Director of Literacy and Humanities
Nashville, TN /
Network Team – Academics /
Who We Are
Launching the first public charter school network to serve the incredibly vibrant and diverse South Nashville community, in 2010 our team set out to do what everyone told our Founder couldn’t be done: provide a rigorous, inquiry-based STEM education for Nashville’s structurally underrepresented subgroups, preparing each student, regardless of home language or immigration status, to graduate from college. Nearly a decade after our doors opened to our founding 5th grade class, we operate two fully built out high-performing schools serving the highest percentage of limited english proficiency students in our sector: STEM Prep Academy Middle School (grades 5-8) and STEM Prep High School (grades 9-12). In 2014, we expanded our impact to launch one of the largest newcomer programs in the country, the Nashville Newcomer Academy, serving new arrival immigrant and refugee students and their families from around the world.
Today, our team is comprised of over 100 of the most tenacious, persistent, and mission-aligned teachers, leaders, and support staff working to secure the college-graduation mission for each and every one of our students and their families. By 2025, we aim for the diversity of our staff to mirror the population we serve. We have the national growth data, the accolades and awards, the parent testimonials, the college scholarship funds, and the founding alumni, the college-graduating class of 2023, to prove that what we set out to do is in fact possible. We show up for our students and for each other every single day, motivated by the incredibly hard work it takes to give our students what they deserve (what everyone said couldn’t be done).
Approximately 90% of our students are NELB, most of whom have been or are currently active English Learner program students. Given skills required for college persistence and graduation, students must have strong skill sets in accessing rigorous texts, writing and speaking about them, formulating arguments and sophisticated perspectives on craft, et. al. Mastery of these rigorous, complex texts are fundamental to every content area, and serves as the foundation for students' understanding of the influence of power and injustice in society and education, including media and curricula. The Director of Literacy and Humanities is responsible for building and executing an integrated, cross-curricular literacy and humanities model and strategy in service of our students. This role will also include historical perspectives and other humanities electives. This position reports to the Chief Schools Officer and works with teachers and school leaders to implement our collective vision of high quality instruction through coaching, collaboration, professional development, data analysis, and assessment design and implementation.
- Strategy and Implementation
- Oversee all elements of literacy 5-12 to include the ELA courses and curricula and network-wide practices such as guided reading and writing across contents
- In partnership with CSO and network leaders, develop and lead the network's model and strategy for literacy and humanities across the curriculum, including literacy development within Math, Science and Social Studies
- Manage English/Language Arts curricula implementation alongside internal and external partners, and ensure alignment of literacy and language practice within and across ELA and Historical Perspectives classrooms
- Coaching and Professional Development
- Collaborate with network leaders across content areas in the design, development, and execution of robust leader and teacher academic and cultural professional development in service of ambitious goals for our students
- Coach and collaborate with the humanities and historical perspectives school leaders on their holistic practice as instructional coaches
- Develop Learning Labs in ELA and Historical Perspectives which act as a standard for instructional practices.
- Act as a coach for the Learning Lab teacher and mentor Academic Deans in the coaching of instructional practices
- Observe and model exemplary literacy instruction across our schools to support our leaders in prioritizing next steps for Deans/teachers to ensure that literacy instruction and cultural practices are implemented at a consistently high level
- Design, oversee, and provide feedback on all PD related to developing the academic culture in literacy and historical perspectives teachers and leaders
- Provides logistical and planning support of Teacher Orientation
- Manage curricula adaptation to ensure students have equitable access to rigorous grade level content and master both discipline and language knowledge and skill objectives
- Augment existing curricula to ensure culturally-sustaining texts, resources and content that reflect and lift the rich cultural backgrounds of our students and families
- Collaborate with Content Directors to adapt the Intellectual Preparation Protocol to support the needs of diverse learners including English Learners and Students with Disabilities
- Support network teams embed academic vocabulary, writing and grammar within content
- Design network-wide formative and summative assessment systems to ensure all students are achieving mastery and growth goals, exceeding the performance of peers nationally and locally
- Collaborate with Network Academic Team and school leaders on the execution of testing and data collection/analysis
- Support the execution of all high stakes testing
- Align literacy and language development strategies and systems to build a program that helps all students achieve a 24 on the ACT.
