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Head of School
Start Date: July 1, 2024
Co-ed Day School, Grades Pre-K – 8, 200 students
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL

About the School

Baker Demonstration School was established in 1918 as an early proponent of progressive education to provide a high-quality, innovative education for children in preschool through 8th grade. For the school’s first 87 years, Baker was the lab school for the teacher college at National Louis University, until it became independent in 2005.

Today, Baker continues to ensure academic excellence through their dynamic, experience-based curriculum that responds to the unique needs and strengths of each and every child as it serves 200 students Pre-K to grade 8 in vibrant Wilmette, IL adjacent to Northwestern University and a short distance from downtown Chicago.

An exciting and dynamic learning environment, Baker invites children to take the wheel, harness their innate love of learning and drive the learning process as the faculty guides them as co-learners toward academic goals. The school’s teachers are committed to the challenge of teaching in many different styles, creatively offering a multitude of experiences to help every child deepen their understanding, and actively encouraging children to develop empathy for one another and for the community and world around them, and to use empathy as a driver to solve real-world problems. A community that is committed to antiracism and social justice, Baker intentionally enrolls students from more than 25 zip codes in the Chicagoland area, and embraces the more than 25% of their students who are multilingual.

About the Position

Seeking to build on its more than 100 year history of being a leading progressive school, Baker Demonstration School is conducting a national and international search to identify its next Head of School to begin July 1. 2024. Baker, like many other schools, is looking forward to a period of post-pandemic growth that inspires community-wide excitement, engages faculty/staff, and attracts families.

The next Head of School at Baker will be an experienced, proven independent school teacher and leader with a deep understanding of progressive education. An engaging and inspiring person of great integrity and an excellent communicator and active listener, the next Head will be a friendly, warm, and genuine collaborator and team builder. The search is expected to conclude in the fall of 2023.

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How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for this position. Please contact EC via the contact page to be added to our mailing list and be considered for future opportunities.

Candidates interested in the position should submit the following materials.

  • Letter of interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Statement of educational leadership philosophy
  • Resume
  • A list of five professional references with email and phone contact information
  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (request from search consultants)
  • A background disclosure form will be required to complete one’s dossier

Please send any inquiries, nominations, referrals, or expressions of interest electronically and in confidence to:

André Withers, Partner, Educators Collaborative,

Nat Conard, Partner, Educators Collaborative,

Listing Date: March 24, 2023