The Academy of Thought and Industry is an innovative new high school model that offers a deep knowledge curriculum within a framework of self-directed learning. Our carefully crafted program offers an integrated approach to achieving personal, academic, and professional excellence. Together with our students, we identify and support individualized development plans that help each student engage in meaningful work and acquire the requisite content, skills, and experiences necessary for the life he or she wants to live.
Our program is built upon two pillars:
- A Socratic humanities core in which students discuss, digest, and debate the core competing ideas that shape our world
- A focus on real projects, with mentoring, community outreach, and a school schedule that enables students to spend substantial time off-campus pursuing entrepreneurial and community work.
ATI combines the knowledge and reasoning ideals of a liberal arts education, with the real-world experiential opportunities that should be afforded to today’s urban teenagers. It’s a blend of the best of a classical approach to education with the best of what alternative and experiential education have to offer. In addition, ATI offers a strong college preparatory curriculum, including a systematic approach to standardized testing knowhow and an integrated approach to AP courses.
About the Role
To help us launch this school in Fall 2019, we're looking for an Assistant Head of School /Admissions Director to join our team ASAP! Responsible include:
- Developing and implementing on the ground, local marketing initiatives
- Planning and hosting community outreach events
- Building relationships with junior high schools and New York independent schools
- Recruiting and building community with prospective students and their families
- Building and implementing a high-touch admissions process
- Securing enrollment for Fall 2019
- Work collaboratively with other ATI network schools to set up New York's operational infrastructure
This position is a full-time, salaried role. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer health, dental, and vision insurance, paid-time off, tax-advantaged savings accounts, an extremely generous tuition discount, and a 401k retirement plan.
Our ideal candidate is a mission-driven professional who is excited to drive our marketing and admissions strategy in preparation for the school's launch in Fall 2019. We're about as far away from a conventional high school as you can imagine, so if you're frustrated with traditional education today and are seeking to be a part of building a better solution, ATI is the place for you!
We're looking for someone who has:
- A bachelor's degree (or equivalent)
- Prior experience in education as an Admissions Director, education administrator, or upper school teacher
- Knowledge of the New York independent school market
- An affinity for connecting with people
- Strong organizational skills
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- An aptitude for creating a warm and benevolent team culture
- A high degree of personal initiative
- Committed to the idea of endless improvement personally and professionally
Michael Strong is one of the most experienced designers of highly successful innovative school programs in the U.S. His projects include Montessori secondary school program design at The Judson Montessori School (San Antonio), The Emerson School (Palo Alto), and Hacienda School (Pleasanton). He also created The Winston Academy, where middle school students passed AP exams. Another of Michael’s projects, Moreno Valley High School, a Paideia charter high school, was ranked the 36th-best public high school in the U.S. by Newsweek in its 3rd year of operation, and continued to outperform other New Mexico high schools thereafter. More recently he co-founded KoSchool in Austin, Texas, which combines his high-performance approach to AP coursework and SAT score gains with a focus on entrepreneurial and creative projects. ATI began as a “next generation” version of the stellar program at KoSchool.
Michael was educated at Harvard, St. John's College, and the University of Chicago, where his dissertation advisor was Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker, under whom Michael wrote on “Ideas and Culture as Human Capital.” He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, which was endorsed by brain-based learning experts Geoffrey Caine and Renate Nummela Caine, MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning educator Deborah Meier, authentic assessment expert Grant Wiggins, and 1994 National Teacher of the Year Elaine Griffin, who cites Michael as a mentor.
He is the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems, co-authored with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, Mohammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capitalism, and others. Michael has published in academic journals (Economic Affairs, Critical Review, Journal of Business Ethics, etc.), as well as in publications reaching a broader audience (HuffPo, RealClearPolitics, Policy Innovations, Carnegie Ethics, etc.). He has consulted for hundreds of schools and has spoken at Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Dartmouth, Cornell, the University of Chicago, and dozens of other universities as well as at conferences around the world. View his TEDx talks here for a sampling: VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2 | VIDEO 3
Additionally, Michael is a co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, Peace through Commerce, the Startup Cities Institute, and Radical Social Entrepreneurs.
Graduates of Michael’s schools have matriculated and succeeded at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Harvard, Parsons School of Design, Reed, St. John's College, Hebrew University, Southwestern University, Texas Christian University, and many others. They have also launched successful businesses, including in areas of software, aquaponics, and concert promotions.
The Academy of Thought and Industry is a project of Higher Ground Education.
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