Assistant Principal of Instruction

Greater Nashville Area, TN
Administrative – School Leadership
Full Time
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.

The Assistant Principal of Instruction at LEAD Public Schools will drive outstanding academic results by managing instructional coaches who in turn work with teachers to strengthen instruction and ensure that they are highly effective. This includes providing leadership on all aspects of curriculum, assessment, instruction, and teacher development. 

Instructional Leadership

    • Manage the school’s instructional coaches who in turn work with teachers in their content areas to ensure high-quality teaching is happening in every classroom
    • Lead the school’s academic team to ensure that curricular and instructional initiatives are student-focused and aligned with the school’s vision, goals, and improvement plans.
    • Build knowledge and expertise in effective instructional design and academic standards for all school staff (including self).
    • Develop teachers’ conceptual understanding of what students must know and be able to do and what instructional methods drive student mastery.
    • Develop knowledge of how standards map to curriculum and assessment.
    • Ensure that all teachers are following the LPS Frameworks for Instruction.
    • Ensure that assessments such as NIAs and MAP are given on time and data from them is used to drive instructional decisions.
    • Ensure that the Social/Emotional components of the LPS model are executed with fidelity.

Coach and Teacher Development

    • Develop coaches who work with teachers in designing and implementing high-quality instruction.
    • Working with instructional coaches, develop teachers who provide rigorous and high-quality instruction.
    • Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will move students toward mastery.
    • Regularly conduct classroom observations and coach teachers on instructional practices.
    • Regularly observe and coach Instructional Coaches to ensure they are providing high-impact, actionable, and bite-sized feedback to teachers on a daily/weekly basis.
    • Ensure teachers can collaborate, study curricular material, analyze their practice and student data, and adjust instruction in effective content teams.
    • Plan and deliver whole-school professional development workshops that drive highest-impact improvements in teacher practice.
    • Implement and monitor a rigorous evaluation system using the TEAM model. Use teacher data to inform, assess, and adjust professional learning goals and plans. When necessary, collaborate with the school’s academic team to develop growth plans for teachers who do not meet performance standards. 

Data Analysis

    • Work with coaches to help lead data-driven instruction; lead academic team to determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals (what is being assessed and how it maps to standards).
    • Break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing.
    • Determine what data is saying about areas of student mastery and growth.
    • Identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students’ knowledge and skill gaps and a timeline to do so.

Experience/Qualifications

    • Previous instructional leadership experience as assistant principal, dean, or team leader
    • Previous experience as an instructional coach
    • Experience supervising and evaluating staff and serving as a leader of teams and individuals within a K-12 setting, preferably in an urban environment
    • At least four years of exemplary teaching required; the ideal candidate will have closer to 8-10 years of instructional experience
    • Active teaching or administrative license
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution.  Master’s degree preferred, but experience leading a school and managing teams successfully is paramount.
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.