Graland Country Day School is looking for a Grade 7/8 Dean
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Assist Head of Middle School with the day-to-day operations of the division.
Serve as an instructional leader for 7/8 faculty through facilitating discussions, modeling professionalism, learning about best practices, and providing support and resources to colleagues.
Attend Instructional Team Meetings.
In conjunction with Division Head and faculty, develop a challenging, age-appropriate academic program of subject area content and skills development in grades 7/8.
Oversee all aspects of the secondary school placement process for graduating eighth grade class.
With the assistance of the Division Head and other faculty, ease the assimilation of incoming seventh graders.
Help the Admission Office with the transition of new 7/8 students and their families.
Attend 7/8 grade team meetings and kid talks.
Manage 7/8 student discipline.
Serve as a liaison between parents and 7/8 faculty.
With the assistance of the Division Head and other faculty, supervise the implementation of the advisory program in grades 7/8.
In conjunction with other faculty, design and implement a program of social activities, service projects, buddy activities, assemblies, and sports programs tailored to 7/8 students.
Share supervisory responsibilities for 7/8 dances and social events with Division Head.
Oversee 7/8 recess and chaperone duty schedule.
Facilitate the informal evaluation process and provide input in the hiring and, in extreme cases, release of faculty members.
Assist the Division Head with progress report processing and editing.
Communicate regularly with parents through parent coffees, evening informational events, class pages, and push pages.
Assist the Middle School Office with coordinating planners, locker allocations, duty assignments, student rosters, summer reading lists, and other logistics.
In conjunction with the MS Office and Registrar, create master schedules, student schedules, faculty schedules and class/advisory sections for the 7/8 grades.
Manage the scheduling, staffing, and sectioning of 7/8 clubs and electives.
Perform teaching and other administrative duties as assigned.
Graland students are the kind of thinkers who can go anywhere and do anything. Graland's mission is timeless, but our world is constantly changing. New technologies and new discoveries about how children learn are just two examples of why we teach in new-fashioned ways.
Our approach is forward thinking: What skills will this year's preschool class need to be successful when they start careers? It's as much about teaching how to reason, how to question and how to take initiative as it is about knowledge. Graland's rich history began in 1924 when concerned parents and teachers came together to create a school different from others of the era. From its earliest days, Graland's approach to teaching was influenced by the philosophy of educator John Dewey, who believed in "progressive education" and an educational system adapted to the needs of children.
As it was then, Graland's focus today is on the whole child and on the development of a well-balanced individual of strong character who excels intellectually, athletically and creatively. We believe children should be challenged through experiences offered in an atmosphere of encouragement and high expectations. We understand that children taught by energetic, inspiring and creative teachers, who care deeply about each child's progress and development, are more likely to flourish. And, we recognize the importance of offering children the opportunity to thrive in a 21st century learning environment where innovation and technology are front and center.
Graland is a community of outstanding students and teachers working together with families for the benefit of each child. Our small class size allows students and teachers to develop close, enduring relationships - one of the premium advantages of an independent education. Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have 92 faculty members, 68 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Graland’s faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each member is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.
About Graland Country Day School
Graland Country Day School is a dynamic learning community having a commitment to academics, athletics, the arts, diversity, service learning, and community responsibility for children from pre kindergarten through the 8th grade. The school balances strong traditions with a progressive orientation for student learning. Teachers at Graland are highly valued as educators and challenged to model life-long learning as they grow both professionally and personally. Over 50% of faculty hold advanced degrees and many have been at Graland for 10 or more years. The school strongly encourages and supports a wide variety of professional development opportunities for its faculty.
Graland is centrally located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, near the Cherry Creek district and three miles from the center of Denver – allowing for a quality of life that combines living in an urban environment with the ability to pursue a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountain region