OFF TOPIC BUT FASCINATING OPPORTUNITY

I am certain that many of you are qualified for this interesting opp (pasting the letter as it was received via a forward). Michele

Dear Mike:

Thanks forwarding this to other folks.

I’m looking for dynamic, progressive, experienced educators (with some noteworthy credentials) who could take on the role of principal for a month for our short-term intensive school.

The short blurb on ‘Dream School’:
DREAM SCHOOL is a 6-part one-hour inspirational docu-series for the Sundance Channel, in which 15 high school “dropouts” or “pushout” come together in a month-long intensive project-based school. The faculty are artists or ‘celebrities.’ Homeroom, classes, homework, projects and the students are all real, and unscripted.

I’ve begun speaking with dynamic, experienced educators who can take on the role of PRINCIPAL for the month of May. But I need more leads — prefer people who’ve worked with a cross-section of challenged students, and who fully get progressive techniques. (note: this does not exactly necessitate a full-time commitment… prospective principals could continue working on their projects while in our principal’s office – researching/writing/ developing their own curriculum, etc.)

Below are a couple of articles on the show, a link to the Sundance website and a link to a trailer from the first season:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/dream-school

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgYLcdo4Lwc&feature=youtu.be

The partnership from season 1:http://www.youthbuildcharter.org/news-events/dream-school/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-arquette/dream-school-dream-world_b_4046291.html

Please note: this is a paid position.
Also, the principal from season one (who is the superintendent of a school district in CA) is thoroughly happy to talk with and share his experiences.

It might be worth noting: Before working in documentary and television, I interned with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the Educational Video Center, and worked at the Center for Children & Tech (CCT), various settlement houses, GLSEN, Children’s Pressline, Schomburg Academy in the Bronx, amongst  others – generally working on helping students to make their own ‘zines and videos. I come to this project with a lot of experience and faith that creative educational interventions can make a huge difference. I’m something of a Freireian, and used to subscribe to Rethinking Schools.

Please get back to me right away with leads. The sooner we find the right candidate, the better the project will be.

Thanks much! Best,
Matt Lavine
Field Producer
Fresh One | Dream School
matt.lavine@freshone.tv
o: 646.738.2090 | m: 917.512.1433

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