This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Academics. This is a 10 month position (September through June 30th):
Advise students who need individualized support, particularly for executive functioning
This includes the start of day: helping students to be organized for classes from a materials management perspective, and check out at the end of the day: supporting the planner, prioritizing, organizing what to bring home.
Serve as an advocate and coach for each advisee
Communicate with parents bi-weekly in the form of a parent contact (email or phone call) to keep parents informed about their child’s overall academic and social/emotional progress.
As a leader, the school librarian creates an environment for students that nurtures the continuous cycle of inquiry, action and reflection, as well encourages students to be creative problem solvers:
Raises awareness in the form of monthly book days or weeks that help students to draw links between the real world, information literacy, and digital literacy
Coordinates extended essay in the DP program
The school librarian is an exceptional communicator and an enthusiastic team member:
Demonstrates proficiency in communication that is high touch, provides a supportive disposition and adheres to a 24 hour turnaround time for email responses
Partners with the Assistant Head of School for Academics and dept heads to plan professional weeks
Sits on committees as designated by the Assistant Head of School for Academics
Contributes weekly to the newsletter
They anticipate future obstacles and continually evolve to meet challenges. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as a visible, active leader in the school/library community by:
Maintaining a cooperative relationship with administration, staff, students, parents, community and where applicable, local public libraries
Participating in school improvement activities
Sharing expertise at faculty meetings, as well as at external and nationally/internationally recognized conferences, on an annual basis
Creating an environment that is conducive to collaboration with teaching staff, active and participatory learning, and resource/research based instructional practices
Sharing with the school community and adhering to collaboratively developed and up-to-date policies concerning issues such as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy and acceptable use
Embracing the use of instructional technology to engage students and improve learning while providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
Remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research as it pertains to IB programmes:
Identifying and requesting to attend professional development activities intended to increase the school “labrian” instructional effectiveness
As an instructional partner, the school librarian works with teachers and other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources:
Responsible for training teachers on the IB interface and google
Teaming with content teachers and meeting weekly for planning purposes
Co-teaches a course on academic writing for diploma students
Leads professional development once per month for a total of five times per year on topics as determined by the Assistant Head of School for Academics
Reports monthly circulation numbers to Assistant Head of School for Academics to help determine topics
The school librarian supports students’ success by guiding them in:
The continuous learning cycle of inquiry, action and reflection; all learning activities are designed around this premise
Reading for understanding, pleasure, and the exploration of diverse viewpoints and genres
Using information for defined and self-defined purposes
Accessing, evaluating, and communicating information regardless of format
Building on prior knowledge and constructing new knowledge
Collaborating with peers to enhance learning through creating dynamic and effective partnerships with teachers
Self-assessing work and the work of collaborative learning groups
The school librarian instructs students by:
Using a variety of techniques and methodologies that are accessible to myriad learning profiles, while simultaneously promoting high levels of achievement
Incorporating best practices in differentiation and being able to demonstrate this on a consistent basis
Incorporating the use of technology to make subject matter learning relevant and enhance student learning outcomes
Demonstrating knowledge of and ability to use research-based principles of effective instruction
Providing instruction based on current information literacy curricula as designated by the IB
Engaging in diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments of student learning
Tracks how all time is spent in the aforementioned areas through the use of an activity log
Leads two seasons of after school activities
Participates in the residential life program, which includes weekend duties approximately five times per year
Masters’ degree in education preferred
Expertise in the following:
Emerging technology tools
IB training required
About St. Andrew's School
St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school enrolling day and boarding students in grades 9-12 and day students only in grades 6-8. St. Andrew’s picturesque 70 acre campus is reminiscent of a small New England college with over 30 facilities ranging from modern to traditional, clustered around a central green.
St. Andrew’s School is a unique place to learn and grow as students discover their path to success. Since its founding in 1893, St. Andrew’s has remained a small school. With an enrollment of 225 students, an average class size of 10 students and a student faculty ratio of 4:1 the School environment is designed to help students discover and develop their unique talents.
For more information please visit www.standrews-ri.org.
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