Our friends at Hillbrook School (Los Gatos, CA) are launching a Center for Teaching Excellence. Check out this position announcement for one aspect of the program. If you are interested in internship programs, teacher development, and a part-time job, this may be for you!
Independent schools are increasingly focusing on beginning teacher training programs. Also check out the Catlin Gabel/Lewis and Clark teacher intern program and the Progressive Education Lab (Calhoun School and others).
CTE Resident Teacher Program Director Part-time position – .5 FTE
Hillbrook School seeks an experienced educator with expertise in teacher training and mentoring to serve as the founding Resident Teacher Program Director for the school’s newly created Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). The CTE, including the Resident Teacher Program, will be launched in Fall 2012. The Resident Teacher Program Director will be one of two leaders in the CTE and will report to the Head of School. Hillbrook is a co-educational, non-sectarian independent day school serving 315 students in grades JK-8.
The Resident Teacher Program Director will work closely with the Head of School, the Lower and Middle School Division Heads, and the faculty CTE Committee to implement a state-of-the-art teacher-training program for an inaugural cohort of four residents. The residents, who will be selected in Spring 2012, will be part of a two-year program in which they work closely with a different master teacher each year. The goal is to bring a second cohort of four residents to campus in 2013-2014 and to eventually grow the program to have 10-12 residents on campus.
Responsibilities will include coordinating schedules for residents and mentors, providing training and a cohesive course of study for residents, providing weekly support and coaching for residents, and providing regular support and training for mentors. In addition, the Director will be expected to seek out and nurture partnerships with local universities and educational organizations, such as Breakthrough Silicon Valley, and to work closely with the Director of Special Programs to ensure that conference and speaker programming supports the growth and training of the faculty.
The successful candidate must be an experienced leader with strong classroom experience and a clear understanding of teacher training and development. The candidate must have an entrepreneurial spirit and wholeheartedly embrace the mission of the school. In particular, the successful candidates should have:
• A masters degree or equivalent
• Experience with JK-8 curriculum development and pedagogies
• Extensive teaching experience at the JK-8 level
• Experience with teacher training and coaching, and an understanding of the important role of teacher leadership in schools
• Experience collaborating on the development of new programs
• A commitment to and experience with professional development for adults
• Strong speaking, writing, and organizational skills
• Outstanding interpersonal skills
• A collaborative yet clear and decisive leadership style
• An active sense of humor
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the school’s mission, program, and strategic vision (www.hillbrook.org).
All interested candidates are invited to send their resumes along with a cover letter and a statement of educational philosophy to:
Assistant to the Head of School
300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032