|Two-Year Principal Fellowship
(known internally at Uncommon as Two-Year Instructional Fellowship)
Each year, Uncommon identifies and selects highly qualified leaders to participate in Uncommon’s Principal (Instructional) Fellowship. The fellowship prepares rising principals to both found and sustain great schools within the Uncommon network. As we plan for the future, we have identified the need for a Two Year Principal Fellowship program
While both Principal Fellowships (1 and 2 year) prepare Fellows for the impressive feat of running an outstanding school, our Two Year Principal Fellowship allocates an additional year to the fundamentals of outstanding instructional leadership, including:
The second year of the Principal Fellowship will be similar to our current One Year Instructional (Principal) Fellowship, and will enhance Fellows’ ability to:
- Instruction: Principal Fellows will master core Teach Like a Champion techniques and build their proficiency in Guided Reading and Math instruction
- Data Analysis: Principal Fellows will effectively analyze informal and formal classroom data, reflect on this data, and use this information to drive instruction
- Observation and Feedback: Principal Fellows will coach at least one teacher to improve by learning to quickly identify the highest leverage action step and providing clear, actionable feedback
Principal Fellows will also continue to focus on:
- Execute Instruction: During instruction, Principal Fellows will be able to identify student misunderstandings and coach teachers to adjust questioning to ensure that students have a deep understanding of academic content
- Lead Student Culture: Principal Fellows will learn to cultivate and maintain at least one aspect of student culture (e.g., morning meeting, in-class discipline) that maximizes student achievement
- Build Staff Culture: Principal Fellows will also learn how to attract and retain a strong team
The fellowship provides a robust development process to prepare leaders to lead a school as Principal in conjunction with the Director of Operations. This Fellow and eventual Principal is a full-time employee, hired, supported, and evaluated by the Assistant Superintendent. The Principal Fellow must have a B.A. and a minimum of three years of teaching experience.
- Instruction: Principal Fellows will build content knowledge about Common Core and support planning/revisions to a select K-4 curriculum content area
- Data Analysis: Principal Fellows will analyze grade level data at a high level and create a concrete action plan to respond to student data across a select grade level
- Observation and Feedback: Principal Fellows will coach a team of teachers to improve learning by being able to quickly identify the highest leverage action steps and convey this feedback using the Six Steps of Effective Feedback
Evaluation and Feedback
Throughout the fellowship year, Principal Fellows will receive coaching and feedback from their Associate Managing Directors in addition to the school leaders they are working closely with during their fellowship year. Each Principal Fellow will have an Individual Development Plan that identifies the specific areas of development for the Fellow around which the fellowship will be customized to ensure focused development opportunities.
Leadership and Management PD in the 2nd Year of the Fellowship:
Minimum Education Level
- Connecting with and Leading Teachers
- Difficult Conversations
- Managing Teams and Groups
- Personal Effectiveness
- Student Recruitment
- Teacher Recruitment
- Understanding Yourself as a Leader
- Curriculum Alignment and Yearlong Planning
- Data-Driven Instruction
- Driving Student Achievement in Special Education
- Observation and Feedback
- Taxonomy of Effective Teaching Practice
- Teaching Math
- Teaching History
- Teaching Reading
- Teaching Science
- The Principal Fellow must have a Bachelor’s degree.
- 4 or more years of teaching experience highly preferred;
- 1 or more years of experience coaching or leading teachers (e.g., grade level chair, content/department chair, Assistant Principal, Dean of Curriculum, etc.) highly preferred.
We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.
The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.
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