The Quad Preparatory School is a young, innovative and successful school in the middle of a period of rapid growth and expansion. Beginning with 3 students in the basement of an East Village Synagogue six years ago, Quad Prep currently serves 113 twice-exceptional students in grades K-12 in Lower Manhattan. Founded by Kim Busi, a physician psychiatrist and mother of a 2e child, the school’s highly innovative, personalized and integrated (academic and clinical/SEL) model has met a huge unmet need for families with gifted children who learn differently. Quad Prep is also the preeminent center of 2e excellence and training in New York City. Families move from across the country and from abroad so their children have the opportunity of growing and learning with us.
The Lower School Academic Director will join Quad Prep at a particularly exciting time – after having achieved enormous success, with stellar student and staff retention, Quad Prep and its mission-driven and highly collaborative staff are ready to double the capacity to serve twice exceptional students by expanding into a second space and differentiating a Lower School and Upper School. Quad Prep is also an amazing professional learning environment, with on the job professional training and professional development not yet available in university training programs. Quad Prep faculty and staff are leading the way in creating gold standard educational standards and practice for twice-exceptional children and teens.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional students – gifted children with learning differences – by redefining the experience of school.
Our unparalleled and personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with engaging academics.
By teaching to the way each individual student learns, we empower them to rise to the level of their talents and go on to contribute to communities of excellence.
THE QUAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL MODEL
One to One Personalized Instruction – the optimal way to educate asynchronous learners
Flexible Learning Spaces, Group Sizes and Placements – to fit the school around the student instead of expecting the student to fit into a one-size-fits-all learning environment
Fully Integrated academic and clinically informed social and emotional learning (SEL) all day, every day
“For Real” Collaboration between families, school and outside providers - assured
Inclusive partnerships and authentic learning opportunities with diverse groups of colleagues
Facts at a Glance
Early Childhood: 17
Lower School: 54
Upper School: 42
Financial Aid: 100% of families successfully sue the NYC Department of Education for Tuition Reimbursement of (90-100% of tuition)
Total Staff: 99
Full Time Faculty (Academic Teachers, Specialists, Psychosocial Teachers, Clinicians): 68
Full Time Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 81%
Male/Female Ratio: 28%/82%
Location: Manhattan’s Financial District: 25 Pine Street
Accreditation: NYSAIS (in process)
Member: NAIS, AEGUS
THE POSITION: LOWER SCHOOL ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
The Quad Preparatory School seeks a creative, innovative academic educator to solidify, monitor, oversee and continually refine the academic curriculum, teaching and learning at the Lower School and assure the success of the integrated, personalized model of the school.
The Lower School Academic Director – a new position at the school - is in a collaborative co-leadership position with the Lower School Clinical and SEL Director. This position reports to the School Head.
This position represents an opportunity to significantly influence the academics of our Lower School and lead a dynamic, energetic, committed and highly collaborative staff in expanding its vision and program design. The Lower School Academic Director will join a collaborative and distributive leadership team and help build Quad Prep to full capacity.
The Lower School Academic Director will have the once in a life-time opportunity of working with truly outstanding students who have the minds and dispositions to become the next generation’s change makers, visionaries and revolutionary thinkers.
Specific responsibilities of the position include the following:
To create, implement and oversee a system to evaluate the academic curriculum of the school
To help departments to develop and maintain standards appropriate for the school.
To provide academic curriculum continuity within and across subjects
To oversee yearly academic curricular review, refinement and reimplementation and participate in yearly strategic planning
To oversee and direct the activities of the curriculum directors and faculty committees.
To chair regular meetings with faculty and with curriculum directors which will deal both with curriculum and lesson planning/teaching development and implementation and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
To establish and maintain a curriculum resource library for staff.
To supervise academic teaching and learning at the school
To observe, supervise, and evaluate the academic faculty in the development and implementation of the academic curriculum.
To assure a personalized learning approach that assures 1:1 academic instruction to enrich students’ gifts and talents.
To assure flexibility in programming that allows for flexibly grouped small and large group academic and integrated instruction.
To clearly communicate teacher expectations and create a culture of constant professional development.
To monitor individual professional development, goal-setting and evaluation.
To conduct regular professional development with faculty on an ongoing basis via 1:1 supervision, the evaluation process and group workshops.
To oversee assessment and testing program to assure uniformity in assessment, parent reporting, and academic standards.
To assist teachers in matching appropriate assessment instruments to curriculum objectives.
To maintain complete academic records on all students.
To oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations (in collaboration with the Lower School Clinical and SEL Director and the Assistant Head of School).
To plan and produce school assemblies, programs and family events that showcase the curriculum in collaboration with the Lower School Clinical and SEL Director.
To fully support the integration model of the school.
To work collaboratively with the Lower School Clinical and SEL Director to develop, supervise and evaluate academic and social emotional integration.
To serve as a role model of academic and clinical integration.
To oversee and assist academic staff in collaborating with SEL and clinical staff to in all aspects of the integration process.
To model and teach problem solving and conflict resolution skills to academic staff
To embody and model the values of the school at all times.
To participate in the Executive Leadership Team.
To ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the State of New York and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
To oversee that the entire school community iskept regularly informed of various school programs and activities.
To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
To stay informed of current trends/research related to curriculum and instruction, particularly innovative models and methods.
To network with Division Heads and Curriculum experts at other independent schools.
To perform other duties as assigned by the School Head.
To support the school and its leadership.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Strong belief that one’s work can and should make a difference in the world.
Mission driven with strong commitment to excellence.
Capable of creative innovation.
Unflappable, kind and with personal humility.
Flexible and resilient.
Committed to diversity, inclusion and equity.
Willingness and ability to be decisive and hold members of the community accountable to the school’s values and policies.
An inspiring leader who eloquently embodies and communicates the school’s values and mission.
A leader who is willing to break down profession silos and to unify staff around educational and clinical integration and innovation.
A motivating, community builder who will lead in the spirit of deep respect for individual difference.
A leader with ambitious goals and a commitment to transformational practice.
Skills and Experiences
An understanding of, commitment to, and/or experience with twice-exceptional, special and gifted education.
An understanding of and experience with personalized learning models and the use of technology in practice.
Proven excellence in academic curriculum design and supervision of curriculum implementation, academic teaching and learning.
Excellent administrative and managerial skills, including the ability to hire equitably, mentor and evaluate effectively, and enforce standards of accountability.
Exceptional listening and communication skills, including the ability to be clear, direct, authentic, and open to the ideas of others.
Familiarity with the New York City independent school world and/or experience in a similar urban educational environment.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS
Candidates should submit ASAP and no later than January 21,, 2019 an application package including the following:
A cover letter indicating why you are particularly interested and qualified for this position.
A current Resume.
A Statement of Leadership Philosophy.
The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references.
A writing sample.
Application Deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019
Selection of Semifinalists: February 4, 2019
Semifinalist Interviews: Week of February 11, 2019