Network Director for Math, Science and Assessment

Great Oaks Charter Schools - New York - Full time

The Great Oaks (GO) Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of launching and supporting a network of charter schools that prepare students for college success through high-dosage tutoring coupled with outstanding classroom instruction. By design, GO’s schools contribute to the vitality of the urban neighborhoods where they are located by attracting and creating social, human and investment capital.

What sets Great Oaks schools apart from other college preparatory charter schools is a high-dosage tutoring model; the tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks Fellows, which is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day.

The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY and Wilmington, DE. A select group of the tutors at Great Oaks are enrolled in a Teacher Residency program that is being conducted in partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Technology and the attendant ability to easily store and analyze vast quantities of data are providing the means to personalize learning in ways that were unimaginable even a short time ago. Over the next several years the GO Foundation will implement a blended learning program that builds on our high-dosage tutoring model. Great Oaks has a pilot to do this in partnership with a Swedish organization known as Kunskapsskolan in an effort to tailor lessons precisely to student need and develop the kind of agency required to be successful in college.

Position Summary

The Network Director for Math, Science and Assessment will provide instructional leadership to the Great Oaks schools in math, science and the use of assessments as, of and for learning. Specifically, the Network Director for Math, Science and Assessment will support schools in the implementation Math and Science programs that are normed across the network of Great Oaks schools to support student achievement. The Network Director will also support the effective use of data in schools through supporting effective data meetings with teachers, Fellows and administrators.

The Network Director will be responsible for working collaboratively and enthusiastically with school leaders, their directors of curriculum and instruction and teachers to develop their skills in areas such as content delivery, classroom management, and the use of data to improve student outcomes. S/he will ensure teachers are able to deliver rigorous instruction aligned to expectations of the common core by having ground-level impact; at least 75% of the time is spent working directly in schools for teacher and school support.

Given the centrality of tutoring to the Great Oaks model, the Network Director will also work with the Great Oaks Fellows on the design of the lessons that are provided by the several hundred tutors throughout the network and on the systems by which teachers and tutors share information about individual students. The Network Directors serves as part of a strong Foundation Academic team that is building a powerful school model, combining effective school practices, the Great Oaks Fellows, and the possibilities afforded by technology and the internet to personalize learning to prepare every Great Oaks student for college and careers.

Responsibilities:

Content and Curriculum Expertise

  • Serve as resident expert by holding deep knowledge of 6-12 Common Core Math and Science content and standards.
  • Support the development and implementation of the network’s vision for curriculum in direct work with teams of teachers across schools - as well as the coordination of teacher learning communities across schools.
  • In collaboration with the Academics team, support school leadership and teachers regarding intervention programs and strategies for struggling students, with particular focus on the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with Individualized Education Plans. (IEPs)
  • Support the development of curriculum delivered by Fellows to students.
  • In collaboration with the Network Director of Teacher Development, coordinate the network-wide professional learning, include the learning community for school-based leaders who coach teachers.

Assessment and Data Analysis

  • Partner to support the implementation, development and continual refinement of the benchmark assessment system.
  • Monitor curriculum-based assessment data to evaluate the quality of teaching and curriculum implementation.
  • Work across schools to ensure the effective use of data of, for and as learning.

Core Criteria and Competencies

  • 7+ years in education, preferably with at least five years of instructional coaching or leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated results in improving academic performance with an underserved population of students.
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Instructional Certification in a related content area.
  • Significant experience in leading adult professional learning in data meetings, teacher coaching, and broader professional development.
  • Evidence of effectiveness as a teacher in 6-12 in an urban setting.
  • A willingness to travel to geographically distributed schools. 75% of the position is spent working in schools.
  • A do-whatever-it takes attitude including a willingness to work occasionally on the weekend or in the evening.
  • Self-confident, flexible and open to feedback; demonstrated initiative in prioritizing amidst complex needs and strategically planning to get results
  • Excellent relationship builder with experience managing diverse stakeholders, leading change and promoting strong teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to model respect for school leaders, and teachers by listening, questioning, assisting, responding quickly, and offering direct and appropriate coaching and feedback.
  • Proven ability to teach adults effectively.
  • Disciplined, data-driven approach to decision-making, assessing progress and problem-solving.
  • Comfort with a dynamic, fast-paced environment of rapid change and evolvement.
  • Ability to evaluate teacher practice related to instructional programs.

Educational Requirements

Compensation

Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.

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