Position: Dean of Student Culture
Reports to: Principal
Location: Manara Leadership Academy
Hours: 7:15 am – 4:30 pm
FLSA Status: Exempt
Days Worked: 220
The Dean of School Culture serves as the team leader for non-academic student support, focused on student accountability (discipline) as well as school-wide structures for creating a healthy school community. In collaboration with the staff, the SSC ensures that our school’s ways of being support high levels of student growth and achievement. This is a perfect position for a teacher who is thinking about or already enrolled in a principal leadership program, or on the administrative path.
Manara Leadership Academy (MLA) uses the International Baccalaureate (IB) model with elements of EL (Expeditionary Learning) that emphasize high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. Learning expeditions, active pedagogy, school culture and character, leadership and school improvement, and structures are five corer practices that work in concert to support one another and to promote high achievement. Rigorous investigation of deep content, the creation of authentic products for an authentic audience, and effective instructional practices build character, growth, and teamwork. What follows are brief descriptions of the core practices, and then the job responsibilities associated with each. Job requirements specific to each position are listed at the end of the document
Learning expeditions are a way of organizing curriculum. Learning expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understandings and skills and to create products for real audiences. Completion of a learning expedition requires a student to integrate their skills across various disciplines, synthesize and apply what they’ve learned, and create a creative and thoughtful product.
Teaching and learning are active and engaging in MLA classrooms. Effective instructional practices promote equity and high expectations: they make the content of expeditions come alive, ensure that all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well. Knowledge of each student’s level of understanding and participation leads teachers to differentiate instruction.
Culture and Character
The MLA school culture is developed and sustained through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understandings, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers. Physical and emotional safety, respect and courtesy, and a disciplined environment characterize the school climate. Teachers foster student character through challenging academic work, service, and the expectation that students are courteous, respectful, and compassionate. School leaders, teachers, and staff are members of a community of learners. Professionals work together to share expertise, improve the school’s program, build background knowledge in their disciplines, and model collaborative learning for students. Staff culture is characterized by a respectful collegiality where teachers focus on student best interest and support each other in analysis, celebration, and improvement.
Leadership and School Improvement
Leaders create a professional community that focuses on curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicles for improving student achievement and school culture. Teachers and school leaders collect data to understand student achievement, assess teaching practices, and make informed decisions about instruction.
The schedule and calendar serves instructional and curricular priorities. Key features include lengthened periods of class time, opportunities for integration of the disciplines, and common professional development time for teachers. The schedule accommodates project work, fieldwork, service learning, and flexible groupings of students. Time is scheduled during the school year and summer for whole-school professional development and collaboration across grade levels and subject areas. The calendar allows adequate time for orientation, intensives and related travel opportunities.
Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)
Family & Community Outreach
Community Engagement and Stewardship
Other Support Areas
COMPENSATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Manara Academy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Manara Academy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Job Type: Full-time
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