Jan 24, 2023

Early Literacy (K-2) Lead Achievement Specialist

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston, TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.
You can see all our job opportunities at https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/ .

Job Description
The Opportunity
This role provides three different levels of support: Assessment/Data Support, Campus/District Support, and Individual Teacher Support. Initially, the Assessment and Data support will be all-consuming, and then Campus/District and Teacher support will become the primary function of the Achievement Specialist.
Key Responsibilities
Instructional Leadership
  • Collaborate with school management to determine tiered school-based support and the specific needs, priorities, and action plan for schools
  • Support Regional Professional Learning (RPL), as well as school-based and feeder pattern professional learning
  • Provide observation and coaching support to shared leaders and teachers aligned to the teacher development rubric
  • Build and maintain an exemplar classroom and instructional practice library for region-wide use
  • Facilitate teacher learning and act as instructional coaches during new teacher orientation
  • Support in planning, facilitation, and/or development of the scope for regional shared leader development
  • Participate in the selection of lab classrooms, coach lab classroom teachers, and drive the way the region leverages lab classrooms
  • Support campus-based professional learning structures (content team meetings, data days, one on ones)
  • Observes classrooms regularly and provides clear, actionable feedback to the shared leader
  • Provides feedback to the shared leader that improves teacher practice and student achievement by developing and maintaining positive working relationships with leaders, leveraging the strengths of the school and the systems in place, and providing high leverage action steps
  • Observing and/or facilitating content team meetings and providing feedback that leads to improvement of the content team meetings
  • Facilitates quality professional learning that leads to improved leader and teacher practice
Data Analysis and Action Planning
  • Train and coach on daily data practices (aggressive monitoring, daily data dive, exit ticket trackers, etc.)
  • Develop, train, coach, and manage strategic reteach resources and coach to improve teacher and leader practice
  • Analyze region-wide and school-specific data, identify trends, and influence regional team response
  • Collaborate with data and analytics team to develop and improve data dashboards
  • Collaborate with data team to manage, train, and leverage teacher facing data management systems
  • Complete and communicate region-wide data analysis at predetermined intervals that match the assessment calendar
  • Knows the achievement across the region in the assigned content area and at portfolio campuses and can speak to the region-wide/campus level response to the data
  • Proactively uses data to drive decisions at the regional and campus level
  • Uses data to drive conversations and decisions at the campus level and can speak to the outcomes of those conversations
  • Proactively analyzes portfolio data on a cycle, action plans and communicates with the appropriate individuals
Individual Teacher Support
  • Communicate with teachers regarding scope and sequence commitments by:
  • Providing feedback on lesson plans
  • Providing feedback on lesson delivery
  • Providing feedback on assessment results
  • Recognize patterns based upon teacher observations and make recommendations to DTL and Head of Schools about professional development to further support teachers
  • Offer optional planning workshops (on Saturdays, after-school) and "office hours" on school sites. (The AS will seek out teachers; i.e. the AS will be available when teachers are available. The AS will visit teachers during planning periods, for example, to learn more about what they are teaching and plan for and ways to support instruction.)
  • Deliver and videotape sample lessons
  • Write sample lesson plans
  • Must spend 65%-75% of time at schools
  • Be available to teachers: AS will have office hours both inside and outside of school hours
  • Perform other duties and drive other projects as may be assigned by the DTL or Heads of Schools

Education and Knowledge
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four year educational institution, Masters preferred, project management certification a plus (e.g. PMP)
  • Two or more years of teaching experience with a proven record of instruction and student achievement
  • Knowledge of curriculum as it relates to content, courses, standards alignment, and assessments
  • Knowledge of project management techniques and tools
  • Experience working with school leadership (e.g. school leader, academic dean, instructional coach)
  • Experience managing people is a plus
Skills and Key Competencies
  • Highly skilled at structuring work efficiently; can frame key questions and work to resolve those questions; can divide work into discrete pieces with clear activities and deliverables; has the end in mind
  • People skills: reachable/approachable
  • Can drive and coordinate action and deliver results with a sense of urgency
  • Organized and deliberate but can balance revisiting plans when necessary
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to balance when to lead, influence, and individually contribute
  • Persuasive, encouraging, and motivating
  • Excellent relationship building skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with others, can assemble consensus on complex issues
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and multitask around several activities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to succinctly present summaries and updates
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Office suite
  • Must be a good fit with respect to KIPP's values of Honor, Commit, Persist, Excel, and Enjoy. Must have a passion for KIPP's mission

Additional Information
Compensation and Benefits
As a full-time KIPP Texas employee you are eligible to participate in all KIPP Texas' benefit plans. KIPP Texas offers a robust variety of benefits choices with competitive rates, including medical, dental, and vision options, life insurance, and disability plans.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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