Be a Dean or Directing Teacher at Aspire
Aspire is seeking responsible, thoughtful, compassionate and creative individuals for our Dean positions. There are three Dean positions available at Aspire:
Dean of Faculty
The Dean of Faulty will oversee all aspects of faculty participation during the summer session, establishing a tone that encourages the highest level of performance from Aspire teachers.The Dean of Faculty is primarily responsible for serving as a liaison between Directing Teachers (professional educators who are mentoring college students) and Core Teachers (college students interested in pursuing careers in education). The Dean is also responsible for supporting Academy Teachers (professionals who are teaching ninth graders) in curriculum and program development and communicating regularly with the Director regarding faculty progress throughout the summer.
Dean of Junior Teachers
The Dean of Junior Teachers will oversee all aspects of the Junior Teacher experience, establishing a tone that encourages the highest level of performace from Aspire teachers. The Dean of Junior Teachers is primarily responsible for managing the ten high school students who serve as the JT team during the summer session. The Dean observes the JTs while they teach and interact with students, assists them with planning including reviewing lesson plans, and provides regular feedback to the teachers. The Dean is also responsible for managing the supply cabinet, Aspire snacks, and guiding the Junior Teachers through the planning and execution of the Aspire Olympics and other special events.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students will oversee all aspects of student participation during the summer session, establishing a tone that encourages the highest level of engagement from Aspire students. The Dean of Students is primarily responsible for planning daily morning meetings, the annual talent show, and other special activities which take place outside of academic time. The Dean monitors student behavior in during community time (breakfast/lunch/closing circle, etc.) and assists the Director with facilitating matters regarding student life (mentoring, achievement, attendance, behavior, health/safety). One overnight trip to Michigan is required for the Dean of Students.
Directing Teachers mentor current young teachers as they develop and teach academic classes (either in Math, Science, Language Arts or Social Studies). Together the Directing Teachers and the Core Teachers are responsible for implementing creative, engaging classes that meet the academic needs of middle school girls in our target population. Directing Teachers help college, graduate and high school students gain an understanding of the many aspects of teaching life―from organizing innovative activities and identifying quality materials to understanding adolescents and providing students with useful feedback. Additionally, Directing Teachers are available to advise college students with the planning of their afternoon workshops. As they observe and mentor, directing teachers are asked to provide specific feedback about teaching growth to Core Teachers. Finally, Directing Teachers encourage partnerships between Junior (high school students) and Core Teachers in the academic classrooms, in workshops, and during community time.
Directing Teachers attend faculty orientation, wrap-up, and work Monday-Thursday while the students are in session. We would like Aspire Directing Teachers to immerse themselves in program life and be willing to take on multiple roles within the program. Directing Teachers play a critical role in encouraging and celebrating the successes of the young teachers & Aspire students. Directing Teachers also work to build strong connections among our diverse group of students, teachers, and supporters.