Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
A faculty full of life-changers
In recent weeks, I have spoken – in person or via Skype – with a half-dozen semifinalist candidates for our Preschool Teacher/Director position. In January we’ll welcome the finalists for full days of interviews, tours, demonstration lessons, meals and meetings.
With this and all our faculty searches, it is a happy challenge (and probably my most significant responsibility) to identify truly extraordinary candidates and discern the best matches for our community.
At this point, we seek the following (all to begin in August of 2015):
- Preschool Teacher/Director
- Middle School Chorus Teacher
- Middle School Math Teacher (Grades 6-8)
- Upper School Spanish Teacher
If and when additional openings arise, we’ll post them on the “Careers” page of our website, which includes a nice video about our being named one of North Carolina’s best 50 Family-Friendly employers. Thanks for helping us spread the word to extraordinary candidates (whether or not they know they are looking for a new job).
As our research for the 2015 Strategic Plan has made crystal clear, the quality of the faculty remains the single most important factor in the health of the school.
Defining “the quality of the faculty” with greater precision is among the projects I love tackling. In a blog post last year, I listed qualities I often seek in teachers, regardless of their subject or grade level. In a strategic planning retreat last month, our Trustees and administrators sought to answer this complicated question in the fewest words possible. Their efforts resulted in some language that should help focus one or more of our strategic plan goals:
Recruit and support a faculty full of life-changers (defined as: genuine, curious, passionate, striving, generous, and accountable teacher/learners who nurture, inspire, engage, and challenge students and model the path to moral, happy, productive lives).
What do you think of this statement? What’s missing? What’s misguided? Does this capture what we want in the DA faculty of today and tomorrow? As always, your comments are welcome.
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