This is an immediate vacancy for the 2019-20 school year. The appointed Interim Head will be considered for the permanent position during a search in the spring. Preferred Start Date: August 26, 2019
The Associate Head of Junior High works closely with the Head of Junior High to oversee the education of approximately 100 students with diagnosed learning differences in a graded program and supervises, coaches, schedules for and inspires a staff of approximately 25 teachers and specialists (speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social worker, reading tutors).
Our strong sense of a community with a common purpose is fundamental to our daily success with our students. Strengthened by their passion and faith in the school’s mission, our administrators are instrumental in building a community of professionals that are well prepared to take on the challenges of delivering a life-changing education. Our administrators are encouraged to engage in professional development in leadership, innovation, and instruction. In turn, our teachers thrive in an environment that is fueled by optimism and professional support. Working alongside their leaders, they are encouraged to develop inspired curricula and effective methodologies. Their efforts are supported by professional development in a wide range of topics including reading, arts, learning differences, health and wellness, mindfulness, inclusivity and equity.
The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including ability and learning differences, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world in our educational programs, admission policies, financial aid program, hiring, and school-administered programs.
Preferred credentials: Master’s degree in relevant field of study, 10 + years of experience in middle school education including teaching and administrating, and experience working with students with language based learning differences (dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, ADHD).
Qualifications: Candidates will need to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, a deep appreciation for the value of the arts, a solid knowledge of reading and writing instruction for students with learning differences, a strength in organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills, and a sense of humor. Creativity and a passion for the arts are considered highly valued traits.
About The Lab School of Washington
For over 50 years, The Lab School has been providing an exceptional academic experience for students (grades 1-12) with learning differences. The first school of its type in the nation, The Lab School enjoys a worldwide reputation for transforming lives and guiding students on the path toward success.
The Lab School of Washington is an innovative learning community fostering scholarship and creativity in students with different learning styles. In an environment of inquiry and hands-on exploration, Lab School students learn to advocate for themselves as they become engaged and compassionate members of a global society. The goals of the institution are to:
provide a rigorous, best in class, college-preparatory education;
prepare students for a lifetime of learning;
provide intensive remediation and teach useful learning strategies;
use visual and performing arts to facilitate the education process;
bring multi-sensory and experiential learning methods into the classroom;
support and educate parents;
pioneer research and design new methodologies to remain on the cutting edge of the field;
incorporate the latest technology into all Lab School programs;
provide a challen...ging yet collaborative environment for staff and invest in professional development;
disseminate the results of our programs to public and private schools that serve students who learn in both traditional and non-traditional ways.