SPA March 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.

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Coordinator of the Bronx School Exchange on Positive Discipline Alternatives (NY)

The Bronx School Exchange on Positive Discipline Alternatives is a peer-learning exchange involving students, parents, staff and School Safety Agents from local Bronx schools focused on positive disciplinary alternatives to school suspensions, arrests, and summonses.

The Exchange is intended to engage, inspire, and strengthen the participation of all school stakeholders in building community and developing a strong orientation towards transformative (rather than punitive) discipline, and maintaining a positive school climate.


· Coordination of logistics (scheduling schools visits and Exchange; and coordinating arrangements for interpretation, childcare, and refreshments)

· Supporting school stakeholders in producing and facilitating quality skill shares on positive discipline practices and programs.

· Regular reporting on progress of work at Bronx School Justice Coalition Meetings


Dinu Ahmed

Community Organizer

(718) 716-8000 x.146

2015 - 2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Assistant Principal (NY)

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies is a high school located in Bronx, NY. At MACS our students learn by doing. We put students first as they collaborate in teams to take charge of their learning and develop into creative problem-solvers who will lead by example and thrive in college, career, and community endeavors. We believe the most effective way to achieve our vision is through projects-based learning, a series of data-informed, student-centered initiatives that meet student needs, and socio-emotional support for students. Project assignments flow in and out of these systems as a connective thread that increases academic rigor for all students and provides opportunities for instruction to be relevant to students’ lives. Our vision will further be realized as we have been awarded the Community School Grant, which will open many more doors to greater opportunities to benefit our students, families, staff and surrounding community.

MACS is seeking an Assistant Principal who…

1. Demonstrates great leadership skills,

2. can champion project-based-learning,

3. is committed to fostering a school culture of high expectations,

4. demonstrates excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills,

5. demonstrates professionalism, sound judgment and maturity,

6. holds an unwavering belief that given the right supports all students can achieve at the highest levels, has an entrepreneurial spirit that embraces the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in any successful school that is paving a tradition of excellence,

8. has a strong math and/or science background (preferred but not required),

9. possesses all degrees and licensing requirements through the NYC DOE

If this description fit your background, please email your resume and cover letter to Hoek Choi (SPA '11)

Middle School Principal (NY)

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School is part of a network of 11 Expeditionary Learning (EL) schools in New York City and is the NYC network’s first charter school. Launch opened its doors in 2012 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to its first 6th grade class, and currently serves students in 6th-8th grade. EL is a proven educational model being implemented in over 150 district, charter and independent schools across the country. Expeditionary Learning balances both academic rigor and character development through experiential, project-based learning. Launch is seeking a Middle School Principal to lead a highly motivated, curious, intelligent, and passionate staff of educators.

The Principal is responsible for being the leader of both school culture and school academics. The principal will lead and manage a team of administrators and teachers in order to ensure that students demonstrate dramatic gains in academic achievement while also developing strong character skills based on the Launch Habits of Heart and Mind (Accountability, Compassion, Craftsmanship, Wonder, Mindfulness and Perseverance). The principal will lead based on a clear and cogent vision for instruction and for student development. Launch is seeking a leader with vision who can lead by example and support others in executing on that vision. Visit the website for more information.

Secondary Chief Academic Officer (TX)

KIPP Austin Public Schools is looking for a Secondary Chief Academic Officer to help grow their expanding network of schools. The ideal candidate is someone who is excited about helping build one of the best school systems in the country as it quickly expands from 7 to 10 schools by 2017!

The CAO is an integral member of the leadership team helping to design the vision of the district going forward. The CAO reports directly to our Superintendent/CEO, Steven Epstein, and is:

· A self-described champion of school leaders whom always wants to be coaching their team to improve and grow.

· Lives and breathes curriculum and instruction because when done well they know it’s the difference between a student going to and through college or not.

· Excited to roll out brand new literacy and math curriculum throughout the district and witness the change both teachers and students will experience

· Results oriented…someone who will do whatever it takes to make sure all of KIPP Austin’s diverse student body has what it takes to succeed in school and life

Within the first 18-24 months, the CAO will (a) Develop and support 4 middle and 2 high school principals to drive an increase in academic gains; and (b) Execute a plan to redesign secondary literacy and math curriculum across all secondary schools. A complete description of the role is attached.

Interviews begin the week of April 27th.

If you're interested or know of anyone great, please contact Ron Rapatalo at

School Leadership Opportunity: Ryan Fellowship (NY, IL, TN, LA)

The Ryan Fellowship is a one-year, paid fellowship for aspiring principals, followed by two years of advisory support. The Fellowship year begins at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with speakers from the best and brightest in education, as well as leaders from the private and civic sectors. Fellows then complete a six-month Field Study in their region and build their “playbook” for year one as a school leader with a highly qualified Ryan Fellow Advisor. Following job placement support, Ryan Fellows receive two additional years of advisory as a school leader.

The Ryan Fellowship is currently looking for individuals with formal adult management experience and strong instructional backgrounds for our regions in Memphis, Baton Rouge, New York City, and Chicago (financial support for relocation is available for Memphis and Baton Rouge). Our final deadline for completed applications is March 23rd, 2015. You can complete your eligibility questionnaire here: For more information please contact Erin Brooks at

Leadership Opportunities: IDEA Public Schools (TX)

In 2000, IDEA Public Schools opened the doors of our first campus in Donna, TX, with the mission of ensuring that all of our students are ready to succeed in college and as citizens. Our flagship campus in Donna graduated its first class in 2007, sending 100% of our scholars to college, a tradition that has continued for the past 7 years as we’ve expanded from a single campus in the Rio Grande Valley to 36 schools serving nearly 20,000 kids in the RGV, San Antonio, and Austin. Next year, we are opening 7 additional campuses, on our path to 60 schools serving 40,000 kids by 2017. In order to continue this growth and serve even more kids and communities across Texas, we must bring great teachers and leaders to our organization. Every year, we have seen that our strongest team members are those who come from referrals from other leaders which is why we’re reaching out to you today.

As current students or alums of the Columbia SPA program, we are especially interested in chatting with you about leadership opportunities for next school year. Several of our current Principals, Principals-in-Residence, Assistant Principals of Instruction, and other leaders have graduated from the SPA program, and we hope to continue that trend!

I’d love for the chance to chat with you more about opportunities for growth and development at IDEA. Additionally, if you happen to know any strong teachers and/or leaders who might be interested in joining the education reform movement in Texas, you can refer their name here. As a token of our appreciation for your time, we are holding a raffle for items such as IDEA swag and even an iPad!

If you’d like more information regarding IDEA Public Schools, please feel free to contact me directly at or 956-375-8565.

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:


· Incubated School Director (Principal)

· Director of Curriculum and Instruction

· Director of Student Support


· Founding Chief of Staff

· Founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction

· Founding Director of Culture

· Founding Director of Student Support


· Incubated School Director (Principal)

· Director of Student Support

Also, we have the following Home Office opening, for which we are hiring immediately.

· Managing Director of Academics

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

Leadership Opportunities: Firstline Schools (LA)

In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city. FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school. Our mission is to create and inspire great open admission public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:

  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence.
  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship
  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members
  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success
Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers. Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.

Middle School Principal:

HS Co-Director:

Founding School Director:

If you're interested, please contact Ron Rapatalo at

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 or contact Nikhil Kawlra, (SPA '12) Head of School, at (918) 202-8526 or

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 If you have questions, email

Summer Principals Academy

Teachers College

Columbia University

525 W 120th St, Box 16

New York, NY, 10027

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