WESTWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
School Director /Principal
REPORTS TO: Superintendent
STARTING DATE: Fall 2012
POSTING DATE: June 7, 2012
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
THE NEW TECH HIGH SCHOOL MODEL
The Westwood New Tech High School Principal
must be prepared to continue to innovate and support the implementation of a
national model high school. The Principal must demonstrate the willingness and
skills to create a professional learning community, one that focuses on
curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicle for improving student
achievement and school culture.
must be willing to accept the responsibility for implementing the New
Technology Network model.
Westwood New Tech
High School incorporates technology as a way of engaging students in rigorous
academics. This is not a technology
school; rather it is a college preparatory high school that presents high
school level content through the use of
The curriculum is
project- and problem-based learning,
focused on content standards and specific, articulated academic, and 21<sup>st</sup>
century skills. High expectations exist for all students. Assessment is
authentic and based on State, District, and school-wide standards. Staff work
to integrate curriculum across traditional subject boundaries.
School Culture -- Students and staff feel respected in
an environment that promotes professional relationships based on trust and
responsibility. Students and staff take ownership and pride in their school and
work together to solve problems. Leadership encourages communication,
collaboration, contribution, and staff commitment.
Technology -- The school is fully networked with
current business standard technology and maintains a 1:1 student/computer
ratio. Technology plays a significant role in supporting and reinforcing the
curricular model. Students, staff, and parents use technology on a daily and
continuous basis as a tool for learning, communication, and collaboration.
Parents use technology to access student work, daily assignments, course
agendas, and grades. Technology is also used to share information and
curriculum with other New Tech Network schools.
Partnerships -- The school has formed active
partnerships with local businesses, educational institutions, and community
groups that support the school with their involvement, with financial support,
and with input into the school’s learning outcomes.
Parents play an
important role in supporting the needs of the school and its students. Westwood
New Tech High School provides community service experiences for students. Westwood
New Tech High School partners with New
Technology Foundation to share curriculum and participate in New Technology
High School Network discussions and meetings.
Leadership — The
Principal provides leadership in curriculum, instruction, and school culture;
shares leadership and builds partnerships; values student voice; uses multiple
sources of data to improve student achievement; and links project-based and
problem-based learning with school improvement plans.
To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Demonstrates leadership and an ability to
implement the New Technology Network model.
- Demonstrates a philosophical commitment to
focused, project-based and problem —based learning.
- Demonstrates effective written and oral
- Demonstrates knowledge and competencies in
Standard Based Education with a commitment to implementation and continued
- Demonstrates knowledge of and skills in the
components of effective instructional processes.
- Demonstrates collaborative leadership and
team-building, distributes leadership among administrators, teachers,
staff, parents, students & community members
- Demonstrates knowledge and competencies in staff
supervision and evaluation through a clinical supervision model.
- Demonstrates evidence of positive community
relation skills as it relates to communicating with a diverse population.
- Demonstrates ability to build partnerships and
- Demonstrates commitment to, knowledge of, and
competencies in inclusion of all students.
- Demonstrates self-motivation and ability to
complete tasks as assigned and required of the position.
- Demonstrates ability to institute and maintain a
systematic policy and process for student discipline and management of the
- Demonstrates ability to work as an integral part
of the District Administrative Team.
- Demonstrates knowledge of current research and
alternative student discipline practices.
- Demonstrates a philosophical commitment to a
student and teacher driven model.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Have a master’s degree in education or a related area from an accredited college or university. Possess or eligible for the State of Michigan Secondary Administrative Certificate or willing to complete the necessary requirements. A
minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience; Experience working
in a project-based school, preferably within the New Tech Network. Demonstrated
supervisory (administrative) experience in a secondary school preferred. Demonstrated effective verbal and written
communication skills. Previous
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of
force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move
objects, including the human body. Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to
maintain a level of physical fitness to meet the standards.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those
an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES
- Implements the New Technology High School model,
as measured by the Principal Evaluation Rubric
- Provides leadership to the staff in determining
objectives and identifying school needs as the basis for developing long
and short range plans for Westwood New Tech High School.
- Provides instructional leadership to all staff
and assures integration, cooperation, and collaboration between curricular
- Commits to developing a culture of trust,
respect, and responsibility among student, teachers, staff, and Westwood
New Tech High School.
- Participates with significant higher education
and business partnerships to support college courses, internships and
community service experience for students.
- Implements a technology infrastructure that
supports the curriculum and the culture of the New Technology Network.
- Advances the educational reform by contributing
to the New Technology High School Network activities and the Project Library.
- Commits to the school-wide implementation of the
New Technology High School Learning System™ tools and curriculum.
- Supervises and evaluates the performance of all
assigned personnel in accordance with the District’s adopted uniform
guidelines for evaluation and assessment, recommends appropriate action in
cases of substandard performance, and identifies and encourages individual
teachers with leadership potential.
- Develops school plans and organizational
procedures for the health, safety, discipline and conduct of students, as
established in District procedures.
- Identifies, provides, assigns, and coordinates
professional growth opportunities for teaching personnel within the
school. Establishes and nurtures a professional learning community.
- Carries out a program of community relations as a
means of routinely disseminating, garnering community, parent, and other
community organizations support.
- Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
Deep understanding of multi-disciplinary
project-based learning and experienced in engaging students in hands-on
learning while maintaining academic rigor.
- Skilled in interdisciplinary planning,
collaborative, and able to work well with a wide range of constituents
(colleagues, parents, students, board members, etc.)
- Able to lead diverse learners and well-versed in
instructional strategies for serving students of different skill levels in
the same classroom
- Deep understanding of data-driven decision making
and formative assessment used to plan and modify instructional practices
- Experienced in integrating technology into their
teaching (i.e., is able to maintain a digital portfolio with course
syllabi and other relevant materials) and can support student learning
- Deep understanding and use of Critical Friends
Group protocols and Professional Learning Community interactions in the
collaboration and planning process.
- Directors are required to attend yearly New Tech Training
in July. Meals and travel expenses will be provided.
- Directors are required to attend the New Tech All
Schools Training each subsequent summer and all planning sessions
scheduled by the Network.
The Westwood Community School District is
equal opportunity employer. It is
policy of the Westwood Community School District Board of Education that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, or disabling condition
shall be discriminated against.