Salary range: Competitive rates of pay apply, from £100,000+
The Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for the orchestration of effective teaching and learning at ASL. Central to our mission, the quality of instruction--its design and delivery--is critical to ability to “foster intellect, creativity, inclusivity and character.” The Director of Teaching and Learning is a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and reports directly to the Head of School. The Director of Teaching and Learning oversees the work of the Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Student Support Services, the Director of Service Learning and the MILL Co-teacher, and works closely with Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Heads, Team Leaders and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders (DEIL).
Summary of Major Responsibilities
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Lead articulation, documentation, publication, and review of a comprehensive, coherent K-12 curriculum
Continually review and update policies, practices and procedures in the area of curriculum, instruction and assessment
Develop best practices of school-wide internal and external assessment
Direct the school’s systems for curriculum mapping and external assessments
Lead the implementation of transdisciplinary initiatives such as embedding cultural competency in the curriculum, the shift to more inquiry-based practice, computational thinking, developing the well-being of the students etc.
Develop a vibrant program of professional learning for the faculty guided by mission, school wide goals and current best practices for student learning
Recruit the highest quality professional consultants to support the development of curriculum, assessment and instruction
Oversee the policies, practices and budget of ASL’s professional development program
Lead the orientation program for new faculty
Lead the K-12 Academic Leadership Team (ALT), facilitating weekly meetings on teaching and learning topics of K-12 relevancy
Foster cross-divisional coordination among K-12 faculty and staff, Team Leaders, Curricular Leads and Department Heads
Provide leadership support for the director of the K-12 Service Learning Program, the director of Student Services, and the co-teacher in the Make Invent Learn Lab (MILL)
Accreditation and Compliance
Oversee the school’s accreditation process, including the Middle States Association accreditation and Ofsted compliance
Provide relevant evidenced-based mission adherence reports to the ASL Board of Trustees
Cultural Competency Leadership
Together with the Head of School, provide support for and coordination of the School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders (DEIL), ensuring ongoing all-school professional development opportunities in this area
Support the development of faculty, staff and student cultural competency through the regular administration and interpretation of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) instrument
Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the Head of School
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London.
A master’s degree in a field relevant to curriculum, assessment and/or instructions
Substantive senior leadership experience in K-12 American or international schools
Significant knowledge and experience with curriculum design and development
Substantive teaching experience and recent professional development in best practices for curriculum, assessment and instruction
Demonstrated commitment to student learning and experience implementing effective strategies and programs
A track record of developing and implementing exciting professional development for faculty
Experience in leading school accreditation processes
Proven leadership abilities and organizational skills; a commitment to collaboration
Experience in a school with a similar teaching philosophy to that of ASL, which employs comparable teaching methods and curricula
Good research skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with team-building
Creativity, intellectual curiosity, excellent writing and speaking skills
Experience in an international educational environment
Additional Salary Information: Competitive rates of pay apply
About The American School in London
The American School in London is a non-profit, independent, Kindergarten-Grade 12 school offering an American curriculum in an international setting, with a student body of 1,350 representing over 50 nationalities. Our outstanding faculty fosters intellectual rigor and independent thinking. The School’s location in central London further enhances the educational experience.