Jamestown Elementary School (kindergarten through grade 5) is part of Arlington Public Schools (APS) which serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. APS educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations – students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES – JAMESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jamestown Elementary School, which is a neighborhood school, strives to educate children in an optimal learning environment, preparing them for success in a global society. Teachers implement a rich, rigorous, and differentiated curriculum which support innovative educational practices encouraging students to become creative thinkers, problem solvers, and effective communicators. Collaborating in Professional Learning Communities (PLC), teachers fully implement the Responsive Classroom Approach to address students’ social and emotional needs as they provide a demanding academic program differentiating instruction by personalizing learning and addressing students’ multiple intelligences, diverse learning styles, and the implementation of Arlington’s Tiered System of Support.
Through the implementation of the Responsive Classroom Approach, Jamestown educators believe that how students learn is as important as what they learn and that the greatest cognitive growth occurs through positive social interaction between teachers and students and among students. Parents and community members are actively involved with educators and students in promoting a well-balanced instructional program that includes hands-on science as well as outdoor education, innovative use of instructional technologies, an emphasis on Spanish language arts, and utilization of best practice workshop strategies in reading, writing, and math. Jamestown’s students’ scores on standardized tests and the Virginia’s Standards of Learning Tests (SOL’s) reflect the high expectations and the academic support systems in place for students.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK
The principal, in active collaboration with Jamestown educators and parents, is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the instructional program. The principal supervises a staff of more than 80 employees, including teachers, an assistant principal, guidance counselors, librarians, instructional technology coordinator, office personnel, Extended Day staff, custodians and para-professionals. Considerable emphasis is given to systematic planning for instructional improvement and maintaining effective relations with the local community.
Within the limits of prescribed programs and policies, the principal has wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in conducting the daily operations of the school. The principal is expected to work collaboratively with staff and community in preparing performance goals, in developing strategies to achieve them, and in assessing the extent to which the goals are being met.
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MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Completion of a master’s degree in school administration. Extensive or progressively more responsible experience in elementary school teaching and as an elementary school principal or assistant principal or any equivalent combination of training and experience that would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities. Possession of or eligible for the Postgraduate Professional Certificate issued by the Virginia State Board of Education indicating endorsement for elementary principal, or eligible for the same.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS •Experience working with students, families and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. •Bilingual skills preferred but not required. •Knowledge of supervisory teaching principles, practices and methods related to the elementary curriculum including an understanding of the implementation of math, reading, and writing workshop methods. •Knowledge of how to supervise and support co-teaching teams to ensure the appropriate inclusion of students with special needs. •Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct varied, rigorous, and extensive major instructional programs that set high standards for all students and teachers. •Knowledge of duties and responsibilities for special education and ELL/HILT programs, including regulations and best practices for inclusion. •Up-to-date knowledge of the best practices related to instructional technology and personalized learning. •Ability to be responsive to internal and external events and to serve as a role model with a flexible mindset and an open-door policy. •Ability to speak and to write effectively and to use both traditional and social media outlets to communicate with a wide audience. •Understands the importance of high visibility and a strong presence in the school. •Ability to develop a positive, strong relationship with the community. •Ability to identify and to utilize outside resources. •Ability to recruit, hire, and to retain excellent teachers who work in the best interest of all students. •Knowledge of the needs of the school community and of ways to be of service to parents, staff, and students. •Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, parents, and children. •The ability to use the Responsive Classroom Approach to maintain a positive school culture and to implement various disciplinary approaches which demonstrate respect for students and staff. •Ability to support and to build on present Jamestown programs and to collaborate with various constituencies to develop a vision of where Jamestown should be five to ten years from now. •Ability to be open to innovative ideas while being sensitive to the demands of teaching and learning. •Ability to recognize teachers as professionals and to implement a leadership style based on consultation, collegiality, flexibility, and participatory management. Ability to organize and to conduct effective programs with staff and to maintain high morale and a positive school culture in the school.
APPLICATION PROCESS Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position, including recent staff development activities. Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.
Candidates must also submit a written paper of no more than three pages on the topic: As principal, how would you design and implement a transition plan in a new school community?
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy 35-4.4, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.
About Arlington Public Schools
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a school system of 22,000 students located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Students in the system come from 124 countries and speak over 90 languages. The school system is financially strong, with wonderful teachers and staff, and a high level of community support, along with multiple programs to meet individual student needs.