Blueprint Fellow: Denver Region (2012-2013 School Year) Rolling Application
Blueprint Schools Network - Denver, CO

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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 13 K-12 feeder schools in the Denver Public School District, three of which are solely partnering with Blueprint to implement a high dosage, daily tutoring program. These 33 schools are serving more than 22,000 students in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Denver Summit Schools Network: The Denver Public Schools (DPS) Denver Summit School Network (DSSN) is a network of ten schools charged with implementing strategies of grounded in cutting edge research surrounding high performing district and charter schools across the nation. These ten schools (six secondary and four elementary), have embraced the same strategies mentioned above with the aim of accelerating achievement and transforming the schools into communities that foster success. Seven of the Denver Summit Schools have fully implemented the tutoring model (four secondary and 3 elementary schools). It is the mission of every DSSN 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 DSSN students prepare and develop into scholars ready to achieve the goal of college and career success. The West Denver Network: The Denver Public Schools (DPS) West Denver Network is a diverse group of schools that includes five schools funded by federal turnaround dollars, three schools in the Lincoln Collaborative, and two schools undergoing transformation. All levels are represented as well: three elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, one K-9 (which will become K-12), three high schools, one of which will begin phasing in two 6-12 academies next year. Three of these schools will implement the Fellows tutoring program: two elementary schools (one of which is a Montessori school), and one International Baccalaureate middle school.

The Blueprint Fellowship: Fellows are an integral component of both the Denver Summit Schools Network and West Denver Network Programs and Blueprint ’s turnaround strategy in general. Position Summary The Blueprint Fellows play an integral role in heightening student achievement within each partner school. 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 Fellows are employees are the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and are compensated $21,000 per year (before taxes).

All Fellows are also eligible for performance bonuses of up to $4,000 for the year. As DPS employees, Blueprint Fellows might be eligible to receive DPS benefits, including health care. How do I apply? Interested individuals are invited to fill out an application here, via the Blueprint Schools Network website, or the Blueprint Denver Fellows website,

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 Please include your name with an explanation of the issue you ’re experiencing.

Blueprint Schools Network and Denver Public Schools 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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