Blueprint Fellow: Apollo 20 (2012-2013 School Year) Rolling Application
Blueprint Schools Network - Houston, TX

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Please note the following: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Blueprint Schools Network: Blueprint Schools Network, Inc. (Blueprint) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping school districts close the achievement gap in their lowest-performing schools. Using a blueprint of comprehensive reform strategies, we partner with school districts to plan, implement, and monitor the progress of whole school turnaround with the goal of improving educational and life opportunities for students.

Blueprint uses five core strategies for school reform that are based on work performed by leading researchers at Harvard University. The blueprint represents one of the first attempts to distill successful practices of high performing charter schools into a format that can be transferred to all schools in a turnaround setting. The five strategies include: Excellence in Leadership and Instruction Increased Instructional Time A No-Excuses Culture of High Expectations Frequent Assessments to Improve Instruction Daily Tutoring in Critical Areas We are currently working with 20 elementary, middle and high schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and ten K-12 feeder schools in the Denver Public School District. These 30 schools will serve more than 22,000 students in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Apollo 20 Project: The Houston Independent School District (HISD) Apollo 20 Program is a network of 20 schools charged with implementing strategies of grounded in cutting edge research surrounding high performing district and charter schools across the nation. These 20 schools (nine secondary and 11 elementary schools), have embraced the same strategies mentioned above with the aim of accelerating achievement and transforming the schools into communities that foster success. It is the mission of every Apollo 20 school that all students are academically strong and prepared for success in college and their careers. The Fellows program plays a crucial role in helping Apollo 20 students prepare and develop into scholars ready to achieve the goal of college and career success.

The Blueprint Apollo 20 Fellowship: Fellows are an integral component of the Apollo 20 Program and Blueprint ’s turnaround strategy in general. Position Summary The Blueprint Apollo 20 Fellows play an integral role in heightening student achievement within each of the Apollo 20 schools. On a daily basis, Fellows build individualized lessons and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps students may have to strengthen academic performance inside the classroom. During the course of the year, Fellows are building strong relationships that help to increase each student ’s self-confidence in and commitment to his/her education, helping to foster a positive future for each student.

While teachers have classrooms of 25 or 30 students, Fellows manage only 2 or 3 students at a time. This allows for the individualization of remedial and supplemental instruction. Fellows are charged with focusing on the individual needs of their students, helping to bolster and accelerate student achievement while helping to close any skill gaps that may exist. Expectations Fellows have a variety of responsibilities that allow them to be an integral piece of their student ’s educational experience.

Fellow responsibilities typically fall into one of the following categories: Instruction, Planning, Communication " Feedback, and Compliance. Examples of duties that Fellows have that fall into these categories include: Instruction: Carry out all the responsibilities of an academic tutor and ensure that students are constantly learning and being challenged. Observe, monitor, and assess students ’ performance on a regular basis and record data to track student performance. Assist students in setting and reaching academic goals.

Modify instruction based on student assessment results. Present subject matter to students using a variety of research-based instructional strategies centered on students ’ individual needs. Work alongside school staff to broaden the academic and instructional resources available to students. Planning: Prepare instructional activities that aid in mastering specific academic skills, including subject matter content and state-mandated and end-of-course assessments.

Collaborate with appropriate classroom teachers, department administration and Fellow Coordinator to ensure that each student is on track with their classroom materials and instruction. Communication " Feedback: Reach out to a student ’s family at least once every two weeks to update the family on the student ’s academic progress in tutorial. Develop a frequent and consistent line of communication between the student ’s family and the school regarding a student ’s academic status. Actively participate in professional development activities necessary to successfully carry out job-related duties.

Compliance: Maintain confidentiality of student information as required by law and district policies. Enforce school/district behavior rules and policies. Perform other job-related duties as assigned. Requirements Being a Fellow is an intense but rewarding year-long experience.

It ’s important that each Blueprint Fellow understands the urgency and rigor needed to help each and every student succeed in school. The following is what we are looking for from each and every one of our Fellows. Willingness to be a team-player with a strong sense of personal accountability and strong communication skills Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to be flexible and deal with a certain amount of unpredictability The ability and willingness to go above and beyond to help support student achievement. Bachelor ’s degree required Experience working with adolescents or related field preferred Experience tutoring or mentoring youth is preferred Salary and Benefits Our Blueprint Apollo 20 Fellows are employees are the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and are compensated $20,000 per year (before taxes).

All Fellows are might be eligible for performance bonuses of up to $5,000 for the year. As HISD employees, Blueprint Apollo 20 Fellows are eligible to receive HISD benefits, including health care. How do I apply? Interested individuals are invited to fill out an application here, via the Blueprint Schools Network website, http://blueprintschools.org or the Apollo 20 Fellows website, http://apollo20fellows.org/.

After submitting the online application, candidates will be invited to take our online math and literacy assessments. In order to move forward in the interview process, candidates must take and pass both assessments. If you have any questions or trouble with the application, please send an e-mail to recruiting@blueprintschools.org. Please include your name with an explanation of the issue you ’re experiencing.

Blueprint Schools Network and the Houston Independent Schools District are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.

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