Elementary School Dean of Student and Family Affairs 2017-18
Elementary Schools

Harlem Village Academies
Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators working to build an urban school district based on the ideals and tenets of progressive education. Based in Harlem, HVA is also the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.  
Progressive Educational Philosophy
We believe students learn best through experience, deep engagement and discovery. We want our students to be intellectually curious, creative, and independent. We want them to love learning, to be articulate and reflective. Students should spend their school days constructing knowledge, grappling with questions, and doing the intellectual heavy lifting, with teachers as adept guides.
Constant Learning for Teachers
We give our faculty access to the most accomplished master teachers and the most sophisticated professional learning opportunities in the country. We’re learning every day, meeting frequently to discuss our instruction, reflect on our lessons and improve our pedagogy. We’re passionate about creating a rich intellectual life for ourselves and our students.
Who We’re Looking For
Our teachers are smart, passionate educators who believe that all students can learn at the highest level. We look for teachers with a track record of high performance, who inspire students to love learning, and who play very well with others.
  • Support and promote the school’s culture, professional values and standards, and serve as a role model to students in Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Build and reinforce lasting relationships with families to support students’ success, including regular phone calls and conferences
  • Supervise students who have been removed from the classroom and ensure proper follow-up, involving faculty and families as appropriate
  • Support the infusion of character education and values into all aspects of school life
  • Partner with and support teachers on building strong classroom cultures and fostering positive behavior in all students
  • Build students’ skills for independently preventing and resolving disagreements
  • Inspire students to hold themselves to high standards of academics and character
  • Three years full-time classroom teaching experience strongly preferred, preferably in grades pre-K-6.
  • A team player, with a strong work ethic and consistent follow-through
  • Very strong understanding of social and emotional development of children
  • Exceptionally effective at building lasting and meaningful relationships with elementary aged students and their families
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong track record of student achievement in your past teaching
  • A strong sense of personal accountability for school wide student achievement and social emotional growth
  • Unshakeable conviction that all students can learn at a high level

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