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The Franklin School of Innovation - Middle School Principal

  • Date Posted
    • 12.19.19
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Southeastern
  • Role
    • Principal
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Asheville, N.C

The Franklin School of Innovation (FSI) is a college-preparatory EL Education public charter middle and high school in Asheville, N.C. The school opened in August, 2014, serving grades 6 – 9. The school has expanded each year, and currently serves 570 students in grades 5-12. 

The FSI Mission:
The Franklin School of Innovation is preparing the next generation of leaders, capable of solving problems and participating effectively and ethically as local and global citizens. Through challenging academics, real-world learning, and community engagement, our students discover their potential, develop persistence and recognize the value of others. Our graduates are ready for the future they will create.

Core Elements of our Educational Model:

Learning Expeditions: Expeditions are long-term, teacher-designed studies, often multi-disciplinary, that involve students in original research, critical thinking and problem solving. They incorporate fieldwork or service learning and culminate in student products of value to an external audience.
Crew: Crew is an integral component of EL Education schools, in which small groups of students meet with an adult advisor several times a week to explicitly work on team building, relationships, our Habits of Scholarship, and prepare for Personal Learning Plans and portfolios.
8th & 10th Grade Passage Portfolios: All students develop individual portfolios to demonstrate mastery of academic standards as well as development of habits of scholarship and self-reflection. At 8th and 10th grades, these portfolios are used to showcase students’ readiness to move forward to the next level of education.
Internships/Independent Projects: Every high school student will complete a self-designed internship or independent project to develop practical career and life skills.
Service Learning: Integrated into our academic program to enrich learning, provide real-world applications, and build students’ understanding of themselves as local and global citizens.

Job Description:

The Middle School Principal provides instructional and organizational leadership to a collaborative team with primary responsibility for delivering FSI’s instructional program. The Principal demonstrates a commitment to student achievement, diversity, and equitable access to opportunities for all FSI students, grounded in the belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
The Principal serves as a school advocate and works with all stakeholders to create a common vision for the school. The Principal reports to the Executive Director and works closely with other members of the school’s leadership team.   


Communicate the vision and mission of FSI through weekly communications, meetings, and interactions with parents and students.
Contribute to the development of systems for change and action, including the school work plan.
Support collaborative decision-making about middle school schedule, curriculum, and professional learning. Serve as liaison to the community, creating partnerships and ensuring strong local support for and involvement in the school.
Assist in recruitment and retention of students

Support middle school teachers’ understanding  and implementation of the curriculum as detailed in curriculum maps.
Develop and oversee plans for curriculum review and development working closely with Executive Director and instructional coaches.
Support teachers in implementation of effective instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners. Support and model techniques of active pedagogy as described in EL benchmarks.
Ensure equity in instructional delivery. Promote school-wide belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels.

Support the teaching and reinforcement of habits of scholarship and behavior expectations that guide the school’s character program.
Use EL traditions, protocols, and structures in faculty and community gatherings.
Create a culture of equity that values diversity and inclusion.
Foster student leadership, service, and stewardship.Support teachers in consistent implementation of discipline policy, behavior expectations, and school-wide norms.
Support teachers in consistent implementation of discipline policy, behavior expectations, and school-wide norms. Consistently and compassionately enforce school discipline, implementing aspects of restorative justice alongside effective discipline measures.  

Teacher Development:
Assist with recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers.
Support teachers through consistent, clear coaching and feedback, based on frequent informal and formal observations.
Contribute to planning and implementation of professional learning opportunities for teachers and staff

Commitment to FSI’s mission and educational program; Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, or related field;
School administration licensure strongly preferred
Minimum 5 years experience in school or related setting, demonstrating progression of added responsibility in administration and/or  supervision or teacher coaching. EL Education or project-based instruction experience preferred; Instructional experience in mathematics preferred;
Ability to organize programs, personnel, and activities required for productive and joyous learning in the school
Ability to manage restorative practices, positive behavior management and progressive discipline
Excellent presence and communication skills and a zeal for community partnerships
Ability to advocate for educational equity, diversity, and multiculturalism
Agility amid uncertainty, and multi-task and compartmentalize short-term and long-term priorities
Professional development experience and coach’s mindset consistent with EL Education’s leadership model

Compensation and Development:

Salary Target: Competitive Retirement Medical benefits On-going Professional Development with Expeditionary Learning including one-on-one technical assistance from EL staff, regional and national training institutes.
Non-EL regional/state/national training, programs and conferences on areas of: school startup, finance, and leadership.  

Application Process: Please email application to No faxed applications, please. Complete application packets include: Cover letter, résumé/curriculum vitae, copy of credentials, and references.

Recommended date for application
: January 10, 2020. Interviews will begin mid-January and will continue until position is filled. Position will begin July, 2020.