Head of Elementary Division of The Lab School of Washington
The Lab School of Washington
December 15, 2017
Full Time - Experienced
Division Head/Principal, Special Needs
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 elementary education including teaching and administrating, experience working with students with language based learning differences (dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, ADHD).
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.
The Head of Elementary oversees the education of approximately 70 students with diagnosed learning differences from ages 6 to 10 in an ungraded program and supervises, coaches, schedules for and inspires a staff of approximately 35 teachers, classroom aides, and specialists (speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social worker, reading tutors). The elementary head works in concert with the three other division heads for grades 5 through 12 to develop continuity throughout the school with regard to mission, philosophy, and instruction. The elementary head reports to the Associate Head and Head of School.
The Lab School values its progressive philosophy of education that for 50 years has guided project based learning for students with average and above intellectual abilities whose minds need to be nourished while they take the extra time they need to acquire proficient reading and writing skills. Through exposure to the arts, immersion in historical time periods, and engagement in hands-on science labs, Lab students discover the joy of learning and have practice in problem solving at an early age. Diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is a primary goal.
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, and Responsive Classroom to name a few.
Start Date: August 1, 2018
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and an employment application (found on the school’s website) to Diana Meltzer, Associate Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2018
Further information about the school is found on our website: labschool.org
For almost 50 years, The Lab School of Washington has been providing an exceptional, college-preparatory academic experience for bright students (grades 1-12) with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.
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 hand...s-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 challenging 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.