In September 2018, Ryan Banks Academy, a new middle school and high school, will open its doors and transform urban education. The RBA mission is to build Chicago’s first residential school for urban youth. Our first three years we will be a day school/boarding school hybrid model, where our students attend class only at RBA (staying with their families while in Chicago) and our school year will also include multiple extended field trips which will allow our students to explore new environments and cultures.
About our curriculum and model:
RBA's curriculum will have a STEAM-focus;
Project-based learning empowers students to assume leadership positions within the community. Coursework has real life applications, builds meaningful connections with community members, and teaches reciprocity. Students are not just encouraged to think critically, but also to expand their idea of what is possible by pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone;
Adventure learning will include quarterly expeditions, ongoing team building, and student involvement with the creation of a challenge course;
Social/emotional learning is incorporated into daily student life through practices designed around cultivating meditation, mindfulness, self-awareness, team building, reflection, and self-awareness.
Applicants for this unique opportunity should possess:
An advanced degree in educational leadership;
A minimum of five years admininstrative experience at a middle or high school;
Knowledge of experiential education principles;
Experience working with diverse populations;
Sound leadership skills with experience in the administrative areas of marketing, communication, and fundraising;
Experience forging relationships with community members and stakeholders;
Ability to recruit and develop a professional faculty;
Ability to lead student recruitment efforts.
Anticipated start date for this position is June 2018.
Please apply in writing, including a resume, cover letter, and a philosophical statement to: