Start Date: Summer 2020
Relay Lab Schools is looking for highly motivated, dynamic, committed leaders to serve as Principal Fellows for the 2020-2021 school year. The Principal Fellowship is a one-year experience designed to prepare participants to be an instructional leader at a Relay Lab Schools campus. Fellows learn and execute on the fundamentals of outstanding instructional leadership, including:
- Instruction: Principal Fellows master core instructional techniques and build their proficiency in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies instruction.
- Observation and Feedback: Principal Fellows coach a portfolio of teachers by quickly identifying the highest leverage action steps and providing clear, actionable feedback to improve learning.
- Data Analysis: Principal Fellows effectively analyze informal and formal classroom data, reflect on this data, and use this information to help drive instruction at the school.
- Student Culture: Principal Fellows learn to cultivate and maintain at least one aspect of student culture (e.g., morning meeting, in-class discipline) that maximizes student achievement.
- Staff Culture: Principal Fellows learn how to attract, build, coach, and retain a strong and diverse team.
To enhance a Principal Fellow’s development as an instructional leader, they will also participate in Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Academy program for the entire school year, attending a summer session (June 15-24, 2020 in Denver, CO) and four intensive intersessions subsequently held quarterly over long weekends (October 8-10; December 11-12; February 5-6; May 14-15). (Please note: Attendance at these sessions as well as select school visits throughout the year are required for Principal Fellow participants. An applicant's ability to participate in these activities is a prerequisite for selection.)
Throughout the fellowship year, Principal Fellows will receive coaching and feedback from Relay Leadership instructional staff, the Relay Lab Schools team in San Antonio, and the school leaders they are working closely with during their fellowship year. Fellows will create an individual growth plan for the year to ensure their rapid and focused development as an instructional leader.
The Relay Lab Schools Principal Fellowship (and participation in the Relay GSE National Principals Academy) leads to principal certification in the State of Texas.
School-based Instructional Leadership
- Help teachers use assessment data to inform instructional practices.
- Gain a deep understanding of the instructional model of a Relay Lab School and how to support teachers to implement the curricular resources with fidelity.
- Observe classrooms of assigned teachers daily, providing feedback on a consistent basis to improve student achievement.
- Manage teachers in their portfolio, helping the principal of the Relay Lab School to author an annual evaluation for these teachers.
- Participate in school leadership team meetings and school-wide functions.
- Maintain at least one aspect of student culture that maximizes student achievement.
- Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
- Be present and engaged at school during school hours and attend and facilitate key meetings before and/or after school.
- Participate in a June leadership training week (June 1-5). Attend a two week summer intersession, as part of the Relay GSE Principal’s Academy, occurring in Denver during the month of June. In addition, participate in an annual three-week staff orientation, beginning on July 20th, and Leadership training starting one week prior to the beginning of staff orientation.
- Other duties as assigned.
Participation in the Relay Graduate School of Education Principal Academy
- Attend requisite training sessions, both in the summer and during the school year.
- Complete all Principal Academy assignments on time and to a high standard.
- Engage in the broader Relay Graduate School of Education learning community, taking advantage of additional training opportunities to improve leadership techniques.
- If not previously certified, fulfill all principal certification requirements in a timely manner, including State of Texas assessments, field supervisor coaching sessions, practice labs, and Relay GSE coursework.
Ownership of a Personal Growth Plan
- Work with the Relay Lab Schools team to identify key areas of personal growth in both instruction and operations.
- Complete additional work products and attend extra training sessions as agreed in the growth plan in a timely manner and to a high standard.
QUALIFICATIONS & PERSONAL QUALITIES
First and foremost, the Principal Fellow must share the team’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement in low-income communities everywhere and belief that excellent outcomes for our students can be achieved in an autonomous school context. Additionally, candidates for the position must have the following:
- Five (5) years of teaching experience with a proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
- At least two (2) years of instructional leadership experience, including work as a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, etc.
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
- Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
- Track record of coaching and supporting adults and leading teams to a successful outcome, especially in times of significant change
- Deep desire to get better all the time; unending enthusiasm and appreciation for feedback and coaching
- Strong data skills and technical literacy, including comfort using Excel, the Google Suite, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree and master's degree from accredited four-year colleges or universities
- Valid Texas principal certification preferred
- Candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check
- Non-refundable fee (approximately $50) paid by the candidate
Relay Lab School Principal Fellows are SAISD employees and receive compensation in line with the district’s established pay structure. Tuition for the Relay National Principal Academy is paid for by SAISD and private funders of the district; in exchange, the district requires successful completion of the Relay National Principal Academy program (one year) and a subsequent three-year commitment to working in the district.
Relay Lab Schools and San Antonio Independent School District provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.