All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth (www.aseschool.org), the largest age 3 to grade 12 independent college preparatory Episcopal School in Tarrant County, is seeking a Dean of Curriculum & Director of the Tad Bird Honors College beginning July 1, 2018. Internationally recognized for its balanced program of excellence, All Saints’ serves over 1,000 students with 180+ faculty and staff. The exceptional academic and co-curricular program is affirmed through consistently strong college placement complemented by top awards and accolades for performances and results in arts and athletics. More importantly, All Saints’ Episcopal School is a relationship centric, servant leadership community.
Established in 2013, the Tad Bird Honors College is a selective, cohort-based, four-year program for highly motivated All Saints’ students who seek innovative solutions to pressing problems facing humanity on a local, national, and global scale. Students will engage with All Saints’ faculty, fellow students, scholars, and our wider community as they grapple with complexity and seek to discover and manifest their genius within.
Honors College courses develop higher-order analytical skills while emphasizing student leadership, cultural literacy, and student ownership of the learning process. Traditional lectures and tests are replaced by multi-faceted projects, presentations, research-driven writing, collaborative endeavors, and roundtable discussions on critical issues. Students have significant latitude in developing their own unique processes, and their final products reflect this same individuality. The overarching objective at all points is to help students realize the importance of actively engaging with complex ideas, devising solutions, and communication through a variety of modes. Beginning with integrated humanities coursework in grades 9 and 10 and culminating in the Junior Honors Thesis and Senior Capstone projects, Honors College students move through a 4-year process that helps them emerge as confident researchers, scholars, and citizens who will discover their “genius within’ and share it with the world.
- Cultivate rapport with faculty and facilitate collaboration and teacher-leadership across all divisions
- Connect with faculty from all disciplines and across divisions to expand the influence, implementation, and faculty ownership of research-based teaching and learning models throughout All Saints’
- Ensure vertical and horizontal continuity of core skill-based outcomes across divisions and departments
- Lead internal professional development and identify external PD opportunities most relevant to school’s short- and long-term goals for teaching and learning
- Showcase and implement innovative coursework, modeling the principles of a master teacher
- Assist in the marketing of All Saints’ academic programs, including the Honors College, to a variety of constituents
Teaching, Learning, & Research:
- Teach at least one class within the four-year HC sequence (HC English I; HC World History: Global Issues; Junior Honors Thesis; Senior Capstone).
- Regularly update curricula for all HC courses alongside the Asst. Director and other Honors College faculty to ensure scaffolding of skills and outcomes
- Oversee the EC-12 curriculum and provide recommendations for correcting gaps, improving the scaffolding of content and skills, and facilitating greater interdivisional / interdepartmental collaboration
- Review all proposed substantive changes to curriculum for consistency with research-based best practices, All Saints’ desired student and faculty outcomes, and the school’s mission
- Remain up to date on best practices in education, ensuring that All Saints’ curricula move towards full alignment with 21st century learning and the ‘5 Cs’
- Employ research skills (qualitative & quantitative) to assess the efficacy and impact of academic programming
- Professional Development Leadership
- Serve as point person in the continued implementation of the three-year Professional Growth & Development Model
- Observe, supervise, and provide formative feedback (via informal observations) to faculty at different stages in the 3-year Professional Growth & Development Model, and assist in developing individualized professional growth plans
- Develop internal professional development / in-service endeavors that facilitate the implementation of research-driven curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment practices at the whole school, divisional, departmental, and individual classroom levels
- Provide training and ensure all EC-12 curricula are accurately reflected on All Saints’ Rubicon Atlas, and that curricula are updated regularly
- Curate professional development resources, including using allocated funds to purchase access to key academic journals dealing with grade level- and subject-specific research on curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
- Serve as a resource for faculty, recommending PD workshops, speakers, programs, outside school observations, etc. that benefit teaching and learning at All Saints’.
Honors College Leadership:
- Connect with faculty from all disciplines and across divisions to develop and pilot teaching methods and curriculum within the HC and provide leadership to expand the influence of the Honors College philosophy throughout All Saints’
- Design and oversee, with help from HC faculty, Admissions Office, and Senior Administration, the admissions process for rising 9th grade Honors College candidates and riding 11th grade Junior Honors Thesis candidates
- Coordinate, alongside the Asst. Director of the HC, bringing visiting scholars and/or artists in residence to All Saints’ campus, preferably one during each of the Fall and Spring semesters
- Work with all division heads and department chairs to ensure Visiting Scholar / Artist in Residence program has an impact on students from all grade levels wherever feasible
- Coordinate evening events featuring Visiting Scholars / Artists in Residence for all constituents with help from the executive assistant to the Head of School, communications office, and other administrative liaisons
- Design, coordinate, and lead the Induction Retreat for incoming 9th grade Honors College students in early August
- Maintain budget for all facets of the Honors College program
Communication & Outreach
- Attend division head meetings and co-chair department chair meetings
- Assist Communications Office with creation of materials highlighting elements of curriculum and Honors College program for all constituencies
- Attend, and occasionally present at, major educational conferences (e.g. SAES, NAIS, etc.) to highlight programs and represent All Saints’
- Attend, and speak at, meetings for current, new, and prospective parents throughout the school year.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and division heads.
Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and resume’ to:
Subject: Dean of Curriculum & Director of Tad Bird Honors College
All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth is an equal opportunity employer and administers its personnel, admission, academic, financial aid, and athletic programs without regard to gender, race, religion, ethnicity or national origin with a commitment to diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.