• Full Time
  • Boston

Website Neighborhood Schools, Inc.

Justice-centered learning, teacher-led, purposefully small

Leader of Instruction and Student Accommodation, Fall 2022

Neighborhood School, Jamaica Plain MA

The School 

Neighborhood School provides transformative, personalized, justice-centered learning to children from all family structures and of all economic means. Neighborhood School is a 60 student, K-6, teacher-founded (1986) and led independent school with a commitment to promoting social justice and helping children flourish and learn to their fullest potential. Students learn about themselves, others, and how to form authentic community. Multi-age groupings and co-teaching are models deliberately chosen to support developmental, inclusive learning in the school’s four classroom levels. Co-teachers have an opportunity to develop a two-year relationship with most students.

Teachers at NS take advantage of curricular freedom to design a learning environment where children are nurtured to be kind, curious, informed, and literate through experiential, thematic studies led by questions, fueled by research, and framed by reflection.

Parents have opportunities to be involved in the life of the school and in the lives of other school families. Neighborhood School is a place where a foundation for lifelong learning is nurtured and where lifelong relationships are often formed.

This Moment

At NS, we recognize the privilege we have, to be an independent school in Boston’s educational landscape. We hope to be an independent school that is part of the larger education community – supporting public school teachers to get what they need and pushing independent schools to reflect on our roles in systems of educational inequity.

As our founding members retire in the next three years, including our director, NS teachers aim to provide one option of education that is necessary, justice-oriented, and meaningful for families of Boston. We are energized to invite a leader to join us and equip us to do good work with students and families.

NS has been an implicitly teacher-led school because the leaders at NS have valued what teachers bring as humans, experts, and community members. As founding members leave, we want to add more structure and process so that the teacher-led nature of the school can stay in place no matter who the leaders and staff may be.

This is a moment of national teacher resignation and shortage. Students feel the consequences of poor workplace conditions that teachers have faced. The country faces questions about how to reimagine schools as healthy learning spaces for students. As we face our own moment of transition, we know that there may not be clear solutions for how to build a school that is charging tuition, striving for racial and socioeconomic diversity, subverting the high-pressure norms of education, centering student joy and creativity, and supporting teachers’ leadership and work life balance. We hope for someone to join our community to enjoy this process with us and to offer strong leadership so that students, families, and teachers can continue to get what they need in this time of founder transition at NS.

Leadership Need

Neighborhood School seeks a community-oriented Leader of Instruction and Student Accommodation who will support the existing staff, students, and families by building on our strengths and assets with focus on special needs accommodation, delivery of instruction, and curriculum. The leader will bring their own visions about progressive education and inclusion and will work alongside teachers to strategically envision how to live out the school’s values of community, equity, justice, and student-centered learning. The leader will help staff learn to meet a wide range of learning needs in an inclusion model.

Qualifications

5+ years’ experience teaching K-6th grade students in private/public settings

Masters level degree in Special Education or Moderate Disabilities License; additional degrees in Elementary Education or related fields

Experience as an instructional coach, special needs coordinator, or both

Our Ideal Candidate:

Has demonstrated a commitment to progressive education, diversity, equity, justice, and anti-racist practices in schools.

Has experience working, and preferably leading others, in a democratic and collaborative structure, so that the voices and perspectives of the members of the NS community are recognized and valued while roles and decision-making structures are clear.

Has experience supporting diverse staff, students, and families, including racial, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, neuro, and gender diversity.

Has experience successfully teaching children with special learning needs, and coaching or leading teachers in a school with an inclusion model.

Has training and experience leading all aspects of the educational evaluation process (pre-referral, referral, interpretation of testing, accommodation plans and implementation) using both private evaluator and public-school resources.

Has experience supporting teachers in the implementation of curriculum that aligns with standards and meets needs of students.

Has experience with facilitating restorative justice practices in education among and between students, staff, and families, so that all members of the NS community are supported in building and healing relationships.

Role and Responsibilities
The Leader of Instruction and Student Accommodation works collaboratively with the Director and has decision-making authority in the areas of alignment of curriculum, delivery of instruction, and special needs accommodation. Responsibilities include:

Build trusting relationships and effectively communicate with teachers to allow for rigorous conversation, reflection, and inquiry around teaching practice.

Plan and help to facilitate on-going professional development for staff, including weekly meetings and other individual, small group, and whole group sessions based on the learning needs of staff and the NS community.

Collaborate with the teacher-leader of curriculum coordination to oversee curricular alignment across levels.

Observe, model, and provide feedback to help teachers enhance instruction and learn to accommodate special needs in their classrooms.

Follow teacher concerns about learners with classroom observation and pre-referral strategies.

Build trusting relationships with parents of students with special learning needs and promote healthy communication via updates, active listening, and effective meetings.

Oversee the formation and implementation of accommodation plans as needed including family consultation to assure that accommodations match a child’s learning profile.

Develop professional relationships with private evaluators and maintain up-to-date knowledge of public-school processes to guide NS parents through the evaluation process.

Interpret educational testing for classroom teachers and parents and identify how needs can be met within and outside of school. Demystify learning differences for parents and students.

Consult admissions leadership when specific learning needs are known about an applicant to maintain a balance of needs and resources in each classroom.

Write effectively and securely maintain professional communication and record keeping.

To Apply

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and résumé to: Tricia Morrow, Director: tmorrow@neighborhoodschooljp.org

Neighborhood School, 34 Peter Parley Road, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Neighborhood School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More information about NS is available on our website www.neighborhoodschooljp.org.

To apply for this job email your details to neighborhoodschooloffice@gmail.com