Grace Academy, a tuition-free, middle school for girls from Hartford seeks an aspiring principal who is committed to social justice, and the education and development of our small teaching population of FT and AmeriCorps teaching volunteers. Grace Academy serves low-income 5th-8th grade girls from Hartford with a mission to "break the cycle of urban poverty through education."
The Principal is responsible for establishing an instructional vision and a focused plan for improving student achievement; monitoring and supervising instruction; and supporting teachers in improving their instructional practice. Major Responsibilities and Duties:
a) Lead development, evaluation and improvement of instructional programs which provide access and support to rigorous instruction for all students;
b) Promote a positive, caring climate for learning; deal sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds; and communicate effectively with students, staff and parents;
c) Regularly observe classroom instruction and work to improve teacher performance as principle evaluator for teacher evaluation systems;
d) Supervise Mentor Teachers and Teaching Coaches in support of Teaching Fellows;
e) Orient new teaching staff. Manage staffing allocations;
f) Articulate Grace Academy’s mission to its community and solicit its support in accomplishing the mission; and use appropriate and effective techniques to encourage community and parent involvement;
g) Supervise or delegate all middle school operations, including daily school activities, the development of class schedules, teacher assignments, and extracurricular activity schedules; supervise monitoring of student attendance and investigate when appropriate and comply with federal and state law;
h) Ensure that students are adequately supervised during non-instructional periods; help maintain a student discipline management system that results in positive student behavior; ensure that school rules are uniformly observed and that student discipline is appropriate and equitable: conduct conferences on student and school issues with parents, students, and teachers;
i) Serve as liaison with families on all student matters pertaining to school happenings, student behavior and performance;
j) Model integrity, respect, professionalism and ethical behavior
k) Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required
Experience teaching in an independent school setting preferred
Willingness to work collaboratively with administration, faculty, and parents
Eagerness to embrace the mission and values of Grace Academy and the NativityMiguel model of education
Commitment to single gender education for young women
About Grace Academy
Grace Academy is a tuition-free, private middle school (5th-8th grade) for inner-city girls living in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Hartford, CT. Founded in 2010, Grace Academy is intentionally small, serving 60 students. Grace adheres to the nine mission effective standards of the NativityMiguel model of education and provides an exceptional educational opportunity to girls from families of limited economic means. In a structured learning environment – including a 10-hour school day, individual tutoring and small classes – our students develop the character, skills and discipline needed to become productive citizens. We are committed to the success of our students not only in middle school, but – with guidance, tutoring and financial support – in high school and college.