You're an innovative educator and emerging leader.
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 becoming a master educator experiencing the joy of helping young learners reach their full potential? Do you seek personalized, hands-on coaching and support not found in most training programs? Ready for a pioneering journey with trusted colleagues who share your vision? We thought soand we like the way you think.
Introducing the Venture Edupreneur Residency
The Venture Edupreneur Residency is designed for innovative 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 coach young people while receiving coaching themselves to become master edupreneurs and potential school leaders. Venture'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 become master educators. 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 a Venture Lead Edupreneur, their family co-teacher and an exceptional master educator. Edupreneurs will also receive frequent coaching from Venture's Chief Learning Officer/Head of School, a master edupreneur with a decade of personalized teaching and leadership experience. 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 and Coaching
Edupreneurs will receive personalized leadership development and coaching 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 reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2013. Please see the next page and www.ventureacademies.org for more information.
The Venture Edupreneur Residency
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 learners 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 talented educators who are learning innovators. Competitive candidates will demonstrate a commitment to personal and intellectual excellence, student 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 master educators and Lead Edupreneurs.
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 facilitating weekly data team meetings
Create and continuously improve real-time, formative, progress monitoring 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
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
Prior secondary teaching experience, evidencing continuous improvement and high learner results
Experience and success setting clear and consistent expectations for learner behavior and accountability
Enthusiasm: demonstrates visionary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, passion, positivity and excitement
Solutions-oriented: proven ability to quickly identify and creatively solve problems and iterate new approaches
Teamwork: exceptional ability to work well in and help lead 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
Work collaboratively with Venture's Lead Edupreneurs, other team members, 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. Please visit www.ventureacademies.org or e-mail opportunities@...