Intervention Specialist and Middle School Design

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade through fourth grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


The Intervention Specialist & Middle School Design role reports to the Director of School Program in Year 1, and to the EPA School Principal in Year 2. In Y1 (SY 2022-23), this role will be part of the Middle School Planning Team as well as the 5th grade teaching team. In this hybrid role, half the time will be allocated to working directly with the 5th grade teaching team and to provide direct support and services to the 5th grade students, and the other half of the time will be dedicated to working with the Middle School Design Lead to plan the middle school instructional program. In Y2 (SY 2023-24), this role role will follow the students into 6th grade and support the launch of the middle school program as the 6th grade Lead Teacher. The exact roles and responsibilities of the 6th grade Lead Teacher will be determined during the middle school design year.


Middle School Program Design

Work closely with Director of School Program and Middle School Design Lead to plan the launch of the middle school program

  • Design a schedule that continues to meet our academic, soul and health priorities.
  • Develop a plan to embed Culturally Responsive and trauma-informed practices into the middle school design
  • Engage with stakeholders across the school community (students, families, teachers) to inform the design of the middle school program.
  • Create a plan to utilize student engaged assessment and increase student ownership of learning goals.

5th grade Instructional Support

  • Support 5th grade teachers use of assessment data to support differentiated instruction
  • Provide targeted small group and 1:1 interventions to 5th grade students to accelerate their learning
  • Work with upper elementary instructional coach to support 5th grade team with planning and implementing the EL modules
  • Act as case manager for up to 8 5th grade students (represent the students in COST, X-Team, and Children’s Circles and act as the primary family contact)
  • Possible coverage for 5th grade lead teachers (maximum 1x/month)


  • Minimum of 3 years teaching upper elementary and/or middle school
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Expertise in progressive, inquiry-based middle school instructional practices that emphasize culturally responsive teaching within a developmentally appropriate framework
  • Experience with high poverty and English Language Learner populations; preferably experience with early childhood and middle school learning experiences
  • Familiarity with or philosophical alignment with Expeditionary Learning, Structured Literacy, CLASS, and Social Emotional learning.
  • Track record of teaching or coaching to exceptional academic and socio-emotional results for children
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices and/or anti-bias education
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills
  • Belief that all children can accomplish extraordinary things

A Plus If

  • Experience coaching teachers
  • Fluent Spanish-Speaker
  • Ties to the East Palo Alto Community
  • Background in Special Education


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Annual salary range begins at $71,000. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the online application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Curriculum Design

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The Primary School

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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