Dean of Instruction
Administrative – School Leadership
LEAD Public Schools grows both students and staff. We are expanding high-quality education throughout the Nashville area, and we need thoughtful, growth minded staff members to do that work. LEAD Public Schools employees are a rare bunch: driven to go the extra mile in driving student success, collaborative to the core, always striving to become a better educator, and finding ways to infuse fun and joy into the work environment. We are always on the lookout for how to make LEAD Public Schools a better place for our scholars and our families. #whyILEAD
LEAD Public Schools is a network of six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominantly minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. The first five graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.
There are many public charter schools and many models. LEAD Public Schools prides itself on being different. We balance rigor and love, taking head on the challenges that make a person academically successful and building the relationships that make them emotionally independent.
JOB GOAL: The Dean of Instruction (DOI) will drive outstanding academic results by providing support and guidance to teachers to strengthen innovative instructional practices and assisting the School Director in ensuring that all teachers are highly effective. The DOI will provide leadership on issues of curriculum, assessment, and instruction connected to the career interests and the social emotional growth of students. The DOI will work with the School Director to integrate these instructional issues for staff development, and as such, is accountable for school level performance measures such as NWEA growth, TCAP proficiency rates, value-added scores and other new forms of assessments that manage social-emotional and career skill
- Provide leadership as a member of a collaborative team to ensure that curriculum and instructional initiatives outlined above are student focused and aligned with the school's mission and beliefs and school goals and improvement plans.
- Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the school to the staff, student, parents, and outside community.
- Assist in and provide input to determine strategic objectives for LEAD Public Schools as they relate to the implementation of the academic and the integration of non-academic programs.
- Assist School Director in ensuring outstanding instructional quality in all classes by:
- Observing classroom instruction teachers, as identified by the School Director at least once per month.
- Conducting pre- and post-observation conferences with teachers within one week of scheduled observation.
- Providing both oral and written feedback to teachers about their classroom performance.
- Conferencing with teachers about instructional planning and assessment.
- Working with School Director and Grade Level Chairs to develop action plans for teachers to facilitate constant learning and growth.
- Working with School Director and Grade Level Chairs to develop growth plans for teachers who do not meet performance standards.
- Assist the School Director in managing instructional staff, including providing input into growth plans and summative evaluations.
- Direct coaching of teachers (above and beyond required observations for state):
- Informal observations and feedback opportunities
- Implement coaching cycle (observe, plan, practice, measure)
- Co-teach and/or model lessons when appropriate
- Coordinate with data coach to support the teacher in evaluating at the measuring phase of coaching cycle (as necessary)
Data and Assessment
- Help teachers use assessment data to improve the quality and scope of their instruction.
- Plan and deliver instructional training modules and staff development workshops to campus teachers during weekly professional development sessions, as well as during select professional development days throughout the school year.
- Assist individual members of instructional staff in developing professional growth/plans, setting realistic improvement goals, and attending professional conferences/workshops as time and funds allow.
- Work with Instructional Coaches to provide targeted support.
- Serve as Acting School Director when School Director is not on campus.
- Schedule and cohort students.
- Experience: At least four years of exemplary teaching required that includes work in non-cognitive and career areas; the ideal candidate will have closer to 8-10 years of school level experience.
- Previous instructional leadership experience required.
- Experience with facilitating professional development and professional learning communities required.
- Experience in administration and/ or supervision preferred.
- Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution. Master's from an accredited educational institution preferred.
Other Qualifications or Characteristics
- Proficient in Excel. Experience analyzing data required. Experience coordinating testing preferred.
- Ability to build trust and drive change by forming good relationships with staff.
- Self-starter who sets high goals; is comfortable dealing with ambiguity, and can handle multiple projects at once.
LEAD Public Schools offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.
LEAD Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.