Assistant Principal of Student CultureReporting to:
Principal ABOUT US:
Bright Star Schools is a free, publicly funded and open enrollment non-profit organization with nine public charters in urban Los Angeles. Across all of our Bright Star sites, over 90% of our students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Our mission is to provide holistic, inclusive support for all students to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so that they find joy in higher education, career, and life. Bright Star students will become leaders who act with integrity and champion equity to enrich our communities and the world. The framework to our success is our core operating principles, which are Integridad, Ubuntu, Kohyang (ê³í-¥)
, and Growth.
At Bright Star, we're committed to our educators' success. We provide over 260 hours of differentiated professional development each year and offer numerous leadership opportunities to support our teachers to become experts in their craft. We also offer small class sizes, comprehensive teacher support, and numerous collaboration opportunities across the organization and within school sites.
Educator applicants should be prepared to conduct classes virtually or in-person depending on COVID-19 health guidelines.
Bright Star Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status. Assistant Principal:
The Assistant Principal of Culture is responsible for leading a safe, inclusive, affirming, and joyful school community that supports student learning and growth. This role is also responsible for a variety of non-academic programs, including student leadership development, restorative practices, and social emotional learning. The Assistant Principal of Culture is an integral part of the School Leadership Team and supervises the Dean of Students, Dean of Restorative Practices, School Counselors, and any additional relevant support staff that the school may employ. The ideal candidate excels at developing relationships with students, families, teachers, and colleagues based on mutual respect, integrity and trust, in pursuit of school goals and vision. Qualifications & Experience
An admin credential is highly desired for this position.
- Valid, Clear, California Teaching Credential or PPS Credential
- At least five years of teaching and/or counseling experience with consistent student achievement and growth
- Consistent successful student outcomes in prior teaching or counseling experience with student populations similar to that of Stella MiddleCharter Academy (primarily from low-income, educationally underserved communities)
- Evidence of strong organizational, student management and interpersonal skills.
- Extremely high standards for student academic work and student behavior â€" belief that all of our students (who are primarily from low-income, educationally underserved communities) will be able to rise to the same academic challenges and compete at the top levels with all students, regardless of background.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a team player and delegate as appropriate.
- Experience leading a team of educators to successful outcomes in a school setting.
- Experience leading high quality staff professional development.
- Foundational understanding of Restorative Justice and CA Ed Code
- Experience leading and/or participating in School Programming/Events
- Working knowledge of Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) plus an aptitude for quickly learning and mastering other data-based programs.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Willingness to quickly digest and, when needed, create documents for the school community (students, teachers, parents).
- Understanding of and agreement with our student, parent, and employee expectations (handbooks).
- Industriousness and Enthusiasm: doing whatever it takes to ensure success â€" defined as helping our students to do whatever is necessary for them to academically, socially and emotionally conquer the challenges of middle school.
- Humility, receptiveness to feedback, evidence of being a constant learner.
Desired (but not required) in order of importance:
Responsibilities and Duties
- At least one year of experience in an instructional coaching or administrative role.
- Administrative credential, or willingness to pursue.
- Experience supervising other employees.
- Fluency in a second language. Willingness to learn Spanish if that isn't the language of fluency.
- Post-graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral degree)
In conjunction with the Principal, the AP will create, and push the school's vision forward. Support and work with 50-60 school site personnel including teachers and office staff.
The following programs are under the direct supervision of the Assistant Principal of Culture:
- *School Culture: In tandem with the Principal, and Leadership Team, uphold the School Culture Framework.
