Friends School of Minnesota (FSM) is conducting a national search to identify a new Head of School for the 2018-19 school year. FSM is dedicated to its mission to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity, and to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
FSM’s academic program is grounded in the belief that children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers within a community. Using an in-depth, thematic and interdisciplinary approach within a cooperative learning environment, the school teaches appreciation of multiple perspectives and fosters social skills.
A focus on place-based education engages students in the local community and prepares them to be compassionate global citizens. Starting in kindergarten, environmental education and service learning are embedded throughout the curriculum, and specialists teach music, visual arts, physical education, and Spanish.
As a Quaker, progressive school, FSM believes that our differences enrich our understanding of the world and deepen our educational experiences. FSM’s commitment to social justice is reflective and supported by an evolving analysis of equity and inclusion. Students have a range of learning styles and abilities and are part of two-parent, single-parent, multiple-generation, adoptive, and LGBTQ families. Thirty-eight percent are students of color. Thirty-four percent of families receive tuition aid, some up to ninety percent.
Additionally, the school’s nationally recognized conflict resolution program is an essential part of the culture of the school. Daily, the school actively teaches and models nonviolent, respectful techniques to solve the conflicts found in every community.
FSM is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and is a member of The Minnesota Association of Independent Schools and Friends Council on Education. A School Committee comprised of parents, community members, and Quakers governs FSM using the Quaker decision-making process. FSM currently employs thirty-one faculty and staff (a total of 27.1 FTE). Teachers and administrators are active participants in professional development and networking opportunities with a variety of organizations and institutions.
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by July 8, 2017:
EC Cover/Summary Sheet (Contact Marcus Hurlbut for that document)
A cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
Statement of educational philosophy
A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
Up to three letters of reference may be submitted
Application materials are to be sent, electronically via email, as a single WORD or PDF document to:
Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC
Candidates are encouraged to speak personally with Marcus Hurlbut (949-279-3084).
Click here to view the full opportunity statement.
Friends School of Minnesota is a thriving, independent, K-8, Quaker, progressive school of 165 students in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSM meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. Now in its 29th year, FSM is a healthy, vibrant, stable i...nstitution known for its rich commitment to progressive education, community, acclaimed conflict resolution program, and holistic, joyful approach to educating children.
FSM is dedicated to its mission to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity, and to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.