We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.
About the Organization
Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for over 50 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being, a multicultural perspective, and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others and understand and respect differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.
Our community members at Evergreen value and embrace the dignity and diversity of all people. We actively seek and support students, families, faculty, staff and trustees who bring a diversity of identity into our community. Our mission makes it essential that we skillfully deliver an inclusive educational program that teaches respect for others, empowers students of all backgrounds equitably, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be leaders in an interdependent global community. At Evergreen, our goal is to curate a culture where every family feels fully welcomed and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community.
The Evergreen School is seeking a creative, collaborative, strategic, culturally competent leader to oversee the art of teaching and learning at Evergreen. The director of curriculum and instruction will oversee a student-centered approach to instruction that emphasizes opportunity for creativity and curiosity for highly capable learners. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes social-emotional learning as well as an inclusive approach with an emphasis on a diversity of perspectives. The next director of curriculum and instruction will be joining a community committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work; it is a place where all faculty and staff are required to complete SEED training within the first three years of their employment.
While much progress has been made in regard to the curriculum development and alignment and there is a strong culture of instructional coaching, there has been a lull of two years in having someone in this type of position and the year of pandemic education has also impacted our normal curriculum review and documentation. So, the new director will inherit a strong foundation, but there will be some work to be done to update the curriculum.
Duties and Responsibilities
The director of curriculum and instruction is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of instructional practices of all of our faculty and for oversight of the school-wide curriculum and program that reinforces our mission, educational philosophy, academic goals, community principles, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice and anti-bias curriculum. In all of their work, the director of curriculum and instruction must be committed to developing and practicing cultural competence in their work, collaboration, and leadership. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the director will report directly to the head of school, attend senior leadership meetings, and work collaboratively with all members of the Senior Leadership Team. They will work closely with the head of school and the division heads to ensure that the curriculum and instruction at Evergreen delivers on the school’s mission. Duties include but are not limited to:
Curriculum and Assessment:
Collaborate with division heads regarding curriculum and instructional practices to support best practices, consistency, and alignment throughout all grade levels;
Oversee the documentation of the school’s curriculum as well as the continual process of developing curriculum, paying particular attention to the scope and sequence across grade levels;
Collaborate with the director of diversity in assessing, developing, and implementing a multicultural and anti-bias curriculum;
Continuous research of best practices in regards to curriculum and instruction, especially as it relates to highly capable learners, diverse learning styles, and with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Facilitate curriculum development with grade-level and subject-specific teaching teams;
Establish a regular rotation of curriculum review in each subject area;
Review all proposed changes to the curriculum and provide updates to the school curriculum guide on a yearly basis;
Chair the EdAdmin Committee that reviews all matters related to curriculum, program, instruction, and learning;
Collaborate with division heads to analyze standardized test data and make appropriate recommendations for changes and revisions;
Articulate the curriculum to various constituencies.
Provide instructional coaching to faculty, using the non-evaluative coaching model;
Advocate methods of student-centered learning approaches best suited for highly capable learners (i.e., project-based learning, experiential learning, design thinking, inquiry-based learning, etc.);
Observe classroom instruction and the implementation of curricular initiatives on a regular basis;
Collaborate with division heads regarding points of emphasis on instructional practices;
Oversee all-school professional development initiatives as relates to teaching and learning in conjunction with division heads;
Conduct workshops around pedagogy and instructional practices for all teachers;
Provide a coaching/onboarding process for new faculty members.
Supervise a few all-school curricular and program positions including: athletic director, BIG Lab coordinator, science curriculum coordinator and sustainability coordinator, librarian, and the permanent substitute teacher;
Attend Senior Leadership meetings;
Participate in admissions events as needed;
Stay current with instructional coaching practices, curriculum development, national learning standards, multicultural education, and 21st century educational best practices;
And other duties as assigned by the head of school.
Experience and Desirable Skills
The ideal candidate for this position should:
Hold a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree, preferred);
Have a minimum of three to five years of teaching experience, preferably in the PS-8th grade years;
A minimum of two years of instructional coaching experience is preferred;
Demonstrated experience overseeing the development of and documentation of curriculum across grade levels;
Knowledge of curriculum and instructional practices best suited to the rage of PS-8th is preferred
Have demonstrated cultural competence skills that allows them to successfully collaborate across diverse cultures and backgrounds and can build relationships and trust with all faculty and staff;
Have a demonstrated ability to plan strategically, use data to inform decision making and develop research-driven strategies followed by successful implementation;
Have a high level of analytical and organizational skills;
Have a proven track record of efficient project management, including initiating and completing multiple tasks, independently or collaboratively as required, supervising personnel, and managing budgets;
Communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse community of children and adults internally and externally, both verbally and in writing;
Be open to direction and feedback;
Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments and deadlines;
Have the ability to work under the pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast paced environment;
Comfortable working remotely using Google and Zoom and can create and lead online meetings and virtual tours;
Able to lift up to 35 pounds; can stand for long periods of time, walk and climb stairs; can sit and work in front of computer screens and talk on telephone for long periods of time; able to use hands for repetitive tasks such as typing.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools. The position will begin in July 2021.
Applicants should submit the following:
A cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position
All materials should be sent to [email protected]. Emails should have the position applying for in the subject line. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Selected applicants will be scheduled for ZOOM interviews March 8-12 (PST), with finalist “virtual visits” scheduled for the week of March 15 and 22.
Any applicant scheduled for an interview the week of March 8-12 will be asked to submit a no more than 500-word answer to the following question:
At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process?
Please limit your response to 500 words or less.
Additional School Information:
The Educational Experience
At Evergreen, we believe learning isn’t a one-way path. Our highly capable students delight in exploring ramifications and digressions, gaining strength from setbacks and successes alike. At the same time, Evergreen’s insightful teachers help students uncover and develop their own unique perspectives on every subject. Through “planned exploration,” teachers carefully design the curriculum and lessons, while building in time and resources for students to pursue unexpected discoveries and long standing interests. From preschool through 8th grade, Evergreen’s hands-on curriculum encourages experimentation. In our extensively equipped BIG Lab (Build Imagine Grow), on overnight trips, during Adventure Days, and on the month-long 8th grade Global Studies trip, students expand their curiosity and put their classroom discoveries into practice. Equally important, we intentionally interweave academic subjects with social and emotional learning and an active commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity—so that as students grow intellectually, they also become increasingly self-aware, build ethical relationships with others, and continually strive to improve the wider world.
Head of School
On July 1, 2020, Halsey Bell became Evergreen’s fifth head of school.
Grade Levels: Preschool through 8th grade
Class Size: 14-17 students
Ratio: 7:1 (students to full-time faculty)
Faculty and Staff
112 faculty and staff, including 56 full-time faculty, 6 part-time faculty, and 17 teaching assistants. Faculty includes 2 counselors and 2 learning resource coordinators. Approximately 60% of teaching faculty hold an advanced degree.
Evergreen occupies four and a half acres that include forested area typical of the Pacific Northwest, as well as distinct wetlands and native vegetation. A recent renovation and addition added significant new classroom and administration buildings, including the BIG Lab, our state-of-the-art makerspace, as well as beautiful outdoor gathering areas and courtyards.
16% of Evergreen families receive need-based financial aid, totaling approximately $1.2 million.
Accreditation & Membership
The Evergreen School is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS), National Association for Gifted Children, Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Evergreen School is proud to be a Platinum-Certified Washington Green School and a Sustaining Green School in the King County Green Schools Program.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school's policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee's protected status.
About The Evergreen School
The Evergreen School is an independent school in Shoreline, Washington serving the needs of highly capable students Preschool through Grade 8.