Principal Search, 2017-18
City Neighbors Foundation, the operator of a network of urban progressive schools serving a diverse community in northeast Baltimore City, is seeking a new school leader for its K-8 school, City Neighbors Hamilton. We seek a leader who is dedicated to progressive education, experienced in establishing a culture of learning among faculty and students, and who exhibits strong servant leadership qualities.
At City Neighbors, we have taken a stand for schooling rooted in the vision of the child as powerful, creative, capable, and deserving of the deepest respect. We have taken a stand for the prevalence of student voices over teacher voices, for the arts as a central component to all teaching and learning, for deep project studies rather than survey courses, for ensuring that standardized testing does not drive teaching and learning, for involving parents and teachers as co-creators of their school, for the importance of carefully designed and beautifully created physical spaces for children, and the importance of play, fun, imagination, and creation in learning for all children.
City Neighbors Hamilton opened in 2008 and is currently serving 234 students in grades K-8. It is part of the City Neighbors network of schools which includes City Neighbors Charter School (K-8, opened 2005) and City Neighbors High School (9-12, opened in 2010). All City Neighbors schools are located in the Northeast section of Baltimore City.
City Neighbors schools combine eight educational and community elements designed to work together to inspire children and provide an extraordinary public school education with high academic achievement.
- A Strong Foundation of Teacher Empowerment – Teachers are researchers of children. They are experts in their work. They not only work to create their classroom cultures and curricula, but they are partners in the creation of our school from practice to policy.
- Parent-school partnership – We believe in cooperative governance based on the principles of human dignity, consensus, and freedom; therefore we are structured as a parent/teacher cooperative.
- Diversity – We strive to create an environment that values all people through practices, procedures, curriculum, and relationships.
- Arts-Integration – We believe in a creative, inquiry-based process of teaching and learning that uses the arts to assist students in understanding and applying skills.
- Project-Based Learning – Our curriculum is based on in-depth investigations of topics driven by student interest and informed by the Common Core.
- Reggio Emilia – Children are strong, intellectually rich, and possess great potential; therefore we respect children’s creative capacities and individual learning styles by entering into a research partnership intended to stimulate and deepen children’s critical thinking.
- Inclusion – All students, no matter their ability and as much as possible, should be educated in general education classrooms.
- Small School Model – We value the individual attention students receive and the family feel of a small school culture; therefore we intentionally create small school models.
- The incoming principal will work in ongoing partnership with and under the mentorship of the City Neighbors Academic Director and Executive Director. This relationship is designed to empower the new principal and help him/her successfully assimilate into the City Neighbors model and vision.
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively to inspire faculty
- Demonstrated commitment to progressive education
- Experience as a teacher or teacher leader
- Deep knowledge of instruction, curriculum, and child and adolescent development
- Demonstrated success on inclusively carrying out strategic initiatives and in leading a team
- Background and passion are centered in a diverse and inclusive community
- Experience in building community across constituencies (parents, students, teachers, etc…)
- Impeccable integrity
- Lifelong learner
- A natural sense of humor
- Holds or is eligible for Maryland Administrator Certification
All questions or requests for more information should be directed to Academic Director, Mike Chalupa, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit resume and cover letter in the form of an email attachment (pdf) to email@example.com or mail to:
City Neighbors Foundation
5609 Sefton Avenue, Building 1
Baltimore, MD 21214
What is your ideal place for teaching and learning? A place where student learning is creative, responsive, and engaging? A place that is not driven by standardized testing?
A place where you can build deep and strong relationships with your students? A place that is looking to push the envelope on current thinking about best practices? A place where teachers are seen as researchers and experts about their practice?
Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your ideal.