Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning creates an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
Overview of Position
The director of curriculum & instruction at Norwood School is responsible for the oversight of curriculum planning and development for grades PK-8; serves as a consultant to teachers on matters of classroom management, pedagogy, and general school procedures; manages student course enrollment, including course assignments, planning and scheduling; oversees the School’s accreditation with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools; and teaches one to two classes per year.
Working in conjunction with the Principals Team, the director of curriculum & instruction facilitates, promotes, and coordinates PK-8 faculty professional development, including programs for the orientation and mentoring of new teachers, in-service programs for all teachers including technology training, and professional days. The director of curriculum & instruction also directly supervises several faculty, and has selected school-wide responsibilities for various on-going programs and initiatives.
The director of curriculum & instruction serves as a member of the academic leadership team (Principals), administrative team (Admin Team), and Diversity Leadership Council.
Successful experience as an elementary and/or middle school teacher;
Thorough knowledge of learning theory and pedagogical practices, as well as the principles of differentiated instruction and stages of social-emotional development;
Proven accomplishment with faculty development;
Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community;
Skill in both consensus-building and decision-making;
Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
The successful candidate is intelligent, resourceful, organized, creative, compassionate, collaborative, flexible, reflective, and possesses a keen sense of humor. Master’s degree required.
Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Norwood School
Norwood School’s mission is to ensure that each of its students grows intellectually, morally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, while preparing to function productively and generously in our pluralistic society. Norwood’s challenging educational program and broad-based activities are designed to help students experience joy in learning, develop self-confidence, and learn respect for the rights and feelings of others. Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that both recognizes the worth of each member of the community and emphasizes the common values of academic achievement, mutual respect, cooperation, and personal responsibility.