable stronger K12 alignment across grades and disciplines as well as deeper levels of student learning.

Summer Principals Academy

Teachers College

Columbia University

525 W 120th St, Box 16

New York, NY, 10027

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