Announcing the Search for PRINCIPAL
Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (“BART”) is a nationally recognized, award-winning, college-preparatory, public middle and high school located in Adams, Massachusetts. As the only charter school in Berkshire County, it is consistently ranked among the top schools in Massachusetts for student academic achievement and growth.
Committed to preparing its students for college and a lifetime of learning, BART is a community of nearly 400 curious and creative students, devoted and innovative teachers and staff members, and families dedicated to the success of their children. The student body is diverse, each member with an important personal story. The School is built around a central makerspace, and its academic program comprises an intense academic core curriculum enriched by elective courses in the arts and technology. Students have numerous opportunities to pursue independent creative and scholarly projects. Before they graduate, BART students must pass college courses, take and pass collegiate-skills courses each year, complete an internship within the region, and participate in a rigorous program of mock interviews, portfolio presentations, and annual science fairs.
The success enjoyed by BART’s students and the School as a whole results from a school culture characterized by the pursuit of excellence and based on a set of foundational elements:
A liberating, college-preparatory, academic environment that provides for students and employees alike intellectual challenge, professional development and exploration, and personal growth;
Dedication to the education of the whole child that supports the child’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical maturation;
A school that embodies the best of contemporary educational knowledge, thought, and practices, including a reliance on data-driven teaching and learning in support of advancing student achievement;
A vibrant, inclusive school that embraces diversity and individuality yet shines by the devotion of students, faculty and staff, and families to their BART and home communities;
An educational experience that brings the world into BART and BART into the world; and
A strong, resilient, and multi-element financial base from which resources enable students’ academic success and professional distinction and employees’ professional development and refinement.
The position of Principal at BART is essential to the success of the students, faculty, and staff. The Principal serves as the chief academic affairs and student affairs officer, overseeing BART’s middle school and high school and reporting directly to the Executive Director. We are looking for an individual to step into the position in Summer 2021.
BART’s Principal will have a record of successful educational leadership and the potential to cultivate and advance a dynamic, innovative, and compassionate learning community. The individual will be a tireless advocate for the development and growth of the whole child and will champion the belief that all students can succeed in college. A dedication to making BART an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community that embraces nurturing practices and social justice is essential in that individual. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Principal will provide vision for, oversight to, and management of the School’s rigorous academic program. Together they will work with the faculty and staff to advance that program through data-driven teaching and learning, through maintaining an educational and social environment focused on high standards and effective instruction, and through support of the notion that children can learn and grow in every setting and creative endeavor.
EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Principal will be evaluated using the Marshall Principal Evaluation Rubric. Following are key responsibilities aligned with that rubric and broadly categorized:
Create a culture, including systems and supports, that is built on the principles of restorative justice and motivates students to achieve their best and to work beyond their own expectations.
In conjunction with BART’s Director of Data & Assessment, ensure that curriculum and instruction are driven by student performance data.
In conjunction with the Assistant Principal and Instructional Leaders, promote instructional practices that are responsive to student needs and ensure that adequate instructional support is available for students and teachers, including a robust tiered instruction model.
In conjunction with the Director of Special Education, coordinate the delivery and supervision of special education.
Develop and adhere to a Curriculum Accommodation Plan to ensure all efforts have been made to meet the needs of diverse learners in the general education program.
In conjunction with the Director of Health & Wellness, promote programs, policies, and practices that address needs of the whole student—intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.
Employ the Marshall Teacher Evaluation Rubric, including setting benchmarks, monitoring progress, and evaluating success of teachers against individual and schoolwide student academic goals.
Management and Operations
Work with the Executive Director and other members of the School’s senior administration to ensure compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
In conjunction with members of the School’s senior administration, ensure that faculty have adequate opportunities for professional development to meet demands of curriculum, including:
Coordinating continuing professional development in all instructional areas, including assessment and evaluation, monitoring and ensuring students’ social and emotional health, discipline management, arts and technology integration, and differentiated instruction;
Managing the annual professional development calendar and awarding appropriate credits for completed professional development;
Training and supporting teachers in the use of backwards-planning curriculum development, including developing the scope and sequence for all core and elective curricula and the workshop model for instruction; and
Identifying, scheduling, and managing outside consultants as appropriate.
Along with the Assistant Principal and Instructional Leaders, provide ongoing feedback to all faculty by way of classroom observations using defined observation protocols.
With the Executive Director and other administrators as appropriate, develop necessary policies, procedures, and practices that ensure integrity of school culture (Employee Handbook, Student Handbook, etc.).
In conjunction with the Assistant Principal and others, ensure supervision of the building and support for extracurricular activities and events.
Manage closely with the Director of Finance & Operations and Executive Director the School’s operational budget, especially in regards to academic operations.
Serve as a liaison with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on all instructional matters.
Work with the Executive Director to ensure that instructional and mission-driven Accountability Plan goals are achieved.
Family and Community Engagement
With the Director of Student & Community Development, develop and coordinate parent, college, and community volunteers.
Support the Executive Director and the Director of Enrollment & Development with recruitment of a diverse student body, including assisting with various student recruitment and BART community development activities such as orientation sessions and enrollment open houses.
Manage and professionally develop the faculty and academic and student affairs staff.
Foster a climate that supports student and staff success; promote respect and appreciation for all; foster an orderly learning environment built on teamwork and collaboration among staff, teachers, students, and families.
Design, implement, and continually assess programs that enhance teacher performance (e.g., professional development, coaching).
In conjunction with the Assistant Principal and other stakeholders, continuously review and revise as necessary behavior standards and expectations for students (e.g., code of conduct).
Perform all other duties as appropriately requested by the Executive Director.
Experience as a classroom teacher and school leader at the high school and/or middle school level with
at least three (3) years of significant experience as a school-wide academic leader, at a minimum at the rank of Assistant Principal but preferably as Principal; and
at least five (5) years as a full-time high school or middle school classroom teacher.
Demonstrated experience with data-driven teaching and learning approaches to education.
Educational achievement with the minimum of a Master’s degree.
Experience and expertise in implementing multi-tiered systems of academic and/or behavioral support.
Knowledge of and active participation in national discussions of public education, preferably with direct experience with charter public school movements and trends.
Superb critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Skilled in dispute resolution and proven ability to handle unforeseen challenges of a responsive school environment.
Skilled in communicating orally and in writing with diverse audiences, including parents, students, faculty, and the community as a whole.
Facility for, comfort with, and enthusiasm for use of technology in instruction and school operations.
Tireless advocate for students and teachers and willingness to be an ever-present academic and student affairs leader.
Sincere and expressed joy and pride in diverse students and their learning, as well as dedication to one’s own curiosity and learning.
Ability to advocate for BART Charter Public School, specifically, and charter public school education, generally, in local, regional, and national communities.
A marvelous sense of humor and wonder at the world into which we guide our students.
Those who can see themselves in the role of Principal at BART Charter Public School should send via email to email@example.com the following application elements: (1) cover letter; (2) résumé; (3) educational and administrative philosophy statement; (4) equity, diversity, and inclusion statement; and (5) full contact information for three professional references. The cover letter should be addressed to BART’s Executive Director, Dr. James White. Review of completed applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
BART Charter Public School is an equal opportunity employer. BART does not discriminate in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its services, programs or activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or age. For more information about BART and its programs, please visitwww.bartcharter.org.
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