Here in Salem, great leaders are passionate about urban education, drive student achievement, reflect, respect, and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools seeks individuals who are able to serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Applicants who have experience teaching and leading in urban schools, hold dual certification, and have bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.
Bentley School Background
In 2015, the Bentley school converted to a Horace Mann Charter School. As such, the school exercised operational autonomies as part of its strategic improvement effort while being governed by an independent Board of Trustees. During this time, student outcomes improved significantly as evidenced by state accountability results. Specifically, the school’s percentile ranking improved from 3 in 2013 to 25 in 2019, laying a solid foundation for continued future improvement work.
In 2019, the Board of Trustees voted to not pursue renewing the school’s Horace Mann Charter School status but rather to apply to be a Innovation School, which would allow the school to retain autonomies and aspects of its programmatic model that are essential to its continued improvement efforts and goals of accelerating student achievement and growth. As of November 2019, a team of stakeholders is in the process of completing the Innovation School Plan proposal that will then go through the state-required approval process.
Mission and Vision of the School
As defined in the draft Innovation Plan, the mission of the Bentley school is to prepare all students for personal and academic success to get to and through college. The vision is for scholars to achieve at the same high levels regardless of socioeconomic status, race, native language, or other elements of privilege or challenge. By applying our key design elements and with vigorous reinforcement of our core values, the achievement gap will be eliminated, and the school will graduate students with the academic skills and personal mindset to succeed in middle and high school so that a wide range of post-secondary options are available to them.
Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the district will be locating a newly developed dual language program at the Bentley school. The new program will be a Two-Way Immersion Spanish-English program that will serve both English Learners and Spanish Learners in becoming academically successful, biliterate, bilingual learners who display empathy and cultural curiosity. This programmatic mission aligns well with the mission and vision at Bentley and will be integrated within the school.
In order to achieve this mission and vision, the school has seven key design elements:
Creating a culture of achievement that encourages and supports scholars to reach higher and achieve more. It is a culture of clear, consistent, and high expectations for all based around our five core values: grit, integrity, discipline, collaboration, and zest and on achieving our mission.
Teachers and staff develop and implement rigorous curricula for all scholars.
Consistent use of data for differentiation and to refine instruction for students based on each of their needs.
Attaining and developing excellence in leadership and teaching through frequent observation, coaching, collaboration, and professional development.
Expanded learning day and year that allows scholars to have additional time for instruction, remediation, and enrichment.
Commitment to engaging and partnering with families in the educational experience of their scholar(s).
Valuing strong academic achievement in two languages, bilingualism and biliteracy, and sociocultural competence among all scholars.
What You’ll Do:
We seek a highly effective elementary principal with a track record of success. We seek an instructional leader who also possesses an exemplary managerial, instructional and operational skill-set. The leader must be committed to the belief in the potential of all students. We seek a leader who is committed to the ideals of collaboration, innovation, and who will do whatever it takes to ensure that all our young learners attend a top-tier school.
