Executive Director of Early Childhood Education

Tulsa Public Schools - Tulsa, OK - Full time

Tulsa Public Schools - Tulsa, OK - Full time


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Responsibilities and Essential Functions: The following duties are representative of performance expectations. 

• Integrate research-based practices supporting all aspects of a young child’s development into P-3 curriculum, instruction, assessment, and family engagement o Review the current state of P-3 and Birth through Pre-k curriculum, instruction, assessment, outcomes, and family engagement in Tulsa and other communities 

o Develop and drive implementation of a plan for P-3 curriculum, instruction, and assessment moving forward informed by that review 

o Lead implementation of state Pre-k Inventory Pilot and development of plans to draw from that pilot in broader, district wide assessment plans 

• Align the P-3 approach and with broader pre-k through grade 12 Tulsa Public Schools initiatives, while maintaining principles and practices specific to early childhood in pre-kindergarten through grade 3 

o Point for early childhood expertise 

 Advise Tulsa Public Schools colleagues on how early childhood instructional and assessment practices could support the district’s goals beyond third grade, for example, in the area of school climate, parent engagement, and social emotional development 

 Advise Tulsa Public Schools on other broader initiatives requiring early childhood specific expertise as necessary, for example, in the areas of talent recruitment and retention, longitudinal data tracking, research/evaluation studies involving the early grades, and drawing from lessons learned in targeted initiatives to shape system wide plans 

o Support the development and use of standards in P-3 aligned with college and career readiness standards used in grades 4-12

• Support a seamless continuum of high quality education in the earliest years of a child development (birth through age eight) 

o Serve as Tulsa Public School’s primary liaison to George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) in the implementation and evaluation of the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) and with ImpactTulsa’s Executive Director of Early Learning for BEST related initiatives 

o Serve as Tulsa Public Schools’s primary liaison to Educare and CAP Tulsa o Develop and implement a framework for smooth transitions for children and families into Tulsa Public Schools from all pre-Tulsa Public School environments (e.g., center based care, informal care) 

o Actively participate in the development of kindergarten readiness plans with diverse stakeholders representing birth through age 5 settings 

o Build on initiatives and programs offering high quality services before a child enters Tulsa Public Schools (through pre-k or kindergarten) in the P-3 approach to curriculum, instruction, assessment and family engagement 

• Maximize participation of children in school, P-3 o Increase enrollment in Tulsa Public Schools pre-K through a multi-pronged data driven approach to surface and address gaps in collaboration with Student and Family Support Services o Draw from lessons learned in addressing gaps in pre-k enrollment and attendance in the early years from Tulsa and other communities

o Collaborate with ImpactTulsa and other partners as necessary Relationships 

• Executive Director of Early Childhood Education will report to the Deputy Chief of Academics 

• Two Program Managers will report directly to the Executive Director of Early Childhood Education 

• Work collaboratively with staff across departments and functions within the district, including but not limited to: Data and Accountability; Teaching and Learning; Professional Development; Innovation and Design; Language and Cultural services, Exceptional Student Support Services and Student and Family Support Services.

• External collaboration Catapult implementation partners Reading Partners Teach For America Oklahoma State Department of Education ImpactTulsa, Executive Director of Early Learning Managing Executive Director, BEST Educare CAP Tulsa Child Trends (BEST implementation study partner) Local researchers focused on early childhood education National researchers and other experts focused on ECE Other early childhood district and state policymakers 

• Perform other tasks, duties, or services consistent with this position as assigned 

Supervisory Responsibility: 

• Early Childhood Education Program Managers 

Working Conditions: 

• Exposure to the following situations may range from rare to frequent based on circumstances and factors that may not be predictable. 

• Regular office environment, including frequent use of electronic email, being able to sit for long periods of time without a break, etc. 

• Must be mobile in order to attend events and meetings outside of regular work hours 

• Normal effort of occasional periods of light physical activity 

Tulsa Public Schools is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team of individuals who contribute to the district’s mission with their talent, skills and energy. Tulsa Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons because of age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, gender, ethnic or national origin, or veteran status. Tulsa Public Schools prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. (ExecutiveDirector_EarlyChildhoodEducation.doc) Page 3 of 3

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