Hartford Public Schools is pleased to announce the search for Principal of the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), Principal of the Betances STEM Magnet School, and Principal of the Montessori Magnet School at Batchelder. HPS is seeking a leader for each of these schools with a passion for educating children, a commitment to closing achievement gaps, and an ability to maximize learning for all students. Hartford Public Schools invites applications from knowledgeable and innovative professionals who are experienced in urban education and understand the range of academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Ideal candidates will have a proven track record in providing strong instructional leadership focused on student centered learning. Successful applicants will also have demonstrated experience managing talent, overseeing organizational systems, and engaging families and community partners for equity and excellence.
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy boasts a demanding program of studies and a culture of high expectations. This program is built on a rigorous academic foundation that emphasizes two complementary disciplines: science and the arts, blending these themes with the Early College model. This thematic approach to learning allows students to engage in theater, dance, vocal/instrumental music, visual arts, writing and literature workshops, as well as inquiry-based science courses. HMTCA's Early College model offers students the opportunity to engage in coursework on the Trinity College campus, working in partnership with professors, teachers, and students. At HMTCA, we attempt to transcend traditional subject-centered boundaries in order to encourage students' broader thinking and promote their enduring understanding. Students make authentic connections among the disciplines. Learning goals are clear and instructional practices and activities honor differences in students' learning styles. Our challenging curriculum and a culture of high expectations provide an environment in which all of our students may excel, academically and socially.
Betances STEM Magnet School is an innovative learning community. The focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and their inclusion into the traditional curriculum serve as an incentive for students to move from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”
Technology has a dual function at the STEM school. Technology supports learning in the STEM classrooms as a tool for teaching and learning. Technology also functions as a separate subject with specific technology goals established at all grade levels. This dual approach supports the understanding that technology offers students access to current and developing information, tools for visualizing and modeling, data collection, data analysis and emerging communication of ideas.
The core strategy of STEM involves hands-on, experiential learning, observation and analysis, Students are encouraged to engage in, and solve, real world problems through hands-on lessons and structured inquiry, both in the school classroom and at the Connecticut Science Center. The Connecticut Science Center partners with BSTEM for student experiential learning opportunities and teacher professional development. It also offers its laboratory facilities for scientific inquiry, mathematical calculations and engineering design.
Montessori Magnet School at Batchelder is a community dedicated to social reform in making Montessori education accessible to more children in a public-school setting. At Montessori Magnet, educators individually guide children to learn at their own pace- exploring and discovering based on their interests. Children learn through hands-on work. Children emerge as independent, confident, compassionate, responsible, individuals becoming self-reliant leaders in their community. We are a global community of students and families, drawing students from Hartford and surrounding towns. We maintain a beautiful balance of races, ethnicities and socioeconomics. Our staff are pioneers boldly advancing Dr. Maria Montessori life’s work of child-centered education as a means to social reform. Daily, we are inspired by the beauty and enthusiasm of our children and the nobility of our work. Our community of children, families and staff is a family that comes together often in work, recognition and celebration of the CHILD.
Candidates must hold appropriate Connecticut certification in administration. Ideally, candidates will also hold the American Montessori Institute (AMI) certification.
QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/ABILITIES OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Extensive instructional experience in urban/multi-cultural settings and cultural responsiveness
Knowledge of and experience with the opportunities and needs of magnet schools
Strong and collaborative leadership with an honest, transparent, and inclusive style that supports high student outcomes and educational excellence
Demonstrated knowledge and effective use of technology in instruction, management, and communication
Record of success leading and motivating adults (as a director, chair, coach, or administrator) and students
Knowledge of pedagogy for development of curriculum and assessment that supports student learning
Demonstrated experience in building partnerships and resources for a school and a willingness to work with various community partners
Persistent use of data and researched-based focus on student achievement
Demonstrated equitable leadership practices that impacted instruction, culture, and climate
Knowledge of all federal and state mandates and regulations (IDEA, 504, Title IX, SRBI, etc.)
Demonstrated skill in diverse staff recruitment, development, supervision, evaluation, and retention
Ability to develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote student achievement
Outstanding and visible communication skills with the ability to foster strong relationships with all members of the school community (students, teachers, families) and community at large to advance the school’s mission and vision
Unwavering commitment to high academic achievement, social-emotional, and whole child development of all students
Experience with multiple approaches to address behaviors and instructional practices that empower students, such as restorative practices, student centered learning, etc.
Knowledge of financial management and ability to manage school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being
Ability to inspire excellence in others and hold staff accountable for student growth, academic results, performance, and culturally responsive practices
Three (3) years of successful teaching experience
One (1) year of successful experience as a building principal
CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Connecticut certification in Intermediate Administration or Supervision (092)
About Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Public Schools is a portfolio district of distinctive schools of choice in the state capital of Hartford, Connecticut. HPS is committed to continuous improvement with a focus on highly effective instructional practices that result in student achievement success. HPS has been nationally recognized for its steadfast progress in narrowing the achievement gap and preparing our students for college and lifelong learning. Reform efforts have made Hartford Public Schools one of the most improved districts in Connecticut.