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Position Title: Assistant Principal, Talbot Elementary School
Talbot Elementary School is seeking an Assistant Principal to join the leadership team. This is an exciting time to join the Portland Public Schools and the Talbot community. We are on a path to realize The Portland Promise with educational equity as our central goal. We are seeking people who are aligned with the mission and values of the district and who are committed to the success of the community. Talbot has a strong, experienced and passionate team of educators. The successful candidate will bring skills and expertise and an ability to lift up the strengths of the team to advance the goals of the school. Successful candidates will foster an anit-racist and restorative environment where all students and staff feel safe, valued, productive and inspired.
Leading Just & Equitable Schools
Strong equity orientation and an openness to personal reflection on deepening awareness of personal bias and being culturally responsive. Demonstrated conviction around having high expectations for all students. Experience with culturally responsive pedagogy.
A passion for working with middle school students in a socio-economically and culturally diverse environment.
Strong understanding of research-based instructional practices and the ability to support teachers in improving instructional practice.
Clear understanding of and commitment to antiracism and its application to practices in schools.
Ability to use data to ensure equitable practices and outcomes.
Ability to lead professional development to build a more culturally competent school culture.
Establishes and maintains productive relationships with all members of the school community, contributing to a strong and positive staff and school culture.
Ability to build positive relationships with students.
Strategically build the leadership capacity of others and establish structures for members of the school community to take responsibility for school improvement efforts.
Works collaboratively as a member of the administrative team, as well as other building-based and district-wide teams.
Cultivating a Strong School Culture
Manages and implements school behavioral expectations and supports in an organized and equitable manner.
Implements restorative practices within a schoolwide PBIS framework.
Understands and implements School Board policies, including policies on discipline, bullying, and harassment.
Creates an environment of trust that is responsive to the collective needs of the students, staff, and the community.
A great teammate. Someone who lifts people up.
Ability to motivate, encourage, and collaborate with staff to ensure outstanding performance as well as good morale.
Strong systems thinker. The ability to synthesize a lot of information into bite-sized pieces that are accessible to all.
Highly organized - someone who can juggle lots of balls and move between the "forest and the trees" easily.
Project management skills.
Entrepreneurial spirit. Someone who has a “go-getter” attitude about work.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
A degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration, school curriculum, or a closely related field.
Five years of successful teaching experience required.
Two years of school-based leadership experience preferred.
Two years of experience in a district office setting may be substituted for experience requirements.
Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 and about 4,700 adult learners.
The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.
Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.
The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.
Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.
Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See www.portlandschools.org for colleges attended by recent graduates.
The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.
High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.
More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.
Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.
Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.
See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: www.portlandschools.org. Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland.
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