Director of Learning at American International School of Lagos in Nigeria
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Director of Learning
American International School of Lagos (Nigeria)

Dec 9, 21
Jan 21, 22

The American International School of Lagos (AISL) seeks a Director of Learning


Overview

Founded in 1964, the American International School of Lagos, Nigeria  (AISL) is a private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit day school accredited by the Council of International Schools  and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.  The school is sponsored by the American Office of Overseas Schools.  AISL offers Early Childhood  through Grade 12  educational programs for students currently representing 52 nationalities. The International Baccalaureate Organization authorizes AISL to deliver the IB Diploma Programme  to students in Grades 11-12. All AISL students have an opportunity to earn the IB Diploma and the American High School Diploma. 


AISL is organized into an Early Childhood/Elementary School and a  Middle/High  School with each section led by a Principal.. Learning throughout the school is supported by a Director of Learning, a Technology Director,  a Student Support Services Director, and an Athletic/Activities Director. AISL offers a robust after school athletics/activities program  and is  an active member of the West African International Schools Activities League (WAISAL). 


AISL partners with a variety of professional learning organizations and is an active member of the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA). 

 

The academic year includes 180 instructional days in two semesters. The first semester begins in early August and ends in mid-December. Semester 2 begins in mid-January and continues until early June, closely following a North American school calendar.


Guiding Statements

AISL’s purpose, aspirations, and values are reflected in the Guiding Statements. These statements serve as the foundation of AISL’s strategic plan and inform priorities, decisions and actions throughout the school. 





Curriculum

Teaching and learning at AISL is underpinned by a standards-based curriculum designed to empower students to be drivers of their own learning.  Design and planning of units follow the Understanding by Design (UbD) model which is used throughout the school within a newly implemented Learning Management System (LMS), called Toddle which also allows for curriculum mapping, assessment and reporting.  Core subject-areas use AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Common Core Plus* standards and benchmarks for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science and Science (Next Generation Science Standards).  Specialist subjects rely on research-based American standards.  The early childhood curriculum is supported by the District of Columbia Early Learning Standards and is based on a play-based approach to learning.


As part of strategic work, continued efforts to ensure a modern and relevant  curriculum have led to the implementation of project-based learning (PBL) and service learning across K-12 to enrich the curriculum  as well as to ensure that application and transfer of learning is at the heart of our students’ learning experiences. Collective efforts to audit and design culturally responsive teaching as part of our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)  commitment have provided opportunities to build awareness and plan with intentionality to ensure that the diversity of our community is reflected in our curriculum..


A balanced literacy approach for reading, writing and word study guided by Columbia University’s Teachers’ College workshop model is used from K-8.  Mathematics instruction, as supported by the Bridges and CPM programs, focused on a concept-based approach to teaching and learning.  The 3-dimensional model for science as driven by NGSS is currently in the early phases of  implementation. A partnership with Global Online Academy provides students with opportunities to enrich their learning as they transition into high school. These standards, programs and practices guide students on their chosen paths to earn an American High School Diploma, International Baccalaureate Program Certificates, and/or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 


Faculty/Staff

Currently,  AISL employs 51 expatriates and 11 locally hired faculty members representing 11 different nationalities. AISL is fortunate to have long-serving and deeply committed teams of administrative staff, instructional assistants, and support staff.  


Governance

AISL is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. Five members are elected to three-year terms by the parents of children enrolled at the school, and four members are appointed to represent the U.S. Embassy, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron and Shell.


The School Community

As a close knit community, AISL is proud of its international student body enrolling 558 students 3-­-18 years of age representing 52  different nationalities. Currently, 231 students are enrolled in the Early Childhood / Elementary School (Early Childhood – Grade 5), while 227 students are enrolled in the Middle/High School. AISL serves children of expatriate and Nigerian families. Families are typically entrepreneurial or employed by multinational companies, local businesses, consulates, and non-government organizations, 


Facilities

Located on a 8-acre campus in a preferred residential area (Victoria Island) of Lagos, the campus is in the process of undergoing a major program of redevelopment. Learning is supported by  purpose-built facilities that are currently being upgraded or re-designed based on a recently adopted Facilities Master Plan. 

The facilities include 55 classrooms, five science labs, a music/band room, a small performing arts space,, technology lab, a library, dining area, a health office,, administrative offices, two playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a brand new artificial turf field and track. .

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

AISL is located in Victoria Island which is the commercial hub of Lagos. This upscale  neighborhood offers quality local and international cuisine at fine restaurants, artisan bakeries and cafés, and  designer boutiques.  Victoria Island has a vibrant art and music scene as well. The coastline offers an escape from the hustle and bustle. Beautiful beaches that offer some peace and quiet  are a short boat ride or car ride away. 


Job Purpose: 

The Director of Learning is responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring of a modern, relevant, and culturally responsive curriculum for students in Early Childhood through Grade 12. Working in collaboration with the leadership team and faculty, the Director of Learning  will ensure that the AISL curriculum embodies research-based best practices and is aligned with the mission, vision, and learning principles of the school. The Director of Learning manages school wide academic data and ensures that data is collected and used to inform instruction and to evaluate programming. The Director of Learning is also responsible for implementing a school wide professional learning program aligned with strategic priorities.  


Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead, model, and communicate the AISL  mission, vision, core values, and learning principles.

  • Lead learning-focused and collaborative ad hoc teams in line with the AISL  strategic plan, using

structures and resources provided.

  • Lead and coordinate the AISL curriculum review, development and implementation, and monitoring.

  • Coordinate the administration of MAP and other school wide assessments. 

  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of the Learning Management System (Toddle). 

  • Assume responsibility for reviewing and evaluating results of standardized assessments, or other

evaluative measures used by the school

  • Lead the development and implementation of a system of planning that results in clearly articulated units of instruction that align assessments with standards and  promote student voice and choice. 

  • Ensure that the curriculum is well documented, easily accessible, and well communicated to

stakeholders.

  • Lead and maintain internal and external  communication about teaching and learning and the curriculum. 

  • Develop and implement  an annual professional learning program that aligns with school priorities and maximizes impact on learning.

  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the professional learning program (e.g. organization of professional inservice days, in-house workshops, conferences, and presenters)

  • Design and deliver  parent engagement programs to deepen parent understanding of important topics/issues related to teaching and learning.  

  • Supervises an Instructional Coach, the School Librarian, and other personnel as needed. 


Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Support the Leadership Team to design and/or deliver professional learning related to planning, assessment practices, and instruction. 

  • Support the implementation of standards based assessment and reporting. 

  • Support the development of a PLC at Work culture through a focus on learning, collaboration, and

evidence.

  • Support the business office by monitoring  the learning budget and inventory processes to ensure all professional learning resources have optimal impact on learning. 

  • Support the development and implementation of the school strategic plan.

  • Support the development and attainment of annual objectives and key results.


Collaborative Responsibilities:


  • Collaborate with the Superintendent to co-lead the accreditation process. 

  • Collaborate with the Learning Leadership Team  to ensure clarity of decision making, roles and responsibilities, actions to improve learning, support, and accountability. 

  • Collaborate with the Student Support Services Director to provide guidance and support on inclusion and differentiation. 

  • Collaborate with the Technology Director to lead technology integration initiatives and to manage the implementation of the learning management system (Toddle). 

  • Collaborate with the JEDI Officer on initiatives related to  professional development and curriculum design centered on justice, equity,  diversity, and inclusion (JEDI))

  • Collaborate with teams of teachers and teacher-leaders to ensure a common vision and coordinated approach to designing and  delivering the curriculum (e.g. unit design, assessment practices, etc.). 


Other

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities consistent with those normally associated with the position of Director of Learning.    


Qualifications/Profile:

Qualification &
Training



  • Advanced Degree in Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction

  • Experience as a curricular/instructional leader.

  • Successful classroom teaching experience

  • Formal training in coaching and/or facilitation.

Knowledge Base




Knowledge and understanding of:

  • key elements/features of an Early Childhood - Gr 12 modern and relevant curriculum.

  • research-based instructional and assessment practices.

  • research-proven practices related to academic excellence and student social and emotional well-being

  • adult learning and demonstrated skill in designing and leading professional development.

  • supervision and evaluation

  • best practices related to planning (UbD), assessment (Assessment of Learning, Assessment for Learning), and instruction (Differentiation).

  • standards based assessment and reporting.

  • change leadership and project management skills with demonstrated success in leading major school-wide initiatives from conception to completion.

Skills and Aptitudes





  • Exceptional verbal, written, and communications skills.

  • Strong ICT skills with the ability to lead the implementation of a learning management system.

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to professional development and curriculum design centered on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI))

  • Results-oriented, with demonstrated skill in using data to inform and improve student learning and school programs

  • Ability to resolve conflict that results in new learning and/or shared understanding.

  • Superior facilitation and organizational ability, with demonstrated ability to lead groups, facilitate meetings, lead curriculum work, collaborate and implement change

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to relate to AISL stakeholders: Students, Faculty/Staff, Parents, Board of Directors.

  • Comfort with the uncertainty and ambiguity in the developing world.

Personal Qualities


  • Sense of humor

  • Relatable; connects with students, families, faculty/staff, and other stakeholders.

  • A good listener and excellent communicator

  • A proven teacher leader

  • Strong morals, ethics, and values

  • Organized

  • Resilient, flexible, and adaptable

  • Empathetic, friendly, warm, genuine


Terms of Employment

The Director of Learning reports to the Superintendent. The position comes with a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Work calendar, contract terms, salary, and benefits shall be negotiated between the Superintendent.

How to Apply
The deadline for applications for the position is January 21, 2022. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as AISL reserves the option to select candidates to interview in advance of the closing dates noted on this advertisement. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. 

Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email addressed to the Director of Learning Search Committee:

  • A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in serving as Director of Learning at AISL. 

  • A one page  statement describing your educational and leadership philosophy. 

  • A current résumé not to exceed two pages.

  • A one-page list of references, including immediate supervisor, with current contact details. 

Applications should be sent to: hr@aislagos.org.  Additional information about the American International School of Lagos can be found on the school’s website at: www.aislagos.org

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