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AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LAGOS
Director of Teaching and Learning
beginning August 2020
American International School of Lagos (AISL) located in Lagos, Nigeria, was founded in 1964. The school is a private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit day school. AISL is an American Overseas School that offers U.S. accredited programs in an English language setting. The school offers preschool through 12th grade educational programs for students currently representing 56 nationalities. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association and the Council of International Schools. Additionally, the International Baccalaureate Organization has authorized the Diploma Program at AISL. AISL is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and the West African International Schools Activities League (WAISAL).
Vision, Mission and Core Values
Provide a balanced American education to inspire excellence in academics, sport, global citizenship and emotional intelligence.
- Well-rounded education: A well-rounded learning experience balances academic, physical, social and emotional development of our students.
- Safe Learning Environment: A positive, safe and nurturing learning environment allows all students to reach their highest potential.
- Individuality: Creative and independent thinking develops in each student their unique potential.
- Life-long Learning: Every child deserves the highest quality of education as a foundation to support life-long learning.
- Diversity of Learners: Honor, validate and embrace the diversity of our learners by promoting an inclusive and supportive environment – one of dignity and respect.
- Collaboration Accelerate Learning: Develop a community of learners in which parents, teachers and students work together to achieve educational excellence.
- Innovation: Create a learning environment where students can express innovative thinking and utilize their creative energy.
- Internationalism: An international school is enriched by its multicultural community and relationship with its host country by building on connections with its cultures and nationalities.
The current preschool to Grade 12 enrollment is 580 students; 268 students are enrolled in the preschool through elementary; 195 students are enrolled in the middle school; and 117 students are enrolled in high school. The student body consists of 12% host-country students, 18% U.S. students, and the remaining 70% of the students are from 54 different countries.
The AISL curriculum is based on AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Common Core Plus* standards and benchmarks. Early childhood teachers use standards that are developmentally appropriate and closely aligned with the AERO framework. In the high school, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is available to all 11th and 12th grade students as a rigorous course of study leading to graduation with the full IB diploma.
AERO Common Core Plus*
English/Language Arts Framework
Social Studies Framework
AISL faculty design units of instruction using the “Understanding by Design” framework with a focus on aligning assessments and instruction to standards. Integration of technology, differentiation and cross-curricular connections are all hallmarks of the UbD design process. AISL is continuing the journey of implementing a comprehensive standards-based learning system which includes curriculum aligned with standards, assessment measuring student learning against standards via both formative and summative assessment, instruction deliberately planned to promote student learning consistent with the standards and both grading and reporting, reflecting an alignment with standards.
Faculty and Administration
The school employs 77 certified teachers, including 43 overseas hire faculty and11 host-country nationals. Twenty three of the faculty hold advanced degrees or post-graduate certificates. The Director of Teaching and Learning works in collaboration with the school's Leadership Team to further advance the mission and vision of the school. The Leadership Team consists of the Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, High School Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, and Superintendent. The Athletic and Activities Director, Director of Technology, Admissions Director, and the Director of Security/Facilities are members of an expanded Leadership Team.
The school year consists of two semesters which extend from August to December and January to June.
Campus and Facilities
Located on a six-acre campus in Victoria Island, a preferred residential area of Lagos, the campus is preparing to launch a major program of redevelopment. The preschool, elementary, middle and secondary divisions are in purpose-built facilities that will be further upgraded in the years ahead. The facilities to be updated and created include 55 classrooms, three science labs, a music room, small theater, technology lab, a library, dining area, an infirmary, administrative offices, two playgrounds, a gymnasium, tennis courts, a soccer field and the swimming pool.
Lagos, usually referred to as Lagos State to distinguish it from the city of Lagos, is a state located in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The smallest in area of Nigeria’s 36 states, Lagos State is arguably the most economically important state in the country, containing Lagos, the nation’s largest urban area. The actual population total is disputed between the official Nigerian Census of 2006, and a much higher figure claimed by the Lagos State Government. The population is estimated in excess of 20,000,000. Lagos State is located in the southwestern part of the Nigerian Federation. On the North and East it is bordered by Ogun State, in the West it shares boundaries with the Republic of Benin, and on its Southern border lies the Atlantic Ocean. 22% of the 3,577 square km are lagoons and creeks.
The Director of Teaching and Learning (DTL) is responsible for leading the implementation of school wide strategic initiatives in alignment with AISL’s mission, vision and core values. The DTL encourages teacher leadership and ownership through the coordination and support of teacher-led committees and Content Leads. The DTL oversees and coordinates the development, revision and implementation of 21st century teaching, learning and assessment practices. The DTL supports faculty professional development and oversees the on-going accreditation process. The DTL supervises, evaluates and supports the Student Support Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Librarian. The DTL engages in parent community outreach and education to ensure parent support of the curricula program. The person in this position collaborates effectively with division principals and the Superintendent to set and implement the strategic direction for AISL.
Major responsibilities and functions include:
School-Wide Strategic Planning and Improvement
- Monitors and coordinates whole school implementation of strategic initiatives.
- Supports implementation of strategic initiatives through oversight of committee initiatives.
- Develops teacher leadership through support of teacher-led committee structure.
- Monitors and tracks progress of implementation through regular updates and attachment of evidence in Envisio.
- Identifies and leads professional learning aligned to strategic priorities, after school Wednesday meetings, full-day and half-day PD days.
- Identifies and contracts with external professional development experts to provide professional learning aligned to strategic priorities.
- Facilities half and full-day professional learning for Instructional Assistants.
- Facilitates half and full-day professional learning for support staff: office, maintenance, custodial and security.
- Develops, oversees and tracks annual professional learning budget and line items.
- Supports and monitors curriculum development, mapping and on-going review using an Understanding by Design Framework and Atlas Rubicon curriculum mapping program.
- Oversees and supports vertical alignment through development and support of ‘Content Leads’ K-12: mathematics, science, English, social studies, the arts, and PE.
- Supervises, evaluates and supports the Instructional Coach in the development and delivery of the coaching model K-8.
- Supervises, evaluates and supports the Library Media Specialist in development and delivery of the library program PS-12.
- Collaborates with the Technology Director and technology integration specialists to develop, plan for and implement technology integration across the content areas.
- Coordinates the administration of the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in grades 2-10 during the fall and spring.
- Analyzes and presents MAP results to Board of Directors and parent community.
- Coordinates faculty analysis of MAP results; makes recommend updates to instructional and curricular program based on assessment trends.
- Supports annual review and alignment of AISL essential assessment agreements.
Parent Education and Outreach
- Maintains regular communication and education on the AISL program and strategic initiative through AISL newsletter articles.
- Develops and delivers parent forums and workshops designed to inform and educate parents about best practices and AISL programming.
- Develops and delivers annual Global Competency Symposium.
Local and Regional Community Outreach
- Serves as a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) Professional Learning Design Team.
- Develops and facilitates annual Nigerian Schools Conference.
- Develops and facilitates annual AISA Invitational Conference.
- Maintains AISL’s presence as an educational leader through trainings and site visits with community partners: Lekki Peninsula College, Crescent College, and WAVE.
- Develops and facilitates other conferences based on strategic priorities and opportunities.
Instructional Materials Budgeting and Ordering
- Oversees annual international curricular and instructional materials ordering process.
- Reviews and approves international curricular and instructional materials order in alignment with the curriculum review cycle and strategic priorities.
- Oversees and monitors CIS and MSA accreditation process.
- Participates as team member on accreditation visits as able.
- Collaborates with IB Coordinator on IB DP reauthorization.
- Holds a Master’s degree in education, or a related field, with an emphasis in administration and supervision or curriculum development.
- Holds a valid Administrator/Principal Certification.
- Holds a valid professional teaching certificate.
- Has at least seven years experience in education.
Desired personal characteristics of the Director of Teaching and Learning include the following:
- Excellent interpersonal skills, which include being approachable, being a good listener and being an effective communicator.
- Someone who embraces, respects, understands and values the Nigerian culture.
- In providing clear direction to the AISL community, a leader who is competent, confident, firm, fair, visible, and a thoughtful listener.
Salary and Benefits
The salary and benefit package for the Director of Teaching and Learning is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.
Procedure for Filing Application
The deadline for applications for the position is November 15, 2019. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and the requested materials listed below as early as possible as AISL reserves the right to close the selection process at any time if the right candidate is identified.
The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received. Outstanding candidates will be immediately advanced for review by the Director of Teaching and Learning Search Committee.
The Director of Teaching and Learning will be selected at the conclusion of final interviews and reference checks. The Director of Teaching and Learning will assume his/her professional responsibilities in late July 2020.
Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:
- A letter of application, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in the Director of Teaching and Learning position at AISL.
- A statement describing your management and educational philosophy (not to exceed two pages).
- A current résumé (not to exceed two pages).
- A one-page list of references of immediate supervisors with current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
- A maximum of four letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession.
Total document size should be kept to less than four (4) MB, if possible. Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the American School of Lagos can be found on the school’s web site at www.aislagos.org.