Director of Teaching and Learning
The Director of Teaching and Learning works to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment across the school. The Director of Teaching and Learning consults with students, Heads of Department, Counsellors, Teachers and the Head of School, and examines research into best educational practices to determine how to raise levels of student achievement. They ensure that all decisions are based on evidence and made in the service of student learning.
The Director of Teaching and learning also demonstrates commitment to the classroom and to the constant improvement of her own professional practice through regular classroom teaching.
The Director of Teaching and Learning works to foster a spirit of collegiality among Avasara teachers, and between Avasara teachers and other educators.
Beyond the academic space, the Director of Teaching and Learning is a key school administrator working closely with the Head of School, Founders and Director of Student Life to ensure a healthy school culture that supports students' academic, co-curricular, cultural and socio/emotional needs. The Director of Teaching and Learning helps shape the direction of the school, and researches and contributes to a variety of programmatic decisions. The Director of Teaching and Learning also manages personnel and school resources with the Head of School and HR Manager, conducts performance appraisals and sets goals with Heads of Department, and oversees the recruitment, performance appraisal process, and contract renewal process for all teachers.
- Serve on the Leadership Team to monitor school performance and drive school-wide improvement initiatives.
- Address staff disciplinary matters alongside the Head of School.
- Conduct Performance Appraisals of Heads of Department and set performance goals.
- Lead recruitment, the performance appraisal process, and contract renewal process for all teachers.
- Assist the Director of Student Life in matters relating to student discipline.
- Assist the Head of School to develop the school calendar.
- Respond to emergencies at school and serve on the Emergency Response Team.
- Regularly assess the state of teaching and learning at Avasara.
- Improve and align instruction through a continuous cycle of research, application and reflection.
- Monitor and improve formative and summative assessment.
- Model effective classroom teaching.
- Monitor research into curriculum, instruction and assessment.
- Share ideas and information about curriculum, instruction and assessment.
- Promote, guide and ensure the effective use of technology in teaching and learning.
- Coordinate professional learning for and between teachers.
- Lead and manage the Teacher Standards, Growth and Evaluation program.
- Ensure that the Teacher Standards framework functions as a tool for growth and development, not just evaluation and accountability.
- Provide instructional support to teachers through feedback, collaboration and mentoring as appropriate.
- Serve as an instructional coach to teachers.
- Ensure the provision of effective intervention and follow-up for underperforming teachers.
- Create, update and document teaching plans, resources and assessments accurately and clearly.
- Collaborate with teachers within the department.
- Create and maintain a safe and positive learning environment for all students.
- Maintain a focus on high student achievement.
- Monitor student progress to ensure students’ learning and understanding.
- Communicate with students, colleagues and parents about student progress.
- Participate fully in the Teacher Standards Growth and Evaluation process.
Student Support and Achievement
- Assess and ensure the effectiveness of academic support systems and structures.
- Monitor student performance and intervene as appropriate.
- Oversee the identification and support of students with learning disorders.
- Ensure effective communication between teachers about student progress.
- Work with Advisors, teachers, counsellors and the school social worker to provide assistance to struggling students.
- Convene and lead communities of practice to ensure student learning.
- Ensure effective communication with parents about student progress.
- Monitor, coordinate and improve reporting practices and processes.
- Support the teaching and assessment of collaboration as a learning behaviour.
- Support the development of positive and productive teacher-student relationships.
Leadership of the Instructional Team
- Train and mentor new Heads of Department.
- Clarify Heads’ of Department roles and responsibilities.
- Serve as a resource to Heads of Department and provide 1:1 support through regular meetings.
- Assess and evaluate the teaching performance of Heads of Department using the Teacher Standards.
- Work with ineffective Heads of Department to improve performance.
- Oversee the teacher recruitment process.
- Facilitate discussions and decision-making within the Instructional Team.
- Ensure that Heads of Department are united by and committed to the provision of a high quality curriculum and student-centred learning experience.
Curriculum and Cambridge Assessment
- Ensure curriculum alignment, documentation and development.
- Evaluate and coordinate subject options at IGCSE, AS and A level.
- Oversee the work of the Student Registrar as it relates to Cambridge Assessments, ASSET Testing and any other external assessments.
- Oversee the work of the Registrar as it relates to the development of the timetable.
- Ensure the availability and appropriate use of instructional resources
Engagement with the wider school community
- Interact with donors and supporters, providing information and insights about teaching and learning at the school.
- Represent the school at events, such as conferences and recruitment fairs.
- Encourage and facilitate collaboration between Avasara and other schools and organisations.
- Coordinate outreach efforts such as Avasara Professional Learning and other visits from educators.
- Engage with and value all staff members, students, families, visitors and supporters.
- The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be inclusive of every task or responsibility, and this role will evolve to respond to the school’s changing needs.
Dispositions of the Ideal Candidate:
- You enjoy working with children.
- You have excellent interpersonal skills.
- You think creatively to identify solutions to problems.
- You are extremely driven.
- You are highly organized and manage complex systems
- You are flexible and can adapt to change.
- You are a highly reflective practitioner.
- You are responsive to feedback from multiple stakeholders within the organization.
- You are an agent of positive change, and live up to our values of Integrity, Reflection, Empathy, Excellence, Interdependence, Fortitude, and Optimism.
- You believe wholeheartedly in the mission and vision of Avasara Academy.
Desired experience and qualifications:
- M.A./M.Ed. degree or equivalent
- Fluency in English.
- Proficiency in Hindi and/or Marathi preferred
- Experience creating and leading Teacher Standards and evaluation programs.
- Experience with instructional coaching.
- Experience with instructional leadership
- Experience using data to drive instructional practices and curriculum development.
- Experience with managing teams and working in school leadership.
- Experience with exceptional independent or international school programs.
- Clear track record of success in launching new initiatives, including long-term planning and project management.
- Current understanding of best practices in girls’ residential high schools programs.
Location: Pune, India
Start Date: Preferably March 2020, but no later than May 2020
To Apply: Email email@example.com with a CV or resume and cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position as soon as possible.