Director of Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education
Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education Fast Facts
100% of faculty trained in a neurodevelopmental framework
Faculty Fellows program focused on MBE translation and action research
One of two centers for MBE in PK-12 seething in the country
Center leadership presents regularly at national and international conferences
Combined focused of faculty development, student learning, and parent education
Staffing includes Center director and coordinator
Breck School Fast Facts
Total enrollment of 1,130
Three divisions: Lower School (P-4), Middle School (5-8), Upper School (9-12)
11:1 student/teacher ratio
As an Episcopal school, there is a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Diversity in faith traditions exist; chapel and religion teach inclusivity, acceptance, and to pursue one’s own relationship to God
Accreditations & Memberships
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Intellect and curiosity. Reflection and collaboration. Breck is where teachers apply relevant research in psychology, cognitive science, and education to their practice. The goal? For students to thrive in the classroom, the community, and the world.
The Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education honors the legacy of a beloved Breck educator. Peter believed that learning how to learn transforms every child's education and that informed teaching raises the profession to its highest standard.
Inspired by his vision, we are committed to empowering our teachers and students to know themselves as independent thinkers and confident learners for life.
Mission of Breck:
Prepare each student for a college whose culture is compatible with the individual’s needs, interests and abilities.
Help develop each student’s unique talents and potential to excel by nurturing independence and self-worth.
Instill in each student a deep sense of social responsibility.
Outcome Statement: Breck graduates are prepared for a life of intellectual curiosity, self-knowledge, and social responsibility.
About Breck: Breck School is an Episcopal, coeducational, college-preparatory day school enrolling students of diverse backgrounds in grades preschool through twelve. All grades are located on one exceptionally impressive campus less than ten miles west of Minneapolis.
Founded in 1886, Breck was named for a pioneer missionary, the Reverend James Lloyd Breck. In its earliest years, Breck attracted students from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly children of local immigrant farmers. Over the course of the next 80 years, the school moved several times, briefly experimented with an all-boys military focus, and in 1981 moved to its current location in Golden Valley.
Guided by a dedication to service, a commitment to character education, and a desire to foster responsible stewards of the community and environment, Breck is regarded as one of the finest coeducation day schools in the country.
The strength and health of the school are apparent in virtually every aspect of its operation. With an operating budget of slightly more than $37 million and endowment that approaches $52 million, the school is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity, allocating more than $6.4 million annually to financial aid supporting approximately 25% of the student body. Students come from more than 65 surrounding communities and represent a broad diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.
From preschool to senior, we actively cultivate the growth of the whole child.
Breck believes in:
Students’ intellectual curiosity thrives in cultures of high academic expectation.
Rigorous academic programs in a caring environment unlock potential.
We believe the value of one should be valued by all.
All faiths and cultures are welcome at Breck.
Investment in our community is central to being a student at Breck.
Breck School seeks a proven and inspirational leader for the position of Director of its Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. The Director is responsible for the continued development of groundbreaking work that is at the intersection of cognitive science, psychology, and education. This person will hold deep content knowledge in the field of MBE, carry an ambitious vision for the advancement of the school's work, and be passionate about digging into the day-to-day to identify strengths and opportunities for growth. The Director will work collaboratively across the school with students, faculty, parents, administration, donors, and the greater community. The position reports to the Head of School and is one of three program directors at Breck.
Strong candidates for this role will have the heart of a teacher and bring a high level of energy and passion to explore ways to further promote student success within a rigorous academic institution. Candidates should also demonstrate the qualities that Peter Clark, a longtime faculty member, brought to Breck School for nearly 30 years: generosity of spirit, visionary guidance, and unwavering advocacy for all students.
Recognizing that each student is unique, the mission of the Peter Clark Center is to foster a learning environment within Breck School that:
Supports all students, preschool through grade 12, as they construct an understanding of themselves and develop strategies to advocate for their needs and interests, empowering them to become independent learners.
Provides research-informed training and educational resources for faculty, deepening their knowledge of best practices to cultivate student engagement and learning.
Facilitates opportunities for parents to enhance their understanding of child development, cognition, and learning.
Establishes and maintains partnerships within the broader academic community in support of research and professional development.
Collaborate with fellow Program Directors including the Director of the Melrose Center for Servant Leadership and the Head Chaplain on the student experience at Breck
Partner and provide counsel to the academic leadership
Develop and lead a program for instructional coaches to translate MBE-aligned practices into the classroom
Oversee development of divisional student programs (BrainAble, MindWorks, and Insight)
Create metrics to articulate effectiveness of program
Establish and build relationships with leaders in the field of MBE
Facilitate, host, and lead workshops with outside speakers
Develop and lead an annual summer institute
Advance the field of MBE by presenting nationally and locally and writing for publication
Collaborate with Advancement to fundraise for endowment and annual fund
Articulate vision and ongoing work to steward key donors and strategic partners
Identify and write grants
Oversee Faculty Fellows
Lead quarterly meeting with PCC Advisory Board
Hold an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Collaborate with the Chief Information Officer to harness the power of technology to serve students
Create innovative practices to transmit/share MBE research with constituents
Partner with the technology department to align the school's collective work
Communicate with parents and work with parent education
Cultivate relationships with schools and research institutions
Translate the work of MBE to the general public
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be an articulate and inspirational leader who is excited about joining the ground-breaking work of a Center focused on the science of Mind, Brain, and Education. They will bring a collaborative and innovative spirit to their work and represent the brand nationally and internationally.
Other attributes and abilities include:
Deep content knowledge in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education
Demonstrated internal motivation to produce innovative, industry-leading work – and the skills to deliver.
Collaborative, flexible, and innovative
Creative and articulate with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
Highest ethical and professional standards: possessed of great integrity and tact and able to maintain confidentiality.
Entrepreneurial spirit, positive attitude, and energy to implement new strategies.
Top-notch communication skills – demonstrated strong writing with a fresh perspective.
Excellent organizational and presentation skills.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Heart of a teacher, able to empathize, problem-solve, and understand the learning goals of teachers
For more information or to send your credentials, please email email@example.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.
Breck has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, national origin, or any other characteristic.
About Breck School
Breck School is a single-campus, P-12, Episcopal independent school where living our mission means always reimagining, reinventing, and reanimating learning — both to model the process and rewards of authentic, meaningful learning for Breck students, and to continually grow, evolve, and reinvigorate as a learning enterprise.
Founded in 1886, Breck is located in Golden Valley, Minnesota, about five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. We serve a community of approximately 1150 students on our 50-acre campus. Visit www.breckschool.org for more information.
Breck students are independent thinkers, self-starters, socially conscious problem solvers, thoughtful athletes, visionary artists, perpetually curious and perpetually learning citizens. We want every Breck graduate to be fully realized human beings, confident, capable, and compassionate enough to change the world in the way he or she sees fit. If that approach mirrors yours, we encourage your further interest.
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