Leads with integrity, courage, vision, hope, and compassion
Models belief in the potential of every student to achieve at high levels
Demonstrates and effectively communicates non-negotiables, including a commitment to equity and high expectations for students
Deep knowledge of second language development and dual language programs
Makes decisions based on research and proven best practices
Possesses strong knowledge of WIDA frameworks and levels of emerging language proficiency in English and Spanish
Possess strong knowledge of standards-based practices and what mastery of MA Curriculum Frameworks looks like
Has a strong vision for quality, accessible instruction and the role technology plays in teaching and learning
Fosters a creative and innovative learning environment in which all students are inspired to excel
Uses data to drive student growth and achievement
Skilled at addressing issues of race and class
Supervises and evaluates staff using performance standards
Implements comprehensive student supports aligned to the needs and interests of all students
Committed to the development, integration, evaluation and sustainability of a high-quality two-way dual language program within the school
Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning Environment
Creates and maintains a welcoming and inclusive school climate
Ensures that the learning environment is infused with the cultures and languages of the students, their families, and educators
Makes learning and the social and emotional growth of all students the core mission and organizing force within the school
Leads staff in implementing positive behavioral supports and intervention strategies
Establishes standards and expectations for proper student conduct
Employs an instructional model and approach to assessment that reduces barriers and optimizes levels of challenge and support to meet the needs of all learners
Ensures access to high quality, culturally relevant music and visual and performing arts programs as an essential part of the curriculum
Builds, develops, and sustains distributing leadership, structures for shared decision making and teacher teams
Builds teacher capacity to provide English language learners, dual language students, and students with disabilities access to quality, culturally relevant instruction
Recruits, hires, develops, and retains effective and caring teachers and other professional staff, including appropriately licensed and qualified staff, for growing dual language program
Creates and implements teacher leadership opportunities that enable educator voice and meaningful contributions to the work of the school
Delivers actionable feedback about instruction and other professional practices via coaching and written observations; recognizes exemplary practice and addresses instances of underperformance
Builds educators’ capacity for effective data use
Family and Community Engagement
Skilled in selecting and leveraging different communication tools (e.g. face-to-face, newsletters, social media) to help shape a narrative and deliver clear messages
Promotes ongoing positive communication with parents and community partners, effectively involving them in the education of children
Strengthens teacher and staff capacity to cultivate and sustain meaningful partnerships with families of diverse backgrounds and with community members that support student achievement and student well-being
Establishes two-way communication tools for parents in their respective languages
Seeks and develops strategic partnerships that will provide students with access to sports and extra-curricular activities that add value and help drive academic success
Management and Operations
Leverages resources to ensure that curriculum and materials are available in both Spanish and English so that students have the opportunity to develop proficiency, both linguistic and cultural, in both languages
Strongly advocates for bilingualism and biliteracy
Recruits and retains a diverse workforce that reflects the backgrounds of students who attend the school
Builds and manages a school budget and staffing model that is aligned to the school’s mission and supports personalized learning strategies
Seeks grants and other resources to enhance school programming
Ensures that the facility plant is well-maintained and orderly
Leverages schedules, calendars, and use of space to enable student-centered learning
Is a contributing member of the district Principals’ Cabinet
Attends School Committee meetings and other district events as directed by the Superintendent
What You’ll Bring:
We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you are a reflective practitioner who values collaboration with colleagues and pushes yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. We expect our SPS employees to:
Hold a deep commitment to students and families and value diversity - The SPS community is vibrant and diverse in background, ethnicity, language, and perspective. You embrace and affirm the backgrounds of all members of the SPS community and view our diversity as a powerful resource that supports us each in learning and doing our best work.
Hold high expectations for yourself, students, and colleagues – You see potential in all, especially our SPS students, and maintain high expectations for achievement, while providing the support necessary to meet that bar. You hold yourself to high expectations, modeling SPS values and seeking opportunities to continuously improve.
Build authentic, caring relationships with colleagues, students, and families – You build strong relationships across students, families, and colleagues that are collaborative in nature and contribute to the individual and collective success of SPS. You partner with families and colleagues to make decisions in the best interest of students and learning.
Embrace feedback – You are a reflective practitioner who learns from failure, using mistakes and challenges as opportunities for growth. You model persistence and a growth mindset and thrive in a culture of feedback.
3+ years teaching experience, preferably in an urban setting serving a diverse population
1-3 years of leadership experience, preferred
Experience as an ESL teacher and/or leader in a dual language program
Master's degree (required)
Applicants must hold a current and appropriate Massachusetts Department of Education license as a School Principal/Assistant Principal
Minimum of five (5) years of Administrative or Principal experience and working in an urban public school setting preferred
Demonstrated experience and expertise working with ELLs and students with disabilities
Fluent in Spanish, preferred
A relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of all students in and out of school
Candidates of color strongly encouraged to apply
Application Requirement: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, certification, transcripts and three current letters of recommendation via http://www.schoolspring.com or by mail to: School Principal Vacancies Search Committee c/o Superintendent - Salem Public Schools, 29 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970
About Salem Public Schools
Located in Salem, Massachusetts, a vibrant and historic seaside community, Salem Public Schools is a diverse, urban district serving nearly 4,000 students who speak over 34 languages and come from more than 37 countries.
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