- Data Analysis
- Analyzes all ELA and History summative assessment data to improve instruction and achievement
- Reviews student work and other formative assessments on a weekly basis
- Manage a data dashboard/system for school and network leaders to monitor trends (grade, teacher, ms/hs) and student level data.
- Creating systems to ensure leaders and teachers are using data to drive literacy instruction
- Other duties as assigned
- Experience leading and driving academic results for diverse learners, particularly English Learners, immigrant and refugee student populations
- Demonstrated track record of equity-driven and inclusive coaching of adult learners and leadersCommitment to lifting the voices of students, families, and communities
- Measurable results as an instructional leaderProven results in coaching instructional leaders, school principals, and/or network leaders
- Willingness and eagerness to be an active part of the STEM community (attending sports, embracing families at student orientation, building strong relationships with students and families, etc.)
- Commitment to practicing and modeling anti-racism, diversity and inclusionDemonstrated ability to lead and manage a highly effective team
- Solves problems strategically while weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach with a network-wide lensInfluences others to produce high quality work in the effort to increase student outcomes and culture
- Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize effectively
- Ability to transition quickly from individual, detail-oriented projects to collaborative, people-oriented conversations
- Interpersonal Savvy – an ability to work collaboratively with all kinds of people toward a common goal
- Organizing work – setting priorities and goals and holding staff accountableResults oriented visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit and a “roll-up your sleeves” mentality
- Ability to manage both high-level processes and on-the-ground task-oriented work
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Not all applicants will have skills that match a job description exactly. STEM Prep values diverse experiences in other industries, and we encourage everyone who meets the required qualifications to apply. While having “desired” qualifications make for a strong candidate, we encourage applicants with alternative experiences to also apply. If your career is just starting or hasn't followed a traditional path, don't let that stop you from considering STEM Prep.
WE COMMIT TO INVESTING DEEPLY IN OUR KIDS. WE COMMIT TO INVESTING DEEPLY IN YOU.
Competitive compensation & benefits.
-Annual Salary: On average, our teacher’s salaries out pay traditional district and choice sector teachers.
-Stipend eligibility (early decision, competitive roles, graduate school)
-Referral bonus ($1,000 for every teacher and leader candidate we hire)
-Unlimited classroom supplies (and unlimited coffee!)
-Weekly professional development and personalized coaching.
Family & Wellbeing
-Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks paid leave for mothers AND fathers!)
-Health center access
-Mental health counseling
WE WANT IMPACT.
We don’t believe in growth plans with goals around how many buildings we operate or how large our network is. We run through the wall to develop deep and lasting community partnerships that will transform the lives of our kids and families for generations to come. Our growth plan isn’t oriented towards meeting a financial goal or reaching a specific size. We are whole-heartedly committed to deepening our impact in this specific community. Here are some examples of our community-based efforts and impact so far:
-We don't teach History, we teach Historical Perspectives.
-Translation services at every event so parents are informed.
-English classes three times a week for all parents, including those who work third shift.
-When there is a family in crisis, we are the first people they call.
-When there is a quinceanera, every teacher is invited.
-We have the largest mental health staff of any network.
-Our alumni frequently visit and love to be back on campus. Our previous Certified Medical Assistant students even come back to volunteer their time!
We're different from the other schools. Our aim is to continue this level of deep impact and advance the outcomes, education and otherwise, for all students and families in the neighborhoods we serve.
STEM Prep Academy believes it is critical for our staff - teachers and leaders to reflect the communities that they serve. We actively support equal opportunity for all people. As such, we strongly encourage People of Color, Women, LGBTQIA2S+ Individuals, Individuals with Disabilities, First Generation College Graduates, and all other groups that have been historically marginalized to apply to become a member of the STEM Team. STEM Prep does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.
In compliance with Metro Nashville Public Schools' policy, all STEM Prep employees must pass a background check.
I acknowledge that professional reference checks are a part of the hiring process at STEM Prep Academy, and I agree to provide references if being considered for a position.