Baker Demonstration School, an independent progressive PK-8 school on Chicago’s North Shore, is seeking an innovative Dean of Faculty to guide and support a vibrant learning culture. The Dean of Faculty will support thePK-8 learning experience and strengthen the culture of this connected, innovative community. We value candidates who have a love of people - students, teachers, and parents; are innovative and knowledgeable about experiential learning; approach children from a developmental lens; and are collaborative, strengths-based leaders. This 11 month position will include teaching 1-2 classes or electives in the candidate’s area of expertise.
Founded in 1918, Baker Demonstration School is an independent day school committed to providing an exemplary Preschool, Elementary and Middle School progressive education to our 200 students. Our students come from Chicago, Evanston, Wilmette and other North Shore communities. We believe that children learn best in an inclusive, creative community that encourages individual risk-taking and values learning by doing. Baker’s experiential approach nurtures the development of the whole child enabling each student to be fully prepared for intellectual, artistic, physical and social/emotional challenges well beyond Baker.
We cultivate our students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and their active participation in the learning process
We foster excellence through critical thinking and integrated connections across academic and artistic endeavors
We promote collaboration while developing leadership capacity
We foster citizenship by encouraging students to develop self-awareness and compassion for others ? We celebrate individual, familial and cultural identities and graduate students with an understanding and respect for diversity, equity and inclusivity
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and educational philosophy to
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Baker Demonstration School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification prescribed under applicable federal, state, or local law. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. The school complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact the School in order to arrange such accommodation.
Experienced leader in centering equity, inclusivity and cultural competency and supporting initiativesthat align with the school’s mission and guiding principles
Innovative, visionary educator, skilled at designing and facilitating learning experiences and school-wide initiatives that engage students and staff
Excellent interpersonal skills and deep knowledge of current & innovative curricular and programmatic trends
Advanced degree in a related field required
Proven commitment to engaging in community & curricular conversations about equity and inclusivity
Passion and skill to contribute positively to the school community and to develop strong relationships with students, teachers, colleagues and families
Leads the academic programs of the school, serving as a key support, consultant, and collaborator forteachers in classroom pedagogy and practices. Provides faculty coaching, orientation and mentorshipfor new faculty, and curriculum and professional development support
Complete the Portrait of a Learner project that has been started to describe the skills, and habits of mindand body that Baker aspires to be common for students, staff and faculty across all grade levels andsubject areas
Serve as a critical thought partner to the Head of School and participate as a collaborative and engagedmember of the Leadership Team
Articulates to faculty, parents and students the academic scope and sequence of the school’s full arc ofexperience. Integrating curriculum guidelines with Portrait of a Learner goals, while also embracingteacher’s progressive creativity to explore areas of passion and interest
Oversee, facilitate, and help coordinate parental, faculty, and student academic concerns and needs.? Supports the communication of curricular philosophies and practices with the school’s manyconstituencies, platforms and events, such as Back to School Night, Admission events for new families,and Curriculum Nights
Together with the leadership team, evaluate and provide feedback to faculty to support theirdevelopment
Baker Demonstration School is an independent day school, committed to providing an exemplary Preschool, Elementary and Middle School education to our 200 students. We believe that children learn best in an inclusive, creative community that encourages individual risk-taking and values different ways of learning. Baker’s experiential approach nurtures the development of the whole child enabling each student to be fully prepared for intellectual, artistic, physical and social/emotional challenges well beyond Baker. We cultivate our students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and their active participation in the learning process. We foster excellence through critical thinking and integrated connections across academic and artistic endeavors. We promote collaboration while developing personal leadership. We foster citizenship by encouraging students to develop self-awareness and compassion for others. Baker celebrates individual, family and cultural differences and graduates students who appreciate diversity in all its forms.
Baker Demonstration School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual identity in its hiring ...processes and actively promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.