The Roberts Academy at Mercer University invites nominations and applications for an innovative, charismatic, and thoughtful educational leader to serve as Founding Head of School.
Modeled after the very successful Roberts Academy at Florida Southern College, the Roberts Academy at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, is a transitional school for children with dyslexia. The Mission of the Roberts Academy at Mercer University is to prepare students with dyslexia to achieve academic success through dynamic educational programs.
The Roberts Academy at Mercer University will teach a comprehensive curriculum initially designed for grades 2 through 5 using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a specialized learning method clinically proven to help students with dyslexia. Operationalized in the Academy’s classroom, the Orton-Gillingham approach engages students in action-oriented learning that combine auditory, visual, and kinesthetic elements to teach basic concepts of reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. Students attend the Roberts Academy at Mercer University until they have mastered the skills to accommodate their learning differences and are prepared to succeed in a traditional school setting.
As the Academy’s leader, priorities for the Head of School will include:
Leadership. The Founding Head of School must be an experienced school leader inspired by the Academy’s mission, aware of the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching individuals with dyslexia, and eager to communicate about the Academy’s academic program and exciting future. The Head of School will use their experience and expertise to establish and nurture the Academy’s standard for student success. A priority for the Founding Head of School will be ensuring the viability of the Roberts Academy by carefully assessing income and expenses and enacting a leadership model that reflects transparency, values professional learning, and builds leadership capacity within the staff.
Instruction and Learning. With the Orton-Gillingham approach as the centerpiece of instruction and learning, the Head of School will work closely with teachers and other stakeholders to establish and maintain the curriculum and pedagogical practices to ensure that the Roberts Academy provides a supportive and success-oriented educational experience. The experience will highlight a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2 through 5 that enables students to master the skills to accommodate their learning differences and prepare them to succeed in a traditional school setting.
Enrollment. The Founding Head of School will lead efforts to achieve optimal enrollment for the Academy. As the spokesperson for the Academy, the Founding Head of School is expected to promote the Academy by articulating to parents, school leaders, and regional stakeholders its mission, its curriculum and facilities, and its intention to prepare students to succeed in a traditional school setting and future educational and career pursuits.
Communication and Marketing. The Founding Head of School will serve as the spokesperson for the Academy internally and externally and provide leadership for the Academy’s marketing endeavors. Communication and marketing will highlight the Roberts Academy’s unique mission and strive to build and refine the Academy’s profile within Georgia as a comprehensive, transitional school for children with dyslexia.