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Posted on February 18, 2012
Desert Trails Community School
(Please see www.deserttrailsacademy.org for additional information about our mission, vision and core values).
Desert Trails Community History: Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, California (San Bernardino County) enrolls almost 700 diverse students (100% free and reduced-price meals, 62% Hispanic/Latino, 26% African American, 26% English Learner and 14% Special Education). Today, Desert Trails is among the lowest-achieving schools in the State and in the bottom 10% of elementary schools in the State; only 34% of students tested proficient in English Language Arts, 45% were proficient in math, and only 22% were proficient in science in 2011 state testing. The school has had three different Principals in three years, and has failed for years to achieve sustained academic growth, losing points on the API scores as often as the school as gained them over the past 10 years.
After several failed attempts to achieve necessary changes at the school, on January 12, 2012, parents presented a formal Parent Trigger petition to the Adelanto Elementary School District signed by 70% of the school’s parents, seeking to convert the school into a community-founded charter school. (For more information please visit www.deserttrailsacademy.org). The Desert Trails parents are working in close collaboration with Parent Revolution, a non-profit that helps parents organize to transform failing schools and dramatically improve academic outcomes for their children (parentrevolution.org).
Although it is uncertain at this point whether the new school will remain part of the Adelanto district or be a stand alone charter school, either way it is certain that the new school will be designed from scratch and will benefit from a number of programmatic and organizational autonomies to enable it to reach high levels of success in the future.
Position Overview: We are searching for an accomplished educator to lead the high profile turnaround (and re-launch) of Desert Trails Elementary School into a high-performing, parent-founded school. We seek someone who is deeply committed to academic achievement and college readiness of all students, driven to do whatever it takes to reach this goal, and has the skills and experiences necessary to transform a failing school into a high-profile model of success for other similar schools and communities to follow. The new Founding Principal will be responsible for: hiring, managing and retaining a highly effective school site team of teachers and other staff; managing the daily operations of a K-5 elementary school campus; serving as the face of the school to students, parents, district representatives and other external stakeholders; ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach high levels of academic achievement, including the skills they need to access the college and career of their choice. This is an exciting opportunity for a driven, experienced educator committed to student success and seeking a high-profile challenge and opportunity to transform a school culture and community.
Founding Principal: The successful Founding Principal candidate will have:
The Founding Principal will report directly to the Board of Directors. We envision that the Principal will be supported by two additional school leaders:
Interested candidates should submit: a resume and a cover letter detailing why you believe you are capable of successfully meeting the challenge of turning around this school. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled. For information regarding this position, please contact Christina Legg Greenberg, Redwood Circle Consulting at email@example.com or (510) 250-7994.
Job Type: Education/Teaching
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