- Oversees school site culture team in order to execute schoolwide culture framework
- Acts as the champion of Social Justice and Values on campus
- Leads and/or co-leads Culture Walk Throughs
- Develops, implements, and monitors systems for relationship building and mentoring of staff and students
- Oversees supervision of students (arrival, breaks, dismissal)
- Plans and leads schoolwide events including, but not limited to:
- Weekly Clubs
- Monthly School Culture Assemblies
- WEB Crew Development (student mentorship program)
- Spirit Weeks
- Homeroom Challenges
- Fall Festival
- Field Day
- Field Trips
- Monthly Heritage Celebrations
- Coordinates Student Leadership and Student Activities
- Oversees development, implementation, and monitoring of Social Emotional Learning program (further developed in section 2)
- Leads the Culture Team (including Dean of Restorative Practices and Dean of Student Culture) to set the vision, develop staff capacity and monitors implementation of Restorative Justice Practices within and outside of the classrooms
- Creating an inclusive community on campus where students have a sense of belonging
- Facilitate conflict resolution and behavior intervention for students
- Initiate Community Building and Restorative Justice Circles and design prompts for GenEd and 5% groups
- Develops and implements culture data tracking programs (Deans List) for stakeholder use (e.g. interventions, supports, rewards, communication)
- Collaborates with Data Team to report school's data regarding student discipline
- Leads all expulsion and/or suspension meetings and investigations with appropriate communication to all involved stakeholders
- Collaborate with the School Leadership Team and district leaders
- Attends weekly School Leadership Team Meetings
- Leads weekly Culture Leadership Team meetings
- Works in collaboration with the BSS network leaders, including the VP for Student and Family Services and the Senior Director of Culture in Schools, and other school leaders across the district for collaboration, alignment and growth
- Works in conjunction with the VP for Student and Family Services and the Senior Director of Culture in Schools
- Attends all PD regarding culture
- Support after school programming and partnerships with community agencies
- *Leads and oversees Compass; SMCA's SEL Programming/Curriculum:
- Participate in summer professional development on the Compass program
- Ensure integration of Compass SEL curriculum through the Compass blocks throughout the week
- Provide professional development and ongoing support for teachers to implement Compass curriculum and facilitate Compass Circles
- Conduct weekly walkthroughs of Compass Circles and provide weekly feedback to teachers
- Facilitate weekly Faculty Compass Circles to promote continual growth of faculty and build community
- Parent education sessions on social emotional and academic learning
- *Work directly with counselors to evaluate and oversee development of scope and sequence for workshops grounded in the ASCA National model
- general implementation of the ASCA National model
- RAMP certification application
- use of student data to proactively support Social Emotional Learning
- analysis of academic data to provide appropriate interventions and support
- Work with Counselor to initiate and follow through with SSPT/504 Plans (training will be provided)
- counselor's professional goals and support growth through coaching
- *Work directly with teachers to evaluate and oversee:
- Leads instructional coaching with a caseload of teachers
- weekly coaching meetings with all teachers on your caseload that include professional goal setting conversations, planning conversations, observation debriefs, and analysis of student learning conversations
- Supports teachers' development goals and support growth through coaching cycles and coaching interactions with their caseload of teachers
- Collection and analysis of subgroup data (race, socioeconomic status, gender, students with disabilities, English Language Learners) in relation to SEL surveys
- enforcement by teachers and staff of the rules and procedures as outlined in the teacher and administrative handbooks
- Leads Professional Development.
- Works with the School Leadership Team to create a yearlong scope and sequence plan for staff Professional Development. The Assistant Principal of Culture will take the lead on planning and executing culture PDs.
- *Manages school wide family engagement initiatives:
- Creates cultural programs informed by family and student surveys
- Collaborates with school and organizational staff to create and implement family engagement plan
- Ensure school meets LCAP goals with respect to family engagement, which
- Provide family resources and referrals for community events
- Collaborate with Counseling and Culture teams to implement interventions with students and families
- Offer resources and support for family challenges
- Participates in home visits as needed to ensure home and school partnerships
This is a full time role. The commitment for this position is approximately 40 hours per week. The general hours of operation of the schools are Monday â€" Friday 7:30 a.m. â€" 4:30 p.m. The specific hours for the Assistant Principal will vary depending on teacher and campus needs. As a member of the leadership team, the Assistant Principal must be flexible with regard to the daily and weekly schedule.
The Assistant Principal is also expected to attend an average of two evening events per month (approx. 1.5-2 hr commitment to each such event or program). The position also requires out-of-town days each year including our student life experience lessons and an annual faculty retreat/team building experience. The calling of the position often requires a time commitment beyond the basic hours.Salary and Benefits:Salary
: Starts at 80K based on credential status and years of experience.Status
: Full Time Start Date:
An exceptional candidate will assume the full time role no later than November 2023.Location
: Los Angeles,, CABenefits
:Health, dental, vision, STRS retirement matching, life insurance, short-term disability, optional 403b plan, sick and vacation paid time off, and holidays. Other Benefits:
- Complimentary fitness classes (e.g. boxing, yoga, circuit training, etc.)
- Instructional Leaders as Principals
- School Counselors to support with family engagement and communication