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Career Opportunity - Introducing the Venture Edupreneur Residency

Career Opportunity - Introducing the Venture Edupreneur Residency

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You’re an innovative master educator and leader. Welcome Home. Introducing the Venture Edupreneur Residency Are you eager to radically transform education? Do you believe that learning should be driven by the unique passions and needs of individual young people? Ever dreamed of leading your own school without losing the day-to-day joy of helping young learners reach their full potential? Do you seek personalized, hands-on coaching and support not found in most school leadership programs? Ready for a pioneering journey with trusted colleagues who share your vision? We thought so—and we like the way you think. The Venture Edupreneur Residency is designed for innovative, entrepreneurial master educators whose joyful lifework is the cultivation of young people into purposeful, self-directed learners and leaders. Edupreneurs will co-found Venture Academy, a public charter middle-high school opening in Minneapolis this August at 6th grade. They will co-create Venture’s learning model and serve as its master educators while they receive coaching and support to open and lead their own school. Venture Academy’s mission is to ignite the passion of young people to become innovators and entrepreneurial leaders who will change the world. Venture is a winner of the national Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave IIIa competition to support breakthrough learning models, funded by the Gates and Hewlett foundations. Beginning this June, the Edupreneur Residency will prepare three Edupreneurs to open and lead a new school of their own. The Residency emphasizes learning by doing. Each Edupreneur will provide full- time, personalized, cross-disciplinary teacher-coaching to a “family” cohort of Venture learners, while receiving daily coaching and real-time feedback from Venture’s Chief Learning Officer/Head of School, a master edupreneur with ten years of personalized teaching and leadership experience. Each Edupreneur will coach and be supported by a talented Edupreneur-in-Training with significant education experience. Edupreneurs will also serve as members of Venture’s leadership team. The Residency will include in- depth visits to innovative schools and discussions with national thought partners on the cutting edge of learning transformation. Each Edupreneur will receive a competitive salary with full benefits. Personalized Leadership Development Residents will receive highly personalized leadership development and support in the domains of: -Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership -Emotional intelligence and effective, authentic communication -School start-up, operations and policy -School culture and learner engagement -Coaching and observation -Curriculum, assessment and personalized learning To Apply: Edupreneur Residency applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2013. Please see the next page and www.ventureacademies.org for more information.   Venture Edupreneur Residency Overview Opening in August 2013, Venture Academy is a new public charter school in Minneapolis with the mission to ignite the passion of every young person to become an innovator and entrepreneurial leader who will change the world. A 21st century one-room schoolhouse, Venture will engage a diverse cross-section of Minneapolis young people, including English language learners and children with special needs. Venture aims to ignite self-propelled, purposeful learners and leaders ready for college and meaningful life missions by age 16 through a learner-driven and try-measure-learn-iterate learning design that blends rigorous personalized, digital and experiential learning and personal development. Venture Academy seeks educational leaders who are proven learning innovators. Competitive candidates will demonstrate a commitment to personal and intellectual excellence, unprecedented learning growth, constant improvement, authentic communication, and cultivating learner ownership and entrepreneurial leadership through a personalized and learner-directed learning model. Edupreneurs will become part of Venture Academy’s founding team, on track to become a future head of school. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: -Design instruction using evidenced-based strategies with an awareness of current research on teaching and learning -Implement cross-curricular instructional activities to enable high levels of learner engagement and understanding -Develop personalized learning plans, curriculum and extensions using principles of backwards design -Instruct small, targeted groups and serve as an advisor and coach to help learners achieve individual learning goals -Work creatively, transparently and collaboratively to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning -Maintain a coherent, purposeful and mission-driven school culture of intellectual and personal excellence -Ensure that the learning needs of all learners are met by all team members -Determine specific learning needs by analyzing performance data and facilitate weekly data team meetings -Create and continuously improve formative, interim and summative common assessments -Constantly seek to improve both personal and team teaching practice and results -Conduct original learning research, publish articles and blogs, and present findings to colleagues and others Qualifications/Expectations: -Mission: past leadership provides clear evidence of demonstrated belief in Venture’s mission -Experience in at least two of the following: language arts, math, science, English language learning, special education -Unquestioned character, work ethic, passion for excellence and professionalism -Relentless commitment to exceptional learning; unwavering belief that every young person can learn at high levels -At least 3 years of prior secondary teaching experience, evidencing continuous improvement and high student results -Experience and success setting clear and consistent expectations for student behavior and accountability -Enthusiasm: demonstrates visionary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, passion, optimism and excitement -Solutions-oriented: concentrates on finding ways to identify and solve problems -Teamwork: demonstrates ability to work well in a team using authentic interpersonal communication -Versatility: strengths and passions across multiple learning disciplines and talent arenas -Creativity: thinks innovatively and imaginatively about how to optimize the learning of every young person -Supervise, coach and work collaboratively with Venture’s Edupreneurs-in-Training, mentors and guides Edupreneur Residency Application Process Applicants for the Edupreneur Residency will be asked to 1) describe an innovation they have personally created and implemented that has demonstrably and significantly improved the learning of middle and/or high school age learners; 2) submit a video or video link, website or digital portfolio evidencing the innovation; 3) describe a learning design for their dream middle-high school, including a detailed description of how their design ignites learner ownership, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Applications will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of young and master edupreneurs, innovators and entrepreneurial leaders. Please visit www.ventureacademies.org for more information. Know an edupreneur? Venture will offer a $1,000 award to anyone referring us to a candidate we select.

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