Academic Dean, East End Prep
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Academic Dean- East End Preparatory School

Mission: The mission of East End Preparatory School is to provide elementary school children with the academic foundation necessary to excel in middle school and beyond, while fully integrating familial and community support to help them achieve their goals.

Vision: Our vision is to cultivate scholarship, citizenship, and leadership by creating a culture of excellence, and responsibility. East End Preparatory School implements rigorous goals and educational methodology, high-quality teaching, hands-on technology, and intensive family engagement to create a high quality learning experience.

The Academic Dean for grades 3rd through 5th, in collaboration with the Academic Dean for grades Kindergarten through 2nd, will oversee every facet of the school’s operations as they relate to student learning. This will include monitoring of classroom instruction, management of all internal and external assessment data, and curriculum development for all subject areas. The Academic Dean will be responsible for direct oversight of all instructional staff in grades 3rd through 5th, and reports directly to the School Leader.

Start date is July 1st, 2013.

Summary of duties of Academic Dean

Results-driven Curricular Planning:
1. Analyze local, state, and national content standards to identify performance goals and objectives.

2. Using (a) student- and school-level data and (b) standards-based goals and objectives, collaborate with the K-2nd Academic Dean to help create a performance-based overarching scope and sequence framework for grades 3-5.

3. Develop curriculum, horizontal and vertical (through 5th grade).

Internal Assessment System:
1. Work with the School Leader and K-2nd Academic Dean to design and implement the East End Prep Data Dashboard.

2. Through collaboration with teachers, design school-wide interim assessments to measure growth and identify performance gaps.

3. Perform item and trend analyses for all internal, interim assessments to identify gains and performance gaps.

4. Work with teachers to design and administer formative assessments following re-teaching and differentiation.

External Assessment System:
1. Analyze external assessment items and samples to inform classroom instruction and creation of interim assessments.

2. Compile a resource library of sample test items for classroom practice, remediation, and enrichment.

3. Perform item and trend analyses for all external assessments to identify gains and performance gaps.

Instructional Quality Assessments:
1. Conduct performance-based observations of teachers’ instruction and provide substantive, data-driven feedback.

2. Using observation tools and data, perform trend analyses and classroom-level performance targets to improve teaching effectiveness.

Lead DDI process to target instructional needs by grade level and subject area.

Professional Development:
1. Collaborate with the School Leader and K-2nd Academic Dean to design, implement, and evaluate school-wide teacher professional development consistent with the school’s mission and model, and students’ needs.

2. Design, coordinate, and conduct summer professional development sessions.

3. Coordinate and support individualized teacher professional development, and assist teachers in the development and assessment of professional development plans.

4. Coach and develop staff to maximize effectiveness and increase student achievement.

Calibrate teacher assessments, including alignment of individual goals with school-wide objectives.

Leadership & Leadership Development:
1. Collaborate with the School Leader and K-2nd Academic Dean to design, implement, and evaluate differentiated roles for teachers through which leadership and new competencies can be developed.

2. Support teacher leadership through coaching and facilitation relative to teachers’ individual leadership goals.

Collaborate with Leadership team to facilitate teacher recruitment and assist School Leader in hiring processes for all instructional staff.

Cultivate and sustain a culture of achievement and excellence among all faculty, staff, and students.

Supporting Parent Involvement:
1. Identify, design, and support methods of involving parents in their student’s education in meaningful ways.

2. Coordinate parent and community outreach efforts with the School Leader and Director of Family and Student Affairs.

3. Articulate and model the school’s values to students, families, staff and the community.

Characteristics and Qualifications:
A commitment to East End Prep and its values; an understanding of East End Preparatory’s mission and unwavering commitment to fulfill it.

A self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment that requires flexible roles.

A high level of personal integrity and professionalism.

An unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and high expectations of all students.

A capacity to motivate and lead instructional staff in order to yield the highest academic performance possible from all students.

A team-oriented approach and the ability to effectively set and communicate goals for the team.

Ability to give constructive feedback to facilitate student growth and academic achievement.

Openness to receive feedback on issues that will facilitate growth and achievement of both students and faculty.

Experience in teaching elementary grades students in urban environments.

Evidence of advancing student achievement on state assessments required.

Experience in teacher mentorship and/or instructional coaching.

Experience in designing and implementing teacher professional development.

Experience managing and leading adults.

